Manuel Lopes Rocha
Special Adviser

Manuel Lopes Rocha

Joined PLMJ in 2007.
Senior Counsel in the Intellectual Property practice.

About Manuel

Manuel is a Special Adviser in the Intellectual Property practice.

He has 35 years’ experience in intellectual property and telecommunications, media and technology. He has also acted as an arbitrator in various pharmaceutical patents cases in Portugal.

Manuel is a member of the intellectual property committee of the International Chamber of Commerce Portugal and a member of the scientific board of the review Propriedades Intelectuais and the editorial committee of the review Propriétés Intellectuelles.

He has published various works in the areas of e-commerce, intellectual property and cybercrime, and he is frequently invited to write opinion articles and comment on these issues in the national press. Manuel participates regularly in seminars and conferences on various matters relating to intellectual property, copyright, technologies and cybersecurity.


English, French, Spanish

Academic Background
  • Law degree from the University of Lisbon, 1982
  • Admitted to the Portuguese Bar Association, 1984
  • Master of EU Law from Universidade Lusíada, 1996
  • Guest lecturer at Universidade Católica Portuguesa - Institute of European Studies and the Faculty of Law, 2006
  • Guest lecturer at Universidade Católica - Institute of European Studies, and at Universidade Nova (FCSH/CITI)
  • President of the general meeting of the Portuguese E-commerce and Interactive Publicity Association
Professional Background
  • Partner at PLMJ since 2007
  • Member of the Mediation and Arbitration Commission created under Decree-Law 83/2001 of 3 August – Ministry of Culture, 2006
  • Arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration at the Economic Chamber of the Czech Republic on domí, 2006
  • Participated in the legislative process for the law on electronic signatures, 1999
  • Participated in the legislative process for the law on electronic invoices, 1999 and 2006
  • Participated in the legislative process for the law on public procurement, 2006
Member of
  • Information Technology Law Group - Europe
  • High level office of APDSI – Association for the Promotion and Development of the Information Society
  • Advisory board of the FCCN for domain names
Best Lawyers
2021 - Manuel Lopes Rocha | Telecommunications Law
2021 - Manuel Lopes Rocha |
2020 - Manuel Lopes Rocha |
2019 - Manuel Lopes Rocha | Recognised lawyer
2018 - Manuel Lopes Rocha |
Leaders League
2020 - Manuel Lopes Rocha | Technology
2020 - Manuel Lopes Rocha | Telecoms
2020 - Manuel Lopes Rocha | IP Litigation
The Legal 500
2018 - Manuel Lopes Rocha | Telecommunications, Media and Technology
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