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Howrey has launched an IP practice in its newly-formed Madrid office, grabbing a four-lawyer team from Spain's leading firm for IP Gómez-Acebo & Pombo.
The firm has hired IP partner Luis Fernández-Novoa and three associates to bring the office up to 15 lawyers in total.
Santiago Martínez Lage, managing Partner of Howrey's Madrid office, said: "Luis brings an entire new dimension to our office."
Howrey launched in Madrid at the start of 2008 via a tie-up with three-partner competition boutique Martínez Lage & Asociados. The firm trades as Howrey Martínez Lage in Spain. Although Howrey launched with a competition practice, the firm had always made clear its intentions to add an IP capability at some point.
Fernández-Novoa's practice encompasses all forms of IP, including patents, trade marks, design rights and trade secrets. He focuses specifically on patent litigation in the pharmaceutical, electronic and engineering industry.