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“The team at BALDER is one of the most professional teams in the country and their service is completely first rate and absolutely recommendable.” In almost a decade, the group has grown into a premier choice for prosecution in Spain, and all of its ranked professionals come highly recommended. Team lead Magnus Stiebe “is a very experienced, diligent and professional European patent attorney. His ideas are unique and creative, and his opinions are always well founded. Magnus approaches each matter with enthusiasm and fresh eyes, and he thoroughly investigates each aspect of a case.” “Olof Fickert is the go-to attorney for prosecution in Spain and several Latin American countries. Having a single point of contact is advantageous, and he provides the best possible service to his clients.” Bolstering the firm’s offering with her contentious capabilities, Patricia Koch “is well known as a leading patent litigation lawyer. She is sharp, versatile and always thinks outside thebox”.

Firm Profile

BALDER is one of Spain’s most innovative IP law firms, founded in Madrid in 2012. The team’s mix of nationalities, cultures and backgrounds means that we take a different, modern and flexible approach to IP law. We offer a complete range of legal services designed to help you protect your patents and innovations to succeed in a global competitive market.

Our team of more than 90 academically trained specialists has extensive and proven experience within the sector. They are well known for thinking outside the box and using innovative strategies and determination to ensure that your legal needs are met.

We count on several native speakers of different key languages, such as English, German, Spanish and Portuguese, to ensure that nothing gets lost in translation.

Our principal goal is to provide the highest quality technical and legal services possible and to be an instrumental part of your success.

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.

Latin America

At BALDER we are specialists in Latin American countries. Our team of experienced Latin American attorneys and paralegals draw on their local knowledge to provide a first-class service. We offer a truly centralised service for Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries under a simplified administrative structure: our clients liaise with a single office rather than with several offices in different countries. By choosing BALDER in Latin America, you choose efficiency, saving time and overhead costs.


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 writes that BALDER:

Benefits from the presence of both European Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys and qualified lawyers. Earns praise for handling of global prosecution mandates, often coordinating local counsel to secure protection for technologies or designs in the USA and in Latin America. Files trade mark revocation actions with the EUIPO and assists with Spanish civil court proceedings in relation to trade mark or patent infringement actions. Expertise spans the life sciences, engineering and telecoms industries. Clients value the lawyers’ “solid expert knowledge and their ability to find and propose, in view of the circumstances of each case, the best solutions to defend our interests”. “They are flexible, creative and responsive,” states another source, adding: “Communication from the lawyers is always clear.”

According to IAM Patent 1000, Olof Fickert “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. Meanwhile, it highlights Patricia Koch as “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”.

The Legal 500 comments:

The experience working with Magnus Stiebe cannot be better and it is also unparalleled. From his thorough work drafting the opinions, to his appearance in court to defend them and answer the court’s and the parties’ questions, Magnus stands out in all he does. He is an excellent professional, who carefully and efficiently analyses the cases and comes up with the best solutions for the clients. He is also extremely collaborative, with counsels and other experts involved in the case. He is innovative, proactive, very hardworking and fully committed to the clients’ success. He treats each case as unique and, despite being extremely busy always, puts the best of himself in all of them. He is also truly outstanding in court.

Our commitment to you

Our extensive experience has taught us that things can be done in many different ways, and that the right approach for certain clients may be not a good fit for others. As a result, we use a flexible framework that allows us to respond to each client’s unique needs. We aim to offer more than a made-to-measure service; we want to be a customised IP consulting firm.

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