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Berkemeyer Attorneys & Counselors is undoubtedly the first port of call for both domestic and international clients seeking advice across the entire range of contentious and non-contentious IP matters. Practice head Marta Berkemeyer leads a deep bench that includes key practitioners Hugo T Berkemeyer, head of litigation Bárbara Dollstadt and Irene Angulo, who heads the trade mark practice group; other notable advisors are trade mark litigator Jaqueline Querciola and head of patent group Cristóbal González, who is well-versed in the biotech sector. Unilever, General Electric, Novartis, Google and Bayer all feature on the firm’s stellar client roster.

IP boutique Abente Stewart draws on a wealth of experience to represent domestic and international clients in contentious and non-contentious matters, including trade marks, patents and copyright matters, as well as industrial models and designs. The eight-strong department is led by senior partner Víctor Abente Brun. Other key advisors are Victor Abente Stewart and junior partner Cecilia Abente Stewart.

A good firm’, Mersan Abogados fields a seven-strong IP department that has a strong profile for contentious trade mark, copyright, patent and licensing matters, but also handles a steady flow of registration and portfolio management work for a variety of predominately international clients such as British American Tobacco, Sanofi-Aventis, Dolce & Gabbana, Hyundai and Ebay. Hugo Mersán directs the team which includes head of the trade mark and patent group Lorena Mersan.

Under the leadership of Siegfried Vouga, Vouga Abogados demonstrates strong expertise in contentious and non-contentious copyright, trade mark, patent and utility model matters, although the group also has experience in anti-counterfeiting, piracy and competition proceedings. Among a selection of significant mandates, the ‘professional’ Laura Lezcano (who is praised for her ‘industry knowledge’, ‘accuracy and precision’), continues to represent Subway with trade mark opposition proceedings against various applicants that are seeking to register the name Subway in different classes of WIPO’s Nice Classification; and acting on behalf of Universidad Paraguayo Alemana in a dispute with Universidad Politecnica y Artística del Paraguay regarding the trade mark UPA. Other representative clients include Prosegur Paraguay, Equifax and Bridgestone.

The ‘excellent’ nine-strong group at IP boutique Zacarias & Fernándezis timely and responsive’ and ‘provides good options and alternatives’ for long-term clients such as Wal-Mart, AstraZeneca, Henkel and Yahoo!. One recent contentious highlight involved the representation of Aceitera General Deheza and Niza in a Supreme Court lawsuit regarding the revision of an administrative ruling; head of litigation Rodrigo Fernández led the case. A ‘true expert’, Wilfrido Fernández is lauded for his ‘keen understanding of clients’ business needs’. He directs a department that also includes Ana García Palacios and recently welcomed Jose Marti, previously an in-house counsel at KOICA. Montserrat Puente moved to Ferrere.

Focusing exclusively on IP matters, boutique firm Bareiro Modica & Asociados demonstrates expertise in contentious and non-contentious matters, including trade mark, patent, copyright, utility model and domain name registrations, as well as anti-counterfeiting proceedings. Practice head Carmelo Modica is the main contact, with key support coming from Denise Modica, Enzo Modica and Fabrizio Modica.

Excellent service and response times’ are characteristic of Olmedo Abogados’ six-strong IP department, which leaves clients ‘extremely satisfied with work performed’. Jointly led by Sebastián Olmedo and Julia Schmidt, the team assists clients such as Industrial Aceitera, Alimentos Maravillas, Hinove Paraguay and Shandong Weifang Rainbow Chemical with trade mark registrations and portfolio management. In 2017, Unicentro instructed the team with a review of the signs and displays of its new mall.

The ten-strong IP team at Peroni Sosa Tellechea Burt & Narvaja is well-versed in trade mark, patent, copyright, design and industrial model matters. The litigation department is directed by the eminent Elba Britez de Ortiz, while Mariana Peroni leads the patent group and also specialises in sanitary registrations in the food and pharmaceutical sectors. Another name to note is Juan Fremiort Ortiz, who is regularly instructed on anti-piracy matters.

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