Central America: Intellectual Property 2019

In this section we recognise 60 lawyers for their expertise covering a range of topics including disputes, oppositions, registrations and prosecution in the trademarks, copyright and patents space.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Luis M Castro BLP, San José
2. Alejandro A Antillon EY Law, San José
3. Alberto Raven-Ramírez  Zurcher Odio & Raven, San José
4. Luis M Castro BLP, San José
5. Alejandro A Antillon EY Law, San José
6. Alberto Raven-Ramírez  Zurcher Odio & Raven, San José

Belize

Emil Arguelles at Arguelles & Company is a notable lawyer in the market who is credited for his deep expertise in IP advisory work, which spans a range of trademarks, patent and copyright matters.

Tania Moody from Barrow & Williams is a first-rate lawyer who stands out for her far-reaching skill set when managing large-scale IP and patent mandates.

Costa Rica

Zurcher Odio & Raven’s María del Pilar López is a prominent figure for IP matters across the region. She is renowned among peers for her expert handling of patent and trademark portfolios and enforcement proceedings.

Milagro Chaves of Facio & Cañas is a dedicated and commercial IP lawyer who is held in high esteem for her strong expertise in the patents arena.

Giselle Reuben at BLP is a well-recognised name in the Central American market who excels when it comes to advising clients on patent registration and trademark portfolio management.  

John Aguilar-Quesada of Aguilar Castillo Love is an experienced practitioner with impressive expertise in dispute resolution and contentious proceedings in the intellectual property space.. 

Dominican Republic

Urko Ochoa from Miniño Abogados is “very well respected” in the market thanks to his expertise that runs the gamut of complex IP matters. He regularly advises high-profile clients and has significant expertise in cross-border work.

María del Pilar Troncoso from Troncoso Leroux is “a great lawyer” who is commended for the first-rate counsel she provides to clients across trademark, patent and copyright matters.

Wallis Pons Cardi of Angeles Pons is commended as “an IP expert” by sources familiar with her top-drawer work across the IP sphere, with particular talent in anti-counterfeiting cases.

Mary Fernández Rodríguez from Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernandez is said by peers to be in the “top five” for IP matters, with others highlighting her stellar reputation and describing her as “one of the best-known lawyers” in the market.

Maria Josefina Félix Troncoso at Troncoso y Caceres has enviable expertise in trademarks, acting in a variety of matters including enforcement, portfolio strategy and brand protection, with a focus on contentious proceedings.

El Salvador

Espino Nieto & Asociados sees two experts recognised here.
Danilo Rodríguez Villamil is one of the most prominent IP specialists in the region who ranks highly thanks to his “excellent experience in litigation and complex IP matters”.
Elena Patricia Puente is highly respected among peers who applaud her “impressive experience in trademark prosecution” proceedings.

Morena Zavaleta from Arias is hailed by sources who highlight her “high knowledge and experience” in IP matters ranging from transactional to contentious issues.

Edy Portal of Portal & Asociados heads the group’s IP team and demonstrates strong expertise across a spectrum of IP issues, with peers noting her talent in trademark prosecution.

De La Gasca & Cia’s Giancarlo de la Gasca is an expert in contentious proceedings and managing high-stakes IP disputes, prompting sources to highlight his “strong practice in litigation”.

Suzanne Julieta Berrios De Tablas leads the IP group at Consortium Legal. She is endorsed for her impressive work managing IP-related litigation, brand protection and patent registration for international companies.

Guatemala

Luis Ruiz from BLP is a seasoned expert in the market, with interviewees noting that he has “been doing trademarks for 50 years and is really respected by his colleagues”.

Palacios & Asociados Sercomi’s Marco Antonio Palacios receives praise from commentators who describe him as “a great attorney” with strong experience in enforcement proceedings.

Héctor Palomo at Palomo & Porras supports clients across a range of industries in sophisticated IP matters, and enjoys an enviable reputation in the market. 

Honduras

Ricardo Mejia from Bufete Mejia & Asociados has “a strong reputation in the market” and is renowned for his “excellent” work in trademarks and anti-counterfeiting matters. 

BLP’s Fernando Godoy excels in IP issues and leverages his impressive experience in the market to provide clients with expert counsel on registration, protection and contentious issues.

Nicaragua

Julian Bendaña-Aragón at Guy Jose Bendaña-Guerrero & Asociados is well known in the market for his top-notch work on sophisticated trademark and patent proceedings.

Marvin Caldera S of Caldera & Solano Asociados has an expansive practice where he assists clients across a spectrum of IP matters, covering trademark, patent and copyright issues.

Jarquin – García’s María Eugenia García Fonseca is a well-respected lawyer in market who leads the firm’s IP team and is recognised as a go-to player in the jurisdiction.

Panama

Estudio Benedetti has three experts recognised.
Ramon Benedetti is a long-standing expert in the market who brings his extensive experience to bear in domestic and cross-border IP matters.
Audrey Williams has vast expertise in IP litigation, focusing on anti-piracy matters and brand protection disputes.

Diana Leandro leads the trademark litigation department. She excels in high-stakes disputes spanning a wide range of trademark issues including prosecution, annulments and enforcement.

Rolando Candanedo Navarro from Bufete Candanedo is a highly experienced practitioner who assists clients in major IP litigation matters with notable expertise in copyright issues.

Guinard & Noriega’s Luis Guinard has deep knowledge of IP regulatory frameworks and is credited for his excellent work in IP and patent disputes.

Alfaro Ferrer & Ramírez’s Marissa Lasso De La Vega F leads the firm’s IP department and displays an extensive knowledge of IP litigation which she leverages in major brand protection and enforcement cases. 

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