Manuel is particularly strong in patent and trade secrets litigation and is also recommended for trademark and copyright law.
Manuel is a partner and head of the firm’s intellectual property (IP) group in Spain.
He is a well-known specialist in IP and pharmaceutical law and has acted in various landmark pharmaceutical patent and SPCs cases in Spain (inter alia, Finasteride, Docetaxel, Drospirenone, Venlafaxine, HPV vaccine/Gardasil, etc.). He has wide experience on patent litigation before the Spanish civil and administrative courts, including multi-jurisdictional proceedings, and advising on strategic advice in international decisions regarding the manufacture and commercialisation of products in view of the patent situation.
Manuel has advised many technology-focused companies on intellectual property and trade secrets litigation, regulatory issues and contract law. Manuel has also advised life sciences and other technology-based companies in drafting technology transfer contracts (in the fields of pharmacy, biology, electronics and mechacnics). His experience also encompasses commercial and corporate legal matters derived from joint ventures, due diligences and contractual work. Manuel has advised several universities, public institutions and private biotech-entities on ownership and entitlement issues.
He is an expert in legal advice, communications and appeals before the health authorities and litigations before the administrative courts related to pharmaceutical regulatory and medicine advertising as well as in legal and strategic advice regarding pharmaceutical agreements (including distribution, supply and manufacture, and clinical trials). In the regulatory sector he regularly advises the public institutions concerning advanced therapies and stem cell research.
Manuel is a professor of law (commercial law, corporate law and intellectual property law) at the Autonomous University of Madrid. He regularly lectures on intellectual property law and pharmaceutical law in Latin American countries and speaks at seminars organised by several universities, judicial schools and private institutions. He has several books and publications on patent law and other subjects.
He speaks Spanish, English, German, French and Italian.
Chambers Europe (2016) says: "Head of IP Manuel Lobato is well respected for his prowess in IP and pharmaceutical law. He is particularly adept at patent litigation and frequently assists life sciences and technology companies with commercial contracts. Peers highlight him as ‘very good, with a lot of prestige – a very reliable person with immense knowledge of IP and life sciences law’.”
IAM Patent 1000 (2016) says: “A hugely respected academic who has many years of experience, he stands out as exceptional in the life sciences. He is the ideal combination – academically gifted, with a great legal mind and an excellent courtroom lawyer. To be frank, he is brilliant.”
WWL says: Manuel Lobato is regarded as an expert patent litigator who also handles transactions in the life sciences space, including joint ventures and due diligence matters.
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