João Miranda de Sousa is dual qualified lawyer both in Spain and in Portugal and is the Head of Garrigues’ Iberian Intellectual Property practice. He leads a multidisciplinary team made up of Portuguese and Spanish lawyers, as well as experts in patents, who work from different offices in the Garrigues network (Madrid, Lisbon, Barcelona, Shanghai, Valencia, Bilbao and Alicante).
Before joining Garrigues in 2008, João Miranda de Sousa developed a remarkable career at the European Trademark & Design Office (OHIM) for more than twelve years. He joined OHIM in 1995, just at the beginning of this European Organism. He worked as a member lawyer of its Legal Department filing contentious proceedings before the European Justice Court.
In 2002 he became member of the OHIM’s Management Committee and Director of the President’s cabinet. Since 2002 he became as Director of General Affairs and External Relations of OHIM, where he coordinated the relations between the Office and counterparts in other countries as well as with other EU institutions, the press, the business community and the IP professionals in general.
In recognition of his work at the OHIM and in favor of the trademarks in Europe, he received the Business Outstanding Achievement Award at the MIP Awards, the annual event organized by the prestigious British publication, Managing Intellectual Property (MIP).
João Miranda de Sousa began his professional career in the heart of the EU in 1991, when he joined the European Investment Bank (Luxembourg) as a Senior Lawyer. Before that, between 1984 and 1991 João Miranda de Sousa was assistant lecturer in Administrative Law and Economic and Market Law at the Universidad Católica Portuguesa (Oporto). At that time he was also a lawyer in practice with his own desk.
Bachelor’s Degree in Law from Universidad Católica Portuguesa officially approve in Spain by the Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia. Postgraduate Studies in Public Law and an Executive MBA in ESADE Business School.
Speaker in several seminar and conferences of the Law Firm and a lot of organizations and associations specialized in IP (INTA, ECTA, IPO, MARQUES, APRAM, COAPI).
Co-author of the handbook “Comentarios a los reglamentos sobre la marca comunitaria”, Editorial La Ley, Madrid 2000.
Author of several articles published in IP magazines, notably in “World Trademark Review”.