Ángela H. Martínez López

Ángela H. Martínez López is a Spanish qualified lawyer specialising in international and EU intellectual property law. She currently works as Legal Advisor at the Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO), the EU agency competent for managing the EU plant variety rights’ system. In her role, she is principally responsible for providing legal counsel on intellectual property matters, overseeing legal procedures concerning plant variety rights, drafting legal decisions in the main EU official languages, defending the CPVO’s position in legal proceedings before its Board of Appeal and the Court of Justice of the European Union, providing lectures in universities, and managing inter-institutional relations and cooperation projects. In addition, she's member of the CPVO’s Variety Denomination Committee (i.e.: the body entrusted for taking decisions on the names given to plant varieties).

In parallel to her institutional commitments, Ángela is Correspondent on EU affairs for the European Intellectual Property Review and regularly publishes articles and book chapters on various IP matters.

Before joining the CPVO, Ángela developed her career in intellectual property in both the private and the public sector at international and EU level. In the context of these professional multicultural environments, she garnered meaningful experience in the field of patent, trade mark, and design law.

Regarding her academic background, Ángela graduated in Spanish and Anglo-American Law and holds an LL.M. in European Legal Studies from the College of Europe (Bruges, Belgium) and an LL.M. in IP and ICT Law from the Catholic University of Leuven (campus of Brussels, Belgium). She also completed several postgraduate university courses, amongst which can be singled out the University Diploma in Artificial Intelligence and IP from the Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies (Strasbourg, France).