Manuel Lobato is the partner who leads our Intellectual Property team in Spain.
He specialises in Intellectual Property and Pharmaceutical Law. His experience also encompasses commercial and corporate law matters arising from joint ventures, due diligences and contractual work. Manuel has also advised life sciences companies on patent litigation and the drafting of technology transfer contracts. Before joining us, Manuel was a partner at both Gomez-Acebo & Pombo and Baker & McKenzie. He is a Professor of Law (commercial law, corporate law and intellectual property law) at the Autonomous University of Madrid. Until 2002, Manuel was General Secretary of the CEFI Foundation and of the University Institute for Business Administration of the Autonomous University of Madrid.
He regularly lectures on intellectual property law and pharmaceutical law in Latin American countries at seminars organised by several universities (Católica of Lima, Savana in Colombia, etc.), judicial schools (Costa Rica) and private institutions. He has also taken part in intellectual property seminars for judges organised by the Spanish Judicial Institute (Consejo General del Poder Judicial). As a researcher, he is the author of legal publications on intellectual property law (patent, trade mark and copyright), insolvency law and contract law. His exhaustive commentary on the New Spanish Trade Mark Act (1,200 pages long) has been quoted several times in rulings by the Spanish Commercial Courts. His monograph on Private Law and Procedural Questions of the Community Trade Mark was quoted by Advocate General Ruiz-Jarabo in his Opinion on Case C-206/04 P.