Francisco Bernardo

Francisco Bernardo

Co-Managing Partner

Professional Qualifications

  • European Patent Attorney (EQE, 2004)

  • Université de Strasbourg, CEIPI, Diploma on patent litigation in Europe (2007)

Academic Qualifications

  • Universidad de Oviedo, M.Sc. Chemistry (1988)

Francisco co-founded ABG in 2003 and is Managing Partner. He is a qualified European Patent Attorney (EQE, 2004). His practice focuses on EPO oppositions and appeals, opinion work, portfolio management and advising in relation to IP strategy and litigation. Francisco has advised major pharmaceutical companies in complex pan-European litigation cases and has considerable experience regarding Supplementary Protection Certificates for pharmaceuticals.

Before ABG, Francisco managed the patent department at Pharma Mar, S.A. (2001-03) and was an examiner at the European Patent Office in The Hague (1990-2001).

Francisco is member of the European Patent Institute Council (EPI) and member of its European Patent practice and Biotech Committees.

He also founded the EPI-CEIPI course in European Patent Law in Madrid.

Francisco is a native Spanish speaker and is fluent in English, French, German and Dutch.