Ana Paula Affonso Brito
Ana Paula Affonso Brito is an experienced trial lawyer and litigator who has worked in intellectual property since 2001. A partner at Montaury Pimenta, Machado & Vieira de Mello since 2011, Ms Affonso Brito has extensive experience in handling complex IP litigation matters before the Brazilian federal and state courts for domestic and international clients, and has been leading one of the firm’s litigation teams since 2018. She focuses her practice on IP litigation, with an emphasis on patents, trademarks, copyright, domain names, designs and unfair competition law, assisting clients in different fields of activity and technology, such as pharmaceuticals, telecom, house appliances, crop science, cosmetics, fashion, food, mechanical, oil and gas, machinery and software.
Ms Affonso Brito’s practice includes:
- evaluating potential litigation risks;
- collaborating with corporate departments to review and advise on litigation strategies;
- developing solutions and litigation strategies;
- handling and monitoring a variety of complex litigation matters; and
- representing plaintiffs and defendants in IP litigation across the country.
Ms Affonso Brito holds a master’s in intellectual property and innovation from the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office Academy (2010), a postgraduate degree in intellectual property from the Rio de Janeiro State University School of Law (2006), a postgraduate degree in e-law (digital law) from the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (2002) and a law degree from the Rio de Janeiro State University School of Law (2000).
Ms Affonso Brito actively participates in several national and international IP associations and is the author of numerous articles in her area of expertise.
- “Brazil: a discussion more current than ever on patent validity terms”, Patent Lawyer Annual 2021, December 2020
- “Damages for IP infringement – a true deterrent?”, Lexology, March 2020
- “Trade Dress Protection in Brazil – A Glimpse at the Beverage Market”, AIPPI News, October 2019
- “Combating excessive delay in the examination of patent and trademark applications with the Brazilian Patent Office”, RT online (in Economic Crisis and Legal Solutions section, issue 7/2015, DTR201515909), November 2015