Partners: Jorge Grau, Alejandro Angulo, Javier Huarte, Agustí Valls, Sonia Santos, Jesús Arribas, Maite Ferrándiz, Jordi CamÓ, Ignacio Marqués, Carlota Viola
Number of lawyers: 33
Languages: English, French, Italian, Polish, Spanish
Grau & Angulo was founded in 2003 when leading experts in the field of intellectual property joined teams and expertise to create a boutique law firm specialising exclusively in defending its clients’ intellectual property rights and providing clear solutions as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Within this specialised area, the firm provides litigation and advice on patents, trademarks, design, copyright, domain names, licensing/technological transfer, unfair competition and anti-counterfeiting matters. Insight into this field combined with the highest technical and legal expertise and a high degree of specialisation are the key to the firm’s success.
This specialisation provides crucial resources enabling the firm to handle complex IP issues. Currently the largest IP litigation team in the country, Grau & Angulo deals with many of Spain’s most ground-breaking court cases and it has a strong reputation for dealing with EU cross-border cases.
The firm offers legal representation in all areas of intellectual property law to primarily international clients in industries such as entertainment, textile, fashion, mass consumer goods, healthcare, high technology, pharmaceutical, sport and leisure, food and beverage, perfumery, IT/telecoms and luxury goods, for whom intellectual property is an important asset of their business.
Main Areas of Practice:
■Leading strategic trademark enforcement of major perfume brands and massive EU- wide court action against smell-alike perfumes
■Continued trademark enforcement of major brand’s three stripe trademark
■Continued trademark enforcement of multinational mass media and entertainment corporation
■Defence of a leading telecommunications company in trademark infringement and parallel import case
■Litigation concerning 3D trademarks on an iconic liquor bottle against look-alike cases
■Significant judgement in EU Design infringement representing a major luxury brand in dispute concerning its iconic handbag design
■Diverse litigation work concerning iconic bottle designs and automobile accessions
Mechanical & Electronic Patent Litigation:
■Defending a major brand’s coffee capsule patent
■Defending a healthcare client’s patent for a hospital’s drug-dispenser machine
■Defending a company’s electronic patents related to live streaming of audio and/or video information over diverse communications networks
Pharmaceutical Patent Litigation:
The team has attained some impressive victories in landmark cases involving blockbuster drugs such as Truvada®, Targin®, Inegy®, NuvaRing®, Exforge®, Tracleer® and many more. It works regularly on pan-European strategies.
■Recent cases involved successfully opposing preliminary injunction requests for alleged infringement of SPCs (ezetimibe/simvastatin, tenofovir/emtricitabine), as well as upheld patent invalidity counterclaims (oxycodone/naloxone, valsartan/amlodipine). These cases have parallel litigations in various other European countries, and some of them are running in parallel to opposition and appeal proceedings at the European Patent Office
Copyright Litigation & Advice:
■Defending three teleshopping companies in copyright infringement concerning their teleshopping ads. Copyright protection of TV commercials is a new concept with few precedents up to now
■Representing diverse media and entertainment companies in copyright and unfair competition cases
■Advising a major European women’s healthcare centre on a software licence agreement
The firm’s well established anti-counterfeiting team provides continuous enforcement and border controls. Its effectiveness in border controls is due to its longstanding relationships with customs authorities and police bodies which provides time and cost-effective solutions for clients. This same team also provides highly skilled criminal litigation services with a practical, tailor-made approach, depending on the client’s needs, goals and budget. Other strong team assets are data collection and intelligence analysis which have proved useful for clients in developing both national and international brand protection strategies and in cross-border work.
■The team defends leading brands in the areas of entertainment, sport and leisure, fashion, luxury and accessories, footwear, mass consumer products and perfumes
■The team leads some of the most relevant and challenging anti-counterfeiting cases in the Spanish criminal jurisdiction
The firm’s client portfolio ranges from small domestic firms to multinationals and it is proud of its close longstanding relationship with so many of its clients.
■MIP names Grau & Angulo ‘Patent Contentious Firm of the Year in Spain’ (2018)
■Best Lawyers names Grau & Angulo ‘Law firm of the Year in Spain for Intellectual Property’ (2018)
■The Lawyer names Grau & Angulo ‘European Specialist Law Firm of the Year’ (2017)