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The detail-oriented advice and personalised, cost-effective service of Simões, Garcia, Corte-Real & Associados have won it loyal fans among the brand owner community. “It keeps trademark portfolios in the best of health and the quality of the work is unimpeachable.” António Corte-Real, João Luís Garcia and José Raúl Simões set the standard. “An esteemed professional in the trademark space, Corte-Real commands respect thanks to his extremely high level of expertise.” The seasoned partner knows what it takes to win court cases and resolve disputes by other means, and has an outstanding track record to show for it. “Garcia is characterised by his professionalism, dedication and reliability. His prosecution and enforcement counsel is always rooted in the interests of the client, and he shows remarkable adaptability when situations become complex.” Simões is another veteran litigator and enforcer, whose contentious experience informs his general IP counsel.
António Corte-Real is a partner of Simões, Garcia, Corte-Real & Associados with 25 years’ experience in intellectual property. He holds a law degree from Lisbon University (1988) and a degree in EU law from the Catholic University of Lisbon. He has also been appointed as an official industrial property agent and is a European trademark and design attorney.
Mr Corte-Real is admitted by the Portuguese Law Society (1990) and his areas of specialisation are IP-related proceedings, trademarks, patents, designs, copyright and unfair competition and advertising law – including prosecution, litigation, enforcement and arbitration. He has advised national and international companies on contentious and pre-contentious issues and has litigation experience before the Portuguese IP Office, the EU Intellectual Property Office and the Portuguese courts, including the Intellectual Property Court, the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Justice.
Mr Corte-Real has worked as an arbitrator in several IP disputes involving trademarks, domain names and patents. He is an arbitrator on the list of IP experts of the Portuguese Arbitration Centre for Industrial Property, Domain Names and Company Names.
Mr Corte-Real is the author of a number of IP-related articles and a regular contributor to reports on behalf of the Portuguese group of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI). He is also an active member of European Communities Trademark Association (ECTA) committees. He has spoken at IP-related conferences and courses – primarily for the postgraduate industrial law course at Lisbon University Law School.
Mr Corte-Real regularly attends international IP meetings and is a member of the following professional associations:
- the International Federation of Industrial Property Attorneys;
- the American Intellectual Property Law Association; and
- the Portuguese Intellectual Property Law Association.
Simões, Garcia, Corte-Real & Associados was founded in 1998 by a team of qualified patent and trademark attorneys with longstanding expertise in the field of industrial and intellectual property. The firm provides a broad range of high-quality services in all fields of industrial and intellectual property, including assistance and consultancy services in the acquisition and management of IP portfolios, strategic advice, enforcement and IP litigation.
Simões, Garcia, Corte-Real & Associados maintains the features of an IP agency, but has developed a solid, specialised legal group which deals efficiently with complex and sophisticated legal trademark and design issues. The firm has grown rapidly to become one of the leading Portuguese IP firms.
The firm’s organisation, training and practice are client orientated in every detail. Its main goal has always been to support clients constructively and efficiently in the development of adequate IP strategies and innovation processes, ultimately contributing to their market success.
Initially based in Lisbon, the firm’s development and success led to the opening of a second office in Porto in 2007. The firm’s practice remains closely linked to other Portuguese-speaking countries and territories, such as Macao, Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde and the St Thomas and Prince Islands.
A team of specialists
The patent and trademark attorneys of Simões, Garcia, Corte-Real & Associados are aided by a competent team of paralegals and administrative staff. The firm relies on six industrial property agents who are qualified to practise before the Portuguese IP Office and the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). Seven attorneys who specialise in trademarks and designs deal on a daily basis with complex issues, trademark enforcement, counterfeiting and litigation. The firm has developed an appropriate and flexible IT infrastructure to manage IP portfolios and perform clearing or availability searches and reliable watch services. The success of the trademark working group is based on its solid legal and technical background, combined with a responsive, cost-conscious, proactive approach towards clients.
Simões, Garcia, Corte-Real & Associados offers quality patent, design and trademark services at competitive and predictable rates at an international level. In the area of European patents, the firm offers national validation, multiple language translation and monitoring services to foreign clients. Its team of translators have well-established experience and are specialised in each of the requisite technical fields, particularly in the areas of mechanical engineering, physics, chemistry, electrical engineering and electronics. In the trademark field, the firm’s practice covers Portuguese registrations, EU trademarks and International registrations at the World Intellectual Property Organisation. Further, the firm secures clients’ trademark rights in other territories or countries within the Portuguese-speaking world.
Clients benefit enormously from a single point of contact for several Portuguese-speaking jurisdictions, avoiding the need to deal with multiple firms from strikingly different cultural areas.
The fast-changing nature of IP law is familiar to the team at Simões, Garcia, Corte-Real & Associados, which is in regular contact with the best IP practices around the world. The firm’s partners and associates are active members of national and international associations dedicated to the development of IP law.
Simões, Garcia, Corte-Real & Associados advises and represents different types of domestic and foreign company, ranging from global companies to small and medium-sized enterprises across a wide range of sectors. The firm has gained a reputation for its overall high quality, efficiency and competitive rates.
The firm’s trademark attorneys have notable experience in the areas of fashion, sports, banking, tobacco and healthcare. They often assist in anti-counterfeiting procedures and have developed solid relationships with the public authorities responsible for trademark protection and enforcement. In the trademark litigation and pre-litigation stages, they offer exceptional value for their strategic guidance and advice.
Simões, Garcia, Corte-Real & Associados ranks in first place for filings from Portuguese representatives at EUIPO for both EU trademarks and Community designs, and has experience in coordinating global projects to acquire or maintain IP portfolios in several jurisdictions. Innovative and cost-effective strategies, user-friendly communication and full commitment to clients are among the firm’s core strengths.