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who we are (new) • leonor magalhães galvão

We are an innovative firm providing prosecution and consulting services in all areas of intellectual property in Brazil, ranging from prosecution and administrative litigation before the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office to general consulting services. Brazilian intellectual property from a different perspective!


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Leonor is one of the founding partners of magellan IP and the head of the patent practice of the firm. Leonor has over fourteen years of professional experience in the field of intellectual property. Prior to founding magellan IP, Leonor was an associate and a partner at renowned Brazilian intellectual property firms.

She represents important national and international clients, ranging from academic institutions to multinational corporations, acting in the drafting and prosecuting of patents before the BPTO, patentability analysis, technology transfer, freedom to operate analysis, legal opinions, oppositions, appeal proceedings and general consultancy services in intellectual property. She specializes in chemistry, biotechnology, molecular biology, immunology, medical devices, diagnostics as well as pharmaceutical products. Leonor is also actively involved in biodiversity matters and access to the Brazilian genetic patrimony, including acting on behalf of clients before the Genetic Patrimony Management Council (CGEN).

Leonor regularly presents to audiences worldwide on a variety of topics regarding Brazilian patent law and practice. She has gained much respect in the profession as vice-chair and co-chair the Biotechnology Committee of the Brazilian Intellectual Property Association for over 8 years. Leonor is also an active volunteer mentor for intellectual property matters at Endeavor, an NGO that promotes entrepreneurship around the world


  • Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Biochemistry (First Class Honors) from Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine, University of London.
  • Doctorate degree (PhD) in Biochemistry from the Department of Biochemistry of the University of São Paulo.
  • Industrial Property Agent, Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office (BPTO).


  • Who's Who Legal • Patents (2016)
  • IAM Patent 1000 (2016)


  • Industrial Property Agent, Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office (BPTO).
  • Associate of the Royal College of Science, UK
  • Brazilian Association of Industrial Property Agents (ABAPI).
  • Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Intellectuelle – AIPPI
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA).
  • Brazilian Intellectual Property Association (ABPI) – Co-Chair, Biotechnology Committee, (2004-2009 and 2012-present).
  • Information Council on Biotechnology (CIB-Brazil) – Counselor ( 2007 – present).
  • Biotechnology, BioLaw and Bioethics Committee of the Brazilian Bar Association (2004-2008).
  • Endeavor Mentor for intellectual property matters.
  • Royal College of Science, UK.
  • European Federation for Biotechnology (EFB).
  • National Association of Biochemists (Portugal).
  • Brazilian Biochemical Society (SBBq).


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  • Patent Term Extension in Brazil. AIPLA Biotech Buzz, 2013. [PDF]
  • Are compulsory licenses a necessary measure, or a threat to innovation? We ask international experts for their opinions. Chemistry World, 2013. [PDF]
  • Compulsory pharmaceutical patent licensing in Brazil: the controversy of public interest. Pharmaceutical Patent Analyst, 2013. [PDF]
  • Anteprojeto de Lei de Acesso a recursos Genéticos e repartição de Benefícios ("Bill proposal of the law regarding access to genetic resources and benefit sharing").  Boletim da ABPI, 91:3, 2008. [PDF excerpt]
  • Doctoral Thesis - Estudos estruturais de proteínas de Xanthomonas axonopodis pv citri por Ressonância Magnética Nuclear ("Structural studies of proteins from Xanthomonas axonopodis pv citri by Nuclear Magnetic Ressonance"). University of São Paulo, 2007. [PDF]
  • Expression, crystallization and preliminary crystallographic analysis of SufE (XAC2355) from Xanthomonas axonopodis pv. citri. Acta Cryst. F62, 268-270, 2006. [PDF]
  • Expression, purification, crystallization and preliminary X-ray analysis of YaeQ (XAC2396) from Xanthomonas axonopodis pv. citri. Acta Cryst. F61, 493-495, 2005. [PDF]
  • High-throughput screening of structural proteomics targets using NMR. FEBS Letters 552. 207-213, 2003. [PDF]


  • An Update on ANVISA's Examination of Patent Applications in Brazil, BIO Intellectual Property Counsels Committee Conference, Nashville, 2014.
  • Never a Boring Day: The IP and Regulatory Roller-Coaster in Latin America  (Moderator), AIPLA Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, 2014.
  • Compulsory licensing and compliance with TRIPS: the Brazilian case, BIO International Convention, San Diego, 2014.
  • Overview of the patentability of biotechnological inventions in Brazil, AIPLA Spring Meeting, Seattle, 2013.
  • Patent & regulatory protection in Brazil, Washington Biotechnology and Biomedical Association, Seattle, 2012.
  • Protecting life science innovations in South America, Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys Life Sciences Conference, Warwickshire, 2011.
  • Protecting biotechnology and pharmaceutical inventions in Brazil: challenges and opportunities. BIO Intellectual Property Counsels Committee Conference, Seattle, 2011.
  • Invenções – Como proteger o seu investimento em P&D (“Inventions – How to protect your investment in R&D”), Endeavor, São Paulo, 2009.
  • Patentes de microorganismos (“Patents for microorganisms”), Congresso Internacional da Propriedade Intelectual, Associação Paulista de Propriedade Intelectual, Águas de Lindóia, 2003.
  • Biotecnología: patentabilidad de sustancias naturales (“Biotechnology: patentability of natural substances”), XVII Jornadas Anuales de Propiedad Industrial – Associacíon Argentina de Agentes de Propiedad Industrial, Buenos Aires, 2003.