Rodrigo Maior > Licks Attorneys > Rio de Janeiro, Brazil > Lawyer Profile

Licks Attorneys
Oscar Niemeyer, 2000
9th floor
Aqwa Corporate - 20220-297
Brazil

Position

Founding Partner

Career

Rodrigo Souto Maior is one of the founding partners at Licks Attorneys and is one of our leaders at the Rio de Janeiro office. He started his career nearly 20 years, working in high-stakes cases with his future partners at Licks Attorneys. He also gained experience acting as a Foreign Legal Consultant in the Washington, D.C. office of Steptoe & Johnson. His practice has been focusing on complex disputes, leading cases and consultancy regarding patent law, information technology, trade secrets and unfair competition.

Mr. Maior has extensive experience in representing and advising clients in a wide variety of intellectual property, internet and commercial disputes. He has litigated before various federal and state courts, in cases spanning several technologies that include pharmaceutical, information technology, metallurgical and telecommunications industries. He is best known for his expertise in litigating complex patent cases involving non-obviousness, for coordinating effective defense and counter-attack strategies for clients in different industries and for advising clients in regulatory matters involving disrupting technologies. Additionally, Mr. Maior is well versed in advising clients in trademark law, copyright and licensing/cross-licensing negotiations and matters involving technology transfer. Over the past few years, Mr. Maior and his team have implemented some of the most successful defense/counter-attack strategies in technology cases in Brazil.

He lectures and publishes on the latest developments in Brazilian patent law and litigation as a Constitutional Principles of Competition and Patent Law Professor at one of the most prestigious law schools in the country. In addition, he has received his law degree and an LL.M.in International Law from the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ). Mr. Maior has also received an LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law from the George Washington University Law School, in the USA.

Languages

English, Portuguese

Memberships

  • Brazilian Bar Association (OAB – RJ);
  • Brazilian Bar Association (OAB – SP);
  • Brazilian Intellectual Property Association (ABPI);
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA);
  • ITechLaw (International Technology Law Association)

Education

  • LL.M, Intellectual Property, George Washington University Law School (2011);
  • LL.M, International Law, State University of Rio de Janeiro (2009);
  • LL.B, State University of Rio de Janeiro (2004).

Lawyer Rankings

Brazil > Intellectual property

Licks Attorneys is highly regarded for its presence in the life sciences sector, most notably in patent prosecution and litigation. The IP team has seen recent growth, with several new client acquisitions and six promotions to partnership within the team. Otto Licks is regularly retained by international clients in relation to contentious IP matters. Patent litigation is a significant area of focus for Rodrigo Maior, who provides assistance to clients in the pharmaceutical, IT and telecoms industries. Trade mark-related work is overseen by Eduardo Hallak, who is extremely active in the practice. Other seasoned IP practitioners include former judge Liliane Roriz and Carlos Aboim, both of whom focus on IP disputes.