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Managing Partner: Ignacio Diez de Rivera
Number of partners: 11
Number of lawyers: 45
Languages: Chinese, English, French, German, Spanish

Firm Overview:
Elzaburu is a European IP firm based in Spain and established in 1865. It is made up of a team of lawyers, trademark attorneys, and patent attorneys in the different specialised scientific fields. The firm offers a comprehensive range of services in the areas of technology, registration, contracts and litigation.

Main Areas of Practice:
The firm deals with intellectual property law in its broadest sense: trademarks, patents, designs, copyrights, software licensing and development and other IT matters, unfair competition, advertising law, domain names, antitrust law, media and entertainment and related fields.

Trademarks & Domain Names:
3 partners; 17 lawyers
Elzaburu specialises in furnishing full-service advice, thereby assuring effective legal protection for its clients’ trademarks and tradenames in all national, community, and international jurisdictions: the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office (SPTO) in Madrid, the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) in Alicante and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva. Through its extensive network of international associates and its dedicated team of international experts, the firm is also able to secure national coverage in all countries worldwide. The firm is an officially appointed Registrar for both ‘.eu’ and ‘.es’ domain names and offers all necessary services for cost-effective domain name registration and management worldwide.
Contact: Luis Baz, Luis Beneyto, Fernando Ilardia
Email: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

Patents & Designs:
2 partners; 15 patent attorneys
Elzaburu has the specialised means and know-how to protect the innovative endeavours of companies and designers wherever protection is needed. The firm acts directly before the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office (SPTO) in Madrid, the European Patent Office (EPO) in Munich, and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva. It provides all services relating to the filing of Spanish and European and international patent and design applications, these latter with their corresponding country designations, including patent drafting. Elzaburu’s patent team includes specialists in the full range of scientific and technical fields, e.g., engineers in the different engineering disciplines, chemists, biochemists and biologists, prepared to advise and guide clients through the complexities of the procedure of patenting an invention or registering a design anywhere in the world from start to finish.
Contacts: Enrique Armijo, Francisco J Sáez
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Litigation & ADR:
5 partners; 16 lawyers
The firm’s litigation group comprises a team of fully bilingual, specialised litigation lawyers highly experienced in all forms of intellectual property disputes, e.g., trademark, patent and copyright infringement, counterfeiting and piracy, designs, media and entertainment, unfair competition, unfair advertising, etc., who can advise and represent clients in both civil and criminal matters before the Spanish courts and, as appropriate, before the Spanish Customs Authorities, the Court of Justice of the European Union, and dispute resolution service providers. The firm also has extensive experience in international cross-border intellectual property litigation and in working for foreign clients and liaising with lawyers in other jurisdictions, to fully serve all its clients’ needs. The firm’s litigation lawyers include authorised mediators registered with official mediation centres who are experienced in both national and international matters and who specialise in the various types of arbitration, from domain name dispute resolution to such other areas as audiovisual rights, information technologies, and patents and know-how.
Contacts: Antonio Castán, Enrique Armijo-Chávarri, Javier Fernández-Lasquetty, Colm Ahern, Mabel Klimt
Emails: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]

1 partner; 3 lawyers Elzaburu’s anticounterfeiting team works in close cooperation with Customs, the police, prosecutors, and the courts and has extensive experience in uncovering counterfeiting, gathering criminal evidence, and then bringing criminal proceedings with a view to obtaining convictions and damages.
Contacts: Antonio Castán, Juan J Caselles
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Media & Entertainment:
1 partner; 3 lawyers
Elzaburu offers a comprehensive legal advice for rightholders in all the different sectors of the entertainment industry (theatre, motion pictures, television, live shows, etc.) both nationally and internationally. Besides furnishing advice on IP right purchasing and licensing agreements, conducting or assisting in the negotiating process, and defending our clients’ interests in court, arbitration, and mediation proceedings, the firm can help in complying with regulatory requirements, financing (including tax incentive structures for audiovisual and live show productions, public aids, banking agreements), negotiation of royalties with performing rights societies, ticketing, advertising or image rights.
Contacts: Mabel Klimt
Emails: [email protected]

Legal & Business:
1 partner; 5 lawyers
Elzaburu legal and business practice provides specialised advice and services in all types of transactions involving IP rights, personality rights and IT. From the assignment or licensing of rights to complex joint ventures, the firm has expertise all across the full spectrum of areas, such as audiovisual and advertising, franchising, agency and other commercial agreements, software development and implementation, internet related matters, data protection, R&D and technology transfer in the different scientific fields, including biotech and so forth. In the field of R&D and TT agreements, the team of advisors comprises staff members specialised in different scientific fields. Other services provided by the firm include valuation and audits of all kinds of IP assets and advice on public funding for R&D projects.
Contact: Javier Fernández-Lasquetty
Email: [email protected]

The firm’s client base ranges from small companies and start ups to large corporations in both the public and private sectors engaged in all areas of business, such as the food, aviation, banking, beverage, biotechnology, power, healthcare, manufacturing, media and entertainment, medical instrumentation, pharmaceutical, real estate, software, technology, and telecommunications industries. Historically, US and Japanese companies have accounted for the preponderance of clients.