We are proud to be marking the 150th anniversary of our quest for excellence in our profession, looking eagerly towards a future replete with challenges and opportunities that will enable us to put our past experience to use in breaking new ground for protecting those ever more valuable rights, intangible assets.
In 1865, when Julio Vizcarrondo Elzaburu took up residence in Madrid, trademarks, patents, and other intellectual property rights were nearly as alien as little green men from Mars.
When, in the late 1880s, Francisco de Elzaburu set out on travels at the inception of a network of international conventions governing the transborder protection of IP rights, the internationalization of Spanish companies and practitioners was unimaginable to all but the most forward-thinking minds.
And later, in the 20th century, bringing top independent professionals into a family firm, as our President, Alberto de Elzaburu, did, advancing down the path initiated by his father, was still something outside the bounds of normal professional practice.
Now, in the 21st century, on the 150th anniversary of a professional venture that has seen so many of its efforts crowned with success, it is still our aim to continue to break new ground in all areas in our field of activity.
And so, verging on 150 years, we have reason to celebrate and hope that our joy will be infectious, taking root in all of us who are part of this Firm, and that we can convey our enthusiasm and expectations to our many clients and friends in the fields of law, industrial property, innovation, and copyright.
In this vein we will be holding a number of events in the course of 2015 and will be posting reports on this website.
150th Anniversary Lunch in Cercedilla
This past 29 May 2015, a Friday, the entire staff of the ELZABURU Firm, with family members and friends, all gathered together for a team-building outing in Cercedilla as part of the Firm's 150th Anniversary celebrations.
On a beautiful day a group of around 65 took a 14-km hike around the Fuenfría Valley, starting off at the Roman road and walking up through the Fuenfría Pass to the Poet's Lookout Point, where they enjoyed the spectacular views overlooking the Guadarrama Valley and the town of Cercedilla. After a 4-hour walk, the hikers were back at the starting point, where they were met by the rest of their co-workers, who had gone on a light stroll through the pasture lands around Cercedilla. Together they all went to the Los Frutales Restaurant, where, following a commemorative photo session of the whole group, the staff took part in recreational activities and sporting contests.
Marking the occasion, the President of the Firm, Alberto Elzaburu, handed out trophies to the winners and runners-up in tennis, paddle tennis, and mus (card game) tournaments.
A delicious meal capped off what was a fabulous day for all.