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Gold - Firms: prosecution
Bronze - Firms: litigation
ABG Intellectual Property is more than just a consultancy firm; it is a strategic partner with a cosmopolitan, business-minded approach that helps clients to achieve optimum results in any scenario. Home to a “top-class” squad of patent attorneys and lawyers, it provides a cradle-to-grave patent service across the industry spectrum; although chemistry, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology are particular fortes. Founding partner Juan Arias has “outstanding industry experience, great business sense and analytical skills, and is a great communicator too. He understands inventors on their level”, and earns further plaudits for his “professionalism and commitment to his clients”. Fellow founder Francisco Bernardo manages global IP portfolios for advanced clinical development projects with a sure touch and has a complete mastery of prosecution procedures in different jurisdictions; his guidance is always made to measure. Also practising within the pharmaceutical sector, the “diligent and bright” Enric Carbonell likewise receives glowing testimony: “He quickly identifies what needs to be protected, creates a strategy and writes strong claims accordingly, making for a very smooth process. He is one of the best attorneys I have ever worked with, and he knows how the law works in almost every country.” Making her debut in the IAM Patent 1000 this year is chemist Almudena Fernández, who stands out for her “attention to detail and superior technical knowledge”: “She is thorough in her analysis and in her approach, always providing solutions that suit the client’s business needs. She is truly exceptional at what she does.” One of Spain’s most knowledgeable specialists when it comes to pharmaceutical and biotechnology patents, Agustín Alconada is a sage counsellor to clients and a persuasive expert witness in court: “He is cool, methodical and capable of handling large volumes of data in short periods of time. He is simply the best patent partner in the life sciences.” Bolstering the practice with his electro-mechanics and telecommunications know-how is Fernando Prieto: “Fernando quickly analyses complex problems, articulates complex engineering concepts clearly and comes up with smart tactical solutions.” Leading the recently established litigation department is Laura Montoya, who excels both in contentious settings and in the drafting and negotiation of commercial agreements. She embraces the firm’s technological specialties and plays a critical role in delivering policy and infringement advice.