About Me

I am a Of Counsel in Bird & Bird's Intellectual Property department in the Madrid office.

I am recognised for my specialisation in Intellectual Property and Pharmaceutical Law. I have acted in several multi-jurisdictional pharmaceutical patent and Supplementary Protection Certificate cases in Spain.
I have, therefore, extensive experience in patent litigation before the Spanish courts.

Additionally, I assist clients in drafting technology transfer contracts in the areas of pharmaceuticals, biology, electronics and mechanics. I also advise universities, public institutions and private biotechnology entities on issues of ownership of research results. I try to provide creative and practical solutions.

I have been recognized in Chambers as Band 1 Intellectual Property: Patents and Trade Marks and Band 2 Life Sciences: Patent Litigation.

My activity has also an academic profile. I have taught Commercial Law and Intellectual property for 30 years (at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and Universidad Pública de Navarra) and I am author of several monographs, like Commentary to the Trade Mark Act (Civitas, 2nd edition 2007) and edition of The pharmaceutical patent (IDEI 1997).
  • Cases include Finasteride, Docetaxel, Drospirenone, Venlafaxine, HPV vaccine/Gardasil, representing the University of Queensland and CSL.
  • I also represented Oncostem, SL, in a patent and contractual action against CSIC.


  • Università di Bologna, Laurea in Giurisprudenza, Law
  • Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Law


  • Madrid Bar
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Manuel Lobato leads the charge, tenaciously defending the interests of high-technology and life sciences players. With a wide remit, he also advises on pharmaceutical regulatory issues and technology transfers.

WTR 1000 2021

'Manuel has a solid knowledge in the field of IP and the review of agreements in the pharmaceutical sector.'

Chambers Europe 2023

He's fast, hard-working and dedicated to his clients.'

Chambers Europe 2023

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