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Leading individuals

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    • Juli√°n Benda√Īa-Arag√≥n - Guy Jos√© Benda√Īa-Guerrero & Asociados
    • Guy Benda√Īa-Guerrero - Guy Jos√© Benda√Īa-Guerrero & Asociados
    • Ricardo Benda√Īa-Guerrero - Benda√Īa & Benda√Īa

Next Generation Partners

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Rising stars

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Long-established IP boutique¬†Guy Jos√© Benda√Īa-Guerrero & Asociados¬†has a stellar client base of international companies such as Unilever, Pfizer, Avon and Abbott Laboratories, some of which have been clients for more than 30 years.¬†In a recent work highlight,¬†Juli√°n Benda√Īa-Arag√≥n¬†and senior associate¬†Ana Jeanssy Fornos¬†successfully handled a cancellation action on the grounds of non-use for Novartis. The eminent¬†Guy Benda√Īa-Guerrero¬†also successfully opposed a commercial name application for Official Pillowtex; this case was especially complex as it involved the applicant filing an extraordinary appeal before the Supreme Court of Justice.

Alvarado y Asociados offers the full range of IP services, such as advising on health registrations, the management and defence of trade mark portfolios, and filing of oppositions against trade mark applications. Junior partner Zayda Cubas and her team of five, which includes associate to watch Francisco José Alvarado, assist companies such as Grupo Bimbo, Coors Brewing Company, Gap and Hydrologica, and also gained a new client, the AIDS Health Care Foundation. Managing partner Gloria María de Alvarado is also a key figure in the team.

Associate María de los Angeles Marín heads the intellectual property and life sciences department at Arias' Managua office. Apart from day-to-day intellectual property rights matters and health registrations for products, the practice also assists clients with trade mark oppositions and trade mark portfolio management in cases involving mergers. In a recent work highlight, Marín and Ana Teresa Rizo acted for Rolex in filing an opposition against a trade mark application by Ralph Lauren. The practice has been able to secure a number of new clients recently, among them Schaeffler Technologies, NILIT and Philhobar Design Canada.

Benda√Īa & Benda√Īa¬†advises an impressive list of high-profile international clients on the management of extensive trade mark and patent portfolios, including applications and renewals; the prosecution of trade mark applications; and a range of other matters relating to trade marks, patents, copyright and health registrations. The team, which is led by key figures¬†Maria Jos√© Bendana-Guerrero¬†and Ricardo Benda√Īa-Guerrero, recently acted for Costco in trade mark infringement litigation.

Longstanding IP boutique Estudio Caldera, S.A. represents clients from an extensive range of sectors, including food and beverages, pharmaceuticals and life sciences, as well as telecoms and technology. Norman Caldera Cardenal and Martha Lorena Zelaya lead the practice, which deals 'with client requirements in a timely manner' and is especially adept at filing trade mark oppositions for high-profile international corporations. Other areas of expertise include trade mark, patent and industrial design applications, and IP-related litigation. Alvaro Caldera and Karla Mejia are also key contacts.

The IP team at BLP has experience in administrative procedures as well as civil and criminal litigation involving intellectual property. Department head Orlando Cardoza assisted PriceSmart with the registration and renewal of a number of sanitary permits and advised Cacao Oro on preventing infringing content on a competitor's website.

At¬†CENTRAL LAW Nicaragua,¬†IP department director¬†Sayra Fornos¬†and partner √Ālvaro Molina¬†assist clients with the protection of their intellectual property rights. The two-strong team handles litigation related to intellectual property, including infringement cases; the registration of trade marks; and the management of copyright, patent, brand and domain name portfolios.

The IP department at¬†Dentons Mu√Īoz¬†received a significant boost with the November 2018 arrival of Mayra Navarrete¬†from¬†Garc√≠a & Bod√°n as director of the IP and technology practice. The firm advises international brands Nike and Totto on anti-counterfeiting matters, and manages trade mark portfolios for clients such as Rimac Automobili and Evertec Group. The team also advises on licensing, trade mark and domain name filings, copyright issues and comparative advertising, among other matters.

Garc√≠a & Bod√°n's IP department, which is headed by senior associate¬†L√≠a Incer Flores,¬†acts for clients including PepsiCo, Grupo Televisa and Novo Nordisk. The bread and butter of the team's work consists of managing health registrations and advising clients on the protection of intellectual property rights and proceedings against infringers: in an example of the latter, the firm is currently acting for Mexican food chain LacaLaca's regional branch. Former practice head Mayra Navarrete¬†is now in charge of the IP department at¬†Dentons Mu√Īoz.

Darliss Gordon leads Consortium Legal's IP team, which is recognised for its advice on the protection of geographical indications and designations of origin. The department assists regional and international clients with day-to-day matters such as precautionary measures against infringement and the management of extensive trade mark portfolios.

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