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After over 20 years as a Federal District Court Judge and an Appellate Judge in the Federal Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (sitting in Rio de Janeiro), Liliane Roriz joined Licks Attorneys as a partner in 2013 after her retirement and is one of our leaders at the Rio de Janeiro office. Before becoming a Federal Judge, she was also a Federal Attorney for the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office. During her time as an Appellate Judge, Liliane Roriz chaired the Federal Magistracy School(EMARF) and the IP Specialized Second Panel of Appellate Judges, presiding the hearing of historic leading cases in Brazilian IP law, such as second medical use and pipeline patents, the role of the Brazilian FDA during the prior approval proceeding for pharmaceutical patents, trade dress, trademark dilution, and the applicability of the TRIPS agreement, as well as several high-complexity IP trials related to a number of technology areas.

Appellate Judge Liliane Roriz (ret.) has also taught in some of the most renowned educational institutes in Brazil, such as the Getulio Vargas Foundation and the Candido Mendes University. She is not only an accomplished speaker, lecturing in Brazil, the United States, Europe and several other Latin American countries, but also a recognized, published author in numerous areas of expertise. Liliane Roriz is respected and viewed amongst her peers as one of the most knowledgeable Judges to have taken part in the IP Specialized Panels, and her experience makes her an invaluable asset in litigation and consulting.


  • Portuguese
  • English
  • French


  • Brazilian Bar Association – Rio de Janeiro (OAB/RJ), from 1976 to 1993 and since 2013. The association was temporarily suspended during her period as a Judge in the Judiciary;
  • Brazilian Association of Intellectual Property (ABPI), Member of the Board;
  • Brazilian Attorney’s Institute (IAB), as a member of the Industrial Property Commission;
  • Brazilian Association of Intellectual Property Agents (ABAPI) – Member of the Ethics Council;
  • International Trademark Association (INTA);
  • Member of Federal Judges Association (AJUFE), acted as a Social Director from 2000-2002 and as a Cultural Director from 2004-2006.


  • Master’s Degree in Constitutional Law and Theory of State, Pontifical Catholic University – Rio de Janeiro (PUC-RJ), 1999;
  • Extension Course in Intellectual Property, Pontifical Catholic University – Rio de Janeiro (PUC-RJ) and Rio de Janeiro Federal School of Magistrates for the 2nd Circuit (EMARF), 2002;
  • Graduate Specialization in Regional Integration between the European Union and Mercosur, University of Coimbra – Portugal (UC) and Rio de Janeiro Federal School of Magistrates for the 2nd Circuit (EMARF), 2000;
  • Graduate Specialization in Public Law and Private Law, Cândido Mendes University – Rio de Janeiro (UCM-RJ), 1992;
  • Graduate Specialization in Labor Law and Social Security Law, Getúlio Vargas Foundation – Rio de Janeiro (FGV-RJ), 1985;
  • LL.B., Cândido Mendes University – Rio de Janeiro (UCM-RJ), 1975.

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.