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 specialist in IP and pharmaceutical law. He is very active in patent litigation in Spain (pharmaceutical, biotech and mechanical patents). His experience also encompasses commercial and corporate legal matters derived from joint ventures, due diligences and contractual work.
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 addition to intellectual property law, he has handled some high-profile trade secrets litigation cases on breach on know-how and employees termination of labour contract.
Before joining Bird & Bird, Manuel was a partner at both Gomez Acebo and Pombo, and Baker & McKenzie.
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 also taken part in intellectual property seminars for judges arranged by the Spanish Judicial Institute. He is the author of a number of legal publications on intellectual property law, insolvency law and contract law. His exhaustive, 1,200-page commentary on the New Spanish Trade Mark Act has been quoted several times in rulings by the Spanish Commercial Courts.
Chambers Europe (2015) says: "Manuel Lobato heads the IP department at the firm and is highlighted by sources for his proficiency in patent litigation. He also has a high level of expertise in drafting technology transfer contracts and trademark and copyright matters. Peers are particularly impressed with Manuel Lobato's experience in trademark infringement cases. He also leads on many of the firm's most challenging patent litigations, including advising the University of Queensland and CSL Limited on their appeals against decisions of the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office. Clients highlight his deep knowledge of the theoretical and practical aspects of legislation, along with his dedication."
IAM Patent 1000 (2015) says: “He is the best – a respectful and experienced lawyer who does a perfect combination of practical and academic work.”
WWL says: "He has a good team and the client was very happy with his work"
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