Intellectual Property Guide

Intellectual Property Guide

This guide, in association with Corporate INTL Magazine, lays-out user-friendly information regarding specialists in the provision of intellectual property law. The guide elaborates on the listed organisations, presenting their service availability and an overview of their legal services in their jurisdiction. We hope this guide will be an invaluable source of sector-specific information about the best practitioners from all over the world in 2013.


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Intellectual Property Guide

  Featured Firms

Australia - Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick  
Australia - Cullens Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys  
Czech Republic - Rott, Růžička & Guttmann  
Dominica - Stowe & Co. 
France - Cabinet Debay 
India - LEX ORBIS 
Italy - Rucellai & Raffaelli  
Mexico - Becerril, Coca & Becerril, S.C. 
Mexico - DUMONT 
New Zealand - Minter Ellison 
Nigeria - Okonjo, Odiawa & Ebie 
Poland - Traple 
Poland - JWP 
Portugal - Raul César Ferreira (Herd.), S.A.
Singapore - Namazie & Co. 
South Korea - YOUME Patent Firm 
Texas - Osha Liang LLP  US
Venezuela - M. Uzcátegui & Asociados 
Venezuela - Bolet & Terrero 
Vietnam - ANNAM IP&LAW

Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick

Intellectual Property | Australia

Level 23,
367 Collins Street

Graham Cowin

Chris Schlicht

Michael O’Donnell

Karen Spark

Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick

The Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick Group incorporates a patent and trade mark attorney firm, an intellectual property law firm and a research and investigation company, which provide a comprehensive range of intellectual property services.

We employ more than 140 people across offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide. Each of these offices has a team of professionals who specialise in helping identify, protect and defend intellectual property through research, advice, securing, managing, licensing, litigation patent, trade mark, design and copyright services.

Our attorneys and lawyers provide a wide range of technical and professional qualifications and experience in diverse areas, including:

Aeronautical Engineering - Biotechnology - Business Methods - Chemical Engineering - Chemistry - Clean Technology - Civil Engineering - Electrical Engineering - Electronics - Horticulture - Information and Communication Technology - Materials - Mechanical Engineering - Medical Technology - Metallurgy - Mining Technology - Nanotechnology - Pharmaceuticals - Physics - Polymers - Resources - Sustainabilit

Our professionals are actively involved in promoting intellectual property in Australia and around the world through education, conference talks and memberships of professional associations. This enables us to remain abreast of IP developments as they occur and stay up to date with the latest IP news and information.

These affiliations also give us a thorough knowledge of Australian and international IP laws. Through their roles with these groups, our professionals have been instrumental in developing and updating IP law around the globe.


Cullens Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys

Intellectual Property | Australia

Level 32, 239 George Street,
Brisbane, QLD, 4000

Claude Anese

Gary Nock

Gint Silins

Regan Gourley

Cullens Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys

Founded in 1936, Cullens is one of Australia’s leading firms of patent and trade mark attorneys with offices in Brisbane, Gold Coast and Townsville. Cullens also practices direct in New Zealand, and through agents in several South Pacific countries.

The Cullens team has experience and expertise in a wide range of technologies, including electrical, electronics and IT, chemical, mechanical, and mining engineering, biotechnology, biology and agriculture, pharmaceuticals and chemistry, as well as industrial designs and trade marks.

For over 76 years, domestic and international clients of Cullens have trusted us to provide advice and guidance in all aspects of IP protection and risk management, including

Patents - searches & infringement opinions, drafting patent specifications, prosecuting patent applications, patent oppositions and maintaining patents/applications

Trade Marks - searches & infringement opinions, trade mark registration, contesting provisional refusals, trade mark oppositions, trade mark renewals

Designs - searches & infringement opinions, design registration and design renewals

Other IP Services - watching & monitoring services, IP audits, IP litigation assistance, IP transfers & licensing advice, industrial copyright advice, plant breeder’s rights, circuit layout rights, domain names & business names

At Cullens, our attorneys aim to provide strategic advice and practical assistance to achieve the client’s objectives in a cost effective manner.

“We appreciate that, in the current global economy, service providers are under increasing pressure to offer competitive rates for their work,” said partner Gary Nock. “At Cullens, we take pride in the fact that our clients appreciate the value that we offer by providing services of the highest professional standards, yet at fair and reasonable rates.”


Vicente Nogueira Advogados

Intellectual Property | Brazil

Praça Antônio Prado, 33 – 20º andar,
São Paulo 01010-010, SP

Carlos Vicente da S. Nogueira

Vicente Nogueira Advogados

Mr. Carlos Vicente da S. Nogueira is a registered Brazilian lawyer and Managing Partner of the Vicente Nogueira Advogados São Paulo’s Office. He has been involved with the IP field for more than 25 years and his practice includes all aspects of intellectual property counseling with an emphasis on trade mark prosecution, portfolio management and licensing, trade dress And related law. He has been also involved with patent and industrial designs prosecution, product labeling and advertising, unfair competition and litigation.

His office provides fully integrated assistance on IP rights with extensive experience on trademarks, industrial designs and patents prosecution, including clearance opinions, maintenance and portfolio management, licensing, enforcement measures and litigation. Committed to provide his clients with an effective and direct communication, rendering practical assistance and precise and clear opinions, the firm has consolidated a solid image of knowing and understanding their client’s business, always working to build a relationship based on trust and respect to their needs. Being flexible and adaptable to its client’s necessities without jeopardizing the quality of the services the firm provides, VNA has been seen as a trustful and respectful reference in IP law for the Brazilian jurisdiction.

Mr. Carlos Vicente da S. Nogueira has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Brazilian Intellectual Property Association - ABPI from 2004-2007 and as a Co-Advisory Counsel at the Brazilian Industrial Property Agents Association - ABAPI from 2008-2009. He has also been a member of AIPPI, ASIPI, INTA and PTMG. He is also a Foreign Observer at the Asian Patent Attorney Association -APAA.


Eagle IP Ltd.

Intellectual Property | China

13/F Bright Way Tower ,
33 Mong Kok Road, Kowloon

Dr. Jacqueline Lui

Eagle IP Ltd.

EAGLE IP LIMITED is an Intellectual Property (IP) specialty Agency. Its practitioners are well-versed in the IP laws of major jurisdictions, and Eagle IP strives to be the bridge between the East and the West for our client’s IPR matters. This has been the firm’s core value proposition. Together with strategic alliances, Eagle IP offers one-stop, full international legal services for its clients.

Eagle IP is a member of the KnowHow IP Group with offices in both HK and Beijing. The Group has more than 50 Chinese, Hong Kong and US patent / trademark / PVR agents / attorneys, covering all technological areas in multiple languages including Chinese, English, French, Korean, and Japanese. Many of the Group’s Chinese patent attorneys had previously worked as patent examiners in the Chinese Patent Office. The Group is able to handle a full spectrum of IP matters not only for drafting, and prosecuting patent and trademark applications, but also technology licensing / commercial transactions and IP enforcement.

Eagle IP is also a strategic alliance of Edwards Wildman Palmer, a renowned international law firm. With 650 lawyers and 14 offices across the US, Europe and Asia, Edwards Wildman attorneys are known for their strength in private equity, venture capital, corporate and finance transactions, complex litigation, insurance and reinsurance, and intellectual property.

With its strategic partners, Eagle IP can offer its clients a full range of legal services such as IP portfolio management, global IP enforcement and IP and legal due diligence in cross-border transactions. In addition, with a unique and in-depth understanding of the cultural and legal differences between the West and the East, Eagle IP can offer strategic advice for those who want to enter the Chinese market, whether they be small, established or multinational companies.


  • Dr. Jacqueline Lui
  • Managing Director
  • (852) 8101-4006

Rott, Růžička & Guttmann

Intellectual Property | Czech Republic

Vinohradská 37/938, ,

Vladimír Rott

Michal Růžička

Michal Guttmann

Rott, Růžička & Guttmann

The Rott, Růžička & Guttmann Patent, Trademark and Law Office was founded in 1990. It is a leading intellectual property firm serving domestic and foreign clients from offices in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

We handle applications to protect inventions, utility and industrial designs, topographies for semi-conductor products, plant varieties, trademarks and designations of the origin of products, as well as research regarding patents and trademarks. The firm also assists clients with copyright and competition matters.

When a clients’ intellectual property rights have been violated, we provide solutions in private law (such as filing claims and applying for preliminary injunctions) and in public law (such as working with customs agencies). The firm counts leading global brand manufacturers as clients for anti-piracy work and has links with practitioners in more than 120 countries. Members of staff are authorized to appear before the Offices of Industrial Property as well as the regular courts in both the Czech Republic and Slovakia. One of the firm's partners is also an arbitrator for the Arbitration Courts of both the Czech Chamber of Commerce and Chamber of Agriculture.

Our senior partners, attorneys at law, patent attorneys, legal clerks and additional collaborators have many years of practical experience in industrial property work and in all relevant scientific and technical fields.

The office has a separate branch in Bratislava- Rott, Růžička & Guttmann Patent, Trademark and Law Office v.o.s. (general commercial partnership)- founded in 1993. By providing representation in both the Czech and Slovak Republics, we offer savings for clients.

Across our offices, we have 5 attorneys at law and 15 patent attorneys. A separate research team conducts trademark research for world leading search providers. The office provides services in English, German, French, Russian, Slovakian and Japanese.

Our partners and patent attorneys are members of the international associations AlPPI, INTA, AlPLA, FICPI,ECTA, MARQUES, and LES.


Stowe & Co

Intellectual Property | Dominica

58 River Bank, P.O. Box 1786,
Roseau, Commonwealth of Dominica, West Indies

Stowe & Co

As one of the younger Law Firms in the Commonwealth of Dominica, we network with a team of experienced lawyers to render advice and provide representation on a full range of issues relating to our areas of practice.

We continue to develop strong professional relationships with a diverse Clientele as we act for Individuals, Financial Institutions, Government Agencies, Public and Private Companies.

Within the Caribbean, the other jurisdictions in which we practice include, Guyana, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Grenada, Antigua and St. Lucia.


Cabinet Debay

Intellectual Property | France

Ile De France, 126 Élysée 2,
78170 La Celle St Cloud

Yves Debay

Damien Debay

Valérie Pirotte

Cabinet Debay

Cabinet Debay is a medium-sized Paris-suburb- based firm of IP (patent and trademark) experts. The firm founded in1984 has a long and successful history on IP searching, clearance and registration in FRANCE, at the European IP Offices, at OMPI (Geneva) and worldwide through a network of foreign law firms.

The firm can efficiently help to determine full IP strategies for clients, including worldwide IP protection utilising both the European IP offices as well as international protection l.

It can also offer clear and practical advice in other IP related matters such as licensing, infringement, passing-off, IP watching and enforcement generally. Our firm is adaptable, utilises the latest available technology and can advise on matters such as copyright, domain name protection.

Founder Yves Debay said: “Our firm may also provide assistance and advice with all activities concerning industrial property and in particular patent rights, namely writing specifications, filing and prosecution of patent applications to obtain registration of French or European patents, prior art search, opposition, filing of models, software protection, protection of integrated circuits, drafting of intellectual property agreements, assistance in case of disputes, legal proceedings for infringement or unfair competition, audits of patents and trademarks and audits of intellectual property agreements, due diligence.


  • Yves Debay
  • Patent and trademark attorney, Manager and Founder
  • +33 (0) 1 39 18 46 24

  • Damien Debay
  • Patent attorney and Partner
  • +33 (0) 1 39 18 46 24

  • Valérie Pirotte
  • Trademark and design attorney
  • +33 (0) 1 39 18 46 24

Lexorbis IP Practice

Intellectual Property | India

709-710 Tolstoy House, 15-17 Tolstoy Marg,
New Delhi-110001

Abhai Pandey

Amaya Singh

Deepak Sriniwas

Srinjoy Banerjee

Lexorbis IP Practice

Lex Orbis is a premier IP-Boutique firm based at New Delhi, India. With experienced IP attorneys, expert litigators and scientific and technical professionals, Lex Orbis offers a complete range of IP services to national as well as international companies. The firm has over 30 technical experts/Patent Agents (ranging from PhDs and post-graduates in Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, Biotechnology, Microbiology and Engineers from various streams) to handle Indian and overseas filing and prosecution of patent and design applications. Our trademark department has excelled in managing international portfolios of leading domestic clients as well as handling large portfolios of international clients in over 180 countries. Our trademark attorneys work in association with expert and experienced IP litigators to startegise and advise on contentious trademark matters including oppositions, transactional matters and removal of registered trademarks from the Register. The IP enforcement professionals at Lex Orbis have vast experience in leading some of the most successful Anti-Piracy and Anti-Counterfeiting campaigns in India for book publishers, luxury goods brands, automobile replacement part manufactures, apparel industry and electronic durables brands. Our IP litigators specialize in successfully handling and resolving complex trademark infringement, passing off and domain name disputes before various forums including District civil courts, High Courts and the Supreme Court.


Patents, Trademarks, Geographical Indications, Designs, Copyright, Enforcement & Raids, IP Litigation, Licensing, Opinion drafting


Rucellai & Raffaelli

Intellectual Property | Italy

Via Monte Napoleone, 18 ,
I - 20121 Milano, Italy

Avv. Enrico Adriano Raffaelli

Rucellai & Raffaelli

Rucellai&Raffaelli, founded in 1979, is a full-service, independent law firm which has acquired a consolidated expertise in a wide range of practice areas. Based in Milan and having branch offices in Rome and Bologna, the firm currently counts around 70 lawyers, specialised in corporate, antitrust and competition, IP, EU Law, banking and finance, civil and commercial law and employment.

In particular, Rucellai&Raffaelli has been active ever since its foundation in the IP field, where the firm consolidated a significant know-how in providing a complete assistance to clients, (advising them on patents, trademarks, models, designs, copyrights, parallel imports, unfair competition, trademark and patent licensing).

The assistance in this field is ensured in the judicial area, where the IP team’s activities include assistance in:

- actions for the protection of IP rights, also with precautionary measures before all the competent Courts;

- the preparation of petitions for the Customs - at a national and European level;

The assistance is also ensured in the extrajudicial area and includes:

- advice through the drafting of legal opinion and contracts relating to IP rights;

- organisation of IP training sessions for the personnel of our clients.

The Firm recently obtained interim measures and judgments before various Italian Courts, regarding cases concerning patents, trademarks, and unfair competition; in several of these cases, the Courts established the publication of the decision on Italian newspapers as Corriere della Sera, La Repubblica, IlSole24Ore.

The firm’s clients, include leading multinational companies, active in various industries like information technology, manufacturing, chemicals, pharmaceutical, insurance, financial services, land and air transport, large-scale distribution, energy and international trade.


SUGIMURA International Patent & Trademark Attorneys

Intellectual Property | Japan

Common Gate West Tower 36th Floor,
Kasumigaseki 3-2-1, Chiyoda-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

Kenji Sugimura

Tatsuya Sawada

Akihito Okura

Haruo Awano

SUGIMURA International Patent & Trademark Attorneys

SUGIMURA International Patent & Trademark Attorneys is a leading intellectual property law firm in Japan founded in 1923. They have 90 years of experience in patent, utility model, design, and trademark law. SUGIMURA has offices in Japan and the United States, providing convenient IP services to both local and international clients.

SUGIMURA has earned a national reputation for quality and is repeatedly ranked among top Japanese patent and trademark firms. Their patent and trademark attorneys possess expertise in virtually every technology sector. They are not only skilled in the nuances of intellectual property laws and regulations; they are technical experts in virtually every industry. SUGIMURA attorneys have years of experience working in-house at major corporation as researchers, engineers, and IP professionals. They also have attorneys who have served for decades at the Japanese Patent Office. This combination of expertise allows them to understand the perspectives of corporations and patentees as well as the JPO enabling SUGIMURA to deliver result-oriented solutions to further client’s business objectives.

In order to better serve international clients, SUGIMURA established a regional office in Palo Alto, California. The Palo Alto office offers clients the personalized care of a boutique firm with the resources of their global counterparts. Through SUGIMURA’s multilingual teams,both in Tokyo and in Palo Alto, their attorneys are able to meet with foreign clients regularly to develop IP strategies that meet the client’s business goals, discuss intricate technical and legal issues, and give tutorials on Japanese IP practice. Their offices work together seamlessly to deliver tailored solutions and around-the-clock service.

SUGIMURA attorneys are active in their community, presenting on topics regarding Japanese IP practice in various venues to include, in-house client presentations, patent seminars, and law schools. The firm also publishes articles on Japanese IP practice in magazines distributed around the world.


YOU ME Patent & Law Firm

Intellectual Property | Korea (South)

Seolim Building, 649-10 Yoksam-Dong,
Kangnam-Ku, Seoul, 135-080

David Hunjoon Kim

Sukheum Kwon

Chinhi Kim

Wonil Lee

YOU ME Patent & Law Firm

Since its establishment in 1981, YOU ME Patent & Law Firm has grown into a highly recognized and reputable Intellectual Property (IP) firm in Korea. Specializing in the protection of IP rights, ranging from patent, utility model, trademark, and design prosecutions, and legal and supportive services, such as advanced searches, evaluations of technology, licensing, dispute resolutions, and litigation, the key to YOU ME’s success is its clear vision and broad resources, which allows the firm to focus solely on the needs of its clients.

Multinational corporations to small entities, and entrepreneurs alike, depend on YOU ME to meet their IP needs, both in Korea and abroad, and as a result, YOU ME has obtained patents and trademarks in over 160 countries, with its jurisdictional expertise increasing with each year.

This confidence is reflected by YOU ME’s international composition. YOU ME takes pride in its strong human resources, which includes more than 60 patent and trademark attorneys, 7 attorneys-at-law, 8 foreign consultants, and 150-plus technical engineers and administrative staff, all of whom have significant backgrounds from Korea, Japan, the U.S., Australia, China, the UK, etc.

Such professional diversity has allowed YOU ME to successfully establish another office in Washington DC, near the United States Patent & Trademark Office, presenting YOU ME with opportunities to forge long-term relationships with IP Examiners and provide clients with greater accessibility to fulfill their needs.

As a young and energetic firm with the experience to handle the most challenging IP matters for international and domestic clients, YOU ME Patent & Law Firm has a proactive approach to finding the most efficient and comprehensive solutions for the advancement of its clients’ IP assets, and is constantly redesigning its work process to lower the costs of IP protection, without sacrificing the quality and integrity of its services.


Dumont Bergman Bider & Co., S.C.

Intellectual Property | Mexico

Av. Insurgentes Sur 1898 - 21 Floor,
Col. Florida, C.P. 01030, México, D.F.

Laura Collada

Armando Pinto

Jorge Gómez

Karla Islas

Dumont Bergman Bider & Co., S.C.

Dumont Bergman Bider & Co., S.C. was founded in Mexico City in 1940. The firm's attorneys, engineers and specialists are dedicated to the filing, prosecution, maintenance, protection and enforcement of intellectual property (Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, Internet, Data Protection, Industrial and Commercial Secrets). Also, the firm is dedicated to the defense and enforcement of Intellectual Property rights through IP litigation, anti-counterfeiting, enforcement actions, custom seizures and border measures before the Mexican authorities, as well as advisory, counseling, strategies, negotiations and implementation of agreements.

We provide high quality service to our customers around the world in a clear and precise way, about the form, application and interpretation of the laws and regulations in force, case law and International Treaties in IP related subjects as well as means of defense to effectively safeguard those rights before the Mexican Courts

Our services also comprise themes in specialized areas such as Copyright, related Rights, Corporate Law, Information Technologies, Anti-Counterfeiting, as well as the drafting and elaboration of Franchise Agreements, appraisals of both brands and patents in compliance with the Financial Information Standards (NIF).

We are committed to maintain a leadership position in legal trends, technology and business as well as offering personalized, proactive and preventive legal strategies, corporate tax and added value services that we provide in order to achieve and exceed the expectations desired by our customers.

Our ample experience in the field, specialization and constant updating, the use of technology created for the subject (Patrix ® Helpware) and the fact that we are the only company in Mexico certified by TÜV Rheinland (Registration No. 74700 8162) since the year 2008 in both the operational and administrative quality system (ISO 9001:2008) allows us to provide services with high quality standards. DBB is a firm that is client oriented.


Becerril, Coca & Becerril, SC

Intellectual Property | Mexico

Leibnitz 117 PH1, Col. Anzures,
Del. Miguel Hidalgo, 11590, Mexico City

Fernando Becerril

Becerril, Coca & Becerril, SC

With more than 40 years of influencing the environment of Intellectual Property in Mexico, and keeping innovation as a tradition, Becerril, Coca & Becerril has become a reference in Mexico and abroad in Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer matter.

The firm collaborates as strategic ally of major representatives of the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors, information technology and computing sectors, oil corporations, academic research institutes, universities, and major luxury brand companies.

In the past year, the firm has developed a series of business solutions to its clients, e.g., anti-dilution strategies to support notorious and famous trademarks; strategic models for the operation of programs to manage, distribute, negotiate and license IP rights in research institutes; integral protection systems for Trademark portfolios including any actions – administrative, judicial, or civil as well as corporate affairs, negotiation of agreements in the field of technology, trademarks, copyrights - needed.

Becerril, Coca & Becerril, S.C. has been a Gold Sponsor for the Cleantech Challenge Mexico 2012, which promotes the development of self-sustainable and ecology-focused companies.

Awards and Recognitions.

- Technology Law of the Year Award by the Corporate – INTL Magazine for 2011 and 2012.

- Inspirational Company Award for 2012 by The World Confederation of Businesses (WORLDCOB)

- Top Communicator in Mexico in the website

- 4 recognized experts in the 2012 edition of The Legal Media Group Guide of the World’s Leading Patent Law Practitioners

- Tier 1 in Patent Prosecution and Patent Contentious in the Managing Intellectual Property magazine Survey 2013


Minter Ellison Rudd Watts

Intellectual Property | New Zealand

Lumley Centre, 88 Shortland Street,
Auckland 1010

Christopher Young

Minter Ellison Rudd Watts

Our firm has a dedicated IP practice and a leading team headed by Christopher Young. We are a full service corporate law firm and provide full corporate, litigation and commercial law services as well as advising on all aspects of IP work, except patent registration, being best known for:

- Commercialisation of IP, including structuring, licensing, using IP as security, IP financing, and effective tax structures.

- Branding strategy, trade mark registration and portfolio management.

- IP aspects of major corporate transactions, including IP due diligence, preparing practical commercial due diligence reports, and dealing with IP in commercial transactions, including negotiating IP aspects of sale and purchase contracts and licensing resulting from the transaction (mergers, acquisitions, asset transfers, licensing, joint ventures, development agreements, and capital raisings).

- IP dispute resolution and litigation including trade mark, copyright, Fair Trading Act, passing-off, confidential information.

- Marketing and advertising, Film and related advisory work.

- IP relating to major sporting events. IP forms a significant part of our sports law practice.

Our IP team is part of an Australasian / international practice. We work closely with the Minter Ellison Legal Group’s IP practice, to provide seamless service for clients over both the New Zealand and Australian markets. In addition we have a wide global network of trade mark associates. Through our connections we can assist client’s to implement an effective and efficient international registration/enforcement strategy for IP.

New Zealand has recently acceded to the Madrid Protocol. From 10 December 2012 trade mark applicants can designate New Zealand in their international trade mark applications, and New Zealand businesses will be able to file international trade mark applications. We can assist overseas practitioners to assess and overcome objections raised by the New Zealand Intellectual Property Office.


Okonjo Odiawa & Ebie (Legal Practitioners, Consultants & Trademark Agents)

Intellectual Property | Nigeria

11 Raymond Njoku Street,
South-West Ikoyi

Okonjo Odiawa & Ebie (Legal Practitioners, Consultants & Trademark Agents)

Okonjo, Odiawa & Ebie is a filly integrated and multi dimensional Nigerian business law frim, providing legal services to local and international organisations, governments, institutions and individual clients. One of our key service areas is intellectual property law. The firms intellectual property department has alliances with several IP firms worldwide, and is able to offer services in the area of complex trademark registrations, PCT filings, patent designs and copyright, by way of registration and defence of such rights. Our goal is to secure the increased protection of the intellectual property rights of our clients, in a cost effect and timely manner.

Operating in an emerging economy where the strict adherence to the protection of intellectual property rights is relatively nascent, Okonjo, Odiawa & Ebie directs its focus towards optimally harnessing the benefits of Nigeria's membership in the Paris Convention 1883, Berne Convention 1886, the Universal Copyright Convention 1952, The Rome Convention 1961, the Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Agreement 1994 (TRIPS), as well as its membership in the World Intellectual Property Organisation, and the position it holds in the African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO) as an observer.

We maintain a broad outlook in the protection of intellectual property rights, and have displayed a magnitude of prowess in providing diverse consultancy services in the filing, processing and registration of trademark, patent, copyright and industrial applications, as well as advisory services for the protection of trade secrets/confidential information, geographical indications of source, utility models and all other matters necessarily incidental to the protection of such rights, both locally and internationally. Our membership of the Anti-Counterfeiting Committee of the International Trademarks Association offers us an avenue through which we have succeeded in further circumventing the infringement of intellectual property rights. We remain very keen on enhancing our capabilities, while also developing channels to further protect intellectual property rights both in Nigeria and the sub region.


Polservice Patent and Trademark Attorneys Office

Intellectual Property | Poland

00- 712 WARSAW

Andrzej Ponikiewski

Elżbieta Wilamowska

Anna Stopińska-Ślefarska

Stanisława Chrzanowska

Polservice Patent and Trademark Attorneys Office

POLSERVICE is one of the biggest patent and trademark attorneys firms in Poland. The firm has been operating on the market since 1964.

POLSERVICE currently employs 43 patent and trademark attorneys (including 33 European patent attorneys) specialised in various areas of technology, law and economy, and teams of experienced lawyers and professional translators.

POLSERVICE provides a variety of services in all fields of industrial and intellectual property protection for companies and individual clients from all over the world. The main fields of activity include:

patents, utility models and industrial designs - trademarks, trade names, geographical indications - Internet domain names - patent and trademark searches - new plant varieties - copyrights and combating unfair competition - licence agreements and exclusive rights transfer - litigation, enforcement and dispute resolution - anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy actions - monitoring and payment of renewal fees.

POLSERVICE attorneys represent clients before the Polish Patent Office, the European Patent Office (EPO), the Office for Harmonization in the Internal market (OHIM), as well as before civil, administrative and arbitration courts. They also cooperate with Customs and prosecution authorities.

POLSERVICE is proud of representing more than 2650 clients from more than 70 countries, being both worldwide corporations and local SMEs. Additionally, POLSERVICE has been cooperating with the most renowned patent and trademark firms in all European countries, the United States of America, Canada, South and Central America, Asia, Australia and Africa, which enables the firm to provide efficient legal protection for its clients all over the world.

In each case the firm looks for the best solution to satisfy its clients. An individual and creative approach to all tasks, supported by profound legal and technical knowledge, has earned POLSERVICE the trust of the clients.

POLSERVICE and its attorneys are members of many international organizations gathering companies and individuals dealing with intellectual property protection: AIPPI, INTA, ECTA, LESI, UNION, MARQUES and EPI. The firm’s attorneys, apart from fulfilling their everyday duties, attend numerous meetings, conferences and trainings held in Poland and abroad, also as lecturers or moderators. As a result of their continuous involvement, many of the firm’s attorneys serve as leaders of these organizations or their respective committees.

Both Polish and international IP magazines ranked POLSERVICE as one of the top trademark and patent firms in Poland.


Traple Konarski Podrecki i Wspólnicy

Intellectual Property | Poland

Krolowej Jadwigi 170,
30-212 Kraków

Elżbieta Traple

Xawery Konarski

Paweł Podrecki

Traple Konarski Podrecki i Wspólnicy

The Traple Konarski Podrecki & Wspólnicy Law Firm is one of the leading law firms on the Polish market. The Firm is now made up of 44 lawyers, among them attorneys at law, legal advisors, doctors of law, a patent attorney, bar trainees, Ph.D. students and junior lawyers. The Firm’s employees have undergone a careful selection procedure, which takes account of their practical skills and theoretical knowledge of the law, fluency in foreign languages and vocational experience gained during apprenticeships and fellowships abroad.

The Firm specializes primarily in the following areas: intellectual property law, technologies, media and telecommunications, IT, competition law, advertising and promotion law, pharmaceutical law, corporate housekeeping, mergers and acquisitions, real estate and property development investments, financial institutions law and finance and public procurement. The Firm also represents clients in court litigation and in administrative proceedings. It is based in Cracow, but the lawyers also work from the local office in Warsaw. We provide legal services in Polish, English, French and German.

The partners in the Firm conduct research and teaching activities at the Chair of Civil Law and the Chair of Intellectual Property Law at the Faculty of Law and Administration of the Jagiellonian University. Furthermore, the Firm’s lawyers include academics representing the Polish Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Law. Our lawyers have produced hundreds of academic publications, including books and monographs concerning, first and foremost, civil law, intellectual property law, new technologies law, advertising law and pharmaceutical law.

The Firm continually provides legal assistance to a wide range of Polish and foreign businesses and acts as a permanent expert for numerous artistic and business organisations, for instance the Polish Filmmakers’ Association, the Polish Chamber for IT and Telecommunications, the Polish Chamber of Insurance, the Polish Trade and Distribution Organisation and the Union of Employers in the Internet Sector IAB Polska.


JWP Patent & Trademark Attorneys

Intellectual Property | Poland

Sienna Center,
Żelazna 28/30

Dorota Rzążewska

Joanna Janoszek

Helena Gajek

Piotr Godlewski

JWP Patent & Trademark Attorneys

JWP Patent & Trademark Attorneys is one of the leading Polish IP law firms providing comprehensive business focused assistance in the field of intellectual property protection and litigation in Poland and Europe.

JWP offers over 20 years of experience and broad expertise in patents, trademarks, industrial designs, copyrights, domain names, computer law and Internet law as well as combating unfair competition and anti-counterfeiting.

JWP serves over 3000 domestic and international clients in various sectors such as pharmacy, cosmetics, chemistry, biotechnology, telecommunication, electronics, IT, mechanics, car industry, clothing and food.

The firm has also a considerable input in increasing business, offering advice, training and providing pro bono educational workshops on IP protection and litigation for entrepreneurs, inventors, students and media.

JWP provides a full range of services related to IP protection, which include: comprehensive IP searches in domestic and international data-bases - drafting and filing patent and utility model applications with the Polish PTO, international PCT-based applications, European applications with EPO - national validation of European patents - supplementary protection certificates (SPCs) - filing and handling trademark and design applications with the PTO, WIPO and OHIM - IP renewals & recordals - opposition and invalidation proceedings before the Polish PTO, OHIM, EPO and further proceedings before administrative courts - civil and criminal courts proceedings related to IP infringements - civil and criminal courts proceedings related to unfair competition - drafting license and assignment agreements, contracts of pledge over exclusive rights and others - alternative dispute resolutions

JWP Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys operates in cooperation with JWP Attorneys at Law, dealing with IP litigation and company & trade law questions and JWP Foundation – dealing with pro bono activities and training. The JWP Group can offer the combined expertise and resources of a law firm, IP agency as well as training and consulting organisation.


  • Dorota Rzążewska
  • Managing Partner, Attorney at Law, Polish and European Patent and Trademark Attorney
  • +48 22 436 05 07

  • Joanna Janoszek
  • Head of Wrocław Office, Polish and European Patent and Trademark Attorney
  • +71 342 50 53

  • Helena Gajek
  • Patent and Trademark Attorney
  • +48 22 436 05 07

  • Piotr Godlewski
  • Patent and Trademark Attorney
  • +48 22 436 05 07

Raul César Ferreira (Herd.), S.A.

Intellectual Property | Portugal

Rua do Patrocinio, 94,
1399-019 Lisboa

João Jorge

Pedro Alves Moreira

Patricia Rodrigues

Jorge Faustino

Raul César Ferreira (Herd.), S.A.

Raul César Ferreira (Herd.), S.A. is a Portuguese leading IP firm incorporated on 1929, also working in Macao, Angola, Mozambique, Sao Tome and Principe, Cape Verde and Timor.

Our Trademark Department has years of experience in clearance searches and search opinions, prosecution, enforcement, opposition and litigation regarding National, Community and International trademarks.

Our Patent Department provides expertise in several technical areas (chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, mechanical engineering, etc.) and is skilled in drafting, prosecution, enforcement and litigation as well.

There is no typical client for RCF as our clients’ portfolio includes some of the most important Portuguese companies, as well as European, American and Asian companies in various business fields besides national and foreign SMEs that have chosen us directly or due to good references from our colleagues abroad. All our clients get the attention and equal care they surely deserve.

In what concerns our clients’ portfolio we act as outside counsels on behalf of several well-know trademarks owners, assisting them in the enforcement of their IP assets.

Remarkably RCF has developed a very effective anti-counterfeiting strategy that win IP owners’ interest by proving to be quite effective in achieving good results.

RCF also has a longstanding experience in matters related with utility models, design, copyright, domain names as well as in ensuring proper process and steps on IP issues, namely analysis as for IP rights validity and infringement, great experience in handling litigation, infringement investigation, state of the art and advanced technical searches, an efficient surveillance and maintenance system not to mention our team of carefully selected technical translators.

RCF team is strongly committed in the work undertaken by international organizations like INTA, ECTA, AIPPI, FICPI, MARQUES, PTMG, ITMA, UNION, VPP, GRUR, CIPA, ABPI, ASIPI, CIPA and EPI.


  • João Jorge
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • +351 213 907 373

  • Pedro Alves Moreira
  • Trademark Department
  • +351 213 907 373

  • Patricia Rodrigues
  • Trademark Department
  • +351 213 907 373

  • Jorge Faustino
  • Patent Department
  • +351 213 907 373

Namazie & Co.

Intellectual Property | Singapore

51 Goldhill Plaza ,
#24-06/07 Penthouse 4, Singapore 308900

Farah Namazie

Sakolwan Bassi

Glendoris R. Ocampo

Namazie & Co.

NAMAZIE & Co. is an Intellectual Property & Technology law firm, established in 2001 for clients who require specialized legal services and solutions to protect and commercialise their Intellectual Property assets in Asia.

The firm’s clientele includes a rich mix of multi-national corporations, research institutions, technology start-ups, individuals as well as small and medium enterprises both locally and internationally, across diverse industries.

The firm has a strong South East Asian practice, and handles cross-border intellectual property disputes and commercial transactions. Many of our clients entrust us with their trademark, patent and design rights portfolios for South East Asia, and benefit from the advantages of our one-stop-shop management of their IPR portfolios. Namazie & Co. is reputed for its prompt and attentive service. Our experienced team includes IP professionals from across South East Asia, familiar with the practices of IP Registries in the region.

NAMAZIE & Co. continues to be listed as one of the top ten Intellectual Property practices in Singapore by ASIA PACIFIC LEGAL 500 since 2003. The firm has earned an international reputation for providing “first-class service” and “excellent support to clients” on a range of legal issues in Intellectual Property & Technology law. We manage our clients' trademark and patent portfolios with close attention and provide clients with effective regional strategies for their IPR portfolio management.

NAMAZIE & Co.’s clients have the benefit of our 4 key attributes:

- Specialization in IP & Technology law;

- Contemporary industry based experience;

- In depth experience in South East Asian IP practices; and

- Commitment to offering optimal solutions for our clients.


Osha Liang LLP

Intellectual Property | USA

909 Fannin, Suite 3500,
Houston, Texas 77010

John Osha

Osha Liang LLP

Founded in 1997, Osha Liang is an intellectual property law firm with a global presence. With offices in Texas, California, France, China, and Japan, our goal is to assist our clients in protecting and enforcing their intellectual property interests worldwide. The firm prides itself in being one of the most technically and legally proficient IP firms in the world, delivering to our clients the highest level of quality and customer service.

Osha Liang has expertise in worldwide patent and trademark procurement, portfolio management, licensing, acquisition, due diligence, opinions of counsel, litigation, and strategic IP counseling, among other areas. We are recognized as one of the top 50 IP firms in the nation based on the number of patents issued.

We believe in a team approach when servicing our clients. At Osha Liang, no partner "owns" a client. Through open discussion with each client, an appropriate team is assembled within the firm based upon experience, technical backgrounds to meet the needs of the client in each particular matter. Although a single lawyer may be appointed as a primary point of contact, each project is staffed within the firm to yield the highest quality work product.

We represent clients throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia, file patent applications in every industrialized country in the world, and conduct business in a variety of languages, including: English, Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Chinese, and Taiwanese.

We are particularly proud of the broad range of technical skills possessed by our firm's professionals.

Our Patent Agent program, multilingual staff, foreign-licensed attorneys, worldwide network of foreign associates, as well as our in-depth knowledge of international rules and foreign business cultures make our firm one of the most diverse and uniquely experienced intellectual property practices in the world.


M. Uzcategui & Associates

Intellectual Property | Venezuela

Leonardo R. Uzcátegui P.,
Av. Neverí, C/C Los Chaguaramos,

M. Uzcategui & Associates

A professional firm founded in 1955 in Caracas, Venezuela by Dr. Mariano Uzcátegui Urdaneta and Dr. Rafael Pizani under the name of Escritorio Pizani.

In 1980, was established exclusively as a familiar firm under the current denomination, continuing with the attention to its clients exclusively in Industrial Property (Trademarks, Patents) and Copyright matters.

Currently, new members have been incorporated, and also new systems and technologies to give all our clients a quality and excellent service in Industrial Property matter not only in Venezuela but in all American coutries.

M. Uzcátegui & Asociados, since its foundation, has provided its uninterrupted services, at a National and International level, allowing in this manner the accumulation of more than fifty-five (55) years of IP experience and satisfaction of our clients. Within our gamma of activities we have distinguished in the execution of franchising contracts, assignments, audits and licenses of trademarks and patents. We can take care of processing from your search, filings, administrative prosecution, litigation, investigations and enforcement of IP rights.

M. Uzcátegui & Asociados is Active Member of: INTA - ASIPI - COVAPI among others recognized Associations specializing in Intellectual and Industrial Property around the world.


Bolet & Terrero

Intellectual Property | Venezuela

Av. Francisco de Miranda. ,
Edificio Cavendes. Piso 12. Los Palos Grandes.

Manuel Polanco

Jose R. Fermin

Bolet & Terrero

Bolet & Terrero is the oldest Law firm in Venezuela dedicated since 1915 to the Intellectual Property activities. As from its foundation, has uninterruptedly handled the registration and processing of its client’s patents, trademarks, copyright and domains names in Venezuela, including counseling, prosecution, portfolio management, licensing, arbitration, litigation, unfair competition and anti-counterfeiting. Over the 98 years since its establishment, Bolet & Terrero has rendered its services to various enterprises in the pharmaceutical, foods and beverages, household items, apparel, cosmetics, financial services, pharmaceuticals, electronics, chemicals, mechanical and manufactured equipment, entertainment and software.

Bolet & Terrero has been constantly recognized in International rankings as the main intellectual property firm in Venezuela and has earned several recognitions for its efficiency and loyalty to its clients. The extensive clientele that handles our firm in the luxury goods sector has allowed us to design effective tools to combat piracy and has placed us among one of the leading firms in the fight against this scourge.

Manuel Polanco, (Managing Partner) throughout his career has managed worldwide trademark portfolios across a range of industries, including beverage alcohol, music, entertainment, fashion and apparel; counseling clients on worldwide clearance, registration, licensing, policing and enforcement of trademarks; negotiating and drafting assignment, coexistence and settlement agreements; conducting due diligence on intellectual property- related aspects of corporate transactions.

Jose R. Fermin (Senior Legal Counsel) has focused his practice on IP protection, litigation, unfair competition and anti-counterfeiting. Throughout his career he has represented major international companies in various legal disputes such as patent infringement, trademark abuse and actions against counterfeiters and has contributed significantly to the new customs regulations in Venezuela and has written extensively on this subject.


Annam IP & Law

Intellectual Property | Vietnam

No. 10, Lane 34, Au Co Street,
Tay Ho District, Hanoi,

Le Quoc Chien

Dzang Hieu Hanh (Mrs.)

Le Hoang Son

Le Loc Ha

Annam IP & Law

ANNAM IP & LAW is one of the most professional intellectual property & law firms in Vietnam with a staff consisting of lawyers and patent and trademark agents practicing in the IP field since 1992. We provide clients with a full range of IP services to protect their inventions, trademarks, industrial designs and related matters not only in Vietnam, but also in Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and other jurisdictions. The firm also advises on corporate and business law. The firm is a member of APAA, INTA and VIPA.

ANNAM IP & LAW handle thousand of patent, trademark and design applications for all sorts of clients, from individuals to multinational corporations in all technical fields. Around 10% foreign patent applications filed in Vietnam through our firm.

The firm’s patent attorneys and technical staff have been graduated from different technical universities in chemical, pharmaceutical, bio-technology, electrical, and mechanical fields, among others. A patent application will be handled by a professional in the right technical field of the invention.

In addition to its in-house staff, ANNAM IP & LAW has technical associates including professors, specialists and engineers who work for the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, Hanoi University of Pharmacy, Institute of Chemistry, Hanoi University of Technology, etc. They have been effectively supporting our patent division to provide our clients with precise Vietnamese specification versions and technical advice.

With the experience of more than 20 years in the IP field, patent and trademark attorneys and associates at the firm provide clients with professional services from filing patent/design/trademark application to granting certificates. Their offering is always accurate, timely and cost-effective.

Vietnam has a long border and beach that makes it difficult to prevent smuggling. However, ANNAM IP & LAW effectively cooperates with Custom Office to prevent IP infringed imported products. Recently, our firm cooperated with Custom Office to prevent allowing a counterfeit hydraulic valve to enter Vietnam.