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    • Martha Landívar - Landívar & Landívar Attorneys At Law
    • Ramiro Moreno - Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados
    • Pilar Soruco - Orpan, Estudio Jurídico
    • Juan Ignacio Zapata - Bolet & Terrero

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Noted for its high volume of IP work and its high-calibre client base, Gabriel Patent & Trademark Office – the La Paz-based IP arm of Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados – is led by Ramiro Moreno. It handles trade mark registrations and renewals and patent applications for over 2,000 active clients, most of which are foreign companies. Senior associate Freddy Paredes is strong in litigation; senior associate Yamila Droguett also has IP experience.

Extraordinary’ IP boutique Bolet & Terrero is ‘very responsible and willing to collaborate with clients’. Group head Juan Ignacio Zapata is particularly strong in anti-counterfeiting; other strengths of the practice include franchising, administrative litigation and enforcement, and – when necessary – judicial litigation. Filing and renewals, administrative litigation and regulatory advice make up most of the practice’s workload. Carolina Amonzabel, who has a degree in trade mark valuations, handles patent compliance as well as trade mark-related work. On the patents side, the team’s work is largely in relation to the pharmaceutical sector.

IP boutique Estudio Jurídico Orpan, which is based in La Paz, is headed by the ‘legendary’ Pilar Soruco; it advises local and international clients on a high volume of matters, most of which are trade mark- and patent-related. General director Wolfgang Ohnes is widely respected in the market; Moira Ascarrunz is an experienced litigation manager.

Based across Santa Cruz and La Paz, Ferrere’s ‘great’ department provides ‘a very good level of service’ and is ‘very efficient on cross-border mandates’. The practice, which is led jointly by the ‘solid, responsiveLindsay Sykes and senior associate Carolina Finfera, is primarily oriented towards trade mark filings, surveillance and anti-counterfeit investigations, although it is increasingly active in data privacy, franchising and licensing agreements. The team has also grown busier in contentious administrative matters recently, where it acts for a range of domestic and international clients. Sykes and Finfera manage Bayer’s trade mark portfolio locally and filed almost 150 applications for it in 2017; the pair also advised Genomma Lab on non-contentious and contentious matters, including opposition and non-use cancellation actions. Other clients include Laboratorios Sophia, Óptica Santa Lucía and Rigo Trading. Associate Ximena Zapata arrived from Bolet & Terrero in 2017.

Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C is especially experienced in trade mark litigation and, as well as handling trade mark filings, renewals and registrations, it is increasingly active in patent work. Marcos Mercado, who co-leads the team with Jorge Inchauste, acted for clients including Empresa Hotelera La Quinta, Consorzio del Formaggio Parmigiano-Reggiano and Ajinomoto in trade mark opposition litigation, as well as assisting Toyo Tire and Rubber with multi-jurisdictional trade mark proceedings. On the patents side, Mercado is handling two of Gilead Sciences’ patent portfolios. New clients of the department include BlackBerry, Tetra Pak and Teleticket; Healing Sports is a more longstanding client.

With well over 50 years’ experience in IP, La Paz-based boutique Landívar & Landívar Attorneys At Law is especially noted for its patents work, although it handles the full range of IP matters, including industrial designs, web domain rights and copyright work. Clients include Huawei, Colgate-Palmolive, Facebook, Pfizer and Dow AgroSciences. The ‘iconic’ Martha Landívar and Isabel Landívar are the names to note.

Following its merger with the IP department of Quintanilla, Soria & Nishizawa Soc. Civ., the team at Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ. now goes by the name of Meliora IP. Perla Koziner heads the practice, which mostly handles trade mark work but has been increasingly active in enforcement and raids: Koziner handled two large infringement actions in Cochabamba for Forever 21, as well as a significant infringement mandate for Tous in Santa Cruz. The team also handles patent filing and prosecution, particularly in the pharmaceutical sector, where Bayer is a client. Other names on the department’s client roster include Industrias Venado, Louis Vuitton and Andean Valley; L’Oréal and Total are new clients. Julio Quintanilla and senior associate Ana Valeria Escobar are frequently active on IP work.

Focusing mostly on trade mark work, C.R. & F. Rojas – Abogados’ practice is led by La Paz-based senior associate Alejandra Bernal, with support from fellow senior associate Paula Bauer and Santa Cruz-based partner Patricio Rojas. As well as assisting DKT Bolivia, Mifarma, Kromasol and ExxonMobil with trade mark registrations, and acting for HFC Prestige International Holding Switzerland on a trade mark transfer, the team represented several clients in contentious matters. The practice acted for Subway IP, for example, in an infringement case, as well as assisting Crayola Properties with bringing cease-and-desist proceedings.

Anti-counterfeiting specialist Mónica Rivero heads the La Paz-based practice at Cervieri Monsuárez & Asociados, which counts trade mark registrations and cancellations as its key pillars. It also acts on trade mark sales and purchases, handles dozens of patent registrations per year and is occasionally active in the copyright space. Clients include Duratex and Laboratorios Vita. Diego Rocabado handles litigation and transactional IP, with support from associate Gardenia Revollo; associate Francisca Cisneros is a trade mark expert; and associates Javier Espejo and Carla Andrade assist Rivero with anti-counterfeiting matters.

With strong experience in contentious and non-contentious matters, La Paz-based IP boutique DAK handles the full range of IP work, including licensing and internet matters as well as trade marks, patents and copyrights. The firm has gained notable traction in the market despite being less than a decade old. Carlos Arze, Pablo Kyllmann and Octavio Alvarez are the key partners, with strong support provided by senior counsel Jorge Díaz.

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