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Acting for some of the world’s largest multinationals, international organisations and significant local companies and institutions, Carey is experienced in advising on the prosecution and litigation of trade marks, patents and industrial designs, as well as geographical indications, designations of origin, plant varieties and domain names. The firm fields both lawyers and patent specialists, and its scope of practice also includes copyright, anti-counterfeiting, licensing, franchising and distributorship, consumer protection and product liability; other areas of strength are labelling and advertisement, data protection, trade secrets, intangible assets’ valuation and IP management. Recent highlights saw the team advise La Perla Global Management (UK) on the filing of a nullity action against a third party’s unlawful registration of the worldwide famous trade mark LA PERLA; it also acted for The North Face Apparel Corporation, Wrangler Apparel Corporation, Sporloisirs and Adidas in initiating and co-ordinating a successful raid in Santiago, which involved a seizure of counterfeited products bearing the trade marks of The North Face, Wrangler, Lacoste and Adidas. Also of note, the team advised Wenco on the registration of the industrial design and copyright of an innovative product. Other active clients include Boehringer Ingelheim, Nestlé, Pfizer, PepsiCo, Bristol Mayers Squibb and Oracle. Guillermo Carey, Francisco Carey and recently promoted partner Ignacio Gillmore, and counsels Fernando García and Paulina Silva are recommended.

Sargent & Krahnprovides excellent service, has in-depth knowledge of IP, and delivers a fast turn-around of work with good results’. The practice has vast experience in consumer protection, litigation, comparative advertising and plant varieties; it is also recommended for its knowledge of designations of origin and geographical indications and domain names, and is highly rated for novel issues such as database protection, libel and privacy rights on the internet. The team successfully represented Cencosud Retail before the Self Regulating Advertising Committee, in a landmark claim against SMU for the unauthorised use of an image. It also successfully acted for Unilever in a patent application appeal before the Industrial Property Court. The client list also includes Johnson & Johnson, Google, Samsung, Facebook and BMW. Alfredo Montaner, Juan Pablo Egaña and Rodrigo Lavados are recommended; and María Luisa Valdés exited the firm for a position at the Universidad Católica de Chile.

Alessandri & Compañía Abogados has a highly-regarded IP practice; the firm’s scope of experience includes filing and defending trade marks, copyright infringement and regulatory matters. The team frequently advises on technology, software and domain name matters, as well as handling franchising issues. It recently advised a famous Chilean actress and singer-songwriter on copyright issues; acted for Tessenderlo Kerley in trade mark litigation; and represented Severin Elektrogeräte in a trade mark enforcement and brand protection matter. The practice also acted for Oculus Machina in a patent application. Other notable clients include Lenovo, Sanofi, Twitter and Hermes. Recently nominated IP managing partner Rodrigo Velasco A, Rodrigo Velasco S and Loreto Bresky are highly rated, as is patent department director Jaime Silva.

Claro & Cia. has a full-service IP practice, which covers patent and trade mark registration, prosecution and litigation, as well as the IP aspects of large, complex M&A transactions; and it has developed a particularly strong practice in the food and beverages, technology, pharmaceutical and agricultural sectors, as well as in mining, cosmetics, tobacco and footwear. Active clients of the firms include The Coca-Cola Company, General Electric Company and HanesBrands. Felipe Claro leads the IP practice group and the ‘excellent’ counsel Paulina Bardón heads the trade mark group. The recommended associates are Claus Krebs, Mahish Sadarangani and Trinidad Rojas.

Johansson & Langlois has a strong name in the market for its advice on trade marks, patents, utility models and industrial designs. The firm also fields advisers who are experienced in copyright, domain names, geographical indications and appellation of origin issues. On the contentious side, it regularly assists its clients with the prosecution and registration of patents. Flavio Belair and Andrés Echeverría are recommended, while Max Montero is a contentious trade mark expert and Christopher Doxrud is a trade mark and domain name specialist.

Silva has a strong litigation department, which handles IP-related civil, criminal and administrative actions. The team also assists with patent, trade mark and copyright law, as well as technology transfer issues. Recent work saw the team defend local Chilean company Drag Pharma against international pharmaceutical company Vericore’s civil action for alleged patent infringement. The client list also includes DirecTV, HBO, Starbucks, Youtube and Facebook. Trade mark expert Juan Pablo Silva, Francisco Silva, copyright and patent specialist Rodrigo León and Gonzalo Sánchez are the key contacts; and recently promoted partner Andrés Grunewaldt leads the litigation and enforcement department.

Estudio Villaseca has a highly-rated IP practice that advises on trade marks, patents and copyright. The team is also recommended for its experience in domain names and the enforcement of IP rights. Managing partner Bernardo Serrano is a domestic trade mark specialist; Max Villaseca is well known for domain names and trade marks; Eduardo Molina V leads the inventions patents group; and Felipe Pavez is litigation leader.

Albagli Zaliasnik’s practice manages over 13,000 active trade marks and has approximately 840 ongoing patent-related cases, such as applications, oppositions and cancellation actions. The firm’s current IP portfolio has longstanding clients such as international retailer Wal-Mart, toy manufacturer Hasbro, Monster Energy Company and Netflix; it also represents several large Chilean pharmaceutical companies in their trade mark and patent litigation matters. IP litigation head Ariela Agosin, managing partner Rodrigo Albagli and Gabriel Zaliasnik, who is ‘a quick thinker and a very articulate lawyer who is well known for his oral arguments’, are recommended. Eugenio Gormáz was recently promoted to practice director.

García Magliona y Cía Abogadosprovides excellent service and its responsiveness is coupled with knowledge of the Chile market and deep experience of IP protection issues’. The firm has a practice that is recommended for its assistance with copyrights, trade marks, patents and utility models; and the team also includes practitioners who are expert in industrial designs and domain names. Recent mandates include advising Google on IP matters, including copyright law. Name partner Claudio Maglionahas great experience of IP issues’. Nicolás Yuraszeck was recently promoted to partner.

Porzio Ríos García is widely recognised for its expertise in acquiring IP rights, trade mark registrations, patents and internet domain names. Other areas of strength include plant breeders’ rights; copyright; protecting and enforcing IP rights; and the drafting of intellectual and industrial property-related contracts. Marino Porzio and Cristóbal Porzio are recommended.

Baker McKenzie Chile’s practice has strong ties to several industry sectors but the practice is also increasingly active advising pharmaceutical companies. Recent highlights saw the team act for Andromaco Research in the assignment and protection of IP assets, including trade marks and patents. Valentina Venturelli is highly rated for patent law, but Juan Francisco Reyes exited the firm to set up his own practice.

Beuchat, Barros & Pfenniger is well known for its expertise in trade marks, patents and copyright issues. The team is also recommended for its experience in industrial designs and plant variety registrations. Co-managing partners Andrés Melossi Jiménez and Santiago Ortúzar Decombe, along with Rodrigo Puchi Zurita and Luis Felipe Vinagre Larraín, are recommended.

Dellafiori Abogados’ ‘service is always characterised by efficiency and positive results, while the firm’s fast responses to queries and industry knowledge make it a preferred partner in Chile’. The firm has a broad range of services, which covers trade marks, patents, industrial designs and utility models; it is also noted for its experience in copyright, industrial secrets and domain names. Enrique Dellafiori has ‘great business knowledge and excellent experience of IP matters’.

Guerrero Olivos’ team is particularly focused on patent and trade mark filing and prosecutions. The practice acted for Shan Foods in the filing and prosecution of a cancellation action against the registration of the trade mark SHAN in Chile; it also advised Gazprom on the registration of its trade marks in Chile. Other highlights saw the team act for Azul Azul in the filing of infringement lawsuits, predominantly involving counterfeit sport accessories. The client list also includes Radio Mitre, Columbia Power Technologies, Solvay and Thyssenkrupp. Jorge Garay and Felipe Garay are the key contacts.

Larrain y Asociados’ ‘level of service is top notch; the lawyers are very responsive, always keep clients well informed, and provide invaluable strategic advice for competitive fees’. The practice fields advisers who are experienced in industrial property and copyright matters; and its representative experience includes music, publishing and film industry-sector agreements, including license contracts; plant varieties in Chile; and litigation before the Chilean Trademark Office, the Industrial Property Court and the Supreme Court, as well as domain name disputes. The team advises Watt’s, a Chile-based food processing company, on an ongoing basis, including the filing of trade marks, IP defence against third parties, and co-ordinating international filings. Universal Music is also a client. IP department head Pablo Ruiz-Tagle is ‘an excellent lawyer’.

Puga IP is recommended for its experience in trade mark, patent and copyright matters, as well as its advice on geographical indications and appellations of origin; the practice is also well regarded for enforcement matters. Juan Enrique Puga is well known for his advice to companies and individuals on the protection of intangible assets.

Puga Ortiz Abogados’ practitioners are well known for their advice on invention patents, utility models, industrial drawings and designs, and trade marks. The team is also recommended for copyrights, domain names, geographic indications and designations of origin, and IP infringements, contracts and licenses. Cristian Mir is an NIC Chile arbitrator for internet domain name registration disputes.

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