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Latin-America Guide

Intellectual Property — Dominican Republic

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第一等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Esteemed IP practice widely recognised as a leading name in this field. Maintains consistent activity in a range of matters, including patent prosecution, distribution relationships, and trade mark infringement litigation. Advises an impressive roster of local and multinational clients, particularly those from the pharmaceutical and consumer products industries.

Strengths

"The lawyers are enthusiastic, proactive, very creative, and consistently meet their deadlines. They are always up to date and have a comprehensive global approach. It is a pleasure to work with them."

"We really value the team's quick responses, their attitude towards their clients, and their knowledge of the field. We are very happy with the service and advice they provide."

New developments New client wins for the firm this year include The Hershey Company and Labyes Laboratories.

Work highlights Advised Metro International on its brand registrations and the acquisition of third-party brands of interest, in order to be able to distribute its newspaper publications in the Dominican Republic.

Notable practitioners  

Sources express ample praise for esteemed partner Mary Fernández Rodríguez, describing her as "an excellent lawyer." They add: "She is very proactive and knowledgeable of the market, and is always up to date and involved in the strategy of our cases." She is active across a range of IP concerns, including trade mark work, regulatory matters and litigation.

Lilly Acevedo is recognised by interviewees for her presence in the IP arena, where she advises both local and international clients on a range of matters. Market commentators say: "She is very focused on the work, responds to us quickly, and is always on top of everything."

Significant clients Novartis, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Embassy of the United States in the Dominican Republic, Glaxo Group.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Admired practice with a long-standing presence in the field. Frequently advises on a broad range of matters spanning copyright, trade marks and anti-counterfeiting, with additional capabilities in IP litigation and licensing. Client portfolio includes major multinational names from a variety of sectors, such as technology and pharmaceuticals. 

Notable practitioners

Leading practitioner Jaime Angeles receives widespread praise from peers, who describe him as "an authority in this field." Clients comment: "He knows the business, he is very commercial, and he can always get to a good solution." They go on to add: "He is a very valuable resource for us - he is very dedicated and super-responsive."

Wallis Pons elicits strong praise from clients, who describe her as "experienced, creative and client-oriented," and add: "She gives us personalised attention, and is always looking for the most effective and efficient solution." They go on to endorse "her practical and proactive approach."

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第二等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly regarded team offering distinctive expertise in trade mark matters, with capabilities in handling portfolios across the Caribbean. Additional coverage of litigation cases and broadcasting infringements. Diverse client roster includes leading names in the pharmaceutical and telecommunications industries.

Strengths

"The team provides us with great practical insight and astute legal guidance. They bring a creative attitude when handling complex matters; they are diligent, responsive and proactive; and they are highly collaborative in their approach with us."

"The lawyers are commercial thinkers who provide pro-business solutions. They keep us informed and are very organised, clear and reliable."

New developments New client wins for the firm this year include Twitter and Edwards Lifesciences.

Work highlights Advised Unicomer on the acquisition of the Radio Shack trade marks in the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean. This matter involved the due diligence of over 70 trade marks in 17 jurisdictions.

Notable practitioners

Clients are highly appreciative of the services provided by managing partner Orietta Blanco. They describe her as "a wonderful lawyer," and add: "She is responsive, helpful and very good at communicating with us."

Associate Arlene Herrera focuses her practice on the co-ordination of trade marks, patents and domain portfolios in the Caribbean. According to interviewees, "she is very responsive and really understands our business."

Significant clients Philip Morris, Red Bull, DIRECTV, Kraft, Sanofi.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Experienced name in the IP arena, providing widespread coverage of the field. Capabilities ranging from enforcement actions to patent applications, with particular strength in contentious cases and anti-counterfeiting actions.

Work highlights Represented Gianni Versace in a counterfeit lawsuit regarding an infringement of its IP rights.

Notable practitioners  

Head of department María Josefina Félix Troncoso offers ample experience of both contentious and non-contentious IP matters, including trade mark protection, copyrights and enforcement actions. She recently acted as lead partner in the aforementioned counterfeit lawsuit for Gianni Versace.

Significant clients Hewlett-Packard, Apple, Ferrari, McDonald's, Givenchy.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Prominent player in the IP field, handling a range of matters for significant multinational clients deriving from a variety of industries, including pharmaceuticals, hygiene and entertainment. Team provides broad coverage of the area, spanning trade mark portfolio protection, licensing projects and IP-related litigation.

Strengths

"The lawyers at Castillo & Castillo are highly knowledgeable of their area of expertise, and they have an excellent work ethic. Their recommendations are very good and they respond to us quickly."

New developments New client wins for the firm this year include Belcorp and Syngenta.

Work highlights Represented Samsung Electronics in a number of infringement cases against distributors, in connection with the alleged importation of counterfeit accessories bearing the client's trade mark.

Notable practitioners

Managing partner and head of department Tania Castillo Báez is endorsed by sources, who state: "When we have a complex issue, it is good to know that someone of her seniority is involved." She is experienced in handling complex IP matters for both domestic and international clients.

Dedicated IP associate Carimer Guzmán is praised by commentators for her active practice in this area, and is described as "highly responsive and professional." Her areas of expertise include trade mark procedures and brand portfolio management.

Significant clients Grupo Bimbo, Brandstock Services, CPA Global, Clarke Modet México, Hanesbrands.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Recognised team maintaining involvement in the full spectrum of relevant matters in the IP sector, including copyright, health permits and inventions strategies. Particularly active in advising key clients from the entertainment and communications sector.

Strengths

"JJ Roca & Asociados is a professional firm which provides a diligent and high-quality service and very proactive solutions. The team stands out for its judgement, knowledge, timeliness and the clarity of its answers."

New developments New client wins for the firm this year include Inventia Global Patent Solutions and Puerto Rico Supplies Group.

Work highlights Advised Navegación Satelital de Costa Rica on the registration and protection of the copyrights for a digital map for GPS navigation in the Dominican Republic.

Notable practitioners  

Head of department Sharin Pablo de Roca is praised by market sources, who describe her as "very proactive in IP matters," and add: "She is a very thorough thinker." She acted as lead partner in advising Navegación Satelital de Costa Rica on the aforementioned copyright registration and protection.

Associate Ana Paula Campusano is highly dedicated to the IP field and offers a wide range of specialisms, including trade mark matters, industrial designs and utility models.

Significant clients Western Digital Technologies, Premex, Soprintel, Microban International, Vendin. 

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Established practice with extensive experience across a range of IP issues such as registration and protection of patents and trade marks, and related contentious matters. Advises a significant number of major international clients from the pharmaceutical, technology and social media sectors.

Strengths

"The team has good knowledge of the region, and of trade mark matters in particular. The lawyers offer a very fast service, and are able to propose alternative solutions and strategies."

New developments New client wins for the firm this year include JCDecaux and Senwa Mobile.

Notable practitioners

Department head Rosa Campillo is widely recognised by peers for her experience and involvement in the IP area, and is described by sources as "an excellent lawyer with a very important role in the field." Clients add: "She always provides us with very good answers quickly and with confidence."

Monika Fiallo is commended by market commentators as "an extraordinary associate." She is highly active in industrial property matters, with sector expertise spanning the pharmaceutical and technology industries.

Significant clients Facebook, Intel, Pfizer, PayPal, Novartis.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly respected practice with ample experience handling a broad variety of IP matters, including copyrights, trade marks and anti-counterfeiting, as well as related litigation. Impressive client portfolio made up of major international players from a comprehensive range of industries.

Strengths

"Troncoso Leroux is a very good firm. The team is very proactive and provides effective responses."

New developments María del Pilar Troncoso and Pedro Troncoso founded the firm in August 2015.

Work highlights Represented Pfizer in an appeal for a patent term restoration before the Administrative Superior Court.

Notable practitioners  

Distinguished practitioner María del Pilar Troncoso is held in high esteem by market sources, who commend her as "one of the best in the IP field." She is deeply experienced in a breadth of IP matters, and is currently the acting president of the Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI).

Significant clients Coca-Cola, Lacoste, Starbucks, Novartis, Televisa.

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Angeles Pons

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Leading practitioner Jaime Angeles receives widespread praise from peers, who describe him as "an authority in this field." Clients comment: "He knows the business, he is very commercial, and he can always get to a good solution." They go on to add: "He is a very valuable resource for us - he is very dedicated and super-responsive."

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Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sources express ample praise for esteemed partner Mary Fernández Rodríguez, describing her as "an excellent lawyer." They add: "She is very proactive and knowledgeable of the market, and is always up to date and involved in the strategy of our cases." She is active across a range of IP concerns, including trade mark work, regulatory matters and litigation.

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Troncoso Leroux

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Distinguished practitioner María del Pilar Troncoso is held in high esteem by market sources, who commend her as "one of the best in the IP field." She is deeply experienced in a breadth of IP matters, and is currently the acting president of the Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI).

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Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department head Rosa Campillo is widely recognised by peers for her experience and involvement in the IP area, and is described by sources as "an excellent lawyer with a very important role in the field." Clients add: "She always provides us with very good answers quickly and with confidence."

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María Josefina Félix Troncoso

Troncoso y Cáceres

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of department María Josefina Félix Troncoso offers ample experience of both contentious and non-contentious IP matters, including trade mark protection, copyrights and enforcement actions. She recently acted as lead partner in the aforementioned counterfeit lawsuit for Gianni Versace.

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Bufete Messina-Lugo IP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

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Angeles Pons

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Wallis Pons elicits strong praise from clients, who describe her as "experienced, creative and client-oriented," and add: "She gives us personalised attention, and is always looking for the most effective and efficient solution." They go on to endorse "her practical and proactive approach."

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MINIÑO Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients are highly appreciative of the services provided by managing partner Orietta Blanco. They describe her as "a wonderful lawyer," and add: "She is responsive, helpful and very good at communicating with us."

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Castillo y Castillo

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Managing partner and head of department Tania Castillo Báez is endorsed by sources, who state: "When we have a complex issue, it is good to know that someone of her seniority is involved." She is experienced in handling complex IP matters for both domestic and international clients.

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OMG

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Key partner Mónika Melo of OMG is highlighted by clients as "an excellent, dedicated and knowledgeable lawyer." In addition to her specialisation in the IP field, she also offers distinctive expertise in entertainment law.

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Bufete Messina-Lugo IP

From the Chambers Latin America guide

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JJ Roca & Asociados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of department Sharin Pablo de Roca is praised by market sources, who describe her as "very proactive in IP matters," and add: "She is a very thorough thinker." She acted as lead partner in advising Navegación Satelital de Costa Rica on the aforementioned copyright registration and protection.

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Jorge Mera & Villegas

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Patricia Villegas de Jorge of Jorge Mera & Villegas is widely experienced across the spectrum of IP law, with expertise spanning copyrights, trade marks and franchise matters. She offers additional knowledge relating to piracy and unfair competition.

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Associates to watch

Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Lilly Acevedo is recognised by interviewees for her presence in the IP arena, where she advises both local and international clients on a range of matters. Market commentators say: "She is very focused on the work, responds to us quickly, and is always on top of everything."

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Associates to watch

JJ Roca & Asociados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate Ana Paula Campusano is highly dedicated to the IP field and offers a wide range of specialisms, including trade mark matters, industrial designs and utility models.

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Associates to watch

Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Monika Fiallo is commended by market commentators as "an extraordinary associate." She is highly active in industrial property matters, with sector expertise spanning the pharmaceutical and technology industries.

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Associates to watch

Castillo y Castillo

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Dedicated IP associate Carimer Guzmán is praised by commentators for her active practice in this area, and is described as "highly responsive and professional." Her areas of expertise include trade mark procedures and brand portfolio management.

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Associates to watch

MINIÑO Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate Arlene Herrera focuses her practice on the co-ordination of trade marks, patents and domain portfolios in the Caribbean. According to interviewees, "she is very responsive and really understands our business."

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