Leonor Magalhães Galvão

Founding Partner and Industrial Property Agent at magellan IP

Leonor Magalhães Galvão is one of the founding partners of magellan IP and head of the firm’s patent practice. Dr Galvão has nearly 20 years of experience in the field of intellectual property. Prior to founding magellan IP, she was an associate and a partner at renowned Brazilian IP firms.

Dr Galvão represents important national and international clients that range from academic institutions to multinational corporations. Her practice covers the drafting and prosecution of patents before the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office, patentability analyses, technology transfers, freedom-to-operate analyses, legal opinions, oppositions, appeal proceedings and general consultancy services in intellectual property. She specialises in chemistry, biotechnology, molecular biology, immunology, medical devices and diagnostics, as well as pharmaceutical products. Dr Galvão is also actively involved in biodiversity matters and access to the Brazilian genetic patrimony, including acting on behalf of clients before the Genetic Patrimony Management Council.

Dr Galvão frequently presents to audiences worldwide on a variety of topics relating to Brazilian patent law and practice. She has gained much respect in the profession as chair and co-chair the Biotechnology Committee of the Brazilian Intellectual Property Association (ABPI) for over 12 years. She is an active member of the Biotech & Pharma and Greentech Committees of AIPPI. She is also a volunteer mentor for IP matters at Endeavor, a non-governmental organisation that promotes entrepreneurship around the world.

Key facts

  • BSc in biochemistry (First Class Honours), Imperial College London
  • PhD in biochemistry, University of Sao Paulo
  • Qualified Brazilian patent and trademark attorney
  • Nearly 20 years of experience at well-known Brazilian IP firms
  • Founded magellan IP in Rio de Janeiro in 2015; the firm now has a 25-plus strong team
  • Helped launch the firm’s liaison office in Lisbon in 2019 for Brazil and Portuguese-speaking Africa (Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, Guiné-Bissau, São Tomé)
  • Co-chair, Biotechnology Committee, ABPI (2004-2009 and 2012- 2017)
  • Brazilian delegate before the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property
  • Member of the Biotech & Pharma and Greentech Committees of AIPPI
  • Member of the Brazilian Association of Industrial Property Agents
  • Recognitions in IAM Patent 1000, IAM Patent 300 and Who’s Who Legal, Leaders’ League

Professional associations

  • ABPI

Sample client list

  • The Broad Institute
  • Cipla
  • Avita International
  • LFB France

Firm details

magellan IP
Rua da Assembleia
10 - sala 3215
Rio de Janeiro 20011-901

Contact details

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