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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‘ team is composed of prosecutors and litigators that assist large and small companies with all patent-related matters. Companies from the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, telecoms and electronic segments regularly seek the team’s assistance in complex IP disputes. With the ability to advise on the intersection of IP, health and regulations, the group is a go-to destination for patent holders facing the challenges of compulsory licensing. The team is under the joint leadership of: founding partner Otto Licks, a litigation and policy-making specialist; co-founder Carlos Aboim, a key contact for complex disputes; and Liliane Roriz, who draws on her former experience as an appellate judge and federal attorney to assist in a wide range of IP matters.

Brazil > Life sciences

Combining expertise in IP, regulations and healthcare, Licks Attorneys brings together a group of specialised lawyers, pharmacists, chemists and scientists, which is well placed to assist domestic and international clients in a variety of life sciences matters. The department boasts an impressive track record in contentious matters, and is led by three practitioners: founding partner Otto Licks, who is particularly active in strategic litigation and policymaking matters involving small molecules, biologics, agrichemicals and medical devices; fellow founder Eduardo Hallak, a name to note for complex disputes and patents; and Liliane Roriz, who utilises her former experience as an appellate judge to assist with IP-related cases.