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Brazil: Trademarks 2017

In this chapter we recognise 33 of the country’s premier trademarks specialists. The featured lawyers have a proven track record of advising and representing companies from a wide range of industry sectors on trademark portfolio management, infringement proceedings, anti-counterfeiting and domain names.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Claudia Christina Schulz BMA - Barbosa Müssnich Aragão, Rio de Janeiro
2. Luiz Henrique do Amaral Dannemann Siemsen Advogados, Rio de Janeiro
3. Mario Augusto Soerensen Garcia Soerensen Garcia Advogados Associados, Rio de Janeiro
4. Gabriel Francisco Leonardos Kasznar Leonardos Intellectual Property, Rio de Janeiro

Highly rated intellectual property specialist firm DANNEMANN SIEMSEN ADVOGADOS once again tops our Brazilian research in the trademarks area and is home to six outstanding lawyers.
Firm chair Luiz Henrique do Amaral stands out as one of the most highly regarded practitioners in the Brazilian market. An internationally renowned IP specialist, he regularly assists both domestic and international clients with the full gamut of trademark-related issues. Senior statesman and founder Peter Dirk Siemsen is regarded as “a leading authority in the field” by market commentators. He offers clients unmatched expertise and over 60 years’ experience in the field.
Peter Eduardo Siemsen is a seasoned practitioner with over 20 years of experience handling trademark issues.

Prominent IP boutique SOERENSEN GARCIA ADVOGADOS ASSOCIADOS garners two entries in the following pages. The firm’s team are well placed to handle complex enforcement issues for international clients.
Founder Mario Augusto Soerensen Garcia is a leading figure in the Brazilian IP market and is described as “a skilled and formidable litigator” with “excellent contacts” by interviewees.
Paula Oliveira Bezerra de Menezes’ impressive practice focuses on trademark prosecution and strategic counselling. She is particularly proficient advising on anti-counterfeiting issues.

BMA - BARBOSA MÜSSNICH ARAGÃO boasts a respected intellectual property practice and sees two individuals selected for inclusion in this chapter.
Practice co-head Claudia Christina Schulz is a key player in the market with a dominant IP practice covering both contentious and non-contentious matters for a range of domestic and international clients.
Antonella Carminatti impresses respondents with her extensive experience handling significant transactions and advising on licensing agreements.

KASZNAR LEONARDOS INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, another highly respected IP boutique in the Brazilian market, is home to two nominees.
According to peers, Gabriel Francisco Leonardos is “undoubtedly one of the country’s leading IP lawyers” with one source noting, “He is becoming somewhat of a reference to IP lawyers."
The “exceptional” Elisabeth Kasznar Fekete enjoys widespread acclaim for her wide-ranging IP expertise and extensive experience handling high-profile cases for international clients.

IP boutique MONTAURY PIMENTA, MACHADO & VIEIRA DE MELLO garners two entries in this chapter.
Co-founder Luiz Edgard Montaury Pimenta is a well-known name in the Brazilian market. He boasts vast experience handling trademark enforcement cases and advises on IP portfolio issues.
Eduardo Magalhăes Machado is well versed in trademark disputes and also regularly advises on transactional IP issues.

BHERING ADVOGADOS impresses with its national coverage and experience handling IP matters for international clients. The firm sees two practitioners selected for inclusion in this chapter.
According to one client, founder Pedro Bhering is “a charming professional, easily available, sensitive to the business, and always ready to understand client’s concerns, to explore options and to find solutions.”
In São Paulo, Philippe Bhering is noted for his impressive trademark practice and enviable list of German clients. He handles trademark registration, enforcement and litigation.

At LUIZ  LEONARDOS & ADVOGADOS, two excellent practitioners are included in this section.
Luiz Leonardos, founding partner and distinguished practitioner, is described as “a senior statesman” and “longstanding expert” by market commentators.
Fellow founder Gustavo Starling Leonardos is a key figure at the firm and a seasoned practitioner in the trademark space. His practice encompasses portfolio advisory work, trademark prosecution and litigation.

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