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Giselle Reuben

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Intellectual Property and Regulatory Law


Partner - Co-Director of Intellectual Property and Regulatory Law Practices


In 2006 Giselle separated from her position as head of the Intellectual Property Department at the law firm Feinzaig, Scharf & van der Putten, to join BLP as head of the Intellectual Property department, where she became partner in 2014.


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Giselle is founding member and former member of the Board of Directors of the Costa Rican Intellectual Property Professionals Association (APPICR) in 2007, and has been member of the Board of Directors of the National Biodiversity Institute (INBIO), member of the Intellectual Property Committee of the Bar Association and served as Director of the Intellectual Property Sub-Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM). In addition, Giselle is a member of the Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI) and of the International Trademark Association (INTA) since 2005.


Giselle graduated from Universidad de La Salle with honors in 2003.

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Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

BLP's dispute resolution team, led by Mauricio Salas, is sought out by high-profile international clients for the most delicate and complex cases. In a recent example, department head and key associate Thelma Petrucci defended Dow Chemical in mass tort litigation related to a banana pesticide later associated with sterility and cancer in agricultural workers, which was eventually dismissed after several years of discussions. Giselle Reuben and Pedro Castro represented Sony in the prosecution of a piracy ring involved in illegal tampering of hardware and software reproduction. Pandora Americas, China Iron and Steel Association, and Jiangsu Shagang International Trade are also on the firm's client list.

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Intellectual property

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Giselle Reuben - BLP

Within: Intellectual property

Under the leadership of Giselle Reuben, BLP's IP department regularly acts for international clients such as the Inter-American Development Bank, Scotiabank, Amazon and Unilever. In a recent work highlight, department head and up-and-coming associate León Weinstok advised Pandora Jewellery on a raid against counterfeit products infringing the client's rights. Uri Weinstok was entrusted with handling more than 50 trade mark applications throughout Central America for H&M, and the team also assisted Uber Technologies with the notification process for a data breach and co-ordination with the Data Protection Agency in order to avoid any sanctions.

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