Ms Barbara Krystkowiak

Barbara Krystkowiak

Lawyer biography

Barbara graduated in Law from the Marie Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin, Poland. She specialized in Intellectual Property and in particular, copyright law. 

She also studied Journalism and Social Communication at the same university.
She completed her Master Thesis on “Fair Use of Photographic Work” 

Between March and June 2009 she completed an advanced Course on Copyright and Related Rights course at WIPO Academy.

Barbara is currently undertaking postgraduate Studies at the University of Alcalá de Henares in Madrid in Spanish law for foreign lawyers.

Professional Experience

Barbara undertook an internship at a legal firm in Lublin following her degree and she worked on the UBS Human Resources project in Affiliated Computer Services (ACS) as HR Administrator before joining Grau & Angulo in 2009.

Areas of Practice

Paralegal specialising in anti-counterfeiting


First General Court Judgement on Community designs issued; World Trademark Review (April 2010)


English, Spanish, Polish


Intellectual Property

Appeal court upholds criminal sentence for possession of infringing handbags
Spain | 10 February 2020

The Barcelona Court of Appeal has confirmed a criminal sentence of six months' imprisonment, a fine and compensation of legal costs for the possession of 240 round bags which infringed the famous Robin Ruth Group design. The judgment follows from a trial court's decision to issue a condemnatory sentence based on Article 273.3 of the Criminal Code.

Criminal sentence for possession of infringing FC Barcelona t-shirts
Spain | 28 October 2019

The Madrid Court of Appeal recently confirmed a Madrid Trial Court Number 11 decision which had sentenced a Spanish resident of Chinese origin to five months' imprisonment for the possession of 9,317 counterfeit items of clothing – including t-shirts which infringed FC Barcelona's IP rights – for commercial purposes. The appeal court also confirmed the trial court's order of a fine, additional penalties, civil liability payments and compensation for legal costs.

Criminal sentence for possession of handbags which infringe Robin Ruth Group design
Spain | 04 February 2019

The Arenys de Mar Trial Court Number 1 recently convicted the defendant in a case involving handbags which infringed a Robin Ruth Group (RRG) design for a crime against intellectual property. Notably, in May 2013 the defendant had signed a settlement agreement with the RRG following the seizure of hundreds of products which infringed other RRG designs in which it had undertaken not to infringe in future either those designs or any other designs owned by the RRG.

Barcelona court rejects 'right to use' defence
Spain | 22 October 2012

The importer of a consignment of handbags was recently sentenced for committing a crime against IP rights, as set out in Article 274.1 of the Criminal Code. The seized handbags bore the sign 'I3055', which the court considered could be confused with the trademark BOSS.