Baptista Monteverde & Associados

Baptista Monteverde & Associados (BMA) is one of the most respected law firms in Portugal, having earned a reputation for – among other things – outstanding IP litigation by winning some of the landmark IP cases in Portugal. The firm’s lawyers have the experience, knowledge and leading-edge competence to continuously help the firm’s clients to succeed.

The firm is committed to keeping its clients abreast of developments in IP statute and case law. This is done partly by holding regular lectures on all key IP decisions in Portugal and the European Union, highlighting how they will affect immediate and future practices.

Practice areas

BMA is a full-service law firm with strong practices in IP law, pharmaceutical law, competition law, hi-tech law, database protection and advertisement law. The firm’s attorneys at law are members of all major national and international professional organisations and are proven experts in their respective fields, boasting numerous publications and academic achievements. They provide a full-scale IP strategy and enforcement scheme with an interdisciplinary approach.

The firm provides a full range of professional services relating to IP disputes, including court, arbitration, and Trademark and Patent Office disputes. BMA also files and prosecutes applications and monitors IP rights such as patents, trademarks and designs.

As the fight against product piracy is gaining momentum, BMA offers a range of effective anti-counterfeiting measures, including online brand protection. The firm routinely cooperates with the customs authorities, monitoring imports and exports, and preventing and seizing counterfeit products. It also advises and supports clients in commercial transactions involving trademarks and other IP rights, as well as in acquisitions and licensing, merchandising, franchising, joint venture and coexistence agreements.

The firm has an extensive and well-functioning worldwide network of contacts which ensures that the protection of the firm’s clients’ IP rights is optimised both in Portugal and abroad. The firm’s mission is also to provide its clients with cost-efficient and intelligent IP protection, adding value to their business.

The firm services clients from many of the most technologically advanced and innovative businesses in the world, in fields such as life sciences, high-tech, telecommunications, clothing and food industries.

Clients include globally active groups and leading companies both in Portugal and abroad, as well as many domestic medium-sized companies, investors, authors, artists and associations – particularly universities and technology transfer organisations.

Filipe Baptista and Paulo Monteverde are BMA’s founding partners. They have practised IP law for over 20 years. Both partners have been vice presidents of the Portuguese Consultants IP Association and lectured at university; they are also frequent speakers at national and international conferences and seminars, and have published numerous articles on IP legal matters.

Sector expertise

  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Sciences and chemistry
  • Telecommunications
  • Software
  • Publishing and media
  • Fashion and luxury goods
  • Food and beverage
  • High-tech and software
  • Medical devices


Year after year, the firm’s IP professionals and practice groups have been recognised by some of the world’s most respected legal publications, receiving top rankings in global and country-based publications.

Network memberships

  • International Trademark Association
  • International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property
  • European Communities Trademark Association
  • Pharmaceutical Trademarks Group
  • International Bar Association

Contact details

Baptista Monteverde & Associados
Av Álvares Cabral 47
Lisbon 1250-015

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