Maria Cruz Garcia

ClarkeModet - Portugal

General Manager of ClarkeModet Portugal

Av. Casal Ribeiro, 50 – 3º andar


(+351) 933 087 375

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Practice areas:

Copyright & related rights
Trade mark

Industry sectors:

Artificial intelligence
Computer technology & services
Food & beverage

Maria Cruz Garcia joined the international team at ClarkeModet on 1 January 2020 with the goal of strengthening the management of clients and foreign partners, as well as providing assessment on intellectual property.

Prior to that, Ms Cruz Garcia had practised as an attorney at law and a patent and trademark attorney in prestigious Portuguese law firms, having become a partner at one of them. She has led several departments in her previous firms and was head of the litigation department and the marketing and communication department in her last firm.

Her technical and legal expertise is extensively recognised – she has held leading positions in numerous IP associations, such as serving as the general secretary of the Portuguese Group of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property since 2013 and being a past member of the board of directors of the Portuguese Association of IP Professionals. 

She is a regular speaker at conferences and a lecturer on training programmes and postgraduate courses in the IP field.

As a result of her passion regarding IP matters and her commitment towards her clients IP rights protection, Ms. Cruz Garcia has been awarded several international recognitions over the last years:

In 2020, she has already been ranked among the most recommended professionals by WTR1000 (for the forth time) and by WIPR as a 2020LEADER.

In 2019 Ms Cruz Garcia was ranked among the very exclusive rank of the TOP 250 WOMEN IN IP by Managing Intellectual Property, which has been awarding her the IP STAR status since 2015.

In addition, IAM has recognised her in the IAM PATENT1000, every year, since 2016 and Acquisition International has recognised her as “the only spotlighted ‘Woman in IP’ from Portugal”.


Last updated 8th March 2020

2020 – WTR1000 – Recommended Professional

2020 – WIPR Leader 2020

2019 – TOP 250 WOMEN IN IP - Managing Intellectual Property

2019 - IP STAR - Managing Intellectual Property

2019 - IAM Patent1000 – Intellectual Asset Management

2019 – WTR1000 – Recommended Professional – World Trademark Review

2019 – Women in IP Spotlight – Acquisition International

2018 - IP STAR - Managing Intellectual Property

2018 - IAM Patent1000 – Intellectual Asset Management

2017 - IP STAR - Managing Intellectual Property

2017 – WIPR Leader Prestige– World IP Review

2017 – WTR1000 – World Trademark Review

2016 – IAM Patent1000 – Intellectual Asset Management

2016 - IP STAR - Managing Intellectual Property

2016 – Women in Law awards

2015 – IP STAR - Managing Intellectual Property