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Latin-America Guide

Intellectual Property — El Salvador


Arias - Intellectual Property Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Top-tier team offering an outstanding level of expertise and involvement in the IP sphere. Firm is regularly retained by an impressive list of market-leading international clients from sectors including consumer goods, food and beverages, and pharmaceuticals. Maintains a particularly strong practice in contentious cases, most notably trade mark oppositions, and also offers capabilities in handling IP issues stemming from M&A deals between companies.

Strengths The team attracts glowing praise from interviewees, with one saying: "The Arias lawyers are all very capable people. Our relationship is very fluid, and they really instil confidence in their clients." They go on to say: "Whenever we get in touch with them, they always respond immediately. We never have to chase them and they always keep us informed."

Work highlights Filed a trade mark opposition against an application for the trade mark 'L'Orivél' due to its similarity to the trade mark of the firm's client L'Oréal.

Notable practitioners

Admired department head Morena Zavaleta earns widespread praise from sources, with one describing her as "very professional, hard-working and trustworthy," and adding: "She is my first choice of lawyer in Central America." Another interviewee also commends "her highly pragmatic recommendations." She offers comprehensive expertise of the IP field, and also excels in handling issues relating to life sciences.

Partner Luz Bustamante earns plentiful endorsements for her skill and impressive track record in the IP field. She offers broad expertise spanning the area, including opposition cases, domain name protection, licensing and copyrights.

About the Team (content provided by Arias)

One of the largest and most respected law firms in Central America, Arias has 75 years of experience providing accurate and timely solutions based on clients’ goals, a great team of professionals, award-winning client service and unparalleled innovation to the region’s legal market.

Arias is a full-service law firm able to provide advice in over 30 practice areas; with a legal team of 32 Partners and more than 130 lawyers through their 7 offices across all Central American countries, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama, Arias reaffirms its commitment to continue serving clients with a strategic vision, generating value that allows clients to reach and surpass their objectives. Helping them in a unique approach, by having all their regional legal matters tendered by a single contact. They are truly, integral partners who clients can trust.

The Firm has coordinated some of the largest multijurisdictional transactions crossing Latin America; it is the go-to firm for international corporations doing business in the region. The Firm has grown and achieved innovation over the years in order to offer personalized, preventive, and strategic legal services to the business and the needs of its clients, with reliable and accurate legal solutions.

Arias heritage, passion for law, and commitment to quality allows them to grow along with the region and overcome new challenges in each country where they operate.

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Espino Nieto & Asociados - Intellectual Property Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Esteemed practice held in high regard for its IP expertise. Team offers impressive capabilities across the breadth of the practice area, spanning trade marks, copyrights and patents, as well as data exclusivity and franchising. Frequently sought out by leading international brands and pharmaceutical giants to handle large trade mark and patent portfolios, as well as IP litigation cases.

Strengths The firm is lauded as "a reference in the market" by peers, who also commend the team's long-standing expertise and involvement.

Notable practitioners

Leading practitioner Danilo Rodriguez Villamil is an admired name in the practice area, with one commentator enthusiastically labelling him "an excellent lawyer, and one of the best there is." He is widely esteemed for his long-standing expertise across the spectrum of IP matters, with particular recognition for his abilities in handling IP disputes.

Partner Elena Puente earns praise from sources, who deem her "an experienced trade mark lawyer." She is highly practised in handling a wide range of trade mark concerns, including prosecutions and oppositions.

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Romero Pineda & Asociados, Compañía de Abogados - Intellectual Property Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Pre-eminent practice in the IP sphere, maintaining its stellar reputation for its abilities across the field. Counsel to a prestigious range of multinational clients from diverse industries including entertainment, pharmaceuticals and food and beverages. Regularly handles headline matters such as appellation of origin cases, anti-counterfeiting actions, and large-scale trade mark and patent portfolio management.

Strengths The team comes highly recommended by sources, with one interviewee highlighting its "quick answers and solid legal advice." They go on to say: "The lawyers have many areas of expertise and show great attention to detail. They are also empathetic, responsive and flexible, and everything is delivered on time."

Work highlights Advised Nintendo of America on the importation of alleged counterfeit goods bearing the client's 'Pokémon' trade mark. The firm's role included successfully filing a criminal complaint which resulted in compensation for the client.

Notable practitioners

Highly regarded practitioner and managing partner José Roberto Romero Mena is commended by sources as "very knowledgeable about IP law." He is dedicated to the practice area and has long-standing experience advising on a range of matters, including trade mark portfolio management and franchise negotiations. He frequently acts as counsel to leading international clients from industries such as pharmaceuticals and automotive.

Key partner Carlos Castillo earns ample recognition for his experience in the field, with one source highlighting him as "an excellent professional." He is highly practised in advising on trade mark matters and anti-counterfeiting, and is also an important academic name in the field.

Clients are impressed by associate Gilberto Fajardo, highlighting his handling of IP litigation cases and adding: "He is very responsive and provides great advice." He is highly involved in the firm's caseload, with recent work including acting as lead counsel to Nintendo of America on an anti-counterfeiting matter.

Associate Nadya Susana Leon Retana is commended by interviewees, who describe her as "helpful, analytical and responsive." She is experienced advising both major domestic and foreign clients on a wide range of IP mandates.

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CENTRAL LAW - Intellectual Property Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Respected practice maintaining an impressive client portfolio of key global names, including a significant number of pharmaceutical giants. Team demonstrates a high level of activity in trade mark registration, as well as providing expertise in health regulation and sanitary permits.

Strengths The team earns praise from interviewees, with one highlighting "the personalised service and the very good follow-up skills of the partners." Another commends "their innovative attitude and specialisation in the IP field."

Work highlights Obtained over 125 registrations for medical devices on behalf of Olympus.

Notable practitioners

Department head Sandra Hernández de Cabezas is well recognised for her long-standing track record and experience in the field, with one source endorsing "her strong level of specialisation and ability in IP matters." She regularly handles matters pertaining to trade marks, patents and copyrights, as well as health regulations relating to the pharmaceutical industry.

Associate José Manuel Argüello is commended by peers and clients alike for his prowess in the IP field, where he offers expertise in a wide range of relevant mandates. Clients enthuse: "He is great in terms of his service and performance, his work is truly professional, and working with him gives us a lot of peace of mind."

Sources highlight associate Fernando Argumedo, stating: "He is very meticulous and communicative, with a lot of knowledge of the practice area." His areas of strength span consumer rights, health registrations and franchising.

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Type of work handled:

Wide range of matters including copyrights, patents, trade marks and brands; regulatory advice and strategic planning for the registration and import of supplies to a variety of medical institutions; IP protection and rights, franchising and licences.

Category of clients: 

Local and international clients across a variety of industries, including the pharmaceutical and food and drink sectors.

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Consortium Legal - Intellectual Property Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-known team maintaining a solid level of involvement in IP issues, with particular activity in handling contentious cases. Frequently advises a client roster of significant domestic and international players, from industries including cosmetics, transportation and technology.

Strengths Clients recommend the lawyers for both their response times and the quality of their service.

Notable practitioners

Department head Suzanne Berrios de Tablas garners praise from market commentators, who call her "a very experienced lawyer who has been working in the area for a long time." She offers expertise in sanitary registrations and patent issues, and her prior professional experience includes time spent as an in-house IP adviser for Microsoft.

About the Team (content provided by Consortium Legal)

Consortium Legal has experts whose primary purpose is to protect one of the most important values of a company and therefore are responsible for advising, protecting, maintaining, monitoring and defending the intellectual property rights of our clients by providing for this purpose the following services:

  • Trademark registration
  • Patents
  • Industrial Designs
  • Health Registrations
  • Protection of those literary works protected by Copyright and Related Rights
  • Domain names

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García & Bodán - Intellectual Property Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Key player in the IP field with a prestigious roster of major clients from the telecoms, energy, and food and beverage sectors. Team offers substantial coverage of a range of relevant issues, including anti-counterfeiting cases and trade mark litigation, as well as the management of significant patent and trade mark portfolios.

Strengths The team earns widespread praise from clients, one of whom states: "I am very happy with the service the lawyers provide, and they have a lot of knowledge of trade mark registration processes. They have gone above and beyond the call of duty, and their service has been first-class."

Work highlights Advised Crocs on a number of anti-counterfeiting cases, including five criminal complaints, the seizure of counterfeit goods, and negotiations to obtain compensation for the client.

Notable practitioners

Clients are full of praise for department head and IP specialist Julio Vargas Solano, with one highlighting him as "extremely attentive" and another saying: "His response times are great and he is adept at finding solutions to problems." A further source states: "We always receive an immediate answer, and he demonstrates in-depth knowledge of the practice area."

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Portal & Asociados - Intellectual Property Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-recognised IP practice offering a broad range of services across the field. Team is active in handling trade mark and patent prosecution, as well as providing capabilities in contentious cases. Also adept at advising on anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy matters.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Edy Guadalupe Portal is a highly respected professional in this sphere, and offers wide-ranging expertise across the practice area. Her areas of strength include issues relating to trade marks, patents and copyrights, as well as unfair competition, anti-counterfeiting and franchising. She is deeply experienced in advising prominent clients from both the domestic and international markets.

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De La Gasca & Cía - Intellectual Property Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Experienced team providing counsel to a distinguished list of well-known domestic and international corporations. Capabilities in the field include trade mark opposition and infringement cases, as well as the management of significant IP portfolios.

Strengths The firm comes highly recommended by clients, one of whom reports: "I am very happy with the service. The lawyers are always available and reachable, and stay in touch with us at all times, especially if a case is urgent. They are also very knowledgeable, and their diligence makes them stand out."

Work highlights Acted as Salvadoran counsel to Herbalife on the management, updating and renewal of its trade mark portfolio.

Notable practitioners

Department head Giancarlo de la Gasca offers substantial skill in the IP field, with particular strength in related litigation. Clients are full of praise for him, stating: "He is responsible, professional and polite; it is always a pleasure to work with him." Sources also highlight him for his experience and expertise in this area.

Associate Nelly Serrano is endorsed by sources for her service, with one client enthusing: "She is very diligent and courteous, and I would definitely recommend her." She focuses her practice on trade mark and patent prosecution and enforcement.

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EY Law - Intellectual Property Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-known regional firm with a solid practice in the Salvadoran market. Team advises a range of notable domestic and international clients operating within the pharmaceutical and hospitality sectors, among others. Key areas of focus include trade mark portfolio management and litigation cases.

Notable practitioners

Partner Mónica Guadalupe Pineda Machuca is highlighted by a market commentator who states: "She is an excellent lawyer whom I have always considered to be very professional and responsible." She is experienced in handling a range of trade mark, patent and copyright matters, including contentious cases.

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Lexincorp - Intellectual Property Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Strong practice with a clear foothold in handling IP infringement cases and related litigation. Team also offers experience in trade mark registrations, renewals and other aspects of IP portfolio management on behalf of major international clients.

Strengths The team garners abundant praise from clients, one of whom says: "The lawyers are really focused on helping the client, protecting their interests and making their lives easier." Another adds: "They are straightforward, organised and very easy to work with."

Work highlights Successfully defended Grupo RAF against five oppositions filed by Grupo Unicomer contesting a term used in the client's commercial advertising.

Notable practitioners

The key client contact is Kevin Vargas.

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Our Firm is well known for its experience in infringement and litigation matters, contentious and non contentious IP practice for local and international companies, counterfeiting and misappropriation. Our Firm is responsible for important decisions issued by The Trademarks Office and courts in the protection of well-known trademarks.

Our key clients are in the pharmaceutical, cosmetic and banking field, as we are the responsible of the Intellectual Property for one of the biggest Laboratories in Mexico as well as the biggest and most prominent Bank in El Salvador.
We have conducted many cases of infringement in this specific field, before local courts and against third parties who were commercializing similar or almost identical trademarks as our clients,obtaining several preliminary injunctions ordering the search and seizure of third parties products that infringe our client’s rights.

At Lexincorp our IP practice has had a tremendous success because of the streamline processes that we use across the entire region, this gives us a competitive advantage that appeals to trademark agencies and international law firms because they know that if they deal with the lawyer from El Salvador this is like dealing with the lawyers of the rest of the countries of the region being a one point of contact for IP matters in the entire Central American region.

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Ricardo Romero-Guzman - Intellectual Property Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Long-standing IP boutique with an impressive reputation in the area among its peers. Maintains a strong level of activity in handling trade mark and patent issues.

Strengths The firm is held in high regard by interviewees for its high level of activity, impressive client list, and ample experience in the IP arena.

Notable practitioners

Ricardo Romero Guzmán and Marlene Romero are the key client contacts.

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Edy Guadalupe Portal

Portal & Asociados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of department Edy Guadalupe Portal is a highly respected professional in this sphere, and offers wide-ranging expertise across the practice area. Her areas of strength include issues relating to trade marks, patents and copyrights, as well as unfair competition, anti-counterfeiting and franchising. She is deeply experienced in advising prominent clients from both the domestic and international markets.

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Danilo Rodriguez Villamil

Espino Nieto & Asociados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Leading practitioner Danilo Rodriguez Villamil is an admired name in the practice area, with one commentator enthusiastically labelling him "an excellent lawyer, and one of the best there is." He is widely esteemed for his long-standing expertise across the spectrum of IP matters, with particular recognition for his abilities in handling IP disputes.

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José Roberto Romero Mena

Romero Pineda & Asociados, Compañía de Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Highly regarded practitioner and managing partner José Roberto Romero Mena is commended by sources as "very knowledgeable about IP law." He is dedicated to the practice area and has long-standing experience advising on a range of matters, including trade mark portfolio management and franchise negotiations. He frequently acts as counsel to leading international clients from industries such as pharmaceuticals and automotive.

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Arias

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Admired department head Morena Zavaleta earns widespread praise from sources, with one describing her as "very professional, hard-working and trustworthy," and adding: "She is my first choice of lawyer in Central America." Another interviewee also commends "her highly pragmatic recommendations." She offers comprehensive expertise of the IP field, and also excels in handling issues relating to life sciences.

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Suzanne Berrios de Tablas

Consortium Legal

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department head Suzanne Berrios de Tablas garners praise from market commentators, who call her "a very experienced lawyer who has been working in the area for a long time." She offers expertise in sanitary registrations and patent issues, and her prior professional experience includes time spent as an in-house IP adviser for Microsoft.

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Giancarlo de la Gasca

De La Gasca & Cía

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department head Giancarlo de la Gasca offers substantial skill in the IP field, with particular strength in related litigation. Clients are full of praise for him, stating: "He is responsible, professional and polite; it is always a pleasure to work with him." Sources also highlight him for his experience and expertise in this area.

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Sandra Hernández de Cabezas

CENTRAL LAW

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department head Sandra Hernández de Cabezas is well recognised for her long-standing track record and experience in the field, with one source endorsing "her strong level of specialisation and ability in IP matters." She regularly handles matters pertaining to trade marks, patents and copyrights, as well as health regulations relating to the pharmaceutical industry.

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Julio César Vargas Solano

García & Bodán

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients are full of praise for department head and IP specialist Julio Vargas Solano, with one highlighting him as "extremely attentive" and another saying: "His response times are great and he is adept at finding solutions to problems." A further source states: "We always receive an immediate answer, and he demonstrates in-depth knowledge of the practice area."

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Band 3

Arias

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Luz Bustamante earns plentiful endorsements for her skill and impressive track record in the IP field. She offers broad expertise spanning the area, including opposition cases, domain name protection, licensing and copyrights.

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Romero Pineda & Asociados, Compañía de Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Key partner Carlos Castillo earns ample recognition for his experience in the field, with one source highlighting him as "an excellent professional." He is highly practised in advising on trade mark matters and anti-counterfeiting, and is also an important academic name in the field.

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Luis Ernesto Guandique Chávez

LatamLex Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Key partner Luis Ernesto Guandique Chávez of LatamLex Abogados is a highly regarded name in the market, with peers endorsing his capabilities and knowledge of IP law and adding: "He is a very respected practitioner." He is well versed in handling IP issues for both domestic and multinational clients.

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Edna Carolina López Toledo

Mayora & Mayora, S.C.

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Department head Edna Carolina López Toledo of Mayora & Mayora, S.C. earns ample praise from clients, who describe her as "a responsive and direct adviser who is always available and ready to respond." Another source adds: "She is a solid lawyer with top-notch knowledge of the IP field."

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Sáenz & Asociados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sources commend Marcela Mancia of Sáenz & Asociados for her expertise in handling trade mark cases. She is highly practised in a wide range of relevant issues, including sanitary registrations, advertising law and industrial designs.

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Mónica Guadalupe Pineda Machuca

EY Law

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Mónica Guadalupe Pineda Machuca is highlighted by a market commentator who states: "She is an excellent lawyer whom I have always considered to be very professional and responsible." She is experienced in handling a range of trade mark, patent and copyright matters, including contentious cases.

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Espino Nieto & Asociados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Elena Puente earns praise from sources, who deem her "an experienced trade mark lawyer." She is highly practised in handling a wide range of trade mark concerns, including prosecutions and oppositions.

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Associates to watch

José Manuel Argüello

CENTRAL LAW

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate José Manuel Argüello is commended by peers and clients alike for his prowess in the IP field, where he offers expertise in a wide range of relevant mandates. Clients enthuse: "He is great in terms of his service and performance, his work is truly professional, and working with him gives us a lot of peace of mind."

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Associates to watch

Fernando Argumedo

CENTRAL LAW

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Sources highlight associate Fernando Argumedo, stating: "He is very meticulous and communicative, with a lot of knowledge of the practice area." His areas of strength span consumer rights, health registrations and franchising.

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Associates to watch

Romero Pineda & Asociados, Compañía de Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients are impressed by associate Gilberto Fajardo, highlighting his handling of IP litigation cases and adding: "He is very responsive and provides great advice." He is highly involved in the firm's caseload, with recent work including acting as lead counsel to Nintendo of America on an anti-counterfeiting matter.

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Associates to watch

Nadya Susana Leon Retana

Romero Pineda & Asociados, Compañía de Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate Nadya Susana Leon Retana is commended by interviewees, who describe her as "helpful, analytical and responsive." She is experienced advising both major domestic and foreign clients on a wide range of IP mandates.

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Associates to watch

De La Gasca & Cía

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate Nelly Serrano is endorsed by sources for her service, with one client enthusing: "She is very diligent and courteous, and I would definitely recommend her." She focuses her practice on trade mark and patent prosecution and enforcement.

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