Chambers Europe 2021
The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2021.
Band 2 of Leading Firms in Intellectual Property in Spain:
What the team is known for: Active litigation practice that complements renowned capabilities in patent and trade mark prosecution and management. Advises on applications to the Spanish or EU IP agencies and handles appeals against adverse decisions. Assists major international clients with trade mark infringement and anti-counterfeiting cases, including those that are accompanied by customs seizures and criminal prosecutions. Acts on patent disputes in the technology sector. Adds to non-contentious copyright capabilities through the hire of Mabel Klimt as head of the media department.
Strengths: Interviewees note that key individuals in the team offer the «unique combination of native English language and both a technical and legal background.»
Market commentators say that «the firm has a very strong client base in terms of brand owners.»
One interviewee reports that Antonio Castán is «very smart and sophisticated in the way he explains things and the way he works.» The same source goes on to praise Castán’s negotiation skills, saying: «It is easy to reach a reasonable solution with him without wasting the client’s time and money.» Castán frequently handles litigation for key clients. Interviewees also note his copyright knowledge.
Enrique Armijo Chávarri attracts attention among market commentators for his presence in some of the firm’s key patent litigation mandates. He also assists major brands with trade mark infringement and cancellation actions.
Sources say that Javier Fernández-Lasquetty is «always willing to listen to our specific needs and to look for a tailor-made solution.» He has a broad IP practice that includes technology transfer mandates and actions taken to block the parallel import of protected products.
Within his role as head of the trade mark department, Luis Baz predominantly advises on the registration and prosecution of trade marks with the Spanish OEPM or the EUIPO. He also attracts praise from market commentators for his experience in trade mark litigation.
Mabel Klimt Yusti earns praise from interviewees for her experience working with media sector clients. As part of her wider media practice she advises on the licensing and assignment of copyright in television, film or theatre production agreements.