João Leitão Figueiredo > CMS > Lisbon, Portugal > Lawyer Profile

Rua Castilho, 50
1250-071 Lisbon

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João Leitão Figueiredo is a partner in the TMC – Technology, Media & Communications, Intellectual Property, as well as Life Sciences & Healthcare teams.

João is experienced and specialises in advising domestic and international companies on intellectual property, industrial property, copyright, and technology, particularly in litigation and dispute resolution.

Moreover, he is well-versed in the drafting, negotiation, and termination of a wide range of IP/IT agreements (licenses, trademarks, designs, software, outsourcing, distribution agreements, transfers, assignments, etc.), as well as in advising on technology, digital transformation, and data analytics in sectors such as fintech, energy, health and wellbeing, and real estate, among others.


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Lawyer Rankings

Portugal > Data privacy and data protection

Counting large domestic and multinational companies among its key client roster, CMS is well versed in cross-border compliance projects, data transfers, GDPR-related work, and privacy policy matters. The practice is spearheaded by IP specialists José Luís Arnaut and João Leitão Figueiredo. Arnaut often acts for public and private companies in the implementation of compliance programmes, while Figueiredo is noted for his expertise in data breaches, data transfers and issues pertaining to online tracking. Associate Sara Rocha is another key individual to note for mandates involving the protection of personal data, including compliance projects and privacy policies.

Portugal > Intellectual property

Lauded for its ‘excellent service‘ and ‘high technical competence’, CMS leverages its extensive global network to advise clients on the full suite of IP matters, encompassing a broad mix of transactional, advisory and contentious matters. Domestic and international clients turn to the team for assistance on patents, models, trade marks, licensing, franchising, copyright and other IP rights. Practice head José Luís Arnaut boasts extensive experience advising clients on patents, trade marks, domain names and new technologies. João Leitão Figueiredo is routinely engaged by domestic and international companies on IP, industrial property, copyright and technology matters, while counsel Miguel Quintans regularly handles large IP portfolios.

Portugal > TMT

The ‘exceptional’ team at CMS regularly acts for a diverse roster of clients, including leading domestic and international clients operating in the TMT sector. The team excels in M&A, software licensing, sponsorship contracts, data protection and litigation issues. The practice is jointly steered by José Luís Arnaut and João Leitão Figueiredo. Arnaut is adept in IP matters, while Figueiredo provides regular advice on contentious, transactional and day-to-day matters in the fields of IP, IT and data protection. Key support is offered by associate Sara Rocha, whose expertise covers the media, technology, e-commerce, IP, and data protection spaces.