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Life Sciences & Healthcare

The Health and Pharmaceutics area, as well as medical devices, and the new branches of science such as biotechnology, raise several legal issues and show a high complexity and specificity.

Whatever your opportunities or challenges, our dedicated team understands and advises on your commercial needs and ensures support in a wide range of areas from advertising and promotion, public sector contracting, patent application, commercial and clinical trial agreements, and regulatory advice.


The diversity of entities involved in this sector, the existing regulation and the market's own operation require from the lawyers a strong knowledge of the specificities of this department. Our team works in particular within the following areas:

  • Regulation
  • Licensing
  • Finance / Mergers and acquisitions
  • Business restructuring
  • Litigation
  • Clinical Research
  • Distribution
  • Patents Protection and Enforcement
  • Labelling
  • Safety and Health
  • Competition
  • Public Offers
  • Environment

The Life Sciences & Healthcare team works with some of the best known brands in the market. We can help you shape your strategy, manage risks and make the most of opportunities. Your challenges and priorities are at the heart of what we do. We have a multidisciplinary team with a strong curriculum in the pharmaceutical area. We are well positioned to give an answer to the several intervening players in this sector.

“A global powerhouse with deep expertise in the healthcare and life sciences sector”, CMS earns a top position thanks to its genuine dedication to the field Delivering “strong knowledge of the applicable law”, significant practical experience” and a consistently thorough approach”.

Legal 500

This firm bristles with the talent and experience necessary for a comprehensive life sciences practice, and excels accordingly.
Core areas of strength include product liability and patent litigation, competition law, regulatory advice, commercial and corporate support.

Chambers & Partners


CMS Next
What’s next? In a world of ever-ac­cel­er­at­ing change, stay­ing ahead of the curve and know­ing what’s next for your busi­ness or sec­tor is es­sen­tial.At CMS, we see ourselves not only as your leg­al ad­visers but also as your busi­ness part­ners. We work to­geth­er with you to not only re­solve cur­rent is­sues but to an­ti­cip­ate fu­ture chal­lenges and in­nov­ate to meet them.With our latest pub­lic­a­tion, CMS Next, our ex­perts will reg­u­larly of­fer you in­sights in­to and fresh per­spect­ives on a range of is­sues that busi­nesses have to deal with – from ESG agen­das to re­struc­tur­ing after the pan­dem­ic or fa­cing the di­git­al trans­form­a­tion. We will also share with you more about the work that we are do­ing for our cli­ents, help­ing them in­nov­ate, grow and mit­ig­ate risk.To be able to provide you with the best sup­port, we im­merse ourselves in your world to un­der­stand your leg­al needs and chal­lenges. However, it is equally im­port­ant that you know who we are and how we can work with you. So, we in­vite you to meet our ex­perts and catch a glimpse of what is hap­pen­ing in­side CMS.En­joy read­ing this pub­lic­a­tion, which we will up­date reg­u­larly with new con­tent.CMS Ex­ec­ut­ive Team
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The Pro­posed Dir­ect­ive on Cor­por­ate Sus­tain­ab­il­ity Due Di­li­gence – a step...
The Pro­posed Dir­ect­ive on Cor­por­ate Sus­tain­ab­il­ity Due Di­li­gence (the “CSDD Pro­pos­al”), pub­lished on 23 Feb­ru­ary 2022, aims to im­pose ob­lig­a­tions on com­pan­ies, their sub­si­di­ar­ies and their value chains...
Re­cent up­dates to the EPO Guidelines for Ex­am­in­a­tion rel­ev­ant to in­ven­tions...
An amended ver­sion of the EPO Guidelines for Ex­am­in­a­tion entered in­to force on 1 March 2022, su­per­sed­ing the edi­tion of March 2021. Here we re­view the up­dates rel­ev­ant to in­ven­tions in the field of bi­o­tech­no­logy...
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UPC: Is it fi­nally here?
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Schrems II: Re­ac­tions to the judge­ment and the su­per­vis­ory au­thor­it­ies'...
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A piece of pat­ent his­tory has been made con­cern­ing pat­entab­il­ity of com­puter...
In March 2021 the En­larged Board of Ap­peal of the European Pat­ent Of­fice answered ques­tions con­cern­ing pat­entab­il­ity of com­puter soft­ware sim­u­la­tions in case G1/19.  A Tech­nic­al Board of Ap­peal has now...
COV­ID and ViCo: The End?
En­larged Board of Ap­peal de­cision G1/21 Back­ground Fol­low­ing an EPO press re­lease on 16 Ju­ly 2021, the En­larged Board of Ap­peal’s (EBA) de­cision on video­con­fer­en­cing (ViCo) was re­leased last week. We...
Back to Square one? Gen­er­al Court de­cision provides guid­ance on dis­tinct­ive­ness...
In a de­cision dated 20 Oc­to­ber 2021, the Gen­er­al Court of the European Uni­on (“GC”) has re­af­firmed the re­quire­ments for the re­gis­tra­tion of a com­pos­ite trade mark, i.e. one com­posed of both word and...
Arm­chair in­ven­tions: plaus­ib­il­ity at the EPO
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Vac­cine com­pens­a­tion re­gimes in Por­tugal
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