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The IP team at this full-service firm operates within the litigation and corporate department and is selective in the work it accepts, limiting its activity to highly complex and high-value copyright, patent and trade mark violation and litigation cases. Clients/Work Highlights: The firm represented two multinational pharmaceutical companies in a complex dispute involving the protection of their patents. It also successfully prevented the import of optical recording and reading systems infringing a client’s patents by applying for a border detention order.
A leading force in many other practice areas, including corporate matters, this firm is devoting considerable resources to building up its IP expertise. The IP department focuses on high-value and complex cases involving patent violation, in addition to authors' rights and trade mark work. It acts for prominent pharmaceutical clients and high-profile sports personalities. The team is currently involved in a case relating to the generic pharmaceutical industry.
This IP group is divided between the firm’s corporate and litigation departments, and has the advantage of being able to draw on the firm's large pool of some of the country’s leading practitioners in other practice areas. Its strength in the sector continues to grow, and it advises on patent litigation and assists members of the media industry and other high-profile public figures. The practice recently represented Pfizer in patent litigation cases against other pharmaceutical companies, and acted for Philips in industrial property litigation against a number of hi-tech goods importers.
The IP department of this prestigious firm handles contentious and non-contentious mandates and advises on trade marks, patents, copyrights and image rights. Apart from its heavy workload in the pharmaceutical sector, the group is also strong in media and entertainment. The team can draw upon the firm's selection of high profile lawyers. In 2010, disputes partner António Pinto Leite acted as sole arbitrator for the first national arbitration at ARBITRARE, the Arbitration Centre for Industrial Property.
This traditional Portuguese firm offers the complete range of IP services, with a dedicated team of 13 lawyers. The group acts on innovative, high-value transactions and has a particular focus on patent litigation, representing Pfizer in more than 200 separate proceedings. Besides its pharmaceutical industry work, the team advises clients from the electronics and TMT sectors, and recently acted for Philips on a number of cases relating to the counterfeiting of its products. Sources say: “Whenever I request clarification, the team is excellent at providing a helpful explanation of its points.”
What the team is known for: A full-service firm with expertise in contentious and non-contentious IP issues. Recent mandates include licensing, patent and trade mark litigation. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): "A really impressive team, able to handle complex issues in a cost-effective manner." "The lawyers are super available and work quickly. They're great in presentations and negotiations - they provide perfect support." Work highlights: Represented Pfizer in proceedings against generic drugs companies. Acted on behalf of Philips in counterfeiting litigation.
Covers the full scope of contentious and transactional IP in sectors such as pharmaceutical and media. Particularly skilled in arbitration and image rights. "A proactive team that always provides practical solutions to clients."
Recognised team for patent litigation, particularly active on behalf of key pharmaceutical clients. Also advises on IP aspects of the business development of major media clients. "The team is extremely efficient, very proactive and sees situations coming and acts beforehand." "The firm is up to date and always tries to find the best for us."
Recognised team for patent litigation, particularly active on behalf of key pharmaceutical clients. Also advises major media clients on copyright and trade mark issues, as well as technology companies on adapting to the new copyright levy regime in Portugal. Clients remark: "They are very informative and have quick responses. Also very available and proactive in advising; they provide very complete advice with a global view." Other sources comment on their experience with the firm: "They are very strong in the negotiation process related to trade marks. The advice is always specific for the particular client and sensitive to the precise situation and its objectives. We use their services due to the quality of work, expertise, efficiency and reasonable costs."
What the team is known for:  Noteworthy practice with particular strength in the life sciences field and notable activity in pharmaceutical patent disputes. Acts for major international clients, including prominent life sciences, fashion and technology companies. Also experienced in advising media clients on copyright and trade mark issues.  Strengths:  Clients are effusive about the team's service and its "360-degree vision of clients' needs." Other interviewees report: "The lawyers are supremely responsive, efficient and provide substantive and strategic feedback."

Noteworthy practice with strengths in IP and software licensing agreements, trade mark prosecution, copyright infringement and patent litigation. Acts for major international clients, including prominent life sciences, fashion and financial services companies. Also experienced in advising media clients on copyright issues. Noted for the intellectual capabilities of its team members, interviewees explain: "The firm is super-efficient and provides solid, comprehensive advice on Portuguese and EU matters." Clients explain that "the lawyers work very quickly and do not require many back-and-forths to get the work done."

Meritorious team with significant activity tackling mandates such as patent litigation, trade mark applications and oppositions, and licensing. Adept at performing contract analysis and acts on settlement negotiations and IP arbitrations. Often retained by well-known clients active in the technology, life sciences, sports, and telecommunications industries.

Notable team with significant activity tackling mandates such as patent litigation, trade mark applications and oppositions, and licensing. Adept at performing contract analysis and acts on settlement negotiations and IP arbitrations. Often retained by well-known clients active in the technology, life sciences, sports and telecommunications industries. According to one satisfied client, "excellent advice is always provided as well as a concerted effort to get to know and understand clients."  "The lawyers are very responsible, taking initiative and ownership for the projects of the client and managing all the details," another client adds.

Legal 500

Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares Da Silva & Associados has been advising Pfizer on advertising law, as well as on a number of patent-related issues, particularly patent litigation. Pernod Ricard and Heinz have also sought the firm’s expert advice on trade mark issues, namely management and litigation. While senior associate Tomás Vaz Pinto heads up the firm’s experienced team, partners António Pinto Leite, Carlos Osório de Castro and José Botelho Moniz also offer IP expertise.
Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares Da Silva & Associados' leading IP practice is led by has in partner Tomás Vaz Pinto. The firm has advised on trade mark management, licensing, trade mark disputes and copyright infringement. Clients include Pernod Ricard, Diageo, Turner and Sojornal.
Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados’ six-strong team is led by co-managing partner and litigation expert António Pinto Leite and is the adviser of choice for a wide range of international and domestic clients. The firm advised Pernod Ricard Portugal on trade marks in the context of its acquisitions of the Allied Domecq Group.
Tier 2

Intellectual Property

2005
Clients feel ‘ greatly confident’ in the technical ability of Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados, and point towards department leaders, António Pinto Leite and Tomáas Vaz Pinto as a solid duo for IP matters. With high-profile clients such as Pfizer, and a steady stream of complex casework involving litigation and trade mark matters, the team is held in extremely high regard.Clients feel ‘ greatly confident’ in the technical ability of Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares Da Silva & Associados, and point towards department leaders, António Pinto Leite and Tomáas Vaz Pinto as a solid duo for IP matters. With high-profile clients such as Pfizer, and a steady stream of complex casework involving litigation and trade mark matters, the team is held in extremely high regard.
Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados is recommended for IP transactions, and also particularly for patent enforcement and copyright issues. Leading on the transactional side, Tomás Vaz Pinto provides ‘extremely sound and straightforward advice on complex IP issues’. Pinto is advising Euronext Lisbon on copyright and trade mark matters, and advised EDP on patent licensing and IP rights. António Pinto Leite is advising Pfizer in over 150 legal challenges brought against generic drug companies as part of Pfizer’s patent rights protection programme, and is assisting Philips IP in litigation against counterfeiters. Consultant Vasco Stilwell d’Andrade is also recommended.
Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados’ cross-practice TMT group advises several leading industry clients, including Impresa and Sonaecom. The team of ‘creative, forward-thinking lawyers’ is headed by António Lobo Xavier, and offers wide-ranging regulatory, transactional and commercial expertise. Tomás Vaz Pinto worked with Impresa on a content supply partnership with PT Group, including the creation of a new TV channel. The group is known for its ‘deep resources and diversity of talent’.
Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados is another ‘major player’ in the TMT arena and has substantial experience advising on commercial matters, advertising and regulatory disputes. Helena Tapp Barroso regularly represents SIBS Processos. Tomás Vaz Pinto advises beverage distributor Pernod Ricard Portugal on all media and advertising matters. Other clients include Impresa and Sonaecom. Oporto-based António Lobo Xavier heads the practice.
Practice co-head Tomás Vaz Pinto at Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados is an experienced IP transactional lawyer who advises on advertising and copyright issues. António Pinto Leite is recommended for his advice on patent law. In 2010, Leite conducted the first national arbitration in Portugal’s new specialist IP arbitration centre. The team represents clients across the pharmaceuticals, media, telecoms and retail sectors, including Pfizer, Impresa, Sonae, Benetton, Procter & Gamble and new client Euronext Lisbon.
Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados’ team is led by António Pinto Leite and Tomás Vaz Pinto, who has ‘profound knowledge’. The group provides ‘extremely sound and straightforward advice on complex issues’, and has a strong track record in contentious patent work. Leite continues to represent Pfizer in over 150 proceedings filed against generic drug companies, and Pinto is advising Nintendo of Europe on IP and media law issues in Portugal. Other clients include Philips IP and Champagne Louis Roederer. Associate Vasco Stilwell d’Andrade is also recommended.
One of the leading players for patent litigation in the pharmaceutical sector, Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados’ IP practice is split between litigation, prosecutions and transactions. ‘The number-one arbitrator in ARBITRARE’, António Pinto Leite is presiding over several disputes between state and private entities. Pinto Leite is also representing Pfizer in more than 250 separate proceedings against generics, to protect its rights in Viagra, Lipitor and other medicines. Other mandates include counterfeiting litigation on behalf of Philips, and European trade mark litigation on behalf of American Expedition Vehicles and Streetcar. Tomás Vaz Pinto and associate Vasco Stilwell d’Andrade are recommended.
Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados’ full-service IP practice has gained new clients including Sony and Nutrinveste. Tomás Vaz Pinto assists REN with software protection and António Pinto Leite is advising One-Red on counterfeiting enforcement and litigation. Ricardo do Nascimento Ferreira provides ‘excellent advice in a professional manner’ and Vasco Stilwell d’Andrade demonstrates ‘negotiation and settlement skills’
At Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados, António Pinto Leite is highly rated for IP arbitration, recently handling patent disputes in the pharmaceuticals sector. Carlos Osório de Castro advises well-known personalities such as Cristiano Ronaldo on image rights. Senior associate and ‘great negotiator’ Vasco Stilwell d’Andrade ‘achieves extraordinary results’, and Tomás Vaz Pinto and senior associate Ricardo do Nascimento Ferreira are also recommended. Clients include Apple, One-Red and SK Chemicals.
Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados provides "efficient, sound and prompt advice at reasonable costs", and is recommended for handling patent disputes in the pharmaceutical sector. Elsewhere, Carlos Osório de Castro is advising Cristiano Ronaldo on image rights. At senior associate level, Vasco Stilwell d’Andrade is "extremely versatile and comprehensive", providing "thoughtful and well-reasoned" advice on trade mark matters, and Ricardo do Nascimento Ferreira is also recommended.
Morais Leitão, Galvão Teles, Soares da Silva & Associados’ advice is ‘always timely and complete’. The group is highly recommended for patent disputes in the pharmaceutical sector, and recently represented a fashion retailer in unfair competition and design infringement disputes. Senior associate Vasco Stilwell d’Andrade is a trade mark expert who ‘works seamlessly’ with the client and provides ‘well-reasoned strategy’. Managing associate Ricardo do Nascimento Ferreira is another name to note.

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Chambers Europe

Vasco Stilwell d'Andrade acts on matters relating to patents, copyright, trade marks and licensing. Clients appreciate his "very holistic approach to problem solving."
Vasco Stilwell d'Andrade focuses mainly on trade mark, patent and copyright litigation, as well as IP licensing topics. Sources say: "He is very strong in the negotiation process for trade mark oppositions and trade mark consent agreements. He is a very valuable asset."

Vasco Stilwell d’Andrade

Band 4 Intellectual Property
2016
Co-head of department Tomás Vaz Pinto handles all non-contentious matters such as copyright and trade marks. Clients say: "He has good sense and solid client management skills."
According to clients, associate Vasco Stilwell d'Andrade is "specialised in IP and always one step ahead; he defends our interests very well."
Clients appreciate Tomás Vaz Pinto's "quick and efficient responses."
Vasco Stilwell d'Andrade enters the rankings following excellent commentary from clients: "He understands the cultural nuances of the law between different jurisdictions, which is particularly challenging. He is an outstanding lawyer in anybody's book."
Commentators praise Tomás Vaz Pinto's work and describe him as "great: very practical, helpful and technically sound. He answers quickly and gives us concrete solutions."
Team co-head Tomás Vaz Pinto earns praise for the accuracy and thoroughness of his work.
Tomás Vaz Pinto is one of the team's leading figures and market sources admire his "solid business acumen and technical knowledge."
António Pinto Leite and Tomás Vaz Pinto are the IP contact partners.
António Pinto Leite and Tomás Vaz Pinto are the IP contact partners.

Legal 500

António Pinto Leite

Leading Lawyer Intellectual Property
2017

António Pinto Leite

Leading Lawyer Intellectual Property
2016

António Pinto Leite

Leading Lawyer Intellectual Property
2015

Best Lawyers

Ricardo do Nascimento Ferreira

Intellectual Property
2018

Vasco Stilwell d’Andrade

Intellectual Property
2018

Tomás Vaz Pinto

Corporate; Intellectual Property; Mergers and Acquisitions; Private Equity
2018

Tomás Vaz Pinto

Corporate; Intellectual Property; Mergers and Acquisitions
2017

Vasco Stilwell d’Andrade

Intellectual Property
2017

Vasco Stilwell d’Andrade

Intellectual Property
2016

Vasco Stilwell d’Andrade

Intellectual Property Law
2015

Tomás Vaz Pinto

Intellectual Property
2015

Tomás Vaz Pinto

Intellectual Property
2014

Carlos Osório de Castro

Technology
2012

Carlos Osório de Castro

Telecommunications
2012
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