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Latin-America Guide

Life Sciences — Chile


Carey - Life Sciences Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Outstanding practice at the forefront of the life sciences field, offering full-service capabilities complemented by a team of technical specialists in the area. Frequently instructed by major pharmaceutical companies on sanitation, biochemical and healthcare matters. Possesses particular experience in handling regulatory mandates and patent protection issues. Deep bench of practitioners is also highly skilled in related litigation.

Strengths Clients are impressed by the team's holistic approach. One source comments: "The service they provide offers us the full picture, because their analysis is not just about the immediate situation, but also about the various consequences one single issue could have on our business."

Market commentators also highlight the depth of the firm's bench and expertise, saying: "They have the highest number of knowledgeable practitioners in the life sciences sector, and the team is very professional with a lot of knowledge in different subjects."

Work highlights Represented Hoffmann-La Roche before the Public Health Institute regarding the theft of psychotropic pharmaceutical products.

Notable practitioners

Fernando García is noted by sources for his strength in litigation and transactional matters. He is experienced advising clients hailing from the pharmaceutical, cosmetics and health sectors.

Guillermo Carey assists clients with regulatory and contentious matters, particularly in the pharmaceutical and biochemical spheres. He is also known for his experience with IP issues.

Ignacio Gillmore earns recognition from interviewees for his ability to "explain the most technical things very easily." His expertise spans the full life sciences spectrum, with particular experience in defence strategies for sanitary summary proceedings.

Associate-to-watch José Santos Ossa is highly active in the life sciences area. He assists many of the firm's major clients with a range of regulatory and strategic issues, and also acts on sanitary summary cases.

About the Team (content provided by Carey)

With a vast multidisciplinary team comprising more than 10 attorneys and five members of professional staff (pharmacists and biochemists) our life sciences, health and food area has over 20 years of experience advising the largest multinational pharmaceutical laboratories, cosmetic and medical devices manufacturers, as well as prominent Chilean and international food companies.

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Albagli Zaliasnik - Life Sciences Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Dynamic practice advising key players from the pharmaceutical industry. Offers particular strengths in litigation and arbitration related to patent infringement, with additional capabilities in handling IP issues for generic laboratories. Highly capable in cross-border patent prosecution and infringement matters. Further expertise includes regulatory and compliance advice for clients in the veterinary, biochemical and agro-industrial sectors.

Strengths One client says: "We feel very comfortable and very supported by the service," and notes that "they help us not only with regulations, but also with strategy and how to face the challenges of operating in a highly regulated market."

Work highlights Assisted Laboratorios Garden House Farmacéutica with the international patent prosecution processes for a stable composition of a tropical plant extract.

Notable practitioners

Ariela Agosin co-heads the department and garners recognition from market commentators for her patent litigation expertise and her experience working with clients from the pharmaceutical sector. She also regularly assists with patent prosecution.

Associate-to-watch Eugenio Gormáz is commended by sources as "a great support with good knowledge of the IP." He specialises in pharmaceutical patents, including strategic opposition and cancellation actions.

About the Team (content provided by Albagli Zaliasnik)

3 partners; 8 fee earners

AZ handles several cases related to life sciences conflicts, regulatory issues of the Pharmaceutical Industry and patent infringement. The firm actively participates in the designing and drafting of regulations in the pharmaceutical, biological and biotechnological fields alongside key industry players and represents its clients’ interests in front of the Health Authorities, Patent Authorities, and the Chilean Competition Authorities. 

Key Clients: Abbott Laboratories, Pharma Investi, Laboratorios Garden House Farmacéutica, Laboratorios Saval S.A., Asociación de Productores Locales de Medicamentos

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Sargent & Krahn - Life Sciences Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly respected IP practice adept at handling related patent prosecution and protection. Possesses particular expertise in biosimilarity and bioequivalence for chemical and biotechnological pharmaceutical products. Regularly retained by major players in the pharmaceutical sector for advice on legislative and regulatory matters, in addition to data protection issues. New client wins include Teak Enterprises and the Universidad Católica de Chile.

Strengths Commentators endorse the firm's detailed knowledge of the local market, saying: "They provide very specific Chilean knowledge that you need to know and they're flexible and know how to get around the problems."

Work highlights Supported Sanofi-Aventis with a patent application before the National Institute of Industrial Property, regarding the medical use of an isolated antibody.

Notable practitioners

The "excellent" Juan Pablo Egaña is characterised by clients as "very knowledgeable and quick to respond," and is valued for "always providing at least one alternative for moving forward." He has particular expertise in patent prosecution and regulatory matters, frequently representing clients from the pharmaceutical industry.

Associate-to-watch Cristián Barros is highlighted by interviewees for his client service. One source reports: "He takes the time to produce good work, and always makes the effort to ensure I know what's going on." He works primarily on patent prosecutions.

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Alessandri - Life Sciences Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Respected outfit offering expertise in patent prosecution and enforcement. Legal team is complemented by engineers and chemical and biotechnological experts. Frequently sought out by pharmaceutical companies and universities to assist with the R&D of invention patents, sanitary registrations and industrial designs. New client wins include Cells for Cells and the Universidad de Chile.

Work highlights Represented Bayer Pharma in defending a patent protecting contraceptive products against cancellation action applications from other local and foreign laboratories.

Notable practitioners

Rodrigo Velasco Alessandri is the key client contact.

About the Team (content provided by Alessandri)

ALESSANDRI is one of the best known full service law firms in Chile and Latin America (125 years). Our strong IP Department has assisted both national and foreign clients for decades to protect and enforce their Intellectual Property assets. During last years, our support to Life Science projects has become one of our major achievements. Marketing development of new clients such as Ciencia Pura Spa and Cells for Cells S.A’s. national phase PCT filing for Chile, Peru and México, has been part our tasks for 2017-2018. Local Universities and important R&D centers are often in touch with our professional to design strategies to boost their patent portfolios. Becoming members of the Board at the University of Chile’s Centre for Biotechnology and Bioengineering (CeBiB), which is one of the most important innovation cores in the Life Science area in Chile is certainly a great success for our Department. Economic growth of major Latin American markets and therefore the improvement of quality and standard of life in the area should be a subject to take into account for new marketing strategies. In this regard more than ever we foresee our technical legal service is needed to back up national and foreign entities to take part in this new period. Technological advances in the search of new energy out of our natural bio system is a great focus of current research as is the scientific study of organisms/microorganisms and electronic application on botany.

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Covarrubias & Cia - Life Sciences Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Established IP boutique with a strong life sciences practice, offering expertise in biotechnology patents. Retained by key players from the pharmaceutical industry for advice on patent prosecution and infringement cases. Also assists universities with research matters. Possesses cross-border IP capabilities and particular experience in the food and drink and veterinary industries.

Strengths Clients highlight the team's collaborative and high-quality service.

Work highlights Advised Kaneko Seeds on analysing protective options for plant variety registrations.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Arturo Covarrubias is recommended by clients as "an extraordinary lawyer who is very proactive, very straightforward, and very involved across the whole area of life sciences." He offers particular expertise in patent prosecution and regulatory work.

About the Team (content provided by Covarrubias & Cia)

Covarrubias & Cía. is a specialized firm exclusively focused on the Intellectual Property and Life Sciences fields, sprouted due to the rapid economic growth that Chile has experienced during the lasts decades.

Our team of professionals has worked together for more than a decade and is ready to personally assist the client. We are a united and proactive group of attorneys at law, biologists, chemists, engineers, designers and paralegals with thorough knowledge of the domestic and foreign regulations of Industrial Property, Copyrights, New Technologies, Privacy and Media.

Associated with an efficient network of international correspondents due to years of work in the IP field, Covarrubias & Cía. has become a valuable option for domestic clients who desire to protect their intellectual assets abroad. Likewise, international clients have a strategic partner in Covarrubias & Cía. for the protection, surveillance and management of their intellectual property assets in Chile and Latin America.


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Jara Del Favero & Ried Fabres - Life Sciences Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Noted firm with an emerging practice representing clients from across the pharmaceutical, healthcare devices and cosmetics industries, as well as in the nutrition and agro-industry. Team offers expertise in distribution agreements and acquisitions in the sector. Also assists clients with regulatory compliance, including registrations, as well as with related litigation.

Work highlights Assisted AstraZeneca with various regulatory matters as well as with the sale of commercialisation and development rights in a small molecular antibiotics business.

Notable practitioners

Clients are impressed by associate-to-watch Andrea Abascal's industry acumen, stating: "She is a good operator with good knowledge of pharmaceutical regulations, and understands how to integrate medical laws with business needs." She assists clients from a variety of industry sectors with compliance and M&A.

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Porzio Ríos García - Life Sciences Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Respected firm maintaining a solid presence in the life sciences market. Team offers expertise in patent prosecution including searches and license agreements. Team is also experienced managing trade mark portfolios and representing clients in enforcement actions. Routinely instructed by domestic and multinational pharmaceutical companies and leading national universities.

Strengths Interviewees say the team is composed of "good lawyers who are very amiable and flexible."

Notable practitioners

Senior statesman Marino Porzio is a long-standing reference in the pharmaceutical sector for his expertise in patent and trade mark disputes. He is additionally experienced in contentious matters regarding plant varieties and registrations.

About the Team (content provided by Porzio Ríos García)

The Life Science Department of the firm provides counsel in all aspects and strategies of patents, particularly, related to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, health care and other life science related areas.

Therefore, this department provides to foreign and national clients full service, not only in the filing and in prosecution of patent applications, but also advising on innovations schemes and providing services related to searching, and drafting patent applications, as well as drafting and negotiating license agreements and all contracts including patent rights.

The firm offers advice in the pre filing stage, including state of the art searches, feasibility analysis, novelty analysis and litigation, both administrative and judicial.

The Patent Department of the firm includes in house engineers, chemist pharmacists, biochemist engineers, mechanical engineers and electronic engineers, who act as patent attorneys, and many of them having been formerly examiners at the Chilean Patent Office.

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Estudio Villaseca - Life Sciences Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Regularly retained by pharmaceutical companies and universities to advise on invention patents, the registration of sanitary products and anti-counterfeiting. Related contentious expertise spans infringement cases, opposition to cancellation actions, and protection strategy. Offers additional capabilities in plant varieties and company incorporations in the pharmaceutical industry.

Notable practitioners

Senior statesman Sergio Amenábar offers years of experience advising on IP-related rights in the life sciences sector. He has particular expertise in handling patents and laboratory disputes.

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Senior Statesperson

Estudio Villaseca

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Senior statesman Sergio Amenábar offers years of experience advising on IP-related rights in the life sciences sector. He has particular expertise in handling patents and laboratory disputes.

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Senior Statesperson

Porzio Ríos García

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Senior statesman Marino Porzio is a long-standing reference in the pharmaceutical sector for his expertise in patent and trade mark disputes. He is additionally experienced in contentious matters regarding plant varieties and registrations.

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Band 1

Juan Pablo Egaña

Sargent & Krahn

From the Chambers Latin America guide

The "excellent"Juan Pablo Egaña is characterised by clients as "very knowledgeable and quick to respond," and is valued for "always providing at least one alternative for moving forward." He has particular expertise in patent prosecution and regulatory matters, frequently representing clients from the pharmaceutical industry.

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Albagli Zaliasnik

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Ariela Agosin co-heads the department and garners recognition from market commentators for her patent litigation expertise and her experience working with clients from the pharmaceutical sector. She also regularly assists with patent prosecution.

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Band 2

Arturo Covarrubias

Covarrubias & Cia

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Managing partner Arturo Covarrubias is recommended by clients as "an extraordinary lawyer who is very proactive, very straightforward, and very involved across the whole area of life sciences." He offers particular expertise in patent prosecution and regulatory work.

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Carey

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Fernando García is noted by sources for his strength in litigation  and transactional matters. He is experienced advising clients hailing from the pharmaceutical, cosmetics and health sectors.

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Band 3

Carey

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Guillermo Carey assists clients with regulatory and contentious matters, particularly in the pharmaceutical and biochemical spheres. He is also known for his experience with IP issues.

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Band 3

Carey

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Ignacio Gillmore earns recognition from interviewees for his ability to "explain the most technical things very easily." His expertise spans the full life sciences spectrum, with particular experience in defence strategies for sanitary summary proceedings.

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Band 3

Juan Francisco Reyes

SCR Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Market commentators praise Juan Francisco Reyes of SCR Abogados for his high-quality practice, stating: "He's very professional, efficient, approachable and resolves any doubt you raise with him - he's focused on the client." He is noted for his expertise in regulatory compliance and patent protection.

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Associates to watch

Jara Del Favero & Ried Fabres

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients are impressed by associate-to-watch Andrea Abascal's industry acumen, stating: "She  is a good operator with good knowledge of pharmaceutical regulations, and understands how to integrate medical laws with business needs." She assists clients from a variety of industry sectors with compliance and M&A.

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Associates to watch

Sargent & Krahn

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch Cristián Barros is highlighted by interviewees for his client service.  One source reports: "He takes the time to produce good work, and always makes the effort to ensure I know what's going on." He works primarily on patent prosecutions.

^ See whole ranking table

Associates to watch

Albagli Zaliasnik

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch Eugenio Gormáz is commended by sources as "a great support with good knowledge of the IP." He specialises in pharmaceutical patents, including strategic opposition and cancellation actions.

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Associates to watch

José Santos Ossa

Carey

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch José Santos Ossa is highly active in the life sciences area. He assists many of the firm's major clients with a range of regulatory and strategic issues, and also acts on sanitary summary cases.

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