General Manager of ClarkeModet Portugal at ClarkeModet
Maria Cruz Garcia joined the international team at ClarkeModet on 1 January 2020 with the goal of strengthening the management of clients and foreign partners, as well as providing assessment on intellectual property.
Prior to that, Ms Cruz Garcia had practised as an attorney at law and a patent and trademark attorney in prestigious Portuguese law firms, having become a partner at one of them. She has led several departments in her previous firms and was head of the litigation department and the marketing and communication department in her last firm.
Her technical and legal expertise is extensively recognised – she has held leading positions in numerous IP associations, such as serving as the general secretary of the Portuguese Group of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property since 2013 and being a past member of the board of directors of the Portuguese Association of IP Professionals. She is active in other major international organisations including INTA, the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys, the European Communities Trademark Association and the Pharmaceutical Trademarks Group.
Ms Cruz Garcia graduated from the Catholic University of Portugal in 2004 and has completed two postgraduate courses in intellectual property.
She joined the Portuguese Bar Association in 2006 and became a certified patent and trademark attorney before the Portuguese IP Office in 2012.
She is a regular speaker at conferences and a lecturer on training programmes and postgraduate courses in the IP field.
In 2019 Ms Cruz Garcia was ranked among the Top 250 Women in IP by Managing Intellectual Property, which has been awarding her the IP Star status since 2015. In addition, IAM has recognised her in the IAM Patent 1000 since 2016 and she has been honoured as a World IP Review leader, while Acquisition International has recognised her as “the only spotlighted ‘Woman in IP’ from Portugal”.