RPmacau - About Us

Firm Profile

RPmacau - Intellectual Property Services, Limited, has been practising exclusively in intellectual property law and related areas for over a decade. It was formed at around the same time that Macau's localised legislation for protection of marks was brought into effect.

Although not a large firm RPmacau was a pioneer and is now a leader well established in the field of intellectual property law in Macau. Our size enables us to offer a personal and efficient service to our expanding client portfolio from around the world.

Constantly seeking to streamline and simplify procedures, we are able to provide top quality, competitively priced work for domestic and international companies of various sizes that use our services. We also guarantee there will be no hidden costs in the extremely professional, comprehensive legal services we provide.

Being a member of relevant international organisations, we regularly take part in numerous meetings, seminars and conferences.

Areas of Expertise

RPmacau - Intellectual Property Services, Limited, specialises in all aspects and management of intellectual property matters both contentious and non-contentious, including registration, licensing and litigation relating to intellectual property rights, and unfair competition. We cover marks, patents, utility models, designs and models, topographies of semi-conductor products, appellations of origin and geographical indications, names and emblems of establishments, awards and domain names.


The languages spoken and written fluently by our staff are English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Portuguese. While we have a comprehension of French and Spanish.

Head of the firm

The senior partner Luis Reigadas started practising in Portugal in 1987 until he moved to Macau in 1990 and in 1991 established the law firm of Reigadas & Associates which is now a 20 strong team of lawyers and technical staff. He is a founder of RPmacau, which was established in 1996 to deal exclusively in all IP legal matters when Macau's mark legislation was brought into force giving it autonomy from Portugal.

Associations or professional affiliations

We are members of a number of international organisations namely: International Trademark Association, (INTA), Asian Patent Attorneys Association, (APAA), Pharmaceutical Trade Marks Group, (PTMG), The Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG), Licensing Executives Society (International and China), (LES), American Intellectual Property Law Association, (AIPLA), International Bar Association, (IBA), Inter-Pacific Bar Association, (IPBA) and American Bar Association, (ABA).

Articles written for various publications

Global Investment Management 2001 - Macau: Where East Meet West, 
IP Profiles 2002 - Intellectual Property in Macau
Katzarov's Manual on Industrial Property - Macau

We look forward to meeting you

At the numerous meetings, seminars and conferences, that we attend we try to meet as many prospective and existing clients as possible. Obviously, it is not possible to know all of our clients personally and at these meetings we try to put the faces to the names we have been corresponding with and talking to over the years. We are sure that we are not the only ones who feel this way.

When you see us please do not hesitate to come up and introduce yourselves as we take great pleasure in meeting old friends and making new ones.

We look forward to seeing you all at the next meetings,  seminars and  conferences.

Contact Us

RPmacau - Intellectual Property Services, Limited

Address: Travessa do Bispo, No. 1C, 7th Floor,
               P.O.Box: No 1299
               Macau SAR, China

Tel:         (853) 28 35 65 69, 28 35 65 70
Fax:        (853) 28 35 65 71
Email:     contact@rpmacau.com


Macau legal and economic environment.

Macau Special Administrative Region came into being on 20 December 1999 when the People's Republic of China resumed sovereignty of the territory, after over 450 years of Portuguese administration, in accordance with the Joint Declaration..

Apart from foreign and military affairs Macau SAR has a high degree of autonomy in judicial, legislative, and financial matters as well as its social and economic systems remaining unchanged for at least 50 years.

In order to promote economic growth and maintain social and political stability, Macau SAR's Basic Law lays out several precepts that ensure that the socialist system and its policies will not be practised here.

Although the majority of the population speaks Cantonese, Portuguese is the second official language and may be used in the legislative council, courts and government departments.

All laws, decrees, administrative regulations and other acts previously in force will be maintained, unless they contravene the Basic Law and will therefore be amended to comply with the SAR ordinance.

As a separate customs territory operating a free port policy, Macau SAR will maintain and develop economic trade relations with all states and countries, as well as continuing to participate in all relevant organisations and trade agreements previously signed.

As a separate customs territory and adopting free port policies, the Macau S.A.R. maintains and develops economic and trade relationships with all states and countries and will continue to participate in relevant international organizations and trade agreements.

Macau has an autonomous industrial property right legal system, which has mechanisms in place to protect and accord a complete range of industrial property rights. As Macau SAR is a member of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) all international agreements related to intellectual property protection are applicable.

Macau SAR ensures legal protection for the following:

Utility Models
Industrial Designs and Models
Semi-Conductor Topography Products
Establishment Insignias
Appellation of Origin and Geographical Indications


Annual Holidays

Dear clients and associates:

Please find below a schedule with Macauís public holidays for 2017, periods for which the Macau IP Office and our firm will also be closed.



January, 2017

1, 2, 27 (half day), 28, 29, 30, 31

February, 2017


April, 2017

4, 14, 15, 17

May, 2017

1, 3, 30

October, 2017

1, 2, 3, 5, 28, 30

November, 2017


December, 2017

8, 20, 22, 24, 25, 26

Accordingly, should you have any mark, design or patent matters in Macau which have a deadline that falls on or shortly after the above dates, please let us have your instructions and documentations before the holidays to enable us to deal with the same in due time.

Thanking you in advance for your cooperation and understanding in this regards.

In the eventuality that you experience any delay on our part in responding to your communications during the above holiday periods, we extend our apologies in advance.

The IP Office is open from Monday to Friday: 9.30am - 1.00pm & 2.30pm - 5.30pm

Latest time to submit documents in any given working day is 4.30pm

Macau is 8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time.

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