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    • Fabrizio Modica - Bareiro Modica & Asociados
    • Cecilia Abente Stewart - Abente Stewart

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With over six decades' experience in the market, BKM | Berkemeyer is among Paraguay's elite for intellectual property legal services. Marta Berkemeyer heads the sizeable department that has the ability to  concurrently undertake a high volume of contentious and non-contentious matters. International heavyweights Unilever, The Coca-Cola Company, Novartis, Amazon, Bayer and Google seek the team's advice on the full-array of IP matters, including registration of trade marks, domain names, patents and copyright procurement, licensing, franchising and regulatory issues. The IP practice group is also active in litigation, transactional work and anti-counterfeiting matters, as evidenced by its recent instruction by PUIG France on the verification procedure of a container with 20,000 units of counterfeit perfumes. Head of litigation Bárbara Dollstadt and Hugo Berkemeyer are other key practitioners.

Leading boutique Abente Stewart represents a substantial roster of domestic and international clients, particularly on administrative and judicial matters linked to IP. Typical instructions include advice on the application, registration and renewal of patents, trade marks, industrial models and designs, as well as traditional copyright matters. The team, lead by senior partner Victor Abente Brun , is also active in anti-piracy and litigation. Managing partner Victor Abente and Cecilia Abente Stewart are also key practitioners. Attorney Claudia Bagnoli departed to Vouga Abogados in December 2018.

The five-strong practice at MERSAN Abogados handles a steady flow of sector-related matters, covering every area of the IP market. The team demonstrates particular strength handling contentious work, including infringements, cancellation actions, oppositions, anti-counterfeiting and piracy matters. The team is also regularly appointed by a number of international clients from the fashion, technology, life sciences and automobile sectors, regarding the prosecution of trade marks, patents, copyrights and industrial models. With key support coming from the recommended Lorena Mersán, practice head Hugo Mersán is currently working with several sports associations in relation to the management of their trade mark portfolios at both national and international levels. Representative clients include Microsoft, Sanofi-Aventis, Hyundai and Prada. Luis Yegros  left the practice in June 2018.

The 'agile' IP department at Vouga Abogados is praised for its 'rapid response and ability to solve problems at all judicial levels'. In addition to offering advice on traditional, non-contentious IP matters (trade marks, utility models, patents and copyrights), the practice is well versed in complex litigation cases, anti-counterfeiting, unfair competition, licensing, franchising agreements and the transfer of IP rights. Siegfried Vouga leads the team, with key support coming from the 'very reactive and professional' Laura Lezcano who stands out for 'her in-depth knowledge and technical expertise of patent law'. The five-strong practice is 'constantly supported by an interdisciplinary team of lawyers which enables them to provide very detailed, innovative and out-of-the-box advice'. In ongoing work the team assists key clients MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company Paraguay and Prosegur various IP matters, such as trade mark registrations and renewals; Estée Lauder, Alpha-Pharma Healthcare and Subway are also on the client roster.

Zacarias & Fernández is a well-regarded IP boutique that has a stable of highly experienced lawyers. Managing partner Wilfrido Fernández  heads the practice that boasts a strong international client base which features names such as Yahoo, Astrazeneca and Japan International Tobacco. The commended Ana Palacios recently led several litigious matters, including the advice offered to GoPro in seeking annulment of a similar trademark. The team also represented Bayer in the reversal of an administrative ruling that rejected its opposition against Agrotec's trademark application. The practice has witnessed some recent changes: Diego Yegros joined the firm as head of the corporate and judicial practices in February 2019, while Gonzalo Diaz moved to ICON as a site contract specialist.

Specialist boutique firm Bareiro Modica & Asociados handles the full array of contentious and non-contentious work exclusively related to intellectual property. International and local clients regularly seek the team's advice on the registration of trade marks, patents, utility models and copyright, along with the preparation of franchise contracts and international transfer of IP rights; the team is also involved in judicial matters related to unfair competition and anti-counterfeiting. Practice head Carmelo Modica is the key contact. Denise Modica, Enzo Modica and strongly-endorsed Fabrizio Modica constitute the core team.

Under the joint leadership of Néstor Loizaga, Montserrat Puente and Miguel Saguier, the IP practice at regional powerhouse FERRERE is particularly active in contentious sector-related work, namely trade mark oppositions and nullity actions. The seven-strong team represented Arysta Lifescience Paraguay in the reversal of a trade mark opposition that had halted the registration process for almost seven years. The team is also assisting the same client in relation to several PTO applications. Other clients include DirecTV, Rigo Trading and Unicomer.

Olmedo Abogados' IP practice is noted for providing 'efficient, cost-effective and accurate services'. The four-partner team acts for a client portfolio that includes Hero Motorcorp, Compañía Cervecera Asunción and Unicentro. The practice is jointly-led by Sebastian Olmedo and senior associate Julia Schmidt, who is praised for her 'excellent knowledge of the professional field'. The team is active on nullity actions and infringements, as well as renewals and the transfer of IP rights. Headline work saw both co-heads lead advice to Entertainment One UK and Astley Baker Davies in connection with the registration of trade marks and copyrights, piracy matters and criminal infringements in Paraguay.

Peroni Sosa Tellechea Burt & Narvaja's IP department is commended for 'combining experience with assertiveness' and 'always showing interest in getting closely involved in the affairs of the clients from the approach of the query to its closure'. The practice covers advice on the prosecution of trade marks, patents, utility models and designs, licensing, copyright and software registration. Its mix of domestic and international clients includes Cerveceria Paraguaya, Philip Morris and Parex Klaukol. 'Remarkably experienced and always available', senior partner Elba Britez de Ortiz leads the IP litigation group that recently assisted AB-InBev on a nullity trial which resulted in the cancellation of a highly disputed brand. Other noteworthy advisors include patent group head Mariana Peroni de Zubiri, and the 'very intelligent and reliable IP lawyer' Juan Ortiz Britez.

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