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INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

PLMJ is one of the Portugal’s leading law firms for intellectual property (IP).

The main issues included in this area of specialisation are brands, industrial designs, patent protection, copyright and unfair competition.

The activity of the IP Team focuses on acquiring and maintaining intellectual property rights, complying with them and defending them in the event of their infringement. The team also handles the drafting of licensing agreements.

Much of this work involves not only the courts, but also the police or administrative authorities that have authority over various aspects of intellectual property. The work also involves the continuing activity of monitoring and adapting to the ever-changing provisions that govern IP rights.

Our specialist IP lawyers are routinely involved in providing legal advice, handling transactions and restructuring, verifying and evaluating IP rights and all related matters.

PLMJ’s team is a leader in the professional rankings for IP lawyers. Members of the team have published an extensive body of work on IP issues and are a regular presence at conferences both in Portugal and abroad.

By keeping abreast of the most recent technological advancements in IP, PLMJ ensures specialised advice and support in areas of significant development and growing impact, such as information technology and e-commerce. Similarly, PLMJ keeps up to date with the latest trends in such diverse areas as cultural industries, fashion, biotechnology and nanotechnology. PLMJ has established sound policies and partnerships in the fields of entrepreneurship, innovation policy and support for small and medium-sized businesses - all areas where the issue of intellectual property is decisive.

PLMJ also co-organises the Intellectual Property National Congress, a biannual initiative, which first took place in 2008.