Our Firm specializes in offering services and advice in the fields of industrial property, intellectual property, licensing, technology transfer, unfair competition, domain names, and general litigation relating to intellectual and industrial property rights in all competent courts at all levels and in all jurisdictions, including international courts of arbitration.
Our Firm's Alicante branch office specializes in Community trademark and design matters and can offer legal services in all five official languages of the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (Trade Marks and Designs), the OHIM, i.e., Spanish, English, German, French, and Italian. Our partners and associates speak at least three of these official languages, and we have our own in-house foreign lawyers who also speak Spanish.
Our partners and associates include a team of lawyers who handle actions in and out of court in defence of our clients' interests along with contentious-administrative appeals to Spain's High Courts of Justice and Supreme Court.
Main areas of expertise:
Trademark watches, surveillance, and clearance
Spanish device mark watches and searches
Filing and maintenance of national, Community, and international marks
International trademark portfolio management
Opposition and appeal proceedings at the SPTO and OHIM and before all Spanish courts
Due diligence and other intellectual and industrial property audits
On-line trademark portfolio management
- Departamento Procesal y Servicio Jurídico
- Estudio y auditoría de cartera de Patentes y Marcas
- Internet, dominios y nuevas tecnologías
- Invenciones, Patentes y Modelos de utilidad
- Marcas, logos y signos distintivos
- Propiedad intelectual - Derechos de autor - Copyright
- Publicidad y Competencia Desleal
- Redacción de Contratos, Negociaciones y Licencias
- Valoración de cartera de Propiedad Industrial
Patents, Utility Models, and Designs
Preparation of patent, utility model, and design applications. Our Firm's team of Patent Attorneys qualified in the various scientific and engineering fields provides all services relating to the filing of Spanish national patent and utility model applications, Community and Spanish design applications, and international (PCT) and European patent applications as well as the corresponding country designations.
Searches. Our Firm has the means and specialized personnel on hand that enable it to conduct all types of searches relating to patents, utility models, industrial models and designs, and Community and Spanish designs (particularly subject matter and owner searches).
Technical opinions. Our Firm's Patent Attorneys draw up technical opinions addressing patentability and infringement issues.
Watching services. On request our Firm offers watching services to monitor filings of new patents, utility models, and/or industrial designs which could potentially conflict with the industrial property rights being watched. The relevant watch notices are sent out for purposes of information and, where appropriate, opposition. Special-purpose watching services are also available upon request.
Technical translations. Our Firm has a large team of qualified translators specializing in the different technical fields for the various language pairs to prepare the initial versions of translations. The versions prepared by this team are then vetted and revised by our Firm's Patent Attorneys, who are responsible for the final versions, ensuring that our translations are of the highest quality.
National phase of European patents. Our Firm handles validations in Spain both of European patent applications for provisional protection under Article 67(3) of the European Patent Convention (EPC) and of granted European patents to obtain the corresponding Spanish part under Article 65(1) EPC and in fact takes charge of a large share of all validation work performed. The requisite translations of the original specifications are produced as just described in the preceding section dealing with technical translations.
Copyright, Counterfeiting and Piracy, Mediation and Arbitration
Our Firm furnishes comprehensive legal advice for preparing and conducting civil and criminal actions in the fields of intellectual and industrial property law, advertising law, competition law, and domain name law. The lawyers on our Litigation Team have extensive experience and specialize in legal actions and court procedures.
The advice furnished covers all stages from start to finish as well as follow-up for legal proceedings in matters of patents, distinctive signs, unfair competition, advertising law, and copyright law, along with such other related matters as domain names. The partners in our Firm's Litigation Group, under the direction of the distinguished lawyer and university law professor Antonio Castán, are highly specialized in infringement actions, invalidity and nullity actions, and trademark revocation actions on grounds of non-use, as well as actions involving ownership claims. Because our Firm's partners, associates, and of counsel include engineers, chemists, and specialists in the full range of technical and scientific fields, our clients are assured of an effective and incisive approach to all aspects of their cases and immediate attention to issues that arise in the course of proceedings.
Our Firm furnishes legal assistance in pursuing counterfeiting and piracy of intellectual and industrial property. To this end, inter alia, we request and coordinate border measures and police raids to seize counterfeit merchandise. We also advise on setting up anti-counterfeiting programmes with long-term policies and comprehensive plans of action. Subsequently, we cooperate in the requisite preliminary inquiries and then actively support criminal prosecutions at trial to obtain convictions.