In Portugal, the passing of the Industrial Property Code (CPI) has abolished compulsory arbitration and, while it remains to be seen how the country’s IP office will handle its increased caseload, the change provides breathing space for smaller companies and public institutions who can struggle to pay arbitral fees. In other developments, a specialised section in the Lisbon Court of Appeals has been solely allotted to intellectual property, a move expected to improve the consistency and quality of decisions.
Baptista Monteverde & Associados
“The patent team at Baptista Monteverde approaches complex pharmaceutical matters in a practical way while maintaining an impeccable level of client care and staying attuned to business objectives. Widely reputed leaders Filipe Baptista and Paulo Monteverde set the standard – their astute evaluations of each scenario’s limitations and ability to build bridges with different stakeholders ensures that asset value is always maximised.” Innovative companies from far and wide turn to the pair to navigate through complex deals and litigations. Hugo Monteiro de Queirós joins them in the rankings this year off the back of some fine courtroom displays. “Practitioners of Queirós’s ability are in high demand. He moves swiftly, but without sacrificing on quality.”
“Consistently designing well-informed strategies, Garrigues’ patent team is excellent in the role of long-term business partner”. With outposts in 13 jurisdictions across four continents, it fulfils its mission globally. Well-respected leader João Miranda de Sousa – who is dual-qualified in Portugal and Spain and a speaker of six languages – is on the frontlines of many of the group’s most important cases. He frequently acts as an arbitrator in pharmaceutical disputes. He and Francisca Ferreira Pinto “form highly collaborative relationships with businesses and execute superbly in defence and attack and in risk assessment and management.” Together, they act for pharmaceutical group Tecnimede and the Portuguese Institute for Molecular and Cell Biology in connection with Portuguese and international prosecution.
Thoroughness and technical versatility are the hallmarks of well-established consultancy J Pereira da Cruz, whose integrated team of patent lawyers and technicians turns over applications with poise and precision. With Cláudia Freixinho Serrano on deck, excellent outcomes are guaranteed. “She is fastidious in her approach and puts up strong and lasting patent protection informed by a knowledge of litigation.” Utilising an inter-disciplinary scheme of thinking, she has clients covered come what may.
Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados
The IP team at full-service outfit Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados has an incredible support package at its back; the firm is comprised of over 200 lawyers and can handle any instruction. It is the perfect fit, then, for complex patent and technology briefs in which a multitude of legal issues intersect. “Trustworthy, versatile and easy to work with”, gold-tier Vasco Stilwell d’Andrade ensures satisfying results as a persuasive negotiator, high-calibre drafter and hard-hitting litigator rolled into one. While capable of excellence in many technical domains, pharmaceuticals are a forte, Teva and Dipharma being among his headline clients. d’Andrade often links up with Ricardo do Nascimento Ferreira, whose sterling litigation and arbitration performances for big names such as Ericsson have earned him an IAM Patent 1000 berth for the first time this year. The two lawyers “master the detail of cases and stay on track with well-crafted strategies.”
The technically broad-minded team at PATENTREE delivers to-the-point advice on budget and on time and is a popular choice for start-ups, universities and multinational entities alike. First-rate biological and electrotechnical engineers respectively, European patent attorneys Anabela Carvalho and Luís Ferreira both have experience as court-appointed technical experts and therefore have a thorough understanding of what can happen to a patent after grant which they use to make their protection abiding. In command of the English, French, Portuguese and Spanish languages, they communicate easily with diverse international clients.
Sérvulo & Associados
Sérvulo’s tight-knit patent practice has been punching above its weight in high-profile pharmaceutical contentions. Its cornerstones are Ana Rita Paínho and Mariana Costa Pinto, who “provide commercially savvy advice when it is needed most. They coordinate effective strategies and are a pleasure to work with, too.” The dynamic dyad has consistently shown outstanding regulatory knowledge in achieve life sciences successes. Their recent work examples include fighting for Teva in infringement claims brought by Orion and Pfizer; advising and litigating for Aurobindo Pharma Group; and representing Fresenius Kabi Deutschland in mandatory arbitration started by Eli Lilly and Company.
Simões, Garcia, Corte-Real & Associados
“An outstanding all-round patent outfit” is the verdict on boutique Simões, Garcia, Corte-Real & Associados. “The team’s strategising is meaningful to businesses with pan-European interests – they keep the most under-fire portfolios alive and kicking, all the while remaining transparent and competitive on costs.” João Luís Garcia and António Corte-Real are the “esteemed professionals” who form the backbone of the practice, both prosecution aces, tenacious advocates and experts in alternative forms of dispute resolution. Their work is never anything short of superb.
When pharmaceutical companies are faced with make-or-break clashes and negotiations, they turn to VdA; for decades it has taken lead roles in a huge share of life sciences matters in Portugal and is “a reference in the area”. António de Magalhães Cardoso is the top name on the fight card. With his cultivated knowledge and practical seasoning, he ticks all the boxes for cutting-edge innovators. Also highly recommended is Sara Nazaré, an “extraordinarily good lawyer who is straight-talking and fair in negotiations. Already well-known, she is on her way to becoming one of the biggest names in the practice.” She has been working extensively with Bristol-Myers Squibb on enforcement, arbitration and licensing matters.
Other recommended experts
- António Andrade - Abreu Advogados
- Filipe Baptista - Baptista Monteverde & Associados
- António de Magalhães Cardoso - VdA
- João Miranda de Sousa - Garrigues
- Paulo Monteverde - Baptista Monteverde & Associados
- Vasco Stilwell d’Andrade - Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados
- Anabela Carvalho - PATENTREE
- António Corte-Real - Simões, Garcia, Corte-Real & Associados
- Mariana Costa Pinto - Sérvulo & Associados
- Eduardo Cruz - Gastão da Cunha Ferreira
- Maria Cruz Garcia - ClarkeModet
- Hugo Monteiro de Queirós - Baptista Monteverde & Associados
- Gonçalo de Sampaio - JE Dias Costa
- Ricardo do Nascimento Ferreira - Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados
- Manuel Durães Rocha - Abreu Advogados
- Luís Ferreira - PATENTREE
- Francisca Ferreira Pinto - Garrigues
- Cláudia Freixinho Serrano - J Pereira da Cruz SA
- Raquel Galvão Silva - Linklaters LLP
- João Luís Garcia - Simões, Garcia, Corte-Real & Associados
- Sara Nazaré - VdA
- Ana Rita Paínho - Sérvulo & Associados