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    • Martha Landívar - Landívar & Landívar Attorneys At Law
    • Ramiro Moreno - Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados
    • Pilar Soruco - Orpan, Estudio Jurídico
    • Juan Ignacio Zapata - Bolet & Terrero

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Widely recognised for the significant volume of work it handles and for its impressive market share, Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados’ IP arm is known as Gabriel Patent & Trademark Office. Led by Ramiro Moreno, the La Paz-based practice group handles trade mark registrations and renewals, and patent applications, for over 2,000 active IP clients, most of which are foreign companies. Senior associate Freddy Paredes is the key contact for IP litigation.

Proactive’ La Paz-based IP boutique Bolet & Terrero is led by the ‘highly qualified, ever available’ Juan Ignacio Zapata, who is particularly strong in anti-counterfeiting work and administrative litigation. The team, which provides a ‘premium service’, files a high volume of trade marks and patents, and has strong experience in copyrights, designs, domain names, utility models and plant varieties. Associates Ana Valeria Escobar (who moved to Quintanilla, Soria & Nishizawa Soc. Civ.) and Cristian Barrios both left the firm, but hve been replaced by senior associates Carolina Amonzabel, who arrived from an in-house position at BISA Bank, and Ximena Zapata, who had previously worked at Moreno Baldivieso Estudio De Abogados.

Celebrating the 55th anniversary of its founding this year, Landívar & Landívar Attorneys At Law handles a wide range of IP matters and is particularly noted for its strength in patents. Isabel Landívar and ‘iconic senior stateswoman’ Martha Landívar are the key contacts. The La Paz-based IP boutique’s clients include BMW, Facebook, Colgate-Palmolive and Pfizer.

Based in La Paz, the specialist IP team at Estudio Jurídico Orpan is led by the ‘highly experienced’ and ‘legendary’ Pilar Soruco. With over six decades of experience in the field, the firm handles the full range of IP matters, and is especially strong in the traditional core trade marks and patents areas. A former national director of the Bolivian Trademarks Office and President of the Bolivian Intellectual property Association (ABPI), Wolfgang Ohnes is widely recommended; litigation manager Moira Ascarrunz is another name to note.

The ‘highly knowledgeablePerla Koziner heads Bufete Aguirre Soc. Civ.’s ‘very responsive, very professional’ department, with strong support from Carolina Aguirre, litigator Milenka Saavedra and the ‘extremely experienced’ Pilar Salazar. Senior associate Alessio Rosso is also noted. Based in La Paz since its founding, 2016 saw the firm open a branch in Santa Cruz which has already won a reputation for its strength in infringement actions. Koziner represented BVLGARI and Louis Vitton at the Supreme Court in a cancellation case against the trade marks office. Other clients include DUNA and Nintendo. Since the conclusion of research the firm has merged its IP department with that of Quintanilla, Soria & Nishizawa to create new entity Meliora IP.

C.R. & F. Rojas – Abogados’ practice is led by La Paz-based senior associate Alejandra Bernal, with support from fellow senior associate Paula Bauer and the Santa Cruz-based Patricio Rojas. Trade marks are the team’s key strengths and recent work saw Bauer and Bernal advise Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria on a trade mark opposition case against Banco PyME Ecofuturo, and assist Sanrio with 85 trade mark registrations. Other clients include The Gillette Company, Alpargatas and Subway IP.

Handling the full range of IP matters, from trade marks, copyrights and patents to licensing and internet matters, DAK is a young but well-regarded IP boutique based in La Paz. It has extensive experience in both contentious and non-contentious matters. Carlos Arze, Pablo Kyllmann and Octavio Alvarez are the key partners; senior counsel Jorge Díaz is also a key figure.

Senior associate Carolina Finfera and the ‘solidLindsay Sykes are the key contacts at Ferrere, whose ‘highly responsive’ IP practice leaves clients ‘very satisfied’. The team provides a full service, from handling trade mark and copyright registrations to dispensing ‘complete and detailed information on patent prosecution’. The team is increasingly strong in anti-counterfeit work and data privacy matters. Longstanding clients include Bayer, Genomma Lab, TGI Fridays and Elizabeth Arden; Mead Johnson Nutrition and BoConcept are more recent clients.

Guevara & Gutiérrez S.C’s La Paz-based practice is led by Marcos Mercado and Jorge Inchauste. The practice handles a full range of matters including filings, renewals, registrations and patent matters, but its key strength is trade mark litigation. Mercado acted for Granja Avicola Integral Sofía in 15 successful disputes against a key Bolivian competitor during 2016. Other litigation clients include Ajinomoto and Hotel La Quinta. The team also assumed management of a portfolio of over 30 patents on behalf of Colombian firm Lloreda Camacho & Co.

Trade mark registration and litigation are the key pillars of Cervieri Monsuárez & Asociados’ department, which is led by Mónica Rivero and Diego Rocabado. Recent mandates saw Rivero act for Vans and Adidas on a joint trade mark infringement action, and represent Nike in an administrative anti-counterfeiting claim. Other clients include Polo and Lacoste. The team also has experience in patent registration and copyright cases. Senior associate Vinka Tovar joined in July 2016, having previously worked in-house at various state-owned companies.

Carla Pozo is the key partner at Rigoberto Paredes & Asociados, and can draw on strong support from Rigoberto Paredes and Susan Andrade Solis. The team, which is based in La Paz, has contentious and non-contentious capabilities, and evidences experience in trade marks, patents, copyrights, vegetable breeds and internet-related IP.

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