Maria Cruz Garcia
Partner at J Pereira da Cruz SA
Maria Cruz Garcia holds a degree in law and two postgraduate qualifications in IP and industrial property. She has been a member of the Portuguese Bar Association since 2006 and an official industrial property agent since 2012.
Ms Cruz Garcia started her career at the Portuguese law firm Abreu, Cardigos & Associados SA, but soon discovered her passion for intellectual property and decided to enter the firm J Pereira da Cruz SA in 2006.
As well as regularly contributing to specialist journals and magazines, Ms Cruz Garcia lectures on several postgraduate courses and training programmes in the IP field for the Portuguese Association of Paralegal Practitioners.
Her technical and legal expertise is recognised both nationally and internationally and she holds positions on the management bodies of several national IP organisations, including as a member of the board of directors of the Portuguese Association of Intellectual Property Consultants and the secretary general of the Portuguese Group of International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property.
Ms Cruz Garcia is also an active member of major international organisations, including INTA, the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property, the International Federation of Industrial Property Attorneys, the European Communities Trademark Association and the Pharmaceutical Trademarks Group.
Due to her international recognition and outstanding foreign network, Ms Cruz Garcia is widely considered one of the most capable IP specialists of her generation.