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“Pragmatic, efficient and quick”, is the market consensus on the service at BALDER: “They understand the technology, identify possible conflicts, produce reliable solutions and build relationships based on mutual trust.” Working from across four offices in Spain, the firm’s patent practitioners move heaven and earth to meet and exceed the demands of its dynamic clientele. First among equals is the “bright and hardworking” Isabel Pato Cour. “She is the most knowledgeable patent attorney I’ve ever met,” enthuses one patron. “Isabel has a great understanding of our inventions and gets good patents granted.” Working beside her is IAM Patent 1000 newcomer Olof Fickert, who “produces valuable opinions and suggestions that have been vital to the successful acquisition of IP rights”. He is also hailed for his “promptness, reliability and responsiveness”; and for his familiarity with procedural issues in Latin America. Magnus Stiebe brings a valuable extra dimension to the practice as a former examiner at the Swedish Patent Office: “Whether he is drafting opinions or appearing in court, Magnus stands out in everything he does. He carefully analyses each case, works proactively and innovatively, and is fully committed to clients. He is an outstanding and collaborative professional; it is simply great to work with him.” Holding down the fort on the contentious side is Patricia Koch, “a terrific litigator with a fantastic reputation”. Her fluency in German and experience working in the country are an added bonus on cross-border briefs.

Firm Profile

Founded in Madrid in 2012, BALDER is a young and dynamic IP boutique, with a corporate philosophy and structure designed to provide a motivating environment for outstanding IP professionals.

Our team of more than 90 professionals have extensive and proven experience within the sector. We are proud of our diverse work force, which consists of more than 20 different nationalities, from various cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds. Apart from our regular business languages of Spanish, German, English and Portuguese, we have native speakers of another 11 languages in our ranks, thereby ensuring that nothing gets lost in translation. We believe this gives us a competitive edge, as it allows us to be more productive and creative in finding solutions – something valued highly by our clients, who are both national and international and from different business areas.

End-to-end service

We provide the full range of services, including worldwide patent and trademark prosecution, plus any kind of contentious and non-contentious IP legal work, including transactions, agreements, licensing, unfair competition, advertising and copyright.

At BALDER we pride ourselves on our ability to think out of the box and find creative solutions, always with the aim to provide commercially oriented advice tailored to the specific needs of each client.

Latin America

At BALDER we are specialists in Latin American countries. Our team of experienced Latin American attorneys draw on their local knowledge to provide a first-class service. We offer a centralised service for Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries under a simplified administrative structure: our clients correspond with a single office rather than with different offices in different countries. We offer a single technical and professional approach, which ensures best-in-class quality standards in all Latin American countries.


Our firm and its practitioners are widely recognised in the industry and feature in many of the world’s leading ranking publications.

Chambers and Partners say that BALDER is an “IP boutique offering noteworthy prosecution services [with] expertise in IP issues in Latin America. Clients include important multinational entities as well as major domestic corporates and start-ups. The department impresses with its service-oriented approach.”

IAM 1000 mentions Magnus Stiebe: “whose background as an examiner at the Swedish Patent Office stands him in good stead when prosecuting complex electro-mechanical applications before the EPO. He is a fantastic technical expert too. He puts in great performances in court and anyone who meets him is instantly impressed.” Isabel Pato Cour is described as “Intelligent, hardworking and pedagogic … just a few of her attributes. She has the capacity to understand new ideas and transform them into an application that cannot be refused.” Meanwhile, Patricia Koch “draws judiciously on more than two decades of experience before the German and Spanish courts, and several favourable Supreme Court decisions bear her fingerprints.”

Bespoke service

Due to our different backgrounds and extensive experience, we know that things can be done in many different ways, and the right way for some clients may be the wrong way for others. We have therefore strived to give BALDER a flexible structure that allows us to adapt to the specific needs and wishes of each client. We want to go beyond a made-to-measure service; we intend our business to be a bespoke IP consultancy business.

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