About us

About us

The firm was founded by Anna Barlocci, Peter Markvardsen and Bernabé Zea in 2003 with the clear goal of changing the patent landscape in Spain. ZBM is proud to have decisively contributed to set the new standard for quality patent practice in Spain. ZBM staff is regularly involved in academic activities to help improve the quality of patent and trademark professionals.

European quality with a Mediterranean touch!

With offices in Barcelona, Madrid and Copenhagen, the firm has grown considerably from its creation. ZBM now has an outstanding team of patent experts with scientific backgrounds over the whole range of technical fields from the life sciences to chemistry, electronics, software and mechanics.

We are European and Spanish IP attorneys, with a strong focus on European work: the vast majority of our client’s cases are prosecuted at the European Patent Office (EPO), or at the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) in the case of trademarks and designs. Most of ZBM’s experts are qualified European Patent attorneys (EPA’s), many of them are also qualified as European Patent Litigators at the Unified Patent Court (UPC Litigators). Our team also includes a number of lawyers who are experts in trademarks and technology transfer. We also have Spanish patent and trademark attorneys and authorized representatives before the EUIPO.

High quality in every job

We want our services to stand out and our clients to rely on us and to come back whenever they face new IP needs. This can only be achieved by providing accurate and sound advice and gaining IP rights that fulfil client’s needs.

Our comprehensive team includes patent attorneys and IP lawyers spanning all areas of expertise and combining experience from industry and private practice.

ZBM’s outstanding quality work has been recognized internationally from the very beginning and many of our experts also receive a number of individual awards each year.

Transparency, Commitment and Cost-conciousness

Your concerns are our concerns. We want to create value for our clients, and everyone at ZBM is committed to this goal.

From drafting strong patent applications to negotiating trademark agreements, from keeping you timely updated during prosecution to filing an opposition on your behalf, we intend to make our collaboration a positive experience end-to-end.

We strive to convey the right message in a precise yet accessible language, both to clients that have experience in the field and to those only recently landed in the jungle of IP rights.

An efficient management of your portfolio by our skilled IP experts will save more money than seeking lower prices for your IP services.

Tailored services

Your IP needs are unique. Large enterprises, cutting-edge research centers, SMEs,  entrepreneurs,… There is no single formula and we never apply automatic one-size-fits-all approaches. We listen to your business needs, study the specific situation, and offer solutions tailored to your case.

The services provided by ZBM encompass from the early stages of a project throughout its protection by patents, designs and trademarks, and also unique assistance in technology transfer through its spin-off ZBM Business Connect that assists private companies and public research institutions in optimizing their technology transfer.

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