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Brazil: Patents 2016

In this chapter, we identify 21 of the leading patents lawyers and agents in Brazil.

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Otto Licks Licks Attorneys, Rio de Janeiro
Gustavo de Freitas Morais Dannemann Siemsen Advogados, São Paulo
Luiz Leonardos Luiz Leonardos & Advogados, São Paulo

Dannemann Siemsen Advogados leads this year’s research with six listings. Gustavo de Freitas Morais in São Paulo is hailed as “one of the country’s leading patent lawyers” by respondents who cite his “diligent and comprehensive approach” and his extensive experience in litigation, licensing, regulatory and IP prosecution. He is particularly experienced in the telecommunications and life sciences sectors. The firm’s Rio de Janeiro office is home to five of the firm’s nominees. The “pre-eminent” Peter Dirk Siemsen is a long-standing fixture in the market who, according to peers, “stands out for his technical knowledge”. Head As head of the firm’s patent and trademark litigation group, Joaquim Eugenio Goulart is commended for his “powerful and persuasive style” and “superb strategic acumen”. Raul Hey specialises in patent prosecution and technology transfer-related matters including licensing, IP portfolio management and open innovation strategy, among others. According to one client, Hey is “an immensely experienced practitioner whose air of composure immediately set me at ease”. The “assiduous” David Merrylees and the “extremely knowledgeable” Rafaela Borges Walter Carneiro complete the firm’s key players in our research.

At intellectual property boutique Gusmão & Labrunie, two outstanding practitioners are nominated. Name partner José Roberto d'Affonseca Gusmão is widely recognised as “top- tier”. According to sources, he is a “client favourite” known for providing clients with rigorous and comprehensive advice on all aspects of patent-related matters. Fellow founding partner Jacques Labrunie is regarded as an “intellectual property guru” whose “depth of knowledge and strategic awareness is among the very best”.

Kasznar Leonardos Intellectual Property is home to two excellent nominees. Elisabeth Kasznar Fekete is praised for providing clients with “stellar service, professionalism and market-leading awareness”. The head of the Rio de Janeiro office’s litigation department Gabriel Francisco Leonardos is regarded as “the first port of call for complex patent litigation”.

At Rio-based Licks Attorneys, founding partner Otto Licks is deemed “one of the dominant Brazilian players in patent litigation”. His impressive practice focusses on intellectual property and life sciences in the telecommunications, medical devices and IT sectors.

Esther Flesch, Brazilian compliance group head of national full-service firm Trench Rossi e Watanabe Advogados, is praised for her “dynamic and innovative approach to difficult problems and tough cases”.

Luiz Leonardos, of his own newly formed IP boutique Luiz Leonardos & Advogados, is “a market leading authority” with a lifetime of experience in patent and trademark litigation across all levels of the Brazilian judiciary. One respondent summed up market sentiment by stating that “Leonardos is iconic in the Brazilian IP space”.

At Magellan IP, founding partner and head of the firm’s patent practice Leonor Magalhães Galvão is an “undeniably talented patent agent” with considerable experience representing national and international clients in the life sciences industries. According to sources, “she She is a real client-favourite and a joy to work with.”

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