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Luiz Leonardos
Office:
6th Floor, Avenida Rio Branco 80
20040-070
City:
Rio de Janeiro
Country:
Brazil
Tel:
+55 21 3514 0400
Fax:
+55 21 3514 0401

Questions and Answers:

Who's Who Legal Thought Leaders: Patents

Mr Luiz Leonardos’ notable career in IP law is widely recognised among Brazilian and foreign specialists as one of the most respected IP practitioners of his generation. He distinguished himself in the intellectual property arena, taking part in the Brazilian delegation to the Stockholm Conference of the Paris and Berne Conventions, at which the World Intellectual Property Organization was created. He has presided over the Brazilian Industrial Property Association (ABPI) and the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI). He provides strategic advice on IP complex issues, including litigation, to national and foreign clients in multiple industry sectors.

What inspired you to enter the legal profession?

There is a long tradition in the family as regards to the legal profession, going back to 1927 when my father graduated from law school and started working with the Momsen firm – later on Momsen Leonardos & Cia, and now Luiz Leonardos & Advogados.

What is the most memorable matter you’ve worked on and why?

One of the most interesting cases I dealt with referred to a decision by the Brazilian PTO which had cancelled a registration for trademark Formica and which we managed to annul through a writ of mandamus alleging the PTO act had been practised with abuse of discretion, argument which was fully accepted by the Court.

You have over 50 years of experience in the Brazilian IP market. What are the most significant developments you have witnessed in this time?

As far as I see it, the main development in our area is that, after many years, specialised courts in both state and federal jurisdictions have been implemented in connection with IP matters. This has proved very helpful in familiarising judges with this field of law. In addition, companies have become more aware of the importance and value of their IP rights.

Given the increasingly international nature of patent work, what is your main priority to ensure your firm continues to best serve clients?

I consider the wide knowledge of international law matters to be crucial, due to the fact that intellectual property is one of the most – if not the most – internationalised areas of law.

What are the greatest challenges facing lawyers in the sector?

At this moment, the greatest challenge faced in Brazil concerning the IP sector is undoubtedly the administrative difficulties at the Brazilian PTO, where any case takes an extremely long time to be decided. To give an idea, a simple patent application may take from 10 to 14 years to conclude examination.

What do you anticipate the future holds for practitioners in the patent field?

In view of the globalisation of the economy and internationalisation of the patent system, future practitioners will be involved, every time, with the international aspects of the area.

What advice would you give to young lawyers looking to emulate your success in the future?

Of course, a deep knowledge of national and international patent systems would be indispensable, combined with practical and objective training on all aspects of patent law.

Biographies:

Who's Who Legal Brazil - Patents

Luiz Leonardos helped to shape Brazil’s current intellectual property scene and gives his name to Luiz Leonardos & Advogados, a firm established following the split, on 30 April 2012, of the traditional IP firm Momsen Leonardos & Cia.

At the end of the 1950s, Luiz Leonardos – the only son of IP lawyer Thomas Othon Leonardos to also practise law – joined Momsen, Leonardos & Cia as a partner. Luiz Leonardos distinguished himself in the intellectual property arena, and took part in the Brazilian delegation to the Stockholm Conference of the Paris and Berne Conventions, at which the World Intellectual Property Organization was created. He has been involved in the Brazilian Industrial Property Association since it was founded in 1963 and has held various roles as general reporter, president and member of the board of directors; he is currently the Association’s honorary president. In 1992, he became executive vice president of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property, a role he held until 1995 when he became executive president. In 1998, he ended his presidency upon being nominated an honorary member of the Association. He is also an honorary member of the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys.

Luiz Leonardos’ notable career in intellectual property law is widely recognised among Brazilian and foreign specialists and publications. He is the author of several articles and has lectured extensively over the years, being invited to a number of congresses.

Luiz Leonardos provides strategic advice on IP complex issues, including litigation, to national and foreign clients in multiple industry sectors. Legal excellence and solid ethical conduct guide his practice and make him one of the most respected IP practitioners of his generation.

WWL says: "Leonardos is iconic in the Brazilian IP space."

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Brazil which can be purchased from our Shop.

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Luiz Leonardos helped to shape Brazil’s current intellectual property scene and gives his name to Luiz Leonardos & Advogados, a firm established following the split, on 30 April 2012, of the traditional IP firm Momsen Leonardos & Cia.

At the end of the 1950s, Luiz Leonardos – the only son of IP lawyer Thomas Othon Leonardos to also practise law – joined Momsen, Leonardos & Cia as a partner. Luiz Leonardos distinguished himself in the intellectual property arena, and took part in the Brazilian delegation to the Stockholm Conference of the Paris and Berne Conventions, at which the World Intellectual Property Organization was created. He has been involved in the Brazilian Industrial Property Association (ABPI) since it was founded in 1963 and has held various roles as general reporter, president and member of the board of directors; he is currently the Association’s honorary president. In 1992, he became executive vice president of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), a role he held until 1995 when he became executive president. In 1998, he ended his presidency upon being nominated an honorary member of the Association. He is also an honorary member of the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI).

Luiz Leonardos’ notable career in intellectual property law is widely recognised among Brazilian and foreign specialists and publications. He is the author of several articles and has lectured extensively over the years, being invited to a number of congresses.

Luiz Leonardos provides strategic advice on IP complex issues, including litigation, to national and foreign clients in multiple industry sectors. Legal excellence and solid ethical conduct guide his practice and make him one of the most respected IP practitioners of his generation.

WWL says: Luiz Leonardos is an eminent practitioner and a long-standing fixture in the Brazilian IP market.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Patents which can be purchased from our Shop.

Who's Who Legal Brazil - Trademarks

Luiz Leonardos helped to shape Brazil’s current intellectual property scene and gives his name to Luiz Leonardos & Advogados, a firm established following the split, on 30 April 2012, of the traditional IP firm Momsen Leonardos & Cia.

At the end of the 1950s, Luiz Leonardos – the only son of IP lawyer Thomas Othon Leonardos to also practise law – joined Momsen, Leonardos & Cia as a partner. Luiz Leonardos distinguished himself in the intellectual property arena, and took part in the Brazilian delegation to the Stockholm Conference of the Paris and Berne Conventions, at which the World Intellectual Property Organization was created. He has been involved in the Brazilian Industrial Property Association since it was founded in 1963 and has held various roles as general reporter, president and member of the board of directors; he is currently the Association’s honorary president. In 1992, he became executive vice president of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property, a role he held until 1995 when he became executive president. In 1998, he ended his presidency upon being nominated an honorary member of the Association. He is also an honorary member of the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys.

Luiz Leonardos’ notable career in intellectual property law is widely recognised among Brazilian and foreign specialists and publications. He is the author of several articles and has lectured extensively over the years, being invited to a number of congresses.

Luiz Leonardos provides strategic advice on IP complex issues, including litigation, to national and foreign clients in multiple industry sectors. Legal excellence and solid ethical conduct guide his practice and make him one of the most respected IP practitioners of his generation.

WWL says: Luiz Leonardos is a “font of knowledge” on trademark law and “clients turn to him for assistance in their most complex and challenging matters”.

This biography is an extract from Who's Who Legal: Brazil which can be purchased from our Shop.

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