Central America: Intellectual Property 2018

Fifty-five standout practitioners are recognised across the region for their work in the field of intellectual property, with expertise spanning trademarks and patent prosecution, enforcement, oppositions, anti-counterfeiting, as well as the commercialisation of IP rights and contentious disputes arising from such matters.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Urko Ochoa Miniño Abogados, Santo Domingo
2. Ramon Benedetti Estudio Benedetti, Panama City
3. Tania Castillo Castillo & Castillo, Santo Domingo
4. María del Pilar Troncoso Troncoso Leroux, Santo Domingo
5. María Eugenia García Fonseca Jarquin – García, Managua



Tania Moody of BARROW & WILLIAMS is recommended for her corporate expertise and her long-standing work on patent law matters.

ARGUELLES & COMPANY’s founding partner Emil Arguelles receives praise for his in-depth knowledge of trademark law and his reputation in the market, where he has been a fixture for almost 20 years. One source says, “Emil provides a great service and is very timely.”

Costa Rica

Milagro Chaves of FACIO & CAÑAS is a long-standing figure in the IP and trademarks space in Costa Rica. She is an expert on matters relating to industrial property and unfair competition.

Sources “would absolutely recommend” Giselle Reuben at BLP for her experience in the registration, protection and defence of IP rights, and her skills handling complex trademark and copyright litigation.

María del Pilar López at ZURCHER ODIO & RAVEN has over 16 years of experience in IP law including portfolio development and management, registration, enforcement and advertising. She is particularly prominent in the field of life sciences.

BUFETE MORERA & MORERA sees Nestor Morera recommended as “one of the best lawyers in Costa Rica” for infringement proceedings and enforcement for IP rights.

Dominican Republic

Urko Ochoa of MINIÑO ABOGADOS heads the firm’s IP practice and is a go-to name for trademark and patent protection, enforcement and commercialisation. One source says: “He is one of the best lawyers in the Dominican Republic and knows how to handle pressure.”

CASTILLO & CASTILLO named partner Tania Castillo is one of the country’s leading names in IP and is a specialist in managing trademark, patent and copyright portfolios. She also has significant experience in contentious matters relating to infringements.

TRONCOSO LEROUX founding partner María del Pilar Troncoso receives praise for her work on patent and trademark portfolio management, franchising rights and technology matters. She is “very well respected” within the market.

Wallis Pons Cardi at ANGELES PONS is widely reputed as one of the top IP practitioners in the region, with in-depth experience in anti-counterfeiting, disputes and unfair competition matters.

María Josefina Félix Troncoso of TRONCOSO Y CACERES is also recommended for her work in trademark enforcement and protection, and has strong experience in portfolio management.

El Salvador

ESPINO NIETO & ASOCIADOS sees two top names recognised.
Danilo Rodríguez Villamil is “a smart and capable practitioner” who comes highly recommended for his knowledge of IP law.
Elena Patricia Puente is also recommended for her extensive expertise in the field.

DE LA GASCA & CIA’s name partner Giancarlo de la Gasca is one of the country’s leading authorities on IP law. He also has expertise in foreign trademarks and is recognised as “one of the best lawyers in El Salvador”.

Morena Zavaleta of ARIAS is “a big player” in the area of due diligence in international IP transactions and is well regarded for her trademark and patent litigation experience. One source says, “Morena knows IP and is really respected within the market.”

At PORTAL & ASOCIADOS Edy Portal is a widely respected name in the region for trademark and IP matters. She is “really well known in the country for everything related to enforcement measures”.

Suzanne Julieta Berrios De Tablas at CONSORTIUM LEGAL has over 25 years of experience in the market and is a trusted counsel for intellectual property matters. She is very well known for her work in sanitary product registration for multinational corporations.

ROMERO PINEDA & ASOCIADOS José Roberto Romero is widely respected for his corporate expertise and his knowledge of patents and IP law across the region.


At PALACIOS & ASOCIADOS SERCOMI Marco Antonio Palacios is an authority on enforcement matters and “a big name in everything related to IP in Guatemala”. He is an established name in the market with over two decades of experience.

Hector Palomo of PALOMO & PORRAS is “very well known” for his excellent handling of trademark and IP matters within Guatemala and the wider region.


Fernando Godoy at BLP is a specialist in corporate and commercial intellectual property. One source notes, “Fernando has the most experience in the sector by far.”

Ricardo Mejia of BUFETE MEJIA & ASOCIADOS is a top name in the field of trademarks and has significant expertise in anti-counterfeiting. One respondent effuses, “Ricardo is number one in Honduras.”


María Eugenia García Fonseca of JARQUIN – GARCÍA is an authority on IP matters and is recognised throughout the market as one of its leading legal minds. One source declares her “one of the best in Nicaragua”.

GUY JOSE BENDAÑA-GUERRERO & ASOCIADOS’ founding partner Julian Bendaña-Aragón receives high praise for his work handling both patent and trademark matters including sanitary product registrations and portfolio management.

Marvin Caldera S at CALDERA & SOLANO ASOCIADOS is also a leading figure in Nicaragua on intellectual property rights, including protection and portfolio management.


One of the country’s premier IP firms ESTUDIO BENEDETTI sees two leading practitioners listed for their expertise.
Ramon Benedetti is one of Panama’s best-known IP lawyers. He has in-depth knowledge of trademark law and has handled numerous matters across over his 40 years of practice.
Audrey Williams is “a great attorney” with extensive experience in matters connected to IP law, including competition, regulatory issues and franchising matters.

Rolando Candanedo of BUFETE CANDANEDO “knows his way around” the market and is recognised as a go-to name for matters of IP law.

ALFARO FERRER & RAMÍREZ’s Marissa Lasso De La Vega F is “very active in IP” and is recommended for her in-depth knowledge of trademark rights in Panama.

GUINARD & NORIEGA’s name partner Luis Guinard is widely respected for his work in trademark matters in the Panamanian market and is also a seasoned practitioner in the corporate sphere.

ICAZA GONZÁLEZ-RUIZ ALEMÁN’s Gabriela Tejada de Britton is a go-to name for patent prosecution and is renowned by peers for her expertise.

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