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Latin-America Guide

Intellectual Property — El Salvador


Espino Nieto & Asociados - Intellectual Property Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Luis Espino
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Market-leading firm with capabilities across the full range of IP mandates. Retained by a stellar roster of major domestic and international clients, and offers particular expertise in matters relating to the pharmaceutical industry. Team maintains strength across the spectrum of trade marks, patents, data exclusivity and copyrights work, with distinctive prowess in contentious cases.

Strengths Sources highlight the firm's particular expertise in this sector, enthusing: "They are very specialised in intellectual property and litigation matters."

Notable practitioners

Esteemed IP adviser Danilo Rodriguez Villamil comes highly recommended by market commentators as "a leading practitioner in this field," with sources going on to add: "He is one of the stars." He wins acclaim for his impressive track record in the field, where he has ample experience advising significant international corporations on a range of IP mandates.

Key partner Elena Puente enters the rankings this year following praise from sources, who say: "She is an excellent lawyer with many years of experience in trade mark matters." Clients also highlight "the clear and comprehensive information and advice she provides."

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

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: José Roberto Romero Mena, Roxana Romero de Gamero and Carlos Castillo
- 3 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Front-running department regularly sought after by major international companies for its experience in handling complex IP mandates. Offers high-level capabilities spanning the management, licensing and enforcement of IP rights, across the fields of trade marks, patents and copyrights. Provides additional expertise in anti-counterfeiting actions, unfair competition cases, and sanitary registrations.

Strengths Sources highlight the client-oriented approach of the lawyers, reporting: "It is a very good service. The lawyers are deeply dedicated to meeting the needs of their client in the shortest time possible, and to the highest of standards."

Clients go on to state: "Their knowledge of the IP field is profound, clear and accurate; they have an incredible ability to help us understand the world of IP law, which has supported us to this day."

Work highlights Advised Paul Frank Industries on the renewal of its trade mark portfolio, as well as the subsequent reassignment of the portfolio following the company's merger with Saban Brands.

Significant clients Novartis, Grupo Bimbo, Coca-Cola, Mars, Avon.

Notable practitioners

Leading name José Roberto Romero Mena is a deeply experienced practitioner who is recognised by peers and clients alike for his expertise in the market. He offers impressive prowess in handling IP concerns within a wide array of industries, including fashion, entertainment, pharmaceuticals, and food and drinks.

Co-head of department Carlos Castillo enters the rankings this year following praise from market onlookers for "his many years of experience in IP litigation matters." He offers considerable expertise in unfair competition and anti-counterfeiting measures.

Key associate Nadya Susana Leon Retana is recognised by sources for her activity in the Salvadoran IP field. One source comments: "I would recommend her without a second thought."

Associate-to-watch Gilberto Fajardo comes recommended by peers, who say: "He really stands out for his technical ability." Sources also highlight his experience handling IP litigation cases.

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Arias - Intellectual Property Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Morena Zavaleta
- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Distinguished full-service firm with an active IP practice rendering services to a significant list of prominent multinational clients. Team offers expertise in portfolio management for patents and trade marks, as well as providing coverage of data protection, sanitary registrations and copyrights. Practice benefits from the firm's widespread regional presence within Central America.

Strengths Clients highlight the lawyers at Arias for "their dedication, the depth of their knowledge and their commitment to our matters."

Work highlights Defended Telefónica Móviles El Salvador against a trade mark opposition filed by Claro.

Significant clients Procter & Gamble, Sanofi, Herbalife, Mondelēz, J.M. Smucker Company.

Notable practitioners

Regional practice head Morena Zavaleta is an admired name in the IP arena, and elicits strong praise from market commentators for her experience. They enthuse: "She is highly knowledgeable of the subject matter, as well as being very diligent and providing a great client service." Peers add: "She is top-tier for her track record and the calibre of her clients. She has profound knowledge and is a leader on a regional level."

Up-and-coming partner Luz Bustamante is praised by clients, who deem her "a highly efficient lawyer who works incredibly fast. You can give her work today and it will be done by tomorrow." She specialises in trade mark matters, including licensing, protection and litigation.

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Portal & Asociados - Intellectual Property Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- approximately 5 qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-regarded IP team offering advice to a range of domestic and international companies on matters spanning trade marks, patents, counterfeiting and copyrights. Practice offers considerable expertise in representing its clients in contentious IP cases.

Strengths Sources consider the work carried out by Portal & Asociados to be of a high quality, stating: "The service this firm provides is excellent."

Notable practitioners

Market sources endorse partner Edy Guadalupe Portal as a leading name in this space, calling her "a knowledgeable and proactive lawyer who has a lot of niche expertise." Clients also go on to commend her responsiveness. She offers wide-ranging coverage of the field, spanning unfair competition, patent litigation and trade secrets.

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CENTRAL LAW - Intellectual Property Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Sandra Hernández de Cabezas
- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong regional player with a compact IP department. Equipped to handle a range of matters, including copyrights, patents, trade marks and brands. Acts for a number of local and international clients across the pharmaceutical and food and drinks sectors, among others.

Strengths Clients value the service they receive at CENTRAL LAW El Salvador. They note: "It is an excellent service, defined by personalised attention from the lawyers and their objective advice."

Work highlights Advised Abbott Laboratories on obtaining sanitary registrations for its products.

Significant clients PriceSmart El Salvador, Comercial Pozuelo, Alcon Laboratories, Grupo Profarmaco, Stendhal Americas.

Notable practitioners

Clients are impressed with Sandra Hernández de Cabezas, describing her as "a highly professional, intelligent and capable lawyer," and adding: "We have complete confidence in her legal opinions." She is experienced in a range of IP matters, with particular expertise in sanitary registrations.

Associate José Manuel Argüello receives endorsements from interviewees, who consider him "a very professional lawyer." He is experienced in IP-related litigation, competition law and health regulations.

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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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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Suzanne de Tablas
- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-regarded practice with established experience advising clients on a range of IP-related matters, such as patents, trade marks and sanitary registrations. Offers high-level capabilities in handling related IP disputes. Practice is supported by the firm's strong coverage of the Central American region.

Work highlights Represented Mexican cosmetics company Urania in a litigation case involving the alleged infringement of one of the client's trade marks.

Significant clients Bodene, Signa Grain, Volaris, Urania.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Suzanne Berrios de Tablas is recognised by interviewees as "a very knowledgeable lawyer who is experienced in litigation matters." She has a highly active practice advising local and international companies on trade mark protection, as well as patent and sanitary registration issues.

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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
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García & Bodán Abogados y Notarios - Intellectual Property Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Julio Vargas
- 1 partner
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected IP department offering broad coverage of the field. Key areas of expertise include the management of IP portfolios and health registrations across the Central American region, as well as experience handling enforcement and infringement cases.

Strengths Market onlookers highlight the lawyers at García & Bodán. They report: "They provide a high quality service. They respond to us in a timely manner and the advice is well researched. Furthermore, the professionalism and cordiality of the team stands out."

Work highlights Advised Crocs on anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy measures relating to the import and distribution of counterfeit footwear infringing the client's brand image. The firm's role has included handling a number of criminal proceedings and seizures of imported goods.

Significant clients PepsiCo, Kraft, Puma Energy, Converse, Grupo Televisa.

Notable practitioners

Julio Vargas Solano is praised by sources for his "great professional capacity." They go on to call him "a very co-operative lawyer who is involved in every stage of the case." He has considerable experience in managing IP portfolios and sanitary regulations throughout the Central American region.

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De La Gasca & Cía - Intellectual Property Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Giancarlo de la Gasca
- 1 partner
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Noted department routinely retained to assist local and international clients with a broad range of IP matters. Widespread areas of expertise include administrative litigation cases, patent prosecution and trade mark oppositions.

Strengths Market sources commend the firm's up-and-coming presence in the market.

Work highlights Advised 7-Eleven on two opposition proceedings filed against an infringing convenience store named 7 Market. The team's role included securing a declaration from the Trade Mark Office that the client's name constituted a well-known trade mark in El Salvador due to its international prominence.

Significant clients Foragro El Salvador, Amazon, Laboratorios Pisa, Aquapura, Two Shows.

Notable practitioners

According to market sources, managing partner Giancarlo de la Gasca is "a highly active lawyer who is dedicated to IP matters." He has solid experience across the field, spanning contentious and non-contentious mandates relating to trade marks, patents and copyrights.

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EY Law - Intellectual Property Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Mónica Guadalupe Pineda Machuca
- 1 partner
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Solid IP practice group offering expertise across the complete range of sector-related mandates. Experienced in handling unfair competition, e-commerce, advertising, international trade and technology transfer agreements.

Strengths Market sources value the quality of the team's service, reporting: "The service is personalised and timely, and the advice is solid. Overall it's a very efficient process working with them."

Value for money "Pacheco Coto El Salvador is a highly recommendable firm with a very reasonable value for money relationship," according to sources.

Significant clients Office Depot de México, Provipan, Real Hotels and Resorts, Grupo Corona, Armstrong Laboratories de México.

Notable practitioners

Head of department Mónica Guadalupe Pineda Machuca is a well-known name in the Salvadoran IP field, and comes recommended by clients for her "vast legal knowledge and great client service."

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LatamLex Abogados - Intellectual Property Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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

What the team is known for Solid IP practice with expertise in a broad range of sector-related matters. Experienced in handling cases relating to trade marks, patents, copyright protection and sanitary registrations.

Notable practitioners

Market onlookers commend Luis Ernesto Guandique Chávez for his "years of experience" in the Salvadoran IP sector. He provides counsel to a broad range of local and foreign clients on issues including the corporate and contentious areas of IP.

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Lexincorp - Intellectual Property Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Edna Carolina López Toledo and Enrique Escobar
- 1 partner
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Compact team of specialists with notable experience in trade marks, counterfeiting and patents, offering particular skill in handling infringement cases. Firm serves a diverse clientele from a range of industry sectors including telecommunications and pharmaceuticals.

Strengths Market sources highlight that "the service is very good, and it's a great team. The lawyers are particularly strong in IP litigation."

Work highlights Defended Grupo RAF against a trade mark opposition filed by Grupo Unicomer against the client's registration of commercial advertising signs.

Significant clients Intermoda, Genoma Lab, Sony Interamerican, Grupo Monge, Tigo.

Notable practitioners

Partner Edna Carolina López Toledo is endorsed by interviewees for "her very solid ideas." They go on to further comment: "She is very knowledgeable and works very well. It is clear that she has strong command of the area."

About the Team (content provided by Lexincorp)

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 IP head of Department Edna Lopez is part of the Boardof Directors of the Salvadorian Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI).
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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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- approximately 2 qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected boutique with long-standing experience representing clients on a broad range of IP matters. Key strengths include filings and registrations in relation to patents and trade marks.

Strengths Peers praise the firm's prestige, stating: "The lawyers are pioneers in the country; they handle an impressive volume of work, and are very important in the IP field."

Notable practitioners

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

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Band 1

Edy Guadalupe Portal

Portal & Asociados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Market sources endorse partner Edy Guadalupe Portal as a leading name in this space, calling her "a knowledgeable and proactive lawyer who has a lot of niche expertise." Clients also go on to commend her responsiveness. She offers wide-ranging coverage of the field, spanning unfair competition, patent litigation and trade secrets.

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Band 1

Danilo Rodriguez Villamil

Espino Nieto & Asociados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Esteemed IP adviser Danilo Rodriguez Villamil comes highly recommended by market commentators as "a leading practitioner in this field," with sources going on to add: "He is one of the stars." He wins acclaim for his impressive track record in the field, where he has ample experience advising significant international corporations on a range of IP mandates.

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Band 1

José Roberto Romero Mena

Romero Pineda & Asociados, Compañía de Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Leading name José Roberto Romero Mena is a deeply experienced practitioner who is recognised by peers and clients alike for his expertise in the market. He offers impressive prowess in handling IP concerns within a wide array of industries, including fashion, entertainment, pharmaceuticals, and food and drinks.

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Band 1

Arias

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Regional practice head Morena Zavaleta is an admired name in the IP arena, and elicits strong praise from market commentators for her experience. They enthuse: "She is highly knowledgeable of the subject matter, as well as being very diligent and providing a great client service." Peers add: "She is top-tier for her track record and the calibre of her clients. She has profound knowledge and is a leader on a regional level."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Suzanne Berrios de Tablas

Consortium Legal

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of department Suzanne Berrios de Tablas is recognised by interviewees as "a very knowledgeable lawyer who is experienced in litigation matters." She has a highly active practice advising local and international companies on trade mark protection, as well as patent and sanitary registration issues.

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Band 2

Giancarlo de la Gasca

De La Gasca & Cía

From the Chambers Latin America guide

According to market sources, managing partner Giancarlo de la Gasca is "a highly active lawyer who is dedicated to IP matters." He has solid experience across the field, spanning contentious and non-contentious mandates relating to trade marks, patents and copyrights.

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Band 2

Sandra Hernández de Cabezas

CENTRAL LAW

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Clients are impressed with Sandra Hernández de Cabezas, describing her as "a highly professional, intelligent and capable lawyer," and adding: "We have complete confidence in her legal opinions." She is experienced in a range of IP matters, with particular expertise in sanitary registrations.

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Band 2

Mónica Guadalupe Pineda Machuca

EY Law

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Head of department Mónica Guadalupe Pineda Machuca is a well-known name in the Salvadoran IP field, and comes recommended by clients for her "vast legal knowledge and great client service."

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Band 2

Julio Vargas Solano

García & Bodán Abogados y Notarios

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Julio Vargas Solano is praised by sources for his "great professional capacity." They go on to call him "a very co-operative lawyer who is involved in every stage of the case." He has considerable experience in managing IP portfolios and sanitary regulations throughout the Central American region.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Romero Pineda & Asociados, Compañía de Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Co-head of department Carlos Castillo enters the rankings this year following praise from market onlookers for "his many years of experience in IP litigation matters." He offers considerable expertise in unfair competition and anti-counterfeiting measures.

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Luis Ernesto Guandique Chávez

LatamLex Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Market onlookers commend Luis Ernesto Guandique Chávez for his "years of experience" in the Salvadoran IP sector. He provides counsel to a broad range of local and foreign clients on issues including the corporate and contentious areas of IP.

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Band 3

Edna Carolina López Toledo

Lexincorp

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Partner Edna Carolina López Toledo is endorsed by interviewees for "her very solid ideas." They go on to further comment: "She is very knowledgeable and works very well. It is clear that she has strong command of the area."

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Band 3

Sáenz & Asociados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Marcela Mancia of Sáenz & Asociados focuses her practice on IP law, with particular specialisation in patents. Market sources consider her an active player in the market, highlighting her experience and calling her "a very good lawyer."

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Band 3

Espino Nieto & Asociados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Key partner Elena Puente enters the rankings this year following praise from sources, who say: "She is an excellent lawyer with many years of experience in trade mark matters." Clients also highlight "the clear and comprehensive information and advice she provides."

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Up and Coming

Arias

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Up-and-coming partner Luz Bustamante is praised by clients, who deem her "a highly efficient lawyer who works incredibly fast. You can give her work today and it will be done by tomorrow." She specialises in trade mark matters, including licensing, protection and litigation.

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Associates to watch

José Manuel Argüello

CENTRAL LAW

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate José Manuel Argüello receives endorsements from interviewees, who consider him "a very professional lawyer." He is experienced in IP-related litigation, competition law and health regulations.

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Associates to watch

Romero Pineda & Asociados, Compañía de Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Associate-to-watch Gilberto Fajardo comes recommended by peers, who say: "He really stands out for his technical ability." Sources also highlight his experience handling IP litigation cases.

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Associates to watch

Nadya Susana Leon Retana

Romero Pineda & Asociados, Compañía de Abogados

From the Chambers Latin America guide

Key associate Nadya Susana Leon Retana is recognised by sources for her activity in the Salvadoran IP field. One source comments: "I would recommend her without a second thought."

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