Ricardo is an Associated Partner at Abreu Advogados in Lisbon, in the IP, TMT and Data Protection practice. After having started as a trainee and Associate at Abreu Advogados (2002-2007), Ricardo left to work in other law firms and now (2017) returned to Abreu Advogados where he is an Associated Partner.
He focuses on advising clients in all aspects of Intellectual Property, as well as Technology, Media and Telecommunications related issues. This includes the responsibility for prosecution and litigation matters concerning trademarks, patents, designs and other industrial property rights, copyright and all aspects of advertising and entertainment law, where he has valuable knowledge and practice, including clearing ad campaigns, contests and sweepstake rules for international agencies. Ricardo also does transactional work in IP and IT related matters, as well as due diligence research and advice in respect of related assets in connection with mergers and acquisitions. He also has a wide-ranging experience in the field of new technologies and telecoms, doing work such as software and other technology licensing, regulatory work on emerging technologies and telecoms, internet and e-commerce related issues and all data protection related work, including data protection audits and the implementation of Portuguese data protection law and the GDPR.
He holds a law degree from Law School of the University of Lisbon (1997-2002). He also has Postgraduate Diplomas in Professional Sports Law (2005) in Information Society - Copyright, Internet and Electronic Commerce Law (2005) in Intellectual Property (2006) and an LL.M. in Competition Law (2009). He is currently registered with Portuguese Bar Association and is also an Official Industrial Property Agent and Arbitrator for Industrial Property litigation at the Industrial Property, Domain Names, Firms and Denominations Arbitration Centre.
He has also written various publications and articles, at national and international level, and is an active member of professional associations, such as the Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance (GALA), the Portuguese Association of Industrial Property Consultants (ACPI), the International Federation of Intellectual Property Consultants (FICPI), the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), of ItechLaw Association and of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).
Important international publications like Chambers, Legal 500, and Best Lawyers, have appointed Ricardo as one of the prominent lawyers in Intellectual Property and Technology in Portugal.