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Mexico: Intellectual Property 2017

We select 25 names in this chapter as being among the leading lights in IP law, including trademark, patent and copyright enforcement and anti-counterfeiting, as well as for the commercialisation of IP rights. Below we highlight the most highly regarded individuals and firms. 

Most Highly Regarded
Roberto Arochi Arochi & Lindner, Mexico City
Martín Michaus Basham Ringe y Correa, Mexico City
Esteban Gorches G Müggenburg Gorches y Peñalosa, Mexico City
Alejandro Luna Olivares, Mexico City
Sergio L Olivares Jr Olivares, Mexico City
Manuel Soto Uhthoff Gómez Vega & Uhthoff, Mexico City
Javier Uhthoff-Orive Uhthoff Gómez Vega & Uhthoff, Mexico City

IP and regulatory specialist Olivares is regarded as one of the very top firms in this field. Alejandro Luna is “a first-class patent litigator”, claim several respondents. He is highlighted for his expertise in the life sciences industry, regularly acting on some of the most noteworthy pharmaceutical patents infringement proceedings. Sergio Olivares Jr heads up the trademark practice and receives international recognition for effectively handling the portfolios of key multinational brands. Antonio Belaunzarán is also strongly endorsed for his handling of trademark rights. One source notes, “He is a senior figure – very knowledgeable and well regarded.” Meanwhile, Luis Schmidt earns recognition for his market-leading copyright practice.

Uhthoff Gómez Vega & Uhthoff is a longstanding leader in Mexican IP law with a prestigious group of experts, including four nominees in our research. Manuel Soto practice stretches back four decades and is widely seen as “a preeminent members of the IP bar”. Meanwhile, Javier Uhthoff-Orive is one of the most important, respected and senior figures in patent prosecution and litigation, according to respondents. Mario Ponce Walraven and Marcela Bolland Gonzalez also come highly recommended.

Basham Ringe y Correa is the top full-service outfit in our IP chapter, with an international client base that includes CBS Pharma, Michael Korrs, Nixon and Adidas. Its strong team includes the highly respected Martín Michaus, an undisputed leader in patent and trademark litigation with a practice spanning over three decades. Eduardo Kleinberg ranks with similarly high prestige, heading the firm’s trademark and licensing practices. Adolfo Athié Cervantes earns strong recognition for his counterfeiting, infringement and unfair competition practice.

IP is a core focus at Müggenburg Gorches y Peñalosa and it earns three listings in this chapter. Esteban Gorches is regarded as a strong advocate who is very adept at handling complex patent and trademark litigation, including for a number of world-famous brands in the life sciences and tech industries.

Founding partner Roberto Arochi has built a highly respected IP practice at Arochi & Lindner. He is “a key player” with “great experience, knowledge and litigation skills”, according to respondents. Fellow founding partner Hedwig Lindner also earns praise as “a fantastic IP litigator”.

Pablo Hooper leads the practice at Gonzalez Calvillo. Sources agree that he is “a go-to lawyer for transactional-orientated and licensing matters”.

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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