Clifford Chance LLP

Intellectual Property Department

Spain
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What the team is known for A leading choice for patent matters. Leverages the tremendous reputations of key partners in Barcelona to attract a client list that comprises many of the most important global pharmaceutical and biotechnology innovator companies. Often secures roles in cases that drive forward developments in patent law. Assists with regional IP enforcement and licensing programmes, in addition to offering expertise in copyrighting issues flowing from new technologies, including artificial intelligence. Varied client list also includes blue-chip companies from the retail, media and telecoms industries. Handles trade mark infringement mandates, with activity in criminal proceedings.

Strengths Interviewees laud the firm's "deep IP knowledge," with one source hailing the practice as "the best patent litigators in Spain."

Clients emphasise that the team is "knowledgeable, accessible and responsive."

Work highlights Defended Novartis in patent enforcement proceedings concerning the client's drug Exforge.

Notable practitioners


Isabel Carulla
has notable activity in patent infringement proceedings. Clients underline her "knowledge and very high technical level."


Josep Montefusco
is a skilled litigator, with experience in copyright and patent disputes. Clients describe him as "pragmatic and result-oriented."

Interviewees hail department head
Miquel Montañá
as a "top lawyer." He has an outstanding reputation for his patents expertise, with one source enthusing: "He is the go-to patent litigation lawyer for just about every originator pharmaceutical company in the world when it comes to Spain." He holds further experience in trade mark and copyright infringements.