Iván L. Sempere
Legal Area Director
Iván L. Sempere
Legal Area Director
After working at the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office, with a wide experience there, he is a practising lawyer specialized in design protection & enforcement, as well as commercial mediator and legal expert in the Intellectual Property (IP) field. He heads and coordinates the IP defence actions for different national and international companies currently Vice chairing the INTA Design Committee, where he chaired the Law & Practice SC (2018-2020), and has been heading the Spanish Group in the Design Committee of the 2016 AIPPI World Congress in Milan. He participated in the CP10 Working Group in representation of INTA and has been included in the EUIPO List of Auditors “Quality Management Systems” for 2019 SQAP audits (Stakeholder Quality Assurance Panels) on designs invalidity decisions. He also coordinates the Intellectual Property and Innovation group of the Spanish Association for Trademarks Protection & Enforcement (ANDEMA), as well as counsel at several academic and business institutes and organizations.

He is very much linked and committed to the business world and entrepreneurship, having been the President of the University Enterprise Foundation –FUNDEUN (2012-2018), President of the European Confederation of Young Entrepreneurs (YES) and received the AJEV Honorary Award “Young entrepreneur 2016” to his career path and the Forum Europe Gold Medal in 2013, Business Knowledge of Fundeun 2018 among other recognitions.

Recently named Honorific Professor of the University of Alicante, is regularly invited as international speaker in several master programmes and Universities, such as ICADE, George Washington University; and Business Schools, such as Fundesem, the Academy of European Law or Florida Universitaria. Regular speaker in a wide number of congresses and courses related to innovation and its protection or the development of entrepreneur values in many countries such as Spain, United States, Mexico, United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, Honduras, El Salvador, Panama, Dominican Republic, etc.

He is author of numerous publications and monographs in the field of IP, particularly known because of his researches and contributions to the protection and defence of the Designs and 3D Trademarks.
Resume

Founder Partner and Co-CEO at PADIMA
Specialized Firm on STRATEGY, PROTECTION and DEFENCE of Intellectual Property.

Merits and Awards
  • University of Alicante “HAND” recognition, 2018.
  • AJEV Honorary Award “Young entrepreneur 2016” to his career path.
  • Forum Europe Gold Medal 2013.· “Innovative Young Entrepeneur” in 2011 due to the 30 Cierval Anniseesary.
  • “Young of the year” in 2005 by the Council of Alicante.· Business Knowledge of Fundeun 2018.
Academic profile
  • Honrific Prof.& Doctor (Cum laude) of Commercial Law at the University of Alicante. The doctorate was obtained in the field of 3D shapes protection & enforcement, having many publications and conferences within this scope. Professor and international speaker in several master programmes
  • Past Member of the Social Council of the University of Alicante (2014-2020)
  • Past President of the University Enterprise Foundation FUNDEUN (2012-2018) and Past President of the European Confederation of Young
  • Entrepreneurs YES (2009-2010), AJE Comunidad Valenciana and JOVEMPA.
  • Frequent speaker in more than 100 conferences and courses related to IP, innovation and/or entrepeneurship in many countries such as United States, Mexico, United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, Honduras, El Salvador, Panama, Dominican Republic
Professional profile
  • Lawyer and Spanish Patent and Trademark Attorney (Authorized Representative before the OEPM, EUIPO and EPO)
  • Lawyer specialized in IP before the General Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg.
  • Legal expert on Intellectual Property.
  • Member of the Experts Committee in IP Law and Unfair Competition in AIJU (Technological Toy Institute).
  • Technician in OIT, Innovation Organization and Applied Management by the Madrid Polytechnic University.
  • Spanish Intertextil Counsel IP representative before the European Commission.
  • Coordinator the Intellectual Property and Innovation group of the Spanish Association for Trademarks Protection & Enforcement (ANDEMA), representing several Spanish and International companies, as well as professional organizations such as footwear, textile or toys.
Presentations and Conferences
  • Panellist on “IP protocols in the health industry”. ATEVAL technical sessions. 3rd, November 2020
  • Moderator on “Look vs Functionality: trends on the protection of industrial designs”. ASIPI Annual Conference. Lima, Perú. 30, November 2019.
  • Panellist on “Criteria for assessing design disclosure on the internet”. INDECOPI. Lima, Perú. 25, November 2019
  • Panellist on “Deisgn”. Designs bulding trademarks Conference. Circulo de Economía. Alicante, 25, September 2019.
  • Panelist on “Not only words… Options to protect non-traditional Trademarks” TMAP Annual Conference, Berlin, 16-18 September, 2019
  • Panelist on “Design remedies on the European Union”, at the141 INTA Annual Conference; Boston, USA, 18 May 2019.
  • Co-panelist on “The Hague agreement & the international design protection” at the 8th AMPPI international conference, Mexico City, 27, 28, 29 of March 2019.
  • Conference “Design clearance in 2018: Where? Who? Why? And most important, How?”. 2018 Design Conference The Power of Design, London, 26-27 February, 2018.
  • Seminar “Some keys for IP management”. LEINN Official Degree. Florida University, Valencia. 15, November 2017.
  • Seminar “European Design System”. A course for SIPO authorities (patent examiners and directors) at the University of Alicante. 26, September 2017.
  • Conference “Design Protection in the EU”. IP Postgraduate Program George Washington University. Washington DC, 21 March 2017.
  • Conference “Functionality: Protectionists Debates” AMML Congress. Sessions on IP Law Specialization. Santiago de Compostela, 23 September 2016.
  • Seminar “Design Protection in the EU”. Training for Chinese Patent Office SIPO officers. University of Alicante, 21 September 2016.
  • Representative of the AIPPI Spanish Group concerning Designs: Requirements for the Design Protection (Functionality). Milan Congress, 16-20 September 2016.
  • Conference “The Evidence in the Trademarks, Designs and Utility Models Counterfeits in the European Union”. Course on “The Evidence on the Criminal Process: the NEW DOCTRINE”, University of Alicante, 14 July 2016.
  • Conference “Three-Dimensional Trademark” I Aranzadi Congress on Trademarks, Madrid, 7 – 8 April 2016.
  • Conference “Infringement & Infringement remedies of EU Design Rights” Transnational IP Seminar 2016. University of Alicante and University of Washington, 21-24 March 2016.
  • Conference “The scope of protection of the Black & White trademarks” AIPPI Congress 2016. Madrid, 18 – 19 February 2016.
  • Conference “The University, an Opportunity for Business Start-Up” Graduates UTEC Congress 2015, El Salvador Technological University. El Salvador, 8 December 2015.
  • Conference “Innovation and Intellectual Property” Graduates UTEC Congress 2015, Law College of the El Salvador Technological University. El Salvador, 8 December 2015.
  • Conference “Entrepreneurs: The Solution to Social Development” Graduates UTEC Congress 2015, El Salvador Technological University. El Salvador, 7 December 2015.
  • Conference “My Design, My Difference, My Value: The Key for Internationalization”, National Footwear Association (AVECAL), Elche, 17 March 2015.
  • Conference “Product Design: Whom the Rights Belong to and How to Protect Them?”, National Furniture Association (ANIEME), Valencia, 24 February 2015.
  • Conference “The Force of Example”, IMAGINALIA Centre, Alicante. 16 October 2014.
  • Conference “Social Awareness” [A Burden for the Economy: Illegal Sales, zero tolerance.] ALTADIS and el NUEVO LUNES. Madrid, 10 September 2014.
  • Conference “Innovation on ICT´s”. UNAH. Honduras, 21 April 2014.
  • Conference “Innovation”. UNAH. Honduras, 21 and 22 April 2014.
  • Conference “Entrepreneurship: Charting the way forward” Global Russia Business Meeting. Valencia, 7 April 2014.
  • Conference “Entrepreneurship & Innovation: educational links”. INTEC, Dominican Republic. 20 October 2014.
  • Conference “The Defence Against 3-D Shapes Imitations”, European Union Trademark Court Sessions, Alicante, 20 November 2014.
Publications
  • DESIGNS: A GLOBAL GUIDE 2020” An article in relation with the Design protection in Spain. World Trademark Review (WTR). February 2020.
  • “Emerging Designs: retos de protección y defensa” Colección Tirant lo Blanc PROPIEDAD INDUSTRIAL E INTELECTUAL 2020. ISBN V-978-84
  • “DESIGNS: A GLOBAL GUIDE 2019” An article in relation with the Design protection in Spain. World Trademark Review (WTR). February 2019.[Link]
  • “DESIGN & FUNCTIONALITY: SUNRISE IN EUROPE”: Derechos intelectuales nº 23. ASIPI INTERAMERICAN ASSOTIATION OF INTELECTUAL PROPERTY. January 2019.
  • “EUROPEAN UNION: Court of Justice Issues Landmark Decision on Design Features Dictated by Technical Function” INTA Bulletin April 2018, Vol. 73, nº7.
  • “Functional designs, protection debates” LA LEY Mercantil. Doctrina. Nº 44, februry 2018. Ed. Wolters Kluwer.
    Chapter “Utility Model protection for shapes” of the book “Protección jurídica de las creaciones de forma, protección concurrente y protección acumulada” by D. Alfredo Corral Ponce. Latitud cero editores, 2018.
  • “Obligatory Use of the Trademark: Alteration of the Distinctive Character”, LA LEY mercantil, Nº 34, Sección Propiedad Intelectual e Industrial, marzo 2017, Editorial Wolters Kluwer.
  • “Black & White Trademarks Scope of Protection”, XXXI Intellectual Property Workshop. Publication Nº50 AIPPI Spanish Group, p.117.
  • “Unfair Copies of Packaging”: General Council of the Judiciary. CEFI Foundation, No. 74 COMMUNICATIONS on Industrial Property and Competition Law. April 2015.
  • “Protection of 3-D Shapes from the Unfair Competition Regulation: its Interaction with the Industrial Property”. 50th ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATIVE BOOK of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property AIPPI. STUDIES ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. March 2015.
  • “Social Awareness” [A Burden for the Economy: Illegal Sales, zero tolerance.] Ed Nuevo Lunes. September 2014.
  • “Creativity, Innovation and Patents: Three Ingredients to Be Competitive and for the Rest to Know It”. AITEX Technological Textile Institute. September 2013, No. 45, p.30 – 33.
  • “Comments to the Last General Court Decisions concerning Industrial Designs” Courts Practice, No. 93, Case Law Comments Section, Editorial LA LEY. May 2012.
  • “Legal Protection Boundaries for 3D Shapes. The Relation Between Industrial Property and Unfair Competition” GCJ Magazine. April 2012.
  • “Shapes Protection by Unfair Competition” Business Law, No. 259, Today’s Topics Section, Editorial LA LEY. April 2012.
  • “Aceitunita y Hueso al plato” Ed. Wolkers Kluwer and Fundesem Editorial FUNDESEM- WOLTERS KLUWER. August 2011.
  • “Product Shapes Protection by Industrial Property” Procedure Law General Magazine IUSTEL 24. May 2011.
  • “Shapes Protection by Copyright” Business Law Magazine of La Ley Editorial, Year 22, No. 248. May 2011.
  • “Is it Possible to Innovate without Industrial Property?” Magazine AT News No. 10. February 2011.
  • “MADE IN Origin Branding: Mercantilism or Information?”. Alicante’s Bar Association Magazine. ABOGACIA No. 56 D.L A-1055-1988. January 2011.
  • “Protection of Shapes as 3-D Trademarks”. TIRANT LO BLANC 728. DL V-4605-2010. January 2011.
  • “Innovation and Company: Basic Guidelines on Creativity and Knowledge Management” Monograph. November 2007. D.L. A-1157-2007
Eva Toledo
Strategy & Protection Area Director
Eva Toledo
Strategy & Protection Area Director
Founder member of PADIMA – Specialized Firm on strategy, protection and defence of the innovation and creativity -, she combines her professional activity with teaching as professor of Marketing at the University of Alicante and several national and international business schools, congresses and business organisations. In the professional field, Eva manages and coordinates the global strategy and protection matters in Intellectual Property. She is in charge of intangible assets analyses, as well as economic valuation of trademarks, auditing portfolios and drafting protection and communication proposals in terms of Intellectual Property. She supervises the International Area and handles foreign trademarks and their prosecution. In the field of research, her latest research collaborations have been in the study “The Triangle of Business Success: Innovation, Trademark and Exportations” (2016) and in the study “The Impact of Trademarks in the Spanish Economy and Society” (2012), commissioned by ANDEMA and the OEPM to the University of Alicante. Eva is active member, individually or in the company’s name, in various national and international professional and business associations, such as MARQUES, Mediterranean Marketing Club (CMM), INTA (International Trademark Association), Spanish Marketing Association (AEMARK), Association of Advertising Communication Companies of the Valencian Region (AECPcv), Association of Directors of Communication (Dircom) and the University Enterprise Foundation (FUNDEUN).
Resume

Partner and Agency Manager – Strategy & Protection Area of PADIMASpecialists in the STRATEGY, PROTECTION and DEFENSE of the creativity and innovation results.

Member of
  • MARQUES
  • INTA (International Trademark Association)
  • Mediterranean Marketing Club.
  • Association of Directors of Communication (Dircom).
  • Association of Young Entrepreneurs of the Province of Alicante (JOVEMPA).
  • Family Business Association (AEFA).
  • INTA (International Trademark Association).
  • Spanish Marketing Association (AEMARK).
  • Association of Advertising Communication Companies of the Valencian Region (AECPcv).
  • University-companies Foundation of the University of Alicante (FUNDEUN)
Academic profile
  • Degree in Economics
  • Specialist in intangible valuation.
  • Master in Industrial Property and Information Society.
  • MBA
  • Diploma in Advanced Studies in the PhD program of Sociology of Consumo.
  • Transfer Pricing and Intellectual Property
  • Specialist in Analysis and Management of Intangibles, by the Institute of Analysis of Intangibles (Madrid).
  • ILO ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT APPLIED INNOVATION Technician, UPM.
  • Technology Watch Technician, UPM.
  • Management Specialist successful brands, UPM.
Professional profile
  • IP protection strategy consultant.
  • Official Intellectual Property Agent
  • Expert in the Analysis and Management of Intangible Assets
  • Judicial Expert in IP Rights
  • Professor of Marketing at the University of Alicante and several business schools.
Publications

Her latest research collaborations have been in the study “The Triangle of Business Success: Innovation, Trademark and Exportations” (in Spanish only) (2016) and in the study “The Impact of Trademarks in the Spanish Economy and Society” (2012), commissioned by ANDEMA and the OEPM to the University of Alicante.

Isabel Ibarra
Head of Innovation department
European Patent Agent
Isabel Ibarra
Head of Innovation department
European Patent Agent
My training as an engineer, European patent attorney and patent drafting specialist allows me to accompany you in the process of protecting your inventions through patents, utility models, PCT, European patents, etc. Moreover, with my technical expertise, I will be able to recommend how to go about the international protection of your designs.

After almost a decade working in this field, I love studying how to protect innovation by focusing on the technical aspects that differentiate you from the existing state of the art.

I will help you establish a strategy to use your Intellectual Property as a marketing and advocacy tool that goes beyond protection and adds value to your business.
Mª Cristina Martínez-Tercero
Head of the Madrid office and lawyer in the Legal department
Mª Cristina Martínez-Tercero
Head of the Madrid office and lawyer in the Legal department
I have more than 10 years' training and experience in Intellectual Property, Audiovisual and Internet Law, allowing me to assist you in drafting the clauses and legal notices for your website and online shop so that they comply with the legal requirements of the territories in which you operate. I can also defend you against infringements of your intellectual property and reputational attacks on social media and the internet

Moreover, I can help you draft contracts for the transfer of intellectual property rights, image and software licencing.

I will always give you an honest, practical and risk-analysed opinion, so that your decision, as well as being informed, fits the reality of your company and the requirements of your business.
Eva Del Valle
Legal department
Eva Del Valle
Legal department
I have more than 18 years’ training and experience in the field of intellectual property, which allows me to advise you in the judicial and extrajudicial defence of your industrial property rights in cases of infringement (especially of trademarks) or unfair competition.

My area of expertise also extends to the world of franchising and other contractual aspects related to the assignment or licensing of industrial property. I also coordinate the compilation of case law and oppositions, objections and appeals before the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office or the Administrative Courts.
María Sanchiz
Legal department
María Sanchiz
Legal department
Trained in law, industrial property and foreign trade, thanks to more than 15 years’ experience as a practicing lawyer with extensive knowledge of court practice, I can offer you reliable protection and defence of your interests in court.

I specialise in the prosecution of counterfeit goods and coordination of police and customs intervention procedures on counterfeit goods, as well as in patent and design prosecutions.

I will help you to protect your industrial and intellectual property rights through preventive measures (implementation of protocols, drafting of commercial contracts, transfer of technology or know-how) as well as defending you judicially or extrajudicially against actions that may infringe them.
Catalina Pérez
Head of the Spanish and European Union Trademark department
Catalina Pérez
Head of the Spanish and European Union Trademark department
I studied Law at the University of Santiago de Compostela and subsequently studied a Master's Degree (Magister Lvcentinvs) in Industrial and Intellectual Property (Alicante). Thanks to my training and experience acquired at PADIMA, I will advise you on the protection of your trademarks, both in Spain and in the European Union.

I will help you draw up a strategy according to your needs and set up a work plan so that you are perfectly protected against third parties and you can work with peace of mind.
Elvira Ulibarri
Head of foreign and international Trademark department
Elvira Ulibarri
Head of foreign and international Trademark department
Thanks to my training in translation and interpreting in English and French, I will be able to help and advise you in order to try to obtain the best protection for your trademarks internationally. After a decade of experience in trademark prosecution, protection and defence, I am able to analyse and study the feasibility of registering a trademark in any country around the world, proposing a work plan adapted to your requirements and possibilities. Once your trademark is protected, I can propose global monitoring to avoid any subsequent registrations that could affect you.

I will help your trademarks accompany you in your international expansion, choosing the most efficient time and way for their territorial expansion. By doing so, all you have to worry about is the commercial success of your company.
Victoria Balaguer
Legal department
Victoria Balaguer
Legal department
Thanks to my training in Intellectual Property Law and in German and English translation and interpreting, I will defend your interests before the European Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), particularly in the field of European trademarks in opposition, invalidity and/or revocation proceedings, seeking the most efficient and beneficial solution for you.

My experience in advising and defending brands allows me to help you design the best strategy for each case according to your interests and possibilities.
Caridad Muñoz
Legal department
Caridad Muñoz
Legal department
I graduated from the University of Alicante with a Law Degree and, after several years working as a lawyer, I specialised in the field of Intellectual Property through the Master in Intellectual Property (Magister Lvcentinvs). Subsequently, I worked at the European Intellectual Property Office EUIPO as an examiner in European Trademark Opposition proceedings.

My experience and training allow me to help you define the best strategy to ensure the best protection of your intangible assets. In particular, I will defend your rights before the European Intellectual Property Office in opposition, invalidity or revocation proceedings.
Ana Bricio
Legal department
Ana Bricio
Legal department
I graduated from the University of Alicante with a Law degree, where I subsequently studied the Master's Degree in Access to the Legal Profession. I am specialised in Industrial Property Law as a University Specialist in Trademarks, Design and Competition Law through a Master's Degree (Magister Lvcentinvs) at the University of Alicante and in Intellectual Property and New Technologies through a Master's Degree at the UNIR (online university).

My job at PADIMA focuses on the protection and defence of copyrights, as well as the legal defence of industrial property, particularly trademarks and domain names on the Internet.

I also collaborate in the drafting of different legal documents and contracts for the digital environment.

My commitment to you is to be efficient in order to avoid infringements of your rights.
Noelia Díaz
Innovation Department
Noelia Díaz
Innovation Department
My background in engineering and industrial property will help you to protect your inventions by means of patents, utility models or industrial designs. I specialise in patent drafting and feasibility studies to define a better innovation protection strategy.

I am committed to taking care of your creativity in this field so that your efforts are rewarded, from the moment your idea comes to life to its effective protection in Spain or abroad. I will also help you to understand the state of the art that affects your innovation plan in order to better protect your research and development.
Ángela Mira
Spanish and European Union Trademark department
Ángela Mira
Spanish and European Union Trademark department
I graduated from the University of Alicante with a Law degree, where I subsequently studied the Master's Degree in Access to the Legal Profession. I am specialised in Industrial Property Law.

Thanks to my training , I will advise you on the protection of your trademarks, both in Spain and in the European Union drawing up a strategy according to your needs.
Lucia Gil
Innovation Department
Lucia Gil
Innovation Department
My background in Mechanical Engineering means that I can advise you on the process of protecting your inventions and creations through patents, utility models or industrial designs.

I´m specialised in the field of patent drafting and analysis to verify whether your invention is eligible for protection, as well as in the protection of industrial designs.
Pau Berenguer
Innovation Department
Pau Berenguer
Innovation Department
Systems development specialist.

Supports the innovation department in the better understanding and protection of software or inventions comprising technological applications.
Ekaterina Pilieva
Foreign and International Trademark department
Ekaterina Pilieva
Foreign and International Trademark department
I graduated from the University of Moscow, Russia, with a degree in Linguistics and Translation.

Thanks to my training and knowledge of different languages, I work at PADIMA carrying out administration and document translation tasks.
Alicia Ortín
Head of the Administration department
Alicia Ortín
Head of the Administration department
With a degree in Business Administration and Management from the University of Alicante, and training in accounting and economic-financial analysis of companies from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, I am in charge of PADIMA's administration.

I essentially coordinate the administrative and customer service functions, as well as the management of receipts and payments.
Ángela Martínez
Communication department
Ángela Martínez
Communication department
I graduated English Philology at the University of Alicante, where I later studied a Master's degree in Marketing and specialised in Corporate Communication.

I coordinate PADIMA's internal and external communication, as well as the strategic management of its corporate image and identity.
Natalia Kurylo
Administration department
Natalia Kurylo
Administration department
I graduated from the Academy of Commerce in Lviv, Ukraine, with a Finance degree.

I work in the Administration Department and perform customer service functions, as well as managing receipts and payments.
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