Vasco Stilwell d’Andrade


Vasco Stilwell d’Andrade joined Morais Leitão in 2008 and became a partner in 2021. He is co-head of the intellectual property team as well as co-coordinator of Team Genesis.

Vasco works predominantly in the intellectual property field, namely in protection strategy and implementation, licensing, assignments, valuation and litigation. He is frequently retained to assist clients in the resolution of complex and high-stakes disputes involving trademarks, patents, copyright and trade secrets. Within the patent litigation area, Vasco is very experienced in pharmaceutical patent litigation and the way it is intertwined with the regulatory field.

Vasco Stilwell d’Andrade is an accredited Industrial Property Agent (Agente Oficial da Propriedade Industrial) at the Portuguese Patent and Trademark Office (INPI) and a registered Professional Representative before the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). He also represents clients in proceedings at the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) and the European Patent Office (EPO). 

Prior to joining the firm, Vasco Stilwell d’Andrade worked as an intellectual property consultant for several law and patent attorney firms. He was also a trainee at the Portuguese Patent and Trademark Office and has obtained accreditation from WIPO and Fédération Internationale de Conseils en Propriété Industrielle (FICPI).

He is the author of various publications on IP matters and has served as Chair of the Lex Mundi Intellectual Property Group during the term of 2019-2021. He is also a member of the Board of LES Spain-Portugal, the regional Chapter of Licensing Executive Society International (LESI), since 2016. Vasco is also regularly invited to speak on IP issues at universities and other forums.

In 2022, Vasco was awarded the prize of Lawyer of the Year – Sport at theIberian Lawyer IP & TMT Awards.

"an excellent lawyer, noted for his enormous availability, deep legal and market knowledge and ability to respond quickly and rigorously."

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Law Degree (Law Faculty of the Lusíada University, 2008). LL.M. in International Public Law and in Intellectual Property Law (University of Edinburgh, 2001). Degree in International Relations and Modern History (MA Hons) (University of St. Andrews, 2000).


Portuguese, English and Spanish.


Portuguese Bar Association (admitted in 2012). Member of LES (Licensing Executives Society), INTA (International Trademark Association), AIPPI (International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property), ACPI (Associação de Consultores em Propriedade Industrial), inter alia.

Vasco Stilwell d’Andrade