After over 20 years as a Federal District Court Judge and an Appellate Judge in the Federal Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (sitting in Rio de Janeiro), Judge Roriz joined Licks Attorneys as a partner in 2013 after her retirement. Before becoming a Federal Judge, Hon. Roriz was also a Federal Attorney for the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office. During her time as an Appellate Judge, Hon. Roriz chaired the Federal Magistracy School (EMARF) and the IP Specialized Second Panel of Appellate Judges, presiding the hearing of historic leading cases in Brazilian IP law, such as second medical use and pipeline patents, the role of the Brazilian FDA during the prior approval proceeding for pharmaceutical patents, trade dress, trademark dilution, and the applicability of the TRIPS agreement, as well as several high-complexity IP trials, related to a number of technology areas.
Judge Roriz has also taught in some of the most renowned educational institutes in Brazil, such as the Getulio Vargas Foundation and the Candido Mendes University. She is not only an accomplished speaker, lecturing in Brazil, the United States, Europe and several other Latin American countries, but also a recognized, published author in numerous areas of expertise. Judge Roriz is respected and viewed amongst her peers as one of the most knowledgeable Judges to have taken part in the IP Specialized Panels, and her experience makes her an invaluable asset in litigation and consulting.
• Hon. Roriz was responsible for the first of several injunctions obtained by Licks Attorneys on behalf of Uber since the company became our client. Brazil is among the countries where Uber has faced the strongest opposition from local authorities and taxi groups.
• After her constitutional period was over, Hon. Roriz achieved partial rejection of a restraining order against a Brazilian oil & gas company, requesting the BRPTO to provide a final answer upon the company’s request for a full copy of a patent registration procedure. This was her first case before the 2nd Region.
- Honored by the Brazilian Association of Intellectual Property (ABPI) during the 2015 Women In IP Global Networking as a model successful woman in the IP industry on May 21, 2015;
- Honored by the Brazilian Intellectual Property Agents Association (ABAPI), for her contribution to IP development in Brazil, in a ceremony that took place in the Centro Cultural Justiça Federal, on September 2, 2015;
- Tamandaré Merit Medal, granted by the Navy Operational Command on November 13, 2012;
Order of Military Merit Medal, as a Commander, granted by the Eastern Military Command on April 19, 2010;
- Navy Fellow Medal, granted by the Brazilian Marine Corps on June 12, 2006;
- Order of Marine Merit Medal, as a Commander, granted by the President on May 29, 2006;
- Peacemaker Medal, granted by the Eastern Military Command in 2003;
- Throughout her career, she is frequently invited to speak in Brazil and overseas about a number of topics of her working areas.
- Brazilian Bar Association – Rio de Janeiro (OAB/RJ), from 1976 to 1993 and since 2013. The association was temporarily suspended during her period as a Judge in the Judiciary;
- Brazilian Association of Intellectual Property (ABPI), Member of the Board;
- Brazilian Attorney’s Institute (IAB), as a member of the Industrial Property Commission;
- Brazilian Association of Intellectual Property Agents (ABAPI) – Member of the Ethics Council;
- International Trademark Association (INTA);
- Member of Federal Judges Association (AJUFE), acted as a Social Director from 2000-2002 and as a Cultural Director from 2004-2006.
- Master’s Degree in Constitutional Law and Theory of State, Pontifical Catholic University – Rio de Janeiro (PUC-RJ), 1999;
- Extension Course in Intellectual Property, Pontifical Catholic University – Rio de Janeiro (PUC-RJ) and Rio de Janeiro Federal School of Magistrates for the 2nd Circuit (EMARF), 2002;
- Graduate Specialization in Regional Integration between the European Union and Mercosur, University of Coimbra – Portugal (UC) and Rio de Janeiro Federal School of Magistrates for the 2nd Circuit (EMARF), 2000;
- Graduate Specialization in Public Law and Private Law, Cândido Mendes University – Rio de Janeiro (UCM-RJ), 1992;
- Graduate Specialization in Labor Law and Social Security Law, Getúlio Vargas Foundation – Rio de Janeiro (FGV-RJ), 1985;
- LL.B., Cândido Mendes University – Rio de Janeiro (UCM-RJ), 1975.
- In collaboration with V. Trojan, article: Brazilian Patent Statute under attack: an overview of what may change. Prevail virtual magazine, n. 2, Mar 3, 2015;
- In collaboration with O. Licks, article: “Renewed hope for the patent system: a stop to the PTO’s inconstancy”. Prevail virtual magazine, n. 1, Dec 2, 2015;
- Article: “The reasons why expert evidence is required in Trademark Register or Patent Annulment Actions”. ABPI Magazine, n. 133, Nov-Dec 2014, p. 59-64;
- In collaboration with R. Pinho, article: “Testing Result Protection of Human Use Pharmaceuticals: a challenge or an opportunity?” ASPI Newsletter n. 43, Jul-Sep 2014, p. 13-22;
- Article: “Royalties recovery after patent is declared null: is it applicable?” Justice & Citizenship Magazine, n. 168, August 2014, p. 32-39;
- Article: “The Validity Period set out by the BRPTO for Mailbox Patents”. ABPI Magazine, n. 130, May-Jun 2014, p. 24-41;
- In collaboration with O. Licks, article: “Renewed Hope for the Patent System”, World Intellectual Property Review – WIPR, May-Jun 2014;
- Text: “Liability for Intellectual Property Infringement,” on the book “Direito e informação: que responsabilidade(s)?” A collective book arranged by Ricardo Perlingeiro, Fernanda Ribeiro, and Luísa Neto for the University of Porto, Portugal, Eduff Publishing, 2013;
- In collaboration with Maria Alice Calliari, article: “A welcome modernization of the Brazilian Patent Office”. World Intellectual Property Review – WIPR, Mar-Apr 2013;
- Article “Development, Industrial Property, and the Judiciary Power: How Important Intellectual Property is for Developing Countries”. In book: “Propriedade Intelectual: Plataforma para o Desenvolvimento”. IDS –Dannemann Siemsen Institute for Technical and Legal Studies, Renovar Publishing, 2008, p. 155-171;
- Article: “Non-applicability of Trademark Register Annulment Action Drawn in Bad-faith”. ABPI Magazine, n. 80, Jan-Feb 2006, p. 37-44;
- Article: “Public Interest Waivability Entailing Federal Small Claims Court Cases”. EMARF Magazine, Special Historic Edition, n. 1, August 2005, p. 373-383;
- Article: “Registrability of Signs Mentioning Third-Party Marks”. ABPI Magazine, n. 56, Jan-Feb 2002, p. 41-42;
- Article: “Conflict between Constitutional Rules”. Brazil’s Federal Judges Association Magazine. Year 20, n. 68, Oct-Dec 2001, p. 35-36;
- Book: “Conflito entre Normas Constitucionais”, 2 Editions, América Jurídica Publishing – 2001 and 2002;
- Article: “Présentation de trois cas pratiques sur le droit de marques au Brésil”, Revista OMPI, Académie – Recueil de cas Pratiques, May 2000 and May 2001, p. 23-26, Paris et Genéve;
- In collaboration with Federal Appellate Judge Tânia de Melo Bastos Heine, article: “Corporation Law and Economic Globalization”. Books of the Federal Appellate Magistracy School for the 2nd Circuit – EMARF, n. 1, Mar, 2001, p. 21-39;
- Article: “The Seropositive Hemophiliacs’ Right to Indemnification”. EMARF Magazine, n. 4, Nov- Dec 2001, p. 105-110;
- Article: “The Seropositive Hemophiliacs’ Right to Indemnification”. Justice & Citizenship Magazine, n. 11, Jan 2001, p. 11-13;
- Jurist’s Opinion Article: “Conflict between Constitutional Rules”. Iberoamerican Public Law Magazine, volume II, 2nd Semester of 2000, Legal America, p. 182-183;
- Article: “Conflict between Constitutional Rules”. EMARF Magazine, n. 2, Apr 2000, p. 108-111;
- Article: “Federal Appellate Court for the 2nd Circuit’s Judicial Precedent 260 and the Zero-Calculation”. EMARF Magazine, n. 1, August 1999, p. 44-47.