Leonor Magalhães Galvão

Founding Partner and Industrial Property Agent at magellan IP

Leonor Magalhães Galvão is one of the founding partners of magellan IP and head of the firm’s patent practice. She is a qualified Brazilian patent and trademark attorney and has nearly 20 years of experience in the IP field. Prior to founding magellan IP she worked at renowned Brazilian IP firms.

Dr Galvão represents important national and international clients that range from academic institutions to multinational corporations. Her practice includes the drafting and prosecution of patents before the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office, patentability analysis, oppositions, appeal proceedings, technology transfers, freedom-to-operate opinions and general consultancy services in intellectual property. She specialises in chemistry, biotechnology, molecular biology, immunology, medical devices and diagnostics, as well as pharmaceutical products. Dr Galvão is also actively involved in biodiversity and access to genetic patrimony matters.

Dr Galvão frequently presents to audiences worldwide on a variety of topics relating to Brazilian patent law. She has gained much respect in the profession as chair of the Biotechnology Committee of the Brazilian Intellectual Property Association. She is also an active member of the Biotech and Pharma and Greentech Committees of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property, as well as a member of the Brazilian Association of Industrial Property Agents. Dr Galvão volunteers as a mentor in IP matters at Endeavor, a global non-governmental organisation that promotes entrepreneurship.

Dr Galvão has a BSc in biochemistry (first class honours) from Imperial College London and a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Sao Paulo. In 2015, she founded magellan IP in Rio de Janeiro – the firm now has a 25-plus strong team. She helped to launch the firm’s liaison office in Lisbon in 2019 for Brazil and Portuguese-speaking Africa (Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, Guiné-Bissau and São Tomé).

She continues to be recognised in such prestigious publications as IAM Patent 1000IAM Patent 300 and Who’s Who Legal, Leaders’ League.

IAM says

Leonor Magalhães Galvão’s legal and technical prowess is complemented by fluency in Portuguese, Spanish, English and French, making communication with her international client base a breeze. She is one of Brazil’s top life sciences IP minds.

Professional associations

  • ABPI
  • AIPF
  • LES


  • IP management consultancy
  • Licensing
  • Technology transfer
  • Valuation

Firm details

magellan IP
Rua da Assembleia
10 - sala 3215
Rio de Janeiro 20011-901

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