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  1. Intellectual property
  2. Leading lawyers
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Leading lawyers

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    • Ricardo Alberto Antequera - Antequera Parilli & Rodríguez
    • Dana Bentata - Bentata Abogados
    • Irene De Sola - De Sola, Pate & Brown
    • Barbarita Guzmán - Antequera Parilli & Rodríguez
    • Jacqueline Moreau Aymard - Moreau, González & Asociados
    • María Milagros Nebreda - Hoet Pelaez Castillo & Duque
    • Rafael Ernesto Ortin Perozo - Marquez, Henriquez, Ortin & Valedon
    • Dianne Phoebus - Baker & McKenzie, S.C.
    • Manuel Polanco - Bolet & Terrero

Next generation lawyers

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Proactive’ boutique Antequera Parilli & Rodríguez handles the full range of IP-related matters and has special expertise in advertising and media law. Despite adverse economic conditions, IP remains an active market sector and the firm expanded last year via merger with Markven Propiedad Intelectual, thereby expanding capacity and bringing the experienced Barbarita Guzmán into the firm. Managing partner Ricardo Alberto Antequera is a ‘good negotiator’; together with Ricardo Enrique Antequera, he handled enforced actions for Adidas and Chanel. Manuel Antonio Rodríguez is another name to note, while Guzmán, now a partner at the firm, handled trade mark issues for cosmetics company Flormar and Russian confectionary producer Krasnyj Octyabr.

Bolet & Terrero handles matters ranging from trade marks and licensing to patent filings and technology transfer, in a ‘very knowledgeable way’; and works for both national and international companies such as Spirits International, Nipro, and Hermès. Further to its legal expertise, the firm is praised for its innovative approach as a digital filing pioneer. In a landmark case, newly made-up equity partner Maria Elena Terrero successfully filed an action against the Venezuela Patent and Trademark Office requiring it to decide pending cases in a faster manner. Manuel Polanco is also noted.

Now a boutique IP law firm, Hoet Pelaez Castillo & Duque has consolidated itself as a key player in the market. The firm covers a broad range of intellectual property matters such as trademark prosecution and litigation, licensing, and technological transfer, as well as unfair competition and regulatory advice. Key clients include Google, NBC Universal, and Rolls-Royce. The team filed an opposition on behalf of PepsiCo regarding its trade mark TOSTITOS, following Bakery Iberian Investments’ registration of the mark TOSTACHOS for similar goods. Trade mark expert María Milagros Nebreda is supported by several skilled lawyers: notably Patricia Hoet-Limbourg, Joaquín Núñez, and Matías Pérez-Irazábal.

Baker & McKenzie, S.C. has a ‘dedicated’ and ‘specialised’ intellectual property practice which covers the full spectrum of IP-related matters, from trade mark portfolio-management and patent registration to IP enforcement and negotiation work in the case of conflict. The team is assisting non-profit organisation Jacinto Convit Foundation with the patenting of a vaccine against breast cancer. The team also handles licences and technology transfer agreements. ‘Committed’ department head Dianne Phoebus also specialises in health law. The firm’s client portfolio includes several high-end brands.

De Sola, Pate & Brown has a core focus on intellectual property, with half of its lawyers working in this practice area; the team covers licensing, trade mark and copyright protection, franchising, and associated litigation. In addition, the practice has a niche specialisation in advising clients from the fine arts and entertainment fields. A very experienced IP lawyer, practice co-head Irene De Sola is also well versed in administrative law. Trademark expert Richard Brown and junior partner José Gutierrez are other names to note.

ECV & Asociados’ 20-strong practice comprises lawyers that act on the full gamut of intellectual property-related matters. The team assists companies from the retail, food, and pharmaceutical fields, among others, with recent work including Enrique Cheang Vera’s trade mark advisory to clients Virba and Corporación Habanos. Vera is recognised for his ‘accurate advice’ and, having extensive criminal law knowledge, he is also particularly active regarding anti-counterfeit matters. Marianella Montica is also noted.

Marquez, Henriquez, Ortin & Valedon has a core focus on intellectual property, handling filings oppositions and infringement litigation regarding patents, copyright, and trade marks. In addition to the well regarded Rafael Ernesto Ortin Perozo, Leopoldo Márquez Lefeld and Luis Alejandro Henriquez are the key practitioners. Annette Angulo Celis is an associate to watch. The team’s client portfolio includes local and international companies from the pharmaceutical, food, and media sectors.

Bentata Abogados has a comprehensive practice covering protection against unfair competition and third-party infringement; procedures ranging from opposition and cancellation to nullity; and copyright. Department head Dana Bentata is experienced in dealing with the administrative aspect of patents and trade marks.

D'Empaire’s IP team primarily handles litigation regarding patents, copyright, and trade marks, as well as advising pharmaceutical companies, such as R&D Laboratories, on intellectual property matters. Recent matters saw Pedro Perera represent Radio Caracas Television (RCTV) in several copyright infringement claims. Department head José V Gonzalez is widely recognised for his legal experience in the IP field.

Moreau, González & Asociados’ practice covers patents, trade marks and copyright. Specialist Jacqueline Moreau Aymard is currently the national delegate for Venezuela to the Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI) and handles renewals, licensing and ownership-transferrals for clients in the food, beverage, pharmaceutical, mass-consumption goods, banking and media sectors.

Tinoco, Travieso, Planchart & Núñez handles trade mark registrations and property violations, as well as conducting analysis in order to avoid infringements and prevent abuse. Recent work highlights include carrying out an audit of the trademark portfolio of logistics provider Taurel and reviewing assignment agreements for Chocolates El Rey. Team head Nelly Herrera Bond is the key contact.

The affiliated IP office of Travieso Evans Arria Rengel & Paz operates under the name of TEHAR and has considerable experience in the registration, management and renewal of trade marks, copyrights and patents. The team also handles the preparation and filing of trade mark licence agreements before the relevant authorities. Rosa María Mejuto and senior associate Polo Casanova are noted.

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