Ana Paula Affonso Brito
Ana Paula Affonso Brito is a seasoned trial lawyer who has focused on IP litigation since 2001; she became a partner of Montaury Pimenta, Machado & Vieira de Mello in 2011. Ms Affonso Brito has extensive experience in handling complex IP litigation matters before the Brazilian Federal and State Courts for domestic and international clients and has been leading one of the firm’s litigation teams since 2018.
Ms Affonso Brito’s practice focuses on IP litigation with an emphasis on patents, trademarks, copyrights, domains, designs and unfair competition law, assisting clients in different fields of technology, including pharmaceutical, telecom, house appliances, crop science, cosmetics, fashion, food, mechanical, oil and gas, machinery and software.
More specifically, her practice includes:
- evaluating potential litigation risks;
- collaborating with the corporate departments to review and advise on litigation strategies;
- developing solutions and litigation strategies;
- handling and monitoring a variety of complex litigation matters; and
- representing plaintiffs and defendants in IP litigation across the country.
Ms Affonso Brito holds a master’s in intellectual property and innovation from the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office Academy (2010), a postgraduate degree in intellectual property from the Rio de Janeiro State University School of Law (2006), a postgraduate degree in digital law from the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (2002) and a law degree from the Rio de Janeiro State University School of Law (2000).
Ms Affonso Brito actively participates in several national and international IP associations and is the author of various articles in her area of expertise, including:
- “The process for Geographical Indications Registration in Brazil: a black box?” in ABPI Magazine (Brazilian Industrial Property Association) no 134, January/February 2015;
- “Relevant limitations imposed by the Industrial Property Law to tire reconditioning” in ASPI Magazine (Intellectual Property Association of São Paulo) no 46, April/November 2015; and
- “Administrative Procedure in the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office and the Principle of Reasonable Duration: Federal Court Steps In To Enforce Efficiency”, published in part on the IPKat blog on 2 February 2015.