Licks Attorneys

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With a 75% success rate in patent litigation, Licks Attorneys is a true contentious powerhouse: “They are excellent thought partners when discussing complex issues and devising creative ways to achieve business objectives. Their extraordinary commercial awareness and mastery of regulatory approval processes are invaluable.” Its three Brazilian offices are supported by a fourth in Tokyo and it stands as the only South American law firm member of the International Patent Evaluation Consortium, giving it valuable international insight. The firm recently secured injunctive relief on behalf of both Genentech and Novartis, thanks to the efforts of co-founders Otto Licks and Rodrigo Maior. The venerable Licks is an “outstanding litigator” who has masterminded many precedential wins in the life sciences and telecommunications spaces. Making his debut in the IAM Patent 1000 this year, Maior has an affinity for tricky cases involving issues of non-obviousness; well versed in fields from IT and telecommunications to metallurgy, he is also increasingly sought out by pharmaceutical companies. Fellow founding partners Eduardo Hallak and Carlos Aboim are likewise on speed dial for life sciences players. Gilead called in Hallak when its Remdesivir drug needed extra protection against infringement after shooting to prominence as a treatment for covid-19. He is “a creative strategist who is always educating himself and adding more weapons to his intellectual arsenal”. “No matter what the technology, he goes deep to identify the main gist of each issue and shows amazing ability in finding solutions.” Aboim has extensive first-chair trial and appellate experience in the pharmaceutical field and fights tenaciously for clients: “He knows the Brazilian judicial system very well and has a great appreciation for which avenues to select to get the desired outcome.”

Firm Profile

Licks Attorneys is one of Brazil's most respected litigation law firms, having unparalleled commitment to local and worldwide clients in the country. It focuses on complex litigation and its lawyers boast an outstanding track record in handling the highest-profile IP and regulatory disputes. The firm's practice shapes the development and direction of IP, technology and regulatory law.

With offices in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Brasilia, Curitiba and Tokyo, the team combines industry knowledge with legal expertise to assist a wide variety of clients – from Fortune 500 companies to high-tech start-ups making their debut in the Brazilian market.

The firm's multidisciplinary attorneys have handled complex commercial and corporate claims over the past 20 years in major sectors, including technology, the internet, telecommunications, life sciences, medical devices and finance.

Licks Attorneys, doesn't just solve problems; it anticipates and helps clients plan accordingly. This carefully crafted approach is why it is Brazil's leading firm in litigation and patent matters. The firm puts its client’s interests at the forefront of every operation, always seeking the quickest and most cost-effective solutions. The firm also relies on the strengths of a multicultural team which not only speaks its clients’ language, but also understands their legal and business cultures.

Employing a litigation practice which combines legal expertise, technical industry knowledge and a pragmatic approach to dispute resolution, the firm has an overall success rate of 82.6% and has been engaged in most of Brazil's highest-profile IP, life sciences and technology cases.

The firm has the most extensive patent litigation practice in the country. It is involved in almost every high-profile case concerning complex technologies in Brazil. With outstanding results, Licks Attorneys has the most successful telecom practice working for both patent owners and implementers.

Licks Attorneys' patent prosecution group consists of professionals with a technical background and well-experienced lawyers. This combination has produced a 100% success rate in expediting patent prosecution before federal courts and 88% of allowance before the Brazil Patent and Trademark Office. Challenging established practices and reshaping the boundaries of patentability in Brazil, the firm develops strategies to move Brazilian patent practice to the next level, ensuring high standards of protection for its clients.

The communications technology group is one of its core practice areas, with a successful track record for the fastest expedited prosecution, the highest allowance rates, having the ability to engage with members of the government and policymakers at the cabinet level, and the largest and most qualified team of patent litigators. The group has the proven proficiency to maximise the availability, enforcement and monetisation of broad patent rights, backed by the support of the largest investment in information technology and dedicated computer systems in Brazilian patent practice.

ISO certifications and security ratings

Protecting client information and ensuring the highest standards of services, the firm’s management system is based on ISO 27001 and ISO 9001. Licks Attorneys is rated "A98" by Secure ScoreCard and rank 98.39% at the Microsoft Secure Score Center.

Main Areas of Practice:

  • Patent Litigation
  • Strategic Patent Prosecution
  • Policy Making & Government Relations
  • Unfair Competition
  • Trademark Copyright
  • Food & Drug
  • Life Science
  • Cyber Law, E-commerce & Software
  • Cyber Security, Privacy
  • Counselling & Transactional
  • Regulatory
  • Complex Business Litigation


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