Bird & Bird boosts its Intellectual Property practice with the appointment of Mariano Santos as partner in Madrid

07 March 2018

International law firm Bird & Bird boosts its Intellectual Property practice with the appointment of Mariano Santos as a partner in Madrid. He joins Bird & Bird's leading Spanish Intellectual Property practice, which is ranked "Band 1" in Chambers Europe 2017.

Mariano joins from Herrero & Asociados where he was International Legal Affairs Manager. He specialises in processing Spanish, European Union and other trademarks, with a particular focus on trademark prosecution, opposition proceedings, appeals, conflict research, strategic advice and negotiations. Additionally, he has considerable experience in managing brand portfolios across Central and South America, and advises Asian (particularly Japanese and Korean), European and US companies on their brand management issues.

Mariano also advises on the full range of internet and information technology issues, including data privacy, open source software, domain names and keyword advertising which will complement our Tech & Comms capabilities across the firm.

Coral Yanez and Jesus Vega, co-heads of Spain at Bird & Bird comment: "Mariano's appointment is an important part of our strategy as we focus on strengthening our Intellectual Property practice. Our IP team is ranked "Band 1" in Chambers Europe 2017 and is recommended within the Spanish market for its litigation expertise. Mariano's brand management experience will help to provide an even broader service to our clients which include key domestic companies and multinationals. Mariano's IP and Commercial experience both in Europe and internationally will strengthen our reputation across these markets."

Manuel Lobato, Head of Intellectual Property group in Spain at Bird & Bird says: "Mariano's appointment is a huge boost to the firm's IP practice. He has unique international experience which not only attracts clients from Europe but also from the Americas and Asia. His experience in these areas will enable the IP group across the firm to offer services within Europe and throughout Latin America."

Mariano adds: "Bird & Bird's international network and multidisciplinary approach, especially across the IP practice, offers me the ideal platform to assist clients. I am very much looking forward to collaborating with my international colleagues and bolstering the firm's capabilities in the LATAM region."