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Highly regarded full-service firm Berkemeyer Attorneys & Counselors has a leading practice covering areas such as trade mark registration, domain names, patents and designs, copyright, licensing and franchising. Marta Berkemeyer leads the 11-strong team, with the renowned Bárbara Dollstadt heading the litigation department; Irene Angulo the trade mark department; Cristóbal González the patent practice; and Jaqueline Querciola the international department. Managing partner Hugo T Berkemeyer is also highly rated for his expertise. The firm advises a prestigious client roster from sectors including pharmaceuticals, technology, retail, food and entertainment; it has provided ongoing advice to Walt Disney on IP matters for more than 25 years, and also counts Unilever, The Coca-Cola Company, McDonalds, Google, Philip Morris, Bayer and Novartis among its clients.

Zacarias & Fern√°ndez has covered the full range of contentious and non-contentious IP for more than 35 years, and has recently expanded its services across Latin America. Practice head Wilfrido Fern√°ndez is ‚Äėone of the best IP attorneys in Paraguay‚Äô; Montserrat Puente is ‚Äėvery responsive‚Äô and ‚Äėoften provides cost-effective solutions‚Äô; and Ana Garc√≠a Palacios also attracts praise from clients. Recent work highlights include acting for Bridgestone Licensing Services in opposing a trade mark application due to orthographic, phonetic and ideological similarities of the product name. Other noteworthy clients are Compagnie Gervais Danone and Esperan√ßa Real.

Focusing exclusively on IP law, Abente Stewart handles the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious matters including trade marks, patents and copyright. Senior partner Víctor Abente Brun leads the eight-strong team, which includes renowned managing partner Victor Abente Stewart and junior partner Cecilia Abente Stewart. Recent highlights saw the practice handle an infringement and unfair competition action on behalf of Dentsply Sirona against Paraguayan company Dentspy, as well as an administrative action to defend Johnson & Johnson’s trade mark application against Precision Trading. Azucarera Paraguaya, PepsiCo and Akzo Nobel are also clients.

The IP practice of Mersan Abogados is noted for its ‚Äėindisputable solidity‚Äô and ‚Äėpromptness of service‚Äô. Hugo Mers√°n heads the highly rated team, which covers litigation, the maintenance and renewal of trade marks, and patent and copyright matters. The firm is also active in areas of technology law such as data protection and privacy. Lorena Mers√°n and Mar√≠a de los √Āngeles Barrios are both praised for their market knowledge. Recent highlights include representing a multinational company in two patent infringement claims. The team counts Microsoft, Burger King, Sanofi-Aventis, Millicom International Cellular, Samsung Electronics, and Dolce & Gabbana among its clients.

Peroni Sosa Tellechea Burt & Narvaja’s IP department enjoys a solid reputation in the market. The ten-strong team covers trade marks, patents, and the licensing of brand names, products and services; and its track record includes representing Viajes El Corte Inglés, Grupo Crisma and INAP in contentious matters. The highly esteemed Elba Britez de Ortiz heads the IP litigation department, while the patent practice is led by Mariana Peroni. The team works closely with foreign law firms such as Balder (Spain), Berken IP (Argentina), Dannemann Siemsen Advogados (Brazil) and Lloreda Camacho & Co. (Colombia).

Full-service firm Vouga Abogados provides the full range of IP services, including advising on trade mark, copyright and patent matters, and handling litigation. Practice head Siegfried Vouga represented Prosegur Tecnología Paraguay in relation to trade mark registrations and renewals, trade mark licences, opposition proceedings and assignments of IP rights. Rodolfo Vouga led a team defending the Estée Lauder Paraguay trade mark before the national health authorities. Other clients include Banco do Brasil, Eurofarma Laboratórios, Equifax, Bridgestone, Bayer Schering Pharma, and Doctor’s Associates (Subway). The hire of Laura Lezcano, who led on non-contentious trade mark matters at top-tier firm Zacarias & Fernández, marks the next step in the practice’s expansion strategy.

Boutique firm Bareiro Modica & Asociados focuses exclusively on IP matters and covers the full range of contentious and non-contentious matters. The family firm, under the leadership of Carmelo Modica, represents clients from various industries and enjoys a solid national reputation. Denise Modica, Enzo Modica and Fabrizio Modica are all recommended.

Representing a diverse client portfolio including companies in the medical, pharmaceutical and consumer goods sectors, Olmedo Abogados fields a five-strong team under the leadership of Julia Schmidt. It recently advised Bioethic Pharma on the licensing of trade marks, and Captura Consulting on the registration of several trade marks and designs. In another recent highlight, Sebasti√°n Olmedo assisted with the registration of trade marks in the name of Shandong Weifang Rainbow Chemical, one of China‚Äôs largest agrochemical producers and suppliers. Other notable clients include Ibira Guarani, Univercosmos ‚Äď Consultoria e Projectos, Greif International, Locadora Atlantic and Nasser Cubiertas.

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