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Licks Attorneys
Rua George Ohm, 230-A/112
Sao Paulo SP
04576-020
Brazil

Brazil > Intellectual property Tier 3

Licks Attorneys‘ IP practice is notable for its life sciences expertise, and excels in patent prosecution and litigation. The team is sought out by domestic and international clients requiring assistance in managing, protecting and growing their IP portfolios. Name partner Otto Licks is retained by international clients for contentious IP matters, and Eduardo Hallak is a go-to partner in the team for strategic portfolio planning and R&D matters in the pharmaceutical sector; they jointly lead the practice alongside pharmaceutical patent term expert and former judge Liliane Roriz. Roberto Rodrigues is another key practitioner in the team, particularly for patent litigation.

Practice head(s):

Otto Licks; Liliane Roriz; Eduardo Hallak

Key clients

Total Energies

Arkema

Pierre Fabre

Decathlon

Christian Louboutin

Silimed

Work highlights

  • Assisted AB2L with an amicus curiae brief in a case concerning the legality of the 10-year patent term.
  • Acted for WSOU in patent infringement and validity litigation.
  • Assisting Christian Louboutin in several issues related to the protection and infringement of the red sole trade mark and shoe designs in Brazil.

Brazil > Life sciences Tier 3

Licks Attorneys’ life sciences practice is notable for its team of in-house pharmacists, chemists and scientists, which bolster the technical expertise of the firm's offering. The team, led by Otto Licks, Liliane Roriz and Eduardo Hallak, is particularly strong in patent litigation, and often assists domestic and international clients looking to protect and grow their life sciences portfolios in Brazil. Technology transfers, regulatory issues, procurement and bidding processes are also in the purview of the department. The team also continues to grow in size and expertise, with several associates recently promoted to partner.

Practice head(s):

Otto Licks; Liliane Roriz; Eduardo Hallak

Key clients

Total Energies

Arkema

Pierre Fabre

Decathlon

Christian Louboutin

Silimed

The firm: Licks Attorneys is one of Brazil’s most respected litigation law firms, having unparalleled commitment to clients worldwide. It focuses on complex litigation and its lawyers boast an outstanding track record in handling the highest-profile IP and regulatory disputes. The firm’s practice shapes the development and direction of IP, technology and regulatory law.

With offices in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Brasilia, Curitiba and Tokyo, the team combines industry knowledge with legal expertise to assist a wide variety of clients – from Fortune 500 companies to high- tech start-ups making their break in the Brazilian market.

The firm’s multidisciplinary attorneys have handled complex commercial and corporate claims over the past 20 years in major sectors, including technology, the internet, telecommunications, life sciences, medical devices and finance.

Licks Attorneys, doesn’t just solve problems; it anticipates and helps clients plan accordingly. This carefully crafted approach is why it is Brazil’s leading firm in litigation and patent matters. The firm puts its client’s interests at the forefront of every operation, always seeking the quickest and most cost-effective solutions. The firm also relies on the strengths of a multicultural team which not only speaks its clients’ language, but also understands their legal and business cultures.

Employing a litigation practice which combines legal expertise, technical industry knowledge and a pragmatic approach to dispute resolution, the firm has an overall success rate of 82.6% and has been engaged in most of Brazil’s highest-profile IP, life sciences and technology cases.

The firm has the most extensive patent litigation practice in the country. It is involved in almost every high-profile case concerning complex technologies in Brazil. With outstanding results, Licks Attorneys has the most successful telecom practice working for both patent owners and implementers.

Licks Attorneys’ patent prosecution group consists of professionals with a technical background and well- experienced lawyers. This combination has produced a 100% success rate in expediting patent prosecution before federal courts and 88% of allowance before the Brazil Patent and Trademark Office. Challenging established practices and pushing the boundaries of patentability in Brazil, the firm develops strategies to move Brazilian patent practice to the next level, ensuring high standards of protection for its clients.

ISO certifications and security ratings: Protecting client information and ensuring the highest standards of services, the firm’s management system is based on ISO 27001 and ISO 9001. Licks Attorneys is rated “A98” by Secure ScoreCard and rank 98.39% at the Microsoft Secure Score Center.

Main areas of practice

  • Patent litigation
  • Strategic patent prosecution
  • Policy making and government relations
  • Unfair competition
  • Trademark
  • Copyright
  • Food and drugs
  • Life science
  • Cyber law, E-commerce and software
  • Cyber security, privacy
  • Counselling and transactional
  • Regulatory
  • Complex business litigation

Managing partner: Otto Licks
Number of partners worldwide: 17
Number of professionals: 290+
Languages: Portuguese, English, French, Japanese, Mandarin, Italian, German, Spanish

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Managing partner Otto Licksotto.licks@lickslegal.com
Partner Liliane Rorizliliane.roriz@lickslegal.com
Partner Nuno Carvalhonuno.carvalho@lickslegal.com
Partner Carlos Aboimcarlos.aboim@lickslegal.com
Partner Rodrigo Souto Maiorrodrigo.maior@lickslegal.com
Partner Eduardo Hallakeduardo.hallak@lickslegal.com
Partner Felipe Mesquitafelipe.mesquita@lickslegal.com
Partner Regis Arslanianregis.arslanian@lickslegal.com
Partner Alexandre Dalmassoalexandre.dalmasso@lickslegal.com
Partner Viviane Kunisawaviviane.kunisawa@lickslegal.com
Partner Catia Regina Gentilcatia.gentil@lickslegal.com
Partner Douglas Leitedouglas.leite@lickslegal.com
Partner Roberto Carapetoroberto.carapeto@lickslegal.com
Partner Ricardo Campelloricardo.campello@lickslegal.com
Partner Juliana Nevesjuliana.neves@lickslegal.com
Partner Tatiana Machadotatiana.machado@lickslegal.com
Partner Roberto Rodriguesroberto.rodrigues@lickslegal.com
Partner Ciro Albuquerqueciro.albuquerque@lickslegal.com
Partner Rodolfo Barretorodolfo.barreto@lickslegal.com
Number of professionals : 290+
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Spanish
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German

At Licks Attorneys, our Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) mission is to further develop an organization where all talented individuals, including those traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession, may have an equal chance at long-term success. We put our people first as we work to deliver excellence to our clients. We understand that our diversity is an asset in attracting the best talent, stimulating innovation, and delivering the best experience to everyone.

Here at Licks Attorneys, we aim to provide equal opportunity regardless of not only gender, but any other way of personal and social identification and conditions. We encourage our talents by building diverse teams and a supportive work environment. Our blind hiring process is conducted through a platform that strips away any identifiable characteristics not related to the job or experience required. This guarantees that our hiring procedure is based solely on the applicants’ skills and expertise by removing subjective factors that might bias decision-making. In addition, we’re signatories of a project called “Incluir Direito”, which aims to provide educational support to black students in Law Schools so that they can be better prepared when applying to join the biggest law firms in Brazil, including ours.

Therefore, at the end of 2019, we committed to major structural changes, with the implementation of our D&I Committee so that we could, first of all, reorganize our internal processes and show our team why we are mobilizing to address this issue and how it will be carried out within the office. We impart great importance to this awareness so that our professionals may build a critical sense and bring positive change not only inside the office, but more importantly, throughout the community.

Our D&I efforts are initiated and carried out from the very top ranks of the firm by our senior management partners, holding our leaders accountable. Firm resources, including our Legal, Marketing and Human Resources groups, are aligned to actively support the implementation of our D&I plans. Some of them had already been put in motion in the last couple of years, such as the implementation of extended maternity and paternity leaves to all members of our firm; the hiring of a specialized D&I consultancy, who worked alongside our leaders and D&I Committee members to better understand our current status on D&I, our short and long term objectives and the next steps to reach them. We provided internal training on unconscious bias to all our members, as well as workshops on different topics to D&I Committee members, so that they act as pollinators of such knowledge throughout our organization.

Prior to the covid-19 pandemic, we promoted different events focused on discussing and raising awareness on gender equality in the legal profession and in the industrial property practice area, both supported by national and international institutions.

In July 2021, we committed with the World Health Organization Global Pact, focusing our efforts for this first year of association in three of the Sustainable Development Goals, being: Quality Education; Gender Equality and Peace and Justice Strong Institutions, all of them entirely or partially focused in promoting a culture where diversity is not only included, but encouraged and welcomed.