Manuel is particularly strong in patent and trade secrets litigation and is also recommended for trade mark and copyright law.

Manuel is a partner and head of our Intellectual Property (IP) Group in Spain.

He is a well-known specialist in IP and pharmaceutical law and has acted in various landmark pharmaceutical patent and SPC cases in Spain (including Finasteride, Docetaxel, Drospirenone, Venlafaxine, HPV vaccine/Gardasil –acting for the University of Queensland and CSL-, amongst many others). He has wide experience of patent litigation before the Spanish civil and administrative courts, including multi-jurisdictional proceedings, and gives strategic advice in international decisions regarding the manufacture and commercialisation of products in the context of the patent situation. He represented Oncostem, SL, in a patent/know-how and contractual action against CSIC.

Manuel has advised many technology focused companies on intellectual property and trade secrets litigation, regulatory issues and contract law. He has also advised life sciences and other technology-based companies in drafting technology transfer contracts (in the fields of pharmacy, biology, electronics and mechanics). His experience also encompasses commercial and corporate legal matters derived from joint ventures, due diligences and contractual work. Manuel has advised several Universities (University of Seville, University of Saragossa) , public institutions (Fundación Progreso y Salud, Fibao, Sergas, etc.) and private biotech-entities on ownership and entitlement issues.

He is an expert in legal advice, communications and appeals before the health authorities and litigations before the administrative courts related to pharmaceutical regulatory and medicine advertising as well as in legal and strategic advice regarding pharmaceutical agreements (including distribution, supply and manufacture, clinical trials). Before joining us in February 2006, Manuel was a partner at a Spanish law firm and at an international law firm.

Manuel teaches commercial law, corporate law and intellectual property law at the Autonomous University of Madrid. He regularly lectures on intellectual property law and pharmaceutical law in Latin American countries and speaks at seminars organised by several universities, judicial schools and private institutions. He has written several books and publications on Patent Law and other subjects.

He speaks Spanish, English, German and Italian.

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  1. IAM Patent 1000 2018

    Manuel leaves nothing to improvisation but really studies his cases, taking into consideration all possible angles when addressing matters. He offers solutions that nobody else would imagine, making him an external counsel of reference."
  2. The "very well respected" Manuel Lobato is admired for his profile in trade mark and patent litigation. He regularly advises life sciences and technology companies on the commercial and regulatory aspects of IP. One client describes him as "very focused, accurate and understanding," and adds: "It's very easy to work with him and I can be confident that he will give me an answer as soon as he can. Having this kind of response time is great for me."

    Chambers Europe 2018
  3. Manuel Lobato is one of the most celebrated lawyers on the market. “A true scholar of trademarks and a seminal figure, he has a brilliant mind and has authored a major textbook on the subject. He understands all the latest concepts and deals well with complexity.”

    WTR 1000 2018