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Carey is highly rated for its prosecution and litigation experience involving trade marks and industrial designs, geographical indications, designations of origin, plant varieties, and domain names; and the firm has handled some of Chile’s most significant patent infringement cases of recent years. Other areas of strength include pharmaceutical regulatory matters, copyright, anti-counterfeiting, licensing, labelling and advertisements, and IP management. Key work includes advising Universidad Católica, one of the most prestigious universities in Chile, on protecting its patent portfolio in Chile; and assisting Wenco, through a subsidiary, with the defence of a civil action filed by Austral Plastic, claiming infringement of a design patent. The practice also successfully defended G2 Fiscalía Privada, a major local private investigation company, against a trade mark opposition matter. Other active clients include Adidas, Nestlé, Pfizer, PepsiCo and Bristol Mayers Squibb. Guillermo Carey is ‘an excellent attorney’; and Francisco Carey, and counsels Fernando García and Paulina Silva are also names to note.

Sargent & Krahn’s IP filing and litigation practice covers trade marks, patents, copyright, plant varieties and domain names; the practice is also well known in related areas such as unfair competition, consumer protection and comparative advertising, while areas of recent growth for the team include database protection, libel and internet privacy rights. The team advised Cervcería Austral in successfully filing a trade mark opposition (subsequently confirmed by the Supreme Court); and also defended Daiichi Sankyo Company in a pharmaceutical composition matter before the Supreme Court, again successfully. The firm’s other active clients include Johnson & Johnson, Google, Samsung, Sanofi-Aventis and Philip Morris. Alfredo Montaner, Juan Pablo Egaña and Rodrigo Lavados are all highly regarded.

Claro & Cia.’s widely respected IP group regularly assists with patent and trade mark registration matters. The team also fields advisers experienced in IP-related litigation, while on the non-contentious side it assists with the IP aspects of high-profile M&A deals. Notable sector strength includes technology, pharmaceutical, mining, cosmetics and agriculture, along with the tobacco, food and beverage industries. The ‘highly professionalFelipe Claro heads up the IP practice group and has extensive experience in advising national and multinational clients; counsel Paulina Bardón is trade mark head; Claus Krebs, Trinidad Rojas and Mahish Sadarangani are all key associates. Practice clients include The Coca-Cola Company, British American Tobacco, HanesBrands and HBO Ole Partners.

Highly regarded in the market, Johansson & Langlois has a longstanding name in the market for its IP expertise. The practice’s scope of work includes trade marks, copyright and patents as well as industrial designs, utility models, domain names, geographical indications and appellation of origin issues. The firm also has a robust IP disputes practice – particularly regarding the prosecution of patents. Felipe Langlois and Andrés Echeverría are key practitioners; and other notable advisers include Max Montero and Christopher Doxrud.

Silva’s client base includes both national and international companies; and the practice fields experts in trade marks, patents and copyright. It is also highly rated for enforcement and litigation matters, as well as transactional IP. The team regularly acts for Chilean universities in invention assignment agreements and domestic patent filings; and it recently led patent prosecution work for a large international advocacy organisation that is focused on ocean conservation. Juan Pablo Silva leads the team; and Francisco Silva, Rodrigo León, Andrés Grunewaldt and Ricardo Montero are all also key advisers. Gonzalo Sánchez left the firm to focus on personal projects.

Estudio Villaseca is well regarded for its experience in trade marks and distinctive signs, patents and copyright matters as well as domain names, geographic indications and appellations of origin, and image rights. IP rights’ enforcement is another key area. Managing partner Bernardo Serrano has extensive experience in industrial and intellectual property; Max Villaseca leads the trade mark department; Eduardo Molina V specialises in invention patents, utility models, industrial designs and other forms of technology protection; and Felipe Pavez leads on enforcement and litigation matters.

Albagli Zaliasnik has extensive expertise in anti-counterfeiting and IP litigation, copyright and domain names, as well as patent and trade mark matters in key sectors such as food and beverages, pharmaceuticals, mining and entertainment. Senior associate Eugenio Gormáz heads the IP practice, Gabriel Zaliasnik is litigation group director and María José Canales is a notable associate.

Alessandri & Compañía Abogados assists both national and foreign clients with the protection and enforcement of their IP assets, including the filing and defending of trade marks, copyright infringements and domain names, as well as technology-related issues and franchising. The key names are: copyright expert Rodrigo Velasco A; Rodrigo Velasco S, who advises on trade marks, domain names, licences and infringements, and Loreto Bresky, who is noted for trade marks, advertising law and license agreements. On the patent side, director Jaime Silva is the name to note.

García Magliona y Cía Abogados is particularly noted for technology-related IP matters; other key features of the practice are patent and trade mark litigation, software licensing, IP transactional matters, and copyright clearance for advertising companies. The team assisted Falabella Group with negotiating and drafting software licensing agreements; and advises Google on an ongoing basis regarding public policy issues and government relations, including copyright law. Claudio Magliona, Nicolás Yuraszeck and Giovanni Donati are the key names. Other clients include Autodesk and Pfizer.

Porzio Ríos García is experienced in advising on the defence, protection and enforcement of IP rights, trade mark registrations, patents, copyright and internet domain names. Additional areas include plant breeders’ rights and the drafting of intellectual and industrial property-related contracts; the team’s practitioners are also experienced in related areas such as e-commerce, anti-counterfeiting, data privacy, and distribution and franchising. Marino Porzio and Cristóbal Porzio are highly regarded.

Baker McKenzie Chile is well known for its expertise in brand protection and enforcement issues, the IP aspects of life sciences and healthcare matters; and the practice group’s members have sector expertise in the retail, pharmaceuticals, luxury goods, fashion, and foods and beverage industries. Valentina Venturelli is highly rated for patent and regulatory advice, particularly in the pharmaceutical industry; and senior foreign associate Grelis Marcano Quintero is a trade mark expert who is highly regarded for brand management and enforcement issues.

The scope of practice at Beuchat, Barros & Pfenniger includes trade marks, patents, utility models and industrial designs, copyright, plant varieties and health product registrations, licensing and distribution contracts, internet-related IP issues and anti-counterfeiting actions. The names to note are Andrés Melossi Jiménez, Rodrigo Puchi Zurita and Luis Felipe Vinagre Larraín.

CMS Carey & Allende recently hired Matías Somarriva from Sargent & Krahn. 2017 saw the team busy advising on trade mark cancellation actions and trade mark misuse; and acting for a client roster that includes Tesla Ingeniería y Proyectos, Cencosud Retail, Red Bull, Hugo Boss and Accenture. The IP practice of senior associate Paz Marambio, who used to work at Silva, includes advising on international brands and domain names.

At ‘specialised and proactive’ IP firm Covarrubias & Cía, the team comprises not only lawyers but also biologists, chemists, engineers and designers, all of whom have experience in the domestic and foreign regulations of industrial property, copyright, new technologies, and privacy and media; it acts for a diverse clientele drawn from sectors such as pulp and paper, copper mining and the Chilean academic ‘R&D’ sector. Arturo Covarrubias is ‘an excellent professional, who always provides straight-to-the-point advice’. Juan Pablo Klenner is a highly regarded associate.

2018 saw Guerrero Olivos’ former IP branch, Garay Guerrero, divided up; the firm re-integrated its own IP practice, hiring senior associate Diego Morandé M from Alessandri & Compañía Abogados to lead the practice, while Jorge Garay returned to independent practice with the launch of his own boutique, Garay IP. Guerrero’s IP practice group advises domestic and international clients on trade mark and patent registration procedures as well as on matters involving copyright, technology transfer, IP litigation, domain names, personal data, and cybersecurity. Other areas of note include license contracts, product distribution, drafting and prosecuting patents, and the protection of artistic and literary work and software. Marcos Morales is a key senior counsel.

Larrain y Asociados’ practice specialises in industrial property and copyright matters; and it also regularly assists with licence contracts and other music industry-related agreements, as well as issues that combine constitutional law and IP. In addition, the team is experienced in litigation before the Chilean Trademark Office, the Industrial Property Court and the Supreme Court, and frequently acts in domain name litigation and arbitration. The group acts for Watt’s in IP matters, including filing trade marks. Pablo Ruiz-Tagle is IP department head and Sebastián Prieto is an experienced associate.

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