Miguel Rato is a partner in the firm’s Brussels office where his practice focuses on EU competition law. He advises clients on a wide array of contentious and non-contentious EU competition law issues, with a particular focus on unilateral conduct matters, transactions, and IP licensing in high-tech industries. His experience also encompasses EU merger control and State aid investigations.
Miguel has been involved in some of the leading competition cases in high-tech industries and at the intersection of IP and competition law, including the European Commission’s five-year Article 102 investigation into Qualcomm (which garnered the Legal Business award for Competition Team of the Year 2010), the European Commission’s investigation of Microsoft’s conduct regarding the Internet Explorer browser, and the European Commission’s investigation of Samsung’s conduct in relation to standard-essential patents.
From May 2004 to November 2005, Miguel worked as a référendaire (clerk) at the European General Court (EGC) in Luxembourg. Whilst at the EGC, he dealt with cases pertaining to the fields of EC trademark, competition, State aid and customs law.
Miguel is a lecturer on EU competition law and intellectual property at the Brussels School of Competition in Brussels. He was a visiting lecturer on competition law in the EU and in Spain at the IEB in Madrid from 2011 to 2012.
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