Managing partner and founder Juan Arias (middle) with the 10 newly promoted partners at ABG IP
4 June 2024NewsCareersSarah Speight

Spanish firm’s 10 partner promotions ‘adds to competitive edge’

ABG IP says the promotions recognise staff performance, improve gender equality and lower the average age among partners, and secure its values and position in the market.

Spanish firm ABG Intellectual Property has boosted the number of its equity partners with 10 internal promotions, seven of whom are patent attorneys specialising in technology and science.

This brings the total number of partners at the 70-plus-staffed firm to 16, and brings the average age of ABG IP partners from 58 to 48.

It also means that the partnership structure at ABG—which has offices in Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao and Valencia—is now more balanced, with seven female partners and nine male partners.

Juan Arias, managing partner and founder of ABG IP—which assists its clients to leverage R&D investments—said that the promotions are “the result of our commitment to developing the best talent”.

The promoted partners’ “contribution and dedication have been essential to helping ABG IP reach the privileged position that it currently holds in the area of protection of intellectual property,” he added.

“These appointments therefore recognise their performance and also assure us that our company’s vision and values, as well as its commitment to excellence, are upheld in the future.”

The firm has been ranked as one of the Financial Times’Europe's Leading Patent Law Firms’ for five consecutive years.

The new partners cover information and technology communications, engineering and physics, as well as various life sciences areas.

“There is no doubt that having the best professionals in technical areas gives us a competitive advantage in the core of our activity, which relates to the protection of intangible assets,” said Arias.

“This also holds true for our legal department, which is a key strategic area for growth.”

Seven of the new partners are European patent attorneys qualified to act before the European Patent Office (EPO), in the areas of science and technology. They are María Corral, Tomás Llamas, Iain McGeoch, Marta Rodríguez, Sofia Pettersson, André Santos and Laura de la Vega.

The other three are Laura Montoya, head of the legal department; Beatriz Ibáñez, head of the financial department; and David Cortes, head of the human resources department.

The promotion of Ibáñez and Cortes, who are not practising lawyers, to partners is a strategic one, according to Arias.

“We believe that in order to achieve and maintain our position, it is also critical to have a strong management team that oversees daily operations and guarantees the profitability of our business,” he said.

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