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Latin-America Guide

Intellectual Property — Dominican Republic


Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández - Intellectual Property

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第一等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Mary Fernández Rodríguez and Lilly Acevedo
- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Market-leading firm maintaining its top-tier position within the IP sphere. Garners widespread recognition for its impressive practice advising major pharmaceutical names on patent prosecution, sanitary permits and regulatory issues. Team offers additional coverage of trade mark matters, including infringement litigation cases, on behalf of a significant multinational clientele.

Strengths The firm earns ample praise from the market, with sources highlighting "the speed and quality of the team's responses and their in-depth knowledge of patents and pharmaceutical matters." Clients go on to say: "The lawyers provide an excellent service; the partners can provide us with both technical and commercial opinions, and they really understand our business."

Work highlights Advised Pfizer on obtaining the health and trading permits required for the client to distribute and sell its products in the Dominican Republic.

Significant clients Johnson & Johnson, MSD, Grupo Punta Cana, Vinci Airports, US Embassy.

Notable practitioners

Distinguished practitioner Mary Fernández Rodríguez is held in high esteem by the market. She earns widespread praise from sources, with clients saying: "She is extremely responsive and bright, and always provides solid advice." Sources go on to call her "a top-tier lawyer in terms of her know-how" and add: "She is very detail-oriented and always honest with the client." She is a deeply experienced adviser on a wide range of IP issues and offers considerable expertise in matters relating to the pharmaceutical sector.

Senior associate Lilly Acevedo comes highly recommended by interviewees, who praise her substantial level of involvement in the IP market and describe her as "an extraordinary lawyer who is highly organised and dedicated." Her capabilities within the field include regulatory issues and IP litigation.

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Angeles Pons - Intellectual Property

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第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Jaime Angeles and Wallis Pons
- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly respected team with ample experience advising leading domestic and international clients on a wide range of IP concerns. Retained by significant names within the food and beverage, technology and telecommunications sectors for trade mark registrations, data protection matters and counterfeiting issues. Team also offers substantial capabilities in handling IP litigation cases.

Strengths Sources highlight the team for its "dynamism, speed and focus," with clients going on to add: "The lawyers are very knowledgeable of IP matters and are really able to help us expedite our cases."

Work highlights Represented DuPont in obtaining protection of data exclusivity for an agrochemical product after the product had already been registered.

Significant clients Claro, Nestlé, Chanel, PepsiCo, ESPN.

Notable practitioners

Esteemed figure and "incredible professional" Jaime Angeles maintains a prominent profile in the Dominican IP field, with sources highlighting him as "an authority in the area." Interviewees go on to endorse him as "the number one lawyer for copyright matters in the country." In addition to his significant expertise in this area, he also offers a wealth of experience in trade mark litigation and anti-counterfeiting issues.

Department co-head Wallis Pons earns widespread praise from market sources for her prominence and activity in the IP field. She offers particular expertise in regulatory matters, on which she regularly advises major multinational brands within the food and beverage sector.

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Bufete Messina & Lugo IP - Intellectual Property

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第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Zaida Lugo and Ana Messina
- 3 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong IP practice with significant capabilities managing trade mark portfolios on behalf of an impressive international clientele, originating from sectors spanning pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and food and beverages. Team offers substantial expertise in advertising law and copyright matters, including related litigation, and is able to assist its clients on IP issues across the Caribbean region.

Strengths The firm receives endorsements from clients, who state: "This team really knows the IP area and wants to carry out the work to a high standard. The lawyers always offer good solutions to our issues." Sources additionally commend the team as "very efficient and diligent."

Work highlights Represented Payless ShoeSource Worldwide in an investigation into the illegal use of the client's trade mark by another company. The firm was successful in obtaining a permanent cease and desist agreement.

Significant clients Nicole, Pasteurizadora Rica, Aventinux Barcelo, Payless ShoeSource Worldwide.

Notable practitioners

Clients are impressed by department co-head Zaida Lugo, stating: "She is a proactive adviser who always offers the best possible recommendations in order to protect her client." Peers go on to commend her activity in the area, deeming her "an excellent lawyer." She offers a wide range of specialisations within the IP field, including advertising law, consumer protection and unfair competition.

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MINIÑO Abogados - Intellectual Property

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第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Orietta Blanco and Urko Ochoa
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected IP practice offering noteworthy experience in managing trade mark portfolios across the Caribbean region. Team maintains a significant presence in anti-counterfeiting, as well as providing distinctive expertise in broadcasting infringements and satellite piracy. Key client base is composed of major names from the pharmaceutical, telecoms and food and beverage industries.

Strengths Clients are full of praise for the firm, stating: "The team does a great job for us. The lawyers are responsive and innovative, and they really go the extra mile and understand our business." Sources go on to highlight "their proactive and creative solutions, and the ownership they take of our matters."

Work highlights Represented Red Bull GmbH in a number of trade mark infringement actions against local parties supplying non-authentic beverages.

Significant clients Michael Kors, Twitter, Philip Morris, Mondelēz Global, Sanofi.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner and "excellent lawyer" Orietta Blanco receives plentiful praise from market sources, who describe her as "an efficient and diligent lawyer." Clients add: "She is very easy to work with and always keen to help; she provides very high-quality advice." She offers particular expertise in the management of trade mark portfolios across the Caribbean.

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Troncoso Leroux - Intellectual Property

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第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: María del Pilar Troncoso and Pedro Troncoso
- 2 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Experienced team retained by an impressive portfolio of multinational clients from a broad array of industries, including major pharmaceutical names and food and beverage brands. Offers a wide range of services across the field, such as trade mark registration, enforcement actions and unfair competition matters, as well as its capabilities in related litigation.

Strengths The firm's service comes highly recommended by clients, who cite the lawyers' "availability, clarity, speed of response and organisation skills." They add: "They offer an excellent service which has exceeded all our expectations."

Work highlights Successfully defended Henkel against an action filed by Unilever, alleging unfair competition and misleading advertising due to a commercial launched by Henkel.

Significant clients Coca-Cola, Eli Lilly, Puma, Televisa, Starbucks.

Notable practitioners

Leading lawyer María del Pilar Troncoso continues to be recognised as a prestigious name in the IP field. She garners ample praise from sources, who describe her as "meticulous, descriptive and assertive," and add: "She really knows the law and is particularly capable in trade mark matters." She has more than 20 years of experience in the field and is also the current president of the Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI).

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Troncoso y Cáceres - Intellectual Property

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第二等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Maria Josefina Félix Troncoso
- 2 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-known player with long-standing experience in the Dominican market. Team provides diverse expertise across the IP field, including in trade marks, patents and anti-counterfeiting matters. Maintains a significant client base composed of key international brands from sectors spanning luxury goods, automotive and energy.

Strengths Interviewees endorse the lawyers for "the speed of their responses, their knowledge of the field, and the depth of the advice that they give." Sources add: "They really know the industry, and also have economic understanding rather than simply advising us on the legal side."

Work highlights Represented Apple in the seizure of counterfeit Apple Smart watches and obtained a precautionary measure from the First Instance Court to prevent the continued sale of the infringing products.

Significant clients Shell, McDonald's, Hewlett-Packard, Swatch, Ferrari.

Notable practitioners

Sources praise department head María Josefina Félix Troncoso, calling her "a brilliant lawyer" and emphasising her "level of specialisation and experience, and the energy she shows in attending to her clients." Her areas of focus include handling multi-jurisdictional trade mark filings and anti-counterfeiting litigation.

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Castillo y Castillo - Intellectual Property

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第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Tania Castillo Báez
- 1 partner
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Key practice in the Dominican IP field with significant participation in a wide range of matters. Regularly assists with the management of trade mark and patent portfolios, including related litigation. Maintains a prominent practice advising clients from the entertainment industry on anti-piracy cases and trade mark infringements.

Strengths The firm's service receives praise from market sources, who say: "The team at Castillo y Castillo is very efficient; the lawyers are always available for our requirements." Clients add: "They reply to our questions in depth, and they are very reliable."

Work highlights Counsel to Samsung regarding a number of infringement cases against distributors that allegedly imported counterfeited goods bearing the client's trade mark.

Significant clients Grupo Bimbo, Hanesbands, CPA Global, Belcorp.

Notable practitioners

Clients commend managing partner Tania Castillo Báez, stating: "She really understands our business needs." She is highly experienced in advising significant international and local clients on a wide range of IP issues, including trade mark and patent infringements and health registrations.

Associate Carimer Guzmán is a dedicated IP expert with wide-ranging experience in the field. She comes highly recommended by clients, who state: "She provides us with an excellent service. She is highly diligent and resolves conflicts very well." They add: "She is a very good lawyer who always replies to our e-mails quickly."

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JJ Roca & Asociados - Intellectual Property

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Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Sharin Pablo de Roca
- 2 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-regarded name in the market, advising a range of key clients on a variety of IP issues. Areas of involvement include the management of trade mark portfolios, patent registrations and regulatory issues, as well as offering capabilities in litigation cases. Retained by a number of major clients within the entertainment and technology industries.

Strengths Clients are impressed with the team, stating: "The lawyers are able to understand our business needs and provide solutions that give us confidence." They add: "They are excellent: they are very speedy, efficient and precise in their advice."

Work highlights Advised the Fashion Group International on the registration of its collective trade mark, including a subsequent objection raised by a third party with a similar trade name.

Significant clients Medtronic, Constellation Brands, Western Digital Technologies, Vendin, Puerto Rico Supplies Group.

Notable practitioners

Practice head Sharin Pablo de Roca receives ample commendations from market sources, who state: "She is very attentive and does very high-quality work." Clients also endorse "her very precise advice" and go on to say: "She is efficient and eager to work." In addition to her broad practice handling a range of IP matters for key international clients, she is also currently the president of the Dominican Association of Intellectual Property (ADOPI).

Clients value associate Ana Paula Campusano, commenting: "She is a great professional with in-depth knowledge of IP, who responds promptly and efficiently to the needs of her clients." She is highly experienced in handling enforcement and prosecution matters across the Caribbean region.

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Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti - Intellectual Property

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Band 3

第三等

Commentary from the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Rosa Campillo
- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Experienced team with a long-standing presence in the Dominican market. Offers a wide array of services spanning the IP arena, encompassing advertising law, sanitary registrations and data protection. Primarily retained by leading multinationals and foreign investors involved in sectors such as pharmaceuticals and technology.

Strengths Clients highlight the firm's "agile and efficient service," with sources going on to add: "The lawyers are knowledgeable and diligent, and they are always suggesting ways to add value."

Work highlights Defended Mead Johnson Nutrition against a claim relating to the alleged unauthorised use of the image of a family member on one of the client's products.

Significant clients Bayer, Herbalife International of America, Apple, Nintendo, AstraZeneca.

Notable practitioners

Admired practitioner Rosa Campillo is widely described by interviewees as "an authority in the area," with sources going on to add: "She is very patient, and has a lot of experience in the field." She offers long-standing expertise in a range of IP matters, including copyrights, trade marks and related litigation. Her recent work includes acting as lead partner on the aforementioned matter.

Clients are particularly impressed by associate Monika Fiallo, whom they describe as "an excellent lawyer," adding: "She is highly diligent and has very good judgement." Sources also state: "She has in-depth knowledge of the matters she handles, and her legal opinions are very clear." She is adept in a range of IP issues, including data protection and regulatory matters.

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Angeles Pons

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Esteemed figure and "incredible professional" Jaime Angeles maintains a prominent profile in the Dominican IP field, with sources highlighting him as "an authority in the area." Interviewees go on to endorse him as "the number one lawyer for copyright matters in the country." In addition to his significant expertise in this area, he also offers a wealth of experience in trade mark litigation and anti-counterfeiting issues.

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Mary Fernández Rodríguez

Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Distinguished practitioner Mary Fernández Rodríguez is held in high esteem by the market. She earns widespread praise from sources, with clients saying: "She is extremely responsive and bright, and always provides solid advice." Sources go on to call her "a top-tier lawyer in terms of her know-how" and add: "She is very detail-oriented and always honest with the client." She is a deeply experienced adviser on a wide range of IP issues and offers considerable expertise in matters relating to the pharmaceutical sector.

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María del Pilar Troncoso

Troncoso Leroux

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Leading lawyer María del Pilar Troncoso continues to be recognised as a prestigious name in the IP field. She garners ample praise from sources, who describe her as "meticulous, descriptive and assertive," and add: "She really knows the law and is particularly capable in trade mark matters." She has more than 20 years of experience in the field and is also the current president of the Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI).

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Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Admired practitioner Rosa Campillo is widely described by interviewees as "an authority in the area," with sources going on to add: "She is very patient, and has a lot of experience in the field." She offers long-standing expertise in a range of IP matters, including copyrights, trade marks and related litigation. Her recent work includes acting as lead partner on the aforementioned matter.

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María Josefina Félix Troncoso

Troncoso y Cáceres

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sources praise department head María Josefina Félix Troncoso, calling her "a brilliant lawyer" and emphasising her "level of specialisation and experience, and the energy she shows in attending to her clients." Her areas of focus include handling multi-jurisdictional trade mark filings and anti-counterfeiting litigation.

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Bufete Messina & Lugo IP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients are impressed by department co-head Zaida Lugo, stating: "She is a proactive adviser who always offers the best possible recommendations in order to protect her client." Peers go on to commend her activity in the area, deeming her "an excellent lawyer." She offers a wide range of specialisations within the IP field, including advertising law, consumer protection and unfair competition.

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Sharin Pablo de Roca

JJ Roca & Asociados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Practice head Sharin Pablo de Roca receives ample commendations from market sources, who state: "She is very attentive and does very high-quality work." Clients also endorse "her very precise advice" and go on to say: "She is efficient and eager to work." In addition to her broad practice handling a range of IP matters for key international clients, she is also currently the president of the Dominican Association of Intellectual Property (ADOPI).

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Angeles Pons

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department co-head Wallis Pons earns widespread praise from market sources for her prominence and activity in the IP field. She offers particular expertise in regulatory matters, on which she regularly advises major multinational brands within the food and beverage sector.

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MINIÑO Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Managing partner and "excellent lawyer" Orietta Blanco receives plentiful praise from market sources, who describe her as "an efficient and diligent lawyer." Clients add: "She is very easy to work with and always keen to help; she provides very high-quality advice." She offers particular expertise in the management of trade mark portfolios across the Caribbean.

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Tania Castillo Báez

Castillo y Castillo

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients commend managing partner Tania Castillo Báez, stating: "She really understands our business needs." She is highly experienced in advising significant international and local clients on a wide range of IP issues, including trade mark and patent infringements and health registrations.

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Edwin Espinal Hernandez

Espinal Hernandez Abogados & Notarios

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Edwin Espinal Hernandez of Espinal Hernandez Abogados & Notarios receives widespread acclaim from peers for his expertise in the area. He is highlighted as "an authority in the field and a highly active presence here," with sources going on to describe him as "an extraordinary lawyer." He is commended for his strength in copyright issues, with peers also endorsing his academic contributions to the field.

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NRamos

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Natalia Ramos of NRamos earns plentiful commendations from sources, who consistently highlight her level of activity and skill in the field. Her areas of expertise span trade marks, copyrights and related litigation. She also offers capabilities in anti-piracy matters and sanitary registrations.

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Associates to watch

Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Senior associate Lilly Acevedo comes highly recommended by interviewees, who praise her substantial level of involvement in the IP market and describe her as "an extraordinary lawyer who is highly organised and dedicated." Her capabilities within the field include regulatory issues and IP litigation.

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Associates to watch

Ana Paula Campusano

JJ Roca & Asociados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients value associate Ana Paula Campusano, commenting: "She is a great professional with in-depth knowledge of IP, who responds promptly and efficiently to the needs of her clients." She is highly experienced in handling enforcement and prosecution matters across the Caribbean region.

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Associates to watch

Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients are particularly impressed by associate Monika Fiallo, whom they describe as "an excellent lawyer," adding: "She is highly diligent and has very good judgement." Sources also state: "She has in-depth knowledge of the matters she handles, and her legal opinions are very clear." She is adept in a range of IP issues, including data protection and regulatory matters. 

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Associates to watch

Castillo y Castillo

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate Carimer Guzmán is a dedicated IP expert with wide-ranging experience in the field. She comes highly recommended by clients, who state: "She provides us with an excellent service. She is highly diligent and resolves conflicts very well." They add: "She is a very good lawyer who always replies to our e-mails quickly."

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