Profile

Since 2005, I have worked mainly within the areas of intellectual property and marketing law and with commercial contracts, often with an international connection and often in a digital context.

On a daily basis, I handle assignments where Swedish or foreign companies need assistance and advice relating to the protection and commercialisation of their intellectual property and other assets. A large proportion of the assignments relate to trademarks, copyright or advertising and marketing issues, and I have experience of handling complicated disputes within these areas. I spend a large part of my working hours on drawing up and negotiating commercial contracts, relating to matters such as collaboration, development, licensing, purchase and sales and I have a vast experience of technology and IP transactions. The assignments I work with often have a cross-border aspect, and I am therefore used to working with international projects. I have particular experience of the technology industry, including software-as-a-service (SaaS), social media, digital advertising an digital health as well as of the entertainment, media, alcohol, tobacco and FMCG industries, and of general marketing and consumer law issues, such as e-commerce. I also have many years’ experience of public procurement.

Career
2005-,Setterwalls
2003-2005,Stockholm District Court, law clerk
2003,Lund University, Bachelor of Science, Major in Corporate Finance
2002,Lund University, LL.M.
2000-2001,Université Libre de Bruxelles, Bryssel, Belgien, Erasmus, studies in EU and Competition Law and French
Recommendations

Sophia Spala is listed as Other Specialist by Chambers Global (Intellectual Property) and Next Generation Lawyer by Legal 500 (Intellectual property and media and Public procurement). Further, she is ranked by WTR 1000 (World Trademark Review) under Enforcement and litigation, and Prosecution and strategy.

"Sophia Spala is a top-notch, customer-centric lawyer. She is always on top of things and so easy to work with. Her advice is always to the point and commercially minded. Clients really like to work with her as she gets things done with a good end result. I can really recommend her."

- Legal 500, 2020

"I have worked with Sophia Spala on several occasions. She has always listened very carefully to understand our needs, then patiently guided us through the process while discussing our various options. She serves you in an organised and respectful manner which makes you feel comfortable even under stressful situations. Her skills and strategic decisions have helped me and my company to achieve outcomes better than expected."

- Legal 500, 2020

"Handles enforcement matters with a great overview."

- WTR 1000, 2020

"She knows all the pitfalls and never forgets the economic aspects of the case."

- WTR 1000, 2020

"She is easy to work with and her advice is prompt and hands on."

- WTR 1000, 2020

"One of the most outstanding lawyers out there – she is a true rainmaker."

- WTR 1000, 2020

"Takes a very practical and effective approach."

- Legal 500, 2017

Merits
Commissions of trust
GÄSTFÖRELÄSARESeminariet "Strategi och affärsplanering - utifrån och in", Motivation.se (februari 2015)