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The WTR 1000 focuses exclusively on trademark practice and has firmly established itself as the definitive 'go-to' resource for those seeking world-class legal trademark expertise.

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Silver - Firms: prosecution and strategy

“Balder is the ideal law firm for all matters concerning Spain and Latin America. The squad is exceptionally professional, demonstrates in-depth knowledge of the law in all relevant jurisdictions, and always delivers thorough guidance. You can take a hands-off approach when working with this outfit as it can be relied on to handle all situations with the best interests of the client in mind.” Managing partner Olof Fickert has developed a fantastic one-stop shop and is a trusted adviser to his clientele, who can rely on him for thoughtful and succinct counsel. Both he and Argentinian attorney Jens-Christian Jahnke have deep ties to Latin America, and Jahnke connects with inventors and entrepreneurs with equal ease. Carlos Pires and Óscar GarcÍa understand the importance of intellectual property to a company and, due to their strategic portfolio management expertise, have a well-developed toolkit for realising commercial value. Blanca Fresneau strategically handles trademarks and is crucial to the success of her patrons’ businesses. She provides perfectly pitched support that connects with their commercial goals. Head of the national and international trademark department, Inmaculada de la Haza is a discerning choice for end-to-end services, and when contentious headaches loom, Patricia Koch steps in to ease tension. She has honed her advocacy skills to a razor edge after working on a wide range of IP cases.

Firm Profile

Founded in Madrid in 2012, BALDER is a young and dynamic IP boutique with a corporate philosophy and structure designed to provide a motivating environment for outstanding IP professionals.

Our team of more than 90 professionals has extensive and proven experience within the sector. We are proud of our diverse work force, which consists of more than 20 different nationalities, from various cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds. In addition to our regular business languages Spanish, German, English and Portuguese, we also have native speakers of a further 11 languages in our ranks, thereby ensuring nothing gets lost in translation. We believe this gives us a competitive edge, as it allows us to be more productive and creative in finding solutions – something highly valued by our clients, which are both national and international and from different business areas.

End-to-end service

We provide the full range of services, including worldwide patent and trademark prosecution, plus any kind of contentious and non-contentious IP legal work, including transactions, agreements, licensing, unfair competition, advertising and copyright.

We pride ourselves on our ability to think out of the box and find creative solutions, always with the aim to provide commercially oriented advice tailored to the specific needs of each client.

Latin America

At BALDER we are specialists in Latin American countries. Our team of experienced Latin American attorneys draw on their local knowledge to provide a first-class service. We offer a centralised service for Spanish and Portuguese-speaking countries under a simplified administrative structure: our clients correspond with a single office rather than with different offices in different countries. We offer a single technical and professional approach, which ensures best-in-class quality standards in all of Latin American countries.


Our firm and its practitioners are widely recognised in the industry and feature in many of the world’s leading ranking publications.

Chambers and Partners says:

IP boutique offering noteworthy prosecution services. Expertise in IP issues in Latin America. Clients include important multinational entities as well as major domestic corporates and start-ups. The department impresses with its service-oriented approach.

WTR 1000 writes:

[Olof Fickert is] an excellent leader, he coaches his colleagues effectively to ensure that patrons’ needs are met. 

[Oscar Garcia] is a name to have on speed dial for owners of massive global trademark portfolios and gains plaudits for his “receptive approach and innovative strategies”. [Together with Patricia Koch,] the pair form an enviable tag team as “two of the best trademark professionals in the country”. [Koch] is an outstanding litigator who possesses incredible legal knowledge, offers astute tactical thinking and never loses sight of the practical business needs of her clients.

[Carlos Pires] is another sharp prosecutor in the ranks, always looking to improve client-service interaction by issuing holistic advice and bespoke solutions.

[Jens Jahnke is] “a personable, friendly and accommodating practitioner” whose background working in both Spanish and Argentinian firms makes him an essential figure behind the outfit’s Latin American push.

Bespoke service

Due to our different backgrounds and extensive experience, we know that things can be done in many different ways, and the right way for some clients may be the wrong way for others. We have therefore strived to give BALDER a flexible structure that enables us to adapt to the specific needs and wishes of each client. As they say in the tailoring trade: we want to go beyond made-to-measure; we intend our business to be a bespoke IP consultancy business.

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