Life sciences in Chile

Carey

The largest law firm in Chile, Carey fields a seven-strong department that has broad expertise in relation to the pharmaceutical, cosmetics and medical devices sectors. Typical work covers incorporating new pharmaceutical companies in Chile; registration of biotechnological products, cosmetics and medical devices; product labelling; and clinical trials. Other areas of strength include advertising and promotion; veterinary products; agrochemicals; patent defence; and representation in administrative procedures. On the food products side, the practice is expert in infant milk formulas, food supplements, nutritional products, as well as animal food product authorisations, customs clearance proceedings, and representation before food industry associations. The co-heads of the department are IP head Guillermo Carey, who formed the firm’s life sciences practice and advises multinational clients on regulatory, data protection and patent enforcement issues; Ignacio Gillmore, a specialist in life sciences and regulatory matters; and counsel Fernando García, who primarily advises life sciences market-related companies. A strong second line of associates showcases José Santos Ossa (life sciences and regulatory work); Cristina Busquets (food and beverages regulation); and José Ignacio Mercado, who is predominantly focused on life sciences.

Practice head(s):

Guillermo Carey; Ignacio Gillmore; Fernando García

Testimonials

Immediate, robust response and through multidisciplinary teams.

Ignacio Gilmore, José Ossa, José Mercado, very expert professionals who provide answers exceeding expectations and comparisons.

Excellent use of technology to communicate legal news.

Key clients

Takeda

Johnson & Johnson

Janssen

GSK

BMS

Roche

Biogen

Novartis

Merck

Abbvie

Nestlé

Livanova

Work highlights

  • Assisted Alcon with the recovery of medical devices, comprising ophthalmological surgery equipment.
  • Defended Merck before the Public Health Institute in relation to an administrative sanitary sanctioning procedure for alleged product quality problems.
  • Assists Asociación Gremial de Dispositivos Médicos de Chile with regulatory, tax, corporate and antitrust matters, including the review of agreements for the development of interoperability protocols for medical devices (in connection with electronic medical records).

Jara Del Favero Abogados

The eight-member team at Jara Del Favero Abogados has longstanding experience in providing multidisciplinary advice to leading pharmaceutical, veterinary, cosmetic, food and agro-industrial multinational companies; and its work in life sciences complements the firm's expertise in corporate law and antitrust. Areas of recent growth for the department include advising clients on data privacy, regulatory issues, and the labelling of food and pharmaceutical products. The broad practice of department co-head Manuel Jiménez Pfingsthorn ('solid knowledge') includes advising agro-industry companies (vineyards, seeds), as well as laboratories and drugs companies; and fellow co-leader Andrea Abascal Marin (elevated to partner status in February 2020 and 'great for clarity and contact networks') is a specialist in regulatory markets, such as pharmaceutical laboratories, cosmetics, food, medical devices, agricultural, biotechnology, and livestock services (among others). At associate level, Manuel Bernet Paez, Rocío Vergara Aguilar and Josefina Meszaros Elgueta also assist with regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Manuel Jiménez Pfingsthorn; Andrea Abascal Marin

Testimonials

Great professionalism and communication skills, and good relationships with clients.

High levels of professionalism and strong communication tools are noticeable advantages.

Manuel Jiménez Pfingsthorn has solid knowledge.

Andrea Abascal Marin is great for clarity and contact networks.

Key clients

Monsanto Chile

Pfizer Chile

Zoetis Chile

PharmaQ AS Chile

AstraZeneca

Abbott Laboratories de Chile

General Electric International

General Electric Health Care

Edgewell Personal Care

Grid Solutions Chile

AMF Logistic

Fish Vet Group

HBC Latina

Empresas Demaria

Diamond Hemp

Work highlights

  • Advises General Electric International on public tenders involving pharmaceuticals, medical devices and medical equipment.
  • Advises General Electric International on a range of regulatory matters, including sanitary registrations and authorisations, and advertising and labelling, among others.
  • Assists Zoetis de Chile with regulatory matters involving the animal pharmaceuticals business.

Covarrubias

A 'one-stop shop for companies within the life sciences sector', Covarrubias has been developing its life sciences practice since the firm was founded in 2011. The 'unique' multidisciplinary team (biologists, chemists and engineers) is led by name partner Arturo Covarrubias, who focuses his practice on industrial and intellectual property protection strategies, as well as unfair competition litigation; he specialises in advising companies from industries such as technology, pharmaceuticals, agrochemical, biotechnology, healthcare, education, retail, and food and beverage, among others. Non-legal associate and biochemist Matías Valenzuela leads the firm's patent department.

Practice head(s):

Matías Valenzuela

Testimonials

This firm is a one-stop shop for companies within the life sciences sector.

Having a professional such as associate Matías Valenzuela in its team makes this a unique firm in Latin America, as it has technical experience in both the legal and biochemistry area.

Matías Valenzuela has a clear understanding of the pharmaceutical business, including both legal and technical aspects.

Key clients

Bayer

Novartis

Basf

Monsanto Technology

Crop Microclimate Management

Ishihara Sangyo Kaisha

Shire Human Genetic Therapies

Pronova Biopharma Norge

Pfizer

BRF Group

Cemento Polpaico

Work highlights

  • Advised Monsanto Technology on the filing of five patent applications that sought to protect recombinant DNA constructs for plants that confer herbicide and pesticide tolerance.
  • Assisted Crop Microclimate Management with a cancellation action against a patent granted in Chile, which protects a method to increase the tolerance to abiotic stress and/or reduce the consequences of abiotic stress in plants.
  • Acted for Pronova Biopharma Norge in appealing the rejection of a patent application, which related to compounds derived from fatty acids (for use in the treatment of metabolic and cardiovascular diseases).

Sargent & Krahn

The associated IP arm of Cariola Díez Pérez-Cotapos, Sargent & Krahn's five-member life-sciences team has a robust practice for both regulatory matters and litigation. The practice is well known for the management of data protection provisions, and particularly stands out for bioequivalence and bio-similarity issues that concern chemical and biotech pharmaceutical products (and their intersection with IP rights). It has also recently been at the frontline of Chile's legal debates on life sciences, such as the Medicines II Law Bill, as well as advising large pharmaceutical companies on Covid-19 matters. Patent department head Juan Pablo Egaña specialises in patents, trade secrets and technology transfers, along with competition law, while Cristián Barros was appointed partner in January 2021; Barros' predominant areas of practice are patent prosecution and litigation, along with pharmaceutical regulatory matters and trade marks.

Practice head(s):

Juan Pablo Egaña; Cristián Barros

Testimonials

An area that requires great knowledge, updating and good judgement, it seems to me that this firm compares very positively with other firms in relation to IP and litigation involving life sciences.

Available to their clients, with knowledge of their requirements and personalised attention.

Cristián Barros is a standout partner.

Key clients

Johnson & Johnson

Sanofi Aventis

Lundbeck

Cámara de la Innovación Farmacéutica

Dow Agrochemicals

Novartis

Universidad Andres Bello

Incyte Corporation

Universidad Católica de Chile

Merck Sharp & Dohme

Work highlights

  • Represented Dow Agrosciences in an appeal before the Industrial Property Court.
  • Acted for Abbvie in co-ordinating the cancellation of several patents, which involved compounds related to Covid-19 investigations.
  • Successfully defended INCYTE Corporation against an opposition application, which alleged lack of novelty.

Albagli Zaliasnik

Albagli Zaliasnik‘s seven-member department fields experts in the pharmaceutical (human and veterinary), biotechnology, food and beverage, agro-industrial and pesticide industries. Representative work includes administrative and sanitary registrations, as well as complex litigation processes, patent-related filings and prosecution issues. The practice also assists with obtaining authorisations for the commercialisation of pharmaceutical products and medical devices, along with acting before the Health and Drug Authorities. While maintaining a strong IP practice, senior partner Ariela Agosin leads the life sciences group alongside IP director Eugenio Gormáz, who was made partner in May 2020. Also integral to the practice are Daniel López (competition law, regulation and public law head); and senior associates Dafne Guerra (promoted in mid-2020) and Matías Edwards, who re-joined the firm in September 2020 from the National Economic Prosecutor’s Office.

Practice head(s):

Ariela Agosin; Eugenio Gormáz

Key clients

Prolmed

Abbott Laboratories

Genomma Labs

Lundbeck

Cramer Chile

Sandoz

Farmacias Ahumada

Farmacología en Aquacultura Veterinaria FAV

Laboratorios Gador

British American Tobacco

UPL

DKT International

Work highlights

  • Acted for Sandoz Pharmaceuticals, the generic arm of multinational giant, Novartis, before Chile’s Civil Court in a preliminary injunction (filed by Janssen Pharmaceuticals), which sought to obtain evidence in relation to an alleged patent infringement.
  • Advises Prolmed, a Chilean pharmaceutical association comprising Chilean pharmaceutical companies, on an ongoing basis in relation to pharmaceutical regulations, competition law, and other administrative issues.
  • Defended the interests of Abbott Laboratories in relation to the application of the bioequivalence of the Chilean Health Authorities’ pharmaceutical products public policy.

Alessandri & Compañía Abogados

Alessandri & Compañía Abogados is particularly focused on its IP portfolio work for both Agrosuper, one of the most important food processing companies in Chile, and renowned German company Bayer-Monsanto. The particular specialism of practice head Santiago Ortúzar is designing strategies for the global protection and licensing of innovations and patents of Chilean companies, universities and inventors; and managing partner of the firm's technology and IP groups, Rodrigo Velasco A, is an expert in licences, contracts, taxation and litigation. Providing further support is associate Rodrigo Valenzuela, who assists with the registration and litigation of  trade marks and domain names. Former senior associate Francesca Rodríguez left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Santiago Ortúzar

Key clients

Integramedica

Universidad de Chile

Bayer

Agrosuper

Empresas Lourdes

Grifols

Kido

Nanotec

Work highlights

  • Acted for Integramedica in the defence of the rights of one of its doctor’s employees, who was involved in the development of a medical device design used for Covid-19 testing.
  • Acted for Kido in a significant matter that required a thorough explanation of how a patent application met all the requirements for patentability.
  • Acted for Empresas Lourdes in relation to several patent applications involving the EU, US, Brazil and Argentina, which were based on a Chilean registration.