Álvaro de Castro Durand



Degree in Law, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (2008)
Degree in Business Administration, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (2008)
Master’s Degree in IP&IT Intellectual Property and Infomation Technology, ESADE, Barcelona (2010)
Course in European Patent Law, CEIPI-EPI-OEPM-EOI (2012)
In addition to these multi-year studies, he also took other shorter specialised courses on licensing, biotechnological patents, pharmaceutical law and other legal matters


Since he was admitted to the Bar in 2008, Álvaro has worked as a lawyer specialist in intellectual property and unfair competition. He has been acting before the courts of both the civil, contentious-administrative and criminal courts. His major area of expertise being multi-jurisdictional patent litigation, he also routinely delivers legal advice in matters of contractual, transactional or regulatory nature, due diligences, as well as advice on protection and exploitation of intangible assets
Álvaro’s expertise has been developed primarily on the pharmaceutical and biotech sectors, followed by an also vast expertise in the sectors of industrial machinery, consumer electronics, telecommunications, renewable energies, medical devices and personal care products, foodstuffs, footwear and clothing, and B2B and B2C services, among others

Membership of professional bodies and associations

Madrid Bar Association (ICAM)
Licensing Executives Society (LES)


Summer Courses, WIPO-OEPM-EOI (since 2017)
Magister Lvcentinvs, Universidad de Alicante (since 2019)




He has authored or contributed to many publications in his area of expertise, such as:
– Strong IP Drives the Bottom Line –International Patent Enforcement –A Comparative Study), Les Nouvelles (Journal of the Licensing Executives Society), 2018
– Industrial Design Rights. An international perspective Second Edition, Wolters Kluwer, 2015
– The End of Cover Trademarks?, Financier Worldwide, 2013
– Competencia judicial transfronteriza en material de infracción de patentes: comentario a la STJUE Solvay vs Honeywell, Comunicaciones de Propiedad Industrial y Derecho de la Competencia, nº 67, CEFI-IDEI, 2012
– Global Patent Litigation: Strategy and Practice, Kluwer Law, 2011


Life Sciences Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT)


  • 2020
  • 2019
  • 2018

Best Lawyers 2020. Intellectual Property Law

Legal 500 2020. Intellectual property: Patents

Rising stars

The Legal 500 2019. Industry focus: Healthcare and life sciences

‘a real asset to the team’

The Legal 500 2019. Intellectual property: Patents

Next generation lawyer


Legal 500 2018. Intellectual property: Patents