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Latin-America Guide

Intellectual Property — Dominican Republic


Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández - Intellectual Property Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Outstanding firm at the forefront of the Dominican IP market. Earns plaudits for its leading practice advising major pharmaceutical companies on patent prosecution and sanitary permits. Also provides additional coverage of trade mark matters, including infringement litigation, acting as counsel to significant multinational clients. McCain Foods and Laboratorios Aspen are new client wins.

Strengths The team garners widespread praise from clients, who attest to the firm's market-leading position, noting: "They have great technical knowledge, are respected at the national level as a strong firm in IP matters, and are good at proposing alternative courses of action. They also respond no matter what time of day it may be."

Work highlights Retained by Mejía Arcalá to handle its IP portfolio and market authorisations.

Notable practitioners

Prestigious practitioner and head of department Mary Fernández Rodríguez possesses a wealth of experience handling complex IP matters, with a special focus on patents. Sources highlight her "constant commitment to improving the quality of the IP department, as well as her expertise, professional dedication and efforts to build an effective and robust practice." Another interviewee enthuses that "it's a pleasure to work with her because besides being highly knowledgeable about IP, she has strong soft skills as well."

Clients value associate-to-watch Lilly Acevedo for her expertise and experience in IP, commenting: "She is highly professional and always available for us; we really appreciate her." Her capabilities extend to both prosecution and contentious matters.

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Angeles Pons - Intellectual Property Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly regarded firm boasting a wealth of experience representing both local and international clients in IP matters. Acts as counsel to notable players from the technology, food and beverages and telecommunications industries, advising on the registration of trade marks, anti-counterfeiting measures and IP litigation. New client wins include British Petroleum, Galderma and Nike.

Strengths The team garners widespread praise, with clients describing them as "an excellent firm that has ample experience in IP matters."

Work highlights Represented Nestlé in defending its trade mark against an appeal brought by a Colombian food producer.

Notable practitioners

Department co-head Jaime Angeles is widely acclaimed by sources for his IP expertise. Peers endorse his "great experience and presence in the copyright area." He is additionally active in anti-counterfeiting measures, particularly for clients from the pharmaceutical industry. Interviewees also appreciate his "excellent grasp of the law in this area."

Partner Wallis Pons co-heads the department and is recognised by sources for her expertise in IP. Clients praise her "great knowledge of the local law and quick response times." Others describe her as "an IP expert." Her practice includes patent and trade mark issues.

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Bufete Messina & Lugo IP - Intellectual Property Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Respected IP practice offering noteworthy experience in managing notable portfolios. Provides significant expertise in advertising law, copyright issues and anti-counterfeiting mandates, with further experience in IP litigation. Regularly seen advising prominent clients including major multinational firms hailing from the food and beverages, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries.

Strengths The firm garners praise from sources, with clients stating: "The lawyers are responsive and knowledgeable about trade mark law across the region."

Work highlights Retained by Bayer for the protection of its Aspirina trade mark.

Notable practitioners

Partner and department co-head Zaida Lugo is widely endorsed by sources, who enthuse that "she is a renowned professional in the IP field." Her involvement spans advertising law and consumer protection matters, with additional expertise in unfair competition issues.

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MINIÑO Abogados - Intellectual Property Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Strong player with a wealth of experience in the IP ambit. Possesses expertise in a wide range of matters including trade mark infringement, patent prosecution and copyright issues. Often retained by international clients from the pharmaceutical, telecommunications and food and beverages industries. New client wins include Netflix, Amazon, and Western Digital.

Strengths Market sources attest to the firm's recognised position in the Dominican IP market. One client states: "Their strengths are their vast knowledge, pleasant communication and fast response times. They always look at things from a strategic global perspective and I know they have my company's best interests at heart."

Work highlights Represented Discovery Networks in an IP dispute against local cable operators for copyright infringement.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Orietta Blanco is recognised by peers for being "very active and highly knowledgeable about IP." She focuses her practice on multi-jurisdictional trade mark portfolio management, as well as domain name issues across the Caribbean.

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Troncoso Leroux - Intellectual Property Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Esteemed practice commanding a solid reputation in this field. Regularly retained by clients for the management of various IP portfolios consisting of trade marks and patents. Also active in copyright infringement litigation and anti-counterfeiting. Boasts experience representing well-known clients from a variety of industry sectors including retail and pharmaceuticals.

Strengths The firm garners widespread praise from peers, who attest to its established position in the market. Clients state: "They deal with our queries quickly and work in a reliable and orderly manner."

Work highlights Represented Starfish Resorts in a trade mark infringement case in which the client's applications to register three trade marks for its Club Hemingway resort were opposed by the descendants of Ernest Hemingway. All three opposition actions were dismissed.

Notable practitioners

Leading practitioner María del Pilar Troncoso commands a stellar reputation among peers and clients in the IP field. Clients highlight "her passion, availability and results-driven approach, as well as her analytical skills and tenacity." Sources go on to highlight that "she has always provided solid responses to our legal queries." She is well versed in handling trade mark infringement and anti-counterfeiting matters.

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Troncoso y Cáceres - Intellectual Property Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Reputable player in the Dominican IP market with expertise in various matters such as trade mark registration and anti-counterfeiting measures, offering additional experience handling IP disputes. Often seen representing an impressive roster of clients from such industry sectors as retail and food and beverages.

Strengths Sources praise the team's long-standing reputation in the market, with one client stating: "Troncoso y Cáceres is a very well-known player in the Latin American market and it maintains high standards."

Work highlights Represented Total in opposing several trade mark registrations on the basis that they substantially reproduced the client's branding.

Notable practitioners

Head of department María Josefina Félix Troncoso is considered by peers to be "an expert in IP matters." She offers notable expertise in filing trade marks both locally and in other Caribbean jurisdictions, as well as in anti-counterfeiting. Sources state: "She and her team are always on hand to solve complex issues and make them look simple."

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Castillo y Castillo - Intellectual Property Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-regarded firm with an established presence in the Dominican IP arena. Regularly sought out by significant clients from a variety of industry sectors such as technology, retail and telecommunications. Possesses experience managing IP portfolios, including trade mark and patent prosecution and related disputes.

Strengths Interviewees endorse the firm's IP practice, stating: "It is an experienced law firm that has been practising for many years. We really value their recommendations."

Work highlights Represented LG Corp in an action brought against a local retailer for trade mark infringement in respect of counterfeited goods in the defendant's shop bearing the client's mark.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Tania Castillo Báez has extensive expertise in the IP sphere, with particular visibility advising market-leading clients on trade mark matters. Clients highlight her broad knowledge of IP law.

Clients are particularly impressed by associate-to-watch Carimer Guzmán, commenting: "She is really good, very committed and extremely client-oriented." Other sources endorse her for her technical abilities.

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Castillo y Castillo is one of the leading law firms in the Dominican Republic, dedicated to providing legal services tailored to the needs of its clients.

For over 80 years, Castillo y Castillo has been at the forefront of legal knowledge and practice.
The firm focuses on developing a solid understanding of its clients’ businesses, needs and goals in order to provide them with practical and first-rate advice.

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JJ Roca & Asociados - Intellectual Property Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Key practice in the Dominican IP ambit with significant activity across the field. Regularly retained by major clients from various industry sectors including food and beverages, technology and pharmaceuticals. Areas of activity include trade mark portfolio management, patent prosecution and litigation.

Strengths The firm earns recognition from market commentators for its work in this sphere. One client says: "The firm is excellent and works both quickly and professionally."

Work highlights Advised Sisprinca on a range of IP matters relating to its software Sigespro.

Notable practitioners

Partner Sharin Pablo de Roca is an active IP practitioner and remains well regarded by peers. They enthuse that "she is a thorough lawyer who is very active in IP." She is also praised by clients, who describe her advice as "practical, prompt, clear and concise." She recently assisted Grupo Impresiones with the drafting of a merchandising licensing agreement to import and sell branded beer.

Associate-to-watch Ana Paula Campusano garners praise from clients, who highlight her "excellent command of her area of law" and go on to describe her as "highly diligent and reliable." She offers expertise in both enforcement and prosecution matters.

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Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti, SRL - Intellectual Property Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-regarded IP practice providing legal advice covering trade mark infringement, copyright law and patents issues. Frequently retained by a distinguished clientele including large multinational companies hailing from a range of industry sectors including pharmaceuticals, food and beverages and consumer goods.

Strengths The team is praised for its IP work by interviewees, with one client stating: "I think highly of them, they are reliable, capable and fully understand the client's needs."

Work highlights Successfully defended Mead Johnson Nutrition against a trade mark infringement claim at first instance. The matter is currently pending appeal.

Notable practitioners

Highly regarded figure Rosa Campillo is widely respected by peers as a long-standing IP practitioner. She is described by market sources as "an institution and a pioneer in IP matters," whilst clients enthuse: "She provides high-quality client service and prompt responses." She is involved in administrative appeals pertaining to sanitary registrations, advertising law issues and trade mark portfolio management.

Associate-to-watch Monika Fiallo achieves high praise from peers, who describe her as a "rising star" in the IP field. She boasts additional expertise in immigration and family law.

About the Team (content provided by Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti, SRL)

The Intellectual Property Department of Russin Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti, provides all services related to the protection of intellectual and industrial property rights from an administrative and judicial point of view, which tend to preserve the rights acquired, protected by Our law and related to copyright, trademark law, and other distinctive signs, such as trademarks, trade names, signs, emblems, commercial slogans, inventions, utility models, industrial designs, names Domain names, appellations of origin, among others. We also offer our customers the possibility of protecting these signs in the digital environment. We have at our disposal all the services related to the registration and protection of all types of works (whether literary, artistic or scientific), computer programs, protection against all types of Internet piracy and violation of copyright. Author through the network. Our vast experience in this area of practice includes both administrative and judicial procedures to which they give rise.

Expertise Areas include:

  • Intellectual Property
  • Industrial Property
  • Publicity and Image Rights
  • Sanitary and Regulatory Registry

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Band 1

Angeles Pons

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department co-head Jaime Angeles is widely acclaimed by sources for his IP expertise. Peers endorse his "great experience and presence in the copyright area." He is additionally active in anti-counterfeiting measures, particularly for clients from the pharmaceutical industry. Interviewees also appreciate his "excellent grasp of the law in this area."

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Band 1

Mary Fernández Rodríguez

Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Prestigious practitioner and head of department Mary Fernández Rodríguez possesses a wealth of experience handling complex IP matters, with a special focus on patents. Sources highlight her "constant commitment to improving the quality of the IP department, as well as her expertise, professional dedication and efforts to build an effective and robust practice." Another interviewee enthuses that "it's a pleasure to work with her because besides being highly knowledgeable about IP, she has strong soft skills as well."

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Band 1

María del Pilar Troncoso

Troncoso Leroux

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Leading practitioner María del Pilar Troncoso commands a stellar reputation among peers and clients in the IP field. Clients highlight "her passion, availability and results-driven approach, as well as her analytical skills and tenacity." Sources go on to highlight that "she has always provided solid responses to our legal queries." She is well versed in handling trade mark infringement and anti-counterfeiting matters.

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Band 2

Rosa Campillo Celado

Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti, SRL

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Highly regarded figure Rosa Campillo is widely respected by peers as a long-standing IP practitioner. She is described by market sources as "an institution and a pioneer in IP matters," whilst clients enthuse: "She provides high-quality client service and prompt responses." She is involved in administrative appeals pertaining to sanitary registrations, advertising law issues and trade mark portfolio management.

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Band 2

María Josefina Félix Troncoso

Troncoso y Cáceres

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of department María Josefina Félix Troncoso is considered by peers to be "an expert in IP matters." She offers notable expertise in filing trade marks both locally and in other Caribbean jurisdictions, as well as in anti-counterfeiting. Sources state: "She and her team are always on hand to solve complex issues and make them look simple."

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Band 2

Bufete Messina & Lugo IP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner and department co-head Zaida Lugo is widely endorsed by sources, who enthuse that "she is a renowned professional in the IP field." Her involvement spans advertising law and consumer protection matters, with additional expertise in unfair competition issues.

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Band 2

Sharin Pablo de Roca

JJ Roca & Asociados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Sharin Pablo de Roca is an active IP practitioner and remains well regarded by peers. They enthuse that "she is a thorough lawyer who is very active in IP." She is also praised by clients, who describe her advice as "practical, prompt, clear and concise." She recently assisted Grupo Impresiones with the drafting of a merchandising licensing agreement to import and sell branded beer.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Angeles Pons

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Wallis Pons co-heads the department and is recognised by sources for her expertise in IP. Clients praise her "great knowledge of the local law and quick response times." Others describe her as "an IP expert." Her practice includes patent and trade mark issues.

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Band 3

MINIÑO Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Managing partner Orietta Blanco is recognised by peers for being "very active and highly knowledgeable about IP." She focuses her practice on multi-jurisdictional trade mark portfolio management, as well as domain name issues across the Caribbean.

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Band 3

Tania Castillo Báez

Castillo y Castillo

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of department Tania Castillo Báez has extensive expertise in the IP sphere, with particular visibility advising market-leading clients on trade mark matters. Clients highlight her broad knowledge of IP law.

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Band 3

Edwin Espinal Hernandez

Espinal Hernandez Abogados & Notarios

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Edwin Espinal Hernandez of Espinal Hernandez Abogados & Notarios is roundly commended by peers in the field for his expertise within the IP ambit. He is described by sources as a "fair and skilled lawyer" and earns particular commendation for his academic contributions to the field.

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Band 3

NRamos

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Natalia Ramos of NRamos garners praise from market commentators. Peers describe her as "an excellent professional." Her areas of expertise span trade marks, copyright, anti-piracy measures and related litigation. She benefits from additional expertise in sanitary registrations.

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Up and Coming

Alejandra Valdez Espaillat

Valdez Albizu

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Market commentators attest to the abilities of Alejandra Valdez Espaillat of Valdez Albizu, affirming her presence in the Dominican market. One source enthuses: "She is really good in her field and has many years of experience."

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Associates to watch

Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients value associate-to-watch Lilly Acevedo for her expertise and experience in IP, commenting: "She is highly professional and always available for us; we really appreciate her." Her capabilities extend to both prosecution and contentious matters.

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Associates to watch

Ana Paula Campusano

JJ Roca & Asociados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch Ana Paula Campusano garners praise from clients, who highlight her "excellent command of her area of law" and go on to describe her as "highly diligent and reliable." She offers expertise in both enforcement and prosecution matters.

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Associates to watch

Monika Fiallo Paradas

Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti, SRL

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch Monika Fiallo achieves high praise from peers, who describe her as a "rising star" in the IP field.She boasts additional expertise in immigration and family law.

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Associates to watch

Castillo y Castillo

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients are particularly impressed by associate-to-watch Carimer Guzmán, commenting: "She is really good, very committed and extremely client-oriented." Other sources endorse her for her technical abilities.

^ See whole ranking table