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Miquel Montañá specialises in dispute resolution (including arbitration), intellectual property and competition law. Miquel has worked on multi-jurisdictional intellectual property and commercial disputes involving patents, trademarks, unfair competition, distribution and agency agreements, copyright and breach of confidential information.
University of Barcelona (LLB) 1989
Masters Degree in European Community Law from the Autonomous University of Barcelona 1991
Harvard University (LLM) 1992
Admitted as an abogado in Madrid 1993
University of Barcelona (LLD) 1995
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Clifford Chance is the ‘go-to firm’ firm for a number of renowned pharmaceutical companies, primarily for its experience in complex patent litigation, but also for the team’s expertise in regulatory and M&A mandates. The Barcelona-based team, which works closely with the Madrid office, includes well-known practitioners Josep Montefusco, ‘a reference in the sector’; seasoned IP expert Miquel Montañá; regulatory-head in Barcelona, Carme Briera, who garners praise for her ‘outstanding knowledge and preparation’; and counsel Isabel Carulla, who specialises in national and cross-border IP litigation in the pharmaceutical sector.
The intellectual property group at Clifford Chance maintains its leading position in the area of patents, where it advises major international life sciences and healthcare companies across a broad range of matters. These include patent infringement, revocation counterclaims, nullity proceedings and patent threat management. Led by multi-jurisdictional IP dispute expert Miquel Montañá in Barcelona, the group’s client base features household names Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Bayer, and spans the life sciences, chemicals, retail, and consumer goods sectors, among others. The team is supported by technology co-head Josep Montefusco and experienced IP counsel Isabel Carulla.
‘A true reference in arbitration and litigation’, Clifford Chance has established itself among the leading dispute resolution firms in Spain through years of involvement in major cases. Acting from its offices in Madrid and Barcelona, the team is equipped to handle complex disputes, where it acts for a range of IBEX 35 companies and international heavyweights. In a case that has drawn considerable media attention, the firm is acting for European Super League Company (ESLC) and A22 Sports Management in proceedings against UEFA and FIFA concerning competition in the football market. With an international office network and outlook, the firm is highly active in cross-border cases; in particular, the firm’s Spanish teams collaborate with colleagues in Washington DC to act in disputes involving Latin America. Names to note in the department include practice head Fernando Irurzun and senior associate Fernando Giménez-Alvear, who are ‘two lawyers that any company wants to have at its side in a complex procedural dispute‘, seasoned litigator and IP expert Miquel Montañá, and Iñigo Villoria, who heads the restructuring and insolvency practice.
Leveraging the strength of its global network, the experienced IP team at Clifford Chance provides a comprehensive service to major multinational IP rights holders on a broad range of trade mark matters. These include unfair competition, trade mark registration, trade mark clearance reports, trade mark infringement, revocation actions, and dealings with customs authorities. Headed by multi-jurisdictional IP dispute expert Miquel Montañá in Barcelona, the group is well versed in acting for major companies operating in the healthcare, life sciences, technology, telecoms and media sectors, among others. The team is supported by technology co-head Josep Montefusco and senior associate Sonia Sebé.
- Dispute resolution - Spain
- Hall of Fame - Spain > Intellectual property: Trade marks
- Hall of Fame - Spain > Intellectual property: patents
- Hall of Fame - Spain > Dispute resolution
- Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences - Spain
- Intellectual property: patents - Spain
- Leading individuals - Spain > Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences
- Leading individuals - Spain > Intellectual property: Copyright
- Leading individuals - Spain > Intellectual property: patents
- Intellectual property: Trade marks - Spain
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- Dispute resolution
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- Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences
- Intellectual property: Copyright
- Intellectual property: patents
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