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Estudio Antequera Parilli & Rodríguez is a ‘First class’ boutique and is praised for ‘excellent, speedy and cost-efficient’ service in its core business of IP; it is also increasingly active in related areas such as media and technology. The ‘very business-oriented’ team ‘assesses real commercial risks beyond judicial aspects’ and provides foreign clients with ‘practical help to deal with the difficult situation in Venezuela’. The ‘smart, pragmatic and responsive’Ricardo Alberto Antequera leads the trade marks, advertising, sports and entertainment practice; the ‘knowledgeable and efficient’ Ricardo Enrique Antequera heads the patent and life sciences practice; and Manuel Antonio Rodríguez is the key figure for IP enforcement and anti-counterfeiting work. Recent work includes assisting major brands, including Crocs, Nike, Channel, and Gucci, with a large anti-counterfeiting operation that resulted in the seizure of more than 40,000 fake goods; helping Gente Generación de Tecnología to protect its trade marks and patents in multiple countries; and advising BUHOLA on copyright and privacy issues regarding its online services, again in multiple jurisdictions.

Hoet Pelaez Castillo & Duque’s ‘extremely good’ IP practice ‘stands out for its speed and work quality’. The ‘very professional’ team is known for its management of large-scale trade mark and patent portfolios and for its regular involvement in Venezuela’s key litigation and prosecution cases. Recent work includes assisting Walt Disney with operations against the selling of unlicensed Star Wars merchandise, representing Bayer in a dispute with Especialidades Dollder regarding the latter’s opposition to the registration of the KALI trade mark, helping to protect the Novotel brand against a Caracas-based hotel called Novohotel Express, and representing Alcon Laboratories in appeal proceedings against a decision by the trade mark office to reject a registration of the SILIKON mark. Other clients include BASF, Electrolux, Google, and PepsiCo. María Milagros Nebreda, Patricia Hoet-Limbourg, Franklin Hoet-Linares, and Alicia Molero are praised as ‘smart, knowledgeable and responsive’. Since going to press, Joaquín Nuñez has been promoted to the partnership.

Baker McKenzie SC is known for handling large trade mark portfolios of multinational companies, particularly in the luxury goods, cosmetics, and pharmaceutical sectors. The team has also obtained numerous decisions at both the administrative and judicial levels in favour of its clients. Recent work includes assisting a multinational pharmaceutical company with IP and regulatory issues regarding a product launch. Key clients include L’Oréal, Estée Lauder and McDonald’s, among others. Dianne Phoebus is highly rated for IP and also has regulatory expertise in the pharmaceutical and healthcare sector.

Bolet & Terrero is well known for handling a large volume of non-contentious trade mark and patent work, and is also active in contentious matters. The practice covers a broad range of IP rights, including trade dress, appellations of origin, industrial design, utility models and copyright. Managing partner Manuel Polanco is highly rated.

About half of De Sola, Pate & Brown’s lawyers focus on IP matters, including trade mark, patent, and copyright protection. Much of the team’s work is in the prosecution area, but it has also been involved in the resolution of IP disputes, through litigation and arbitration. Irene De Sola and Richard Brown are the co-chairs of the IP practice.

IP boutique Markven Propiedad Intelectual has acquired a solid position in the market by providing ‘excellent service with good value for money’. Recent work includes operations to stop the selling of counterfeit Longchamp handbags in several locations, including the duty free area of Maiquetia airport, assisting Café Roll with the protection of its marks CINNAROLLS and ROLLSMARTS in several jurisdictions, and advising Destileria Veroes on the protection of the Ron de Venezuela designation of origin. The ‘knowledgeable and responsive’ Barbarita Guzmán focuses on non-contentious matters and out-of-court settlements, while Pedro Jedlicka is noted for his anti-counterfeiting work and litigation experience.

The team at Marquez, Henriquez, Ortin & Valedon manages many trade mark portfolios for clients from a variety of industry sectors, and also has expertise in copyright, entertainment and advertising matters. Rafael Ernesto Ortin Perozo is particularly noted for his expertise regarding copyright protection in the entertainment, marketing, and advertising sectors. Luis Alejandro Henriquez is a respected trade mark expert.

At Bentata Abogados, industrial property practice head Dana Bentata is a well-known expert for trade mark and patent matters in both administrative and judicial fora as well as unfair competition issues. The firm manages trade mark portfolios for local and international companies, and handles non-contentious and contentious matters involving patents, industrial designs, and utility models.

Industrial property boutique ECV & Asociados focuses on registration and prosecution of trade marks and patents for its clients, but also has experience in litigation and enforcement work against counterfeiting and piracy. Founding partner Enrique Cheang Vera is noted for his trade mark expertise.

At Moreau, González & Asociados, the ‘very competent’ Jacqueline Moreau Aymard is praised for providing ‘fast and cost-efficient’ services especially in the trade mark area. She successfully defended the Migurt and Mygurt marks for Pascual Andina against an invalidation request from Indulac. The firm has many international and local clients, including Empresas Polar, El Nacional, and Productos Familia.

The practice at Travieso Evans Arria Rengel & Paz is noted for the registration and prosecution of trade marks for local and international clients, and also has experience in copyright, patent, and technology transfer matters. Clients include Avon Products and Colgate-Palmolive. Practice head Rosa Mejuto is a well-known expert.

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