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Rodrigo Souto Maior is one of the founding partners at Licks Attorneys and he is based in the Rio de Janeiro office. He started his career nearly 15 years ago as a member of the litigation team of a family-owned patent agency in Latin America, where he met his partners at Licks Attorneys and from where the firm departed. He also gained experience acting as a Foreign Legal Consultant in the Washington, D.C. office of Steptoe & Johnson. His practice has been focusing on complex disputes, leading cases and consultancy regarding patent law, information technology, trade secrets and unfair competition.
Mr. Maior has extensive experience in representing and advising clients in a wide variety of intellectual property, internet and commercial disputes. He has litigated before various federal and state courts, in cases spanning several technologies that include pharmaceutical, information technology, metallurgical and telecommunications industries. He is best known for his expertise in litigating complex patent cases involving non-obviousness and for coordinating effective defense and counter-attack strategies for clients in different industries. Additionally, Mr. Maior is an experienced practitioner in trademark and copyright laws, and well versed in advising clients in licensing/cross-licensing negotiations and matters involving technology transfer. Over the past few years, Mr. Maior and his team have implemented some of the most successful defense/counter-attack strategies in technology cases in Brazil.
He lectures and publishes on the latest developments in Brazilian patent law and litigation as a Constitutional Principles of Competition and Patent Law Professor at one of the most prestigious law schools in the country. In addition, he has received his law degree and an LL.M. in International Law from the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ). Mr. Maior has also received an LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law from the George Washington University Law School, in the USA.
• “Brazilian Patent Statute under attack: Second use inventions, polymorphs and inventive step (Part III)”, PREVAIL 004. May 2015. • “Post-grant review in Brazil: how statistics can help choosing the winning strategy”, PREVAIL 002. March 2015. • “The battle between public and private interest”, World Intellectual Property Review – WIPR, 2014. “Suspending IP rights”, World Intellectual Property Review – WIPR, 2010 “Evaluating Inventive Step”. WIPR, 2009. • Co-author of the leading book on non-obviousness in Brazil – “O CONTRIBUTO MÍNIMO NA PROPRIEDADE INTELECTUAL” (The minimum contribution requirement in Intellectual Property), 2010 (drafted a chapter comparing the non-obviousness requirement in the United States, Brazil, and Europe). • Author on the article “Evaluating Inventive Step”. WIPR. Sept-Oct 2009. • Author on the article “Brazilian - President’s Act provides for the suspension of IP rights”. GRUR Int. (2010).