IAM Patent 1000 2018

World’s leading patent professionals

«Elzaburu has a number of distinctions: it is the oldest IP firm in Spain (established in 1865); it has the largest line-up (17 litigation lawyers, two court agents, and 13 patent attorneys); and it acts for the largest number of Fortune 500 companies. With individuals on each of the IAM Patent 1000 tables – prosecution, litigation and transactions – it can provide legal certainty to technology brands and support their business development in many meaningful ways. When it comes to procurement and portfolio management, Francisco Sáez is the best bet for a successful outcome. The head of the patent department’s innovation team, he drafts meticulously and counsels strategically; having recently earned his patent litigation diploma at the University of Strasbourg, he is well placed to support his clients in infringement scenarios. However, the Elzaburu advocacy kings are Antonio Castán and Enrique Armijo Chávarri. “Castán is an excellent litigator and a gentleman who avoids being unnecessarily aggressive.” That said, he gets it done for his clients, whatever it takes. Armijo Chávarri coordinates the SPC litigation practice. Meanwhile, the outfit’s best negotiator is Javier Fernández-Lasquetty, who heads the legal and business department; he gets signatures on the dotted line of complex technology-centric contracts with ease and is also brilliant deploying alternative dispute resolution methods to bring about settlements»

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