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The ‘results-oriented’ team at Baker McKenzie S.A.S. has a well-earned reputation for its strategic IP advice to leading corporations across industries such as pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, beauty care, consumer goods, media and entertainment. It successfully acted for Caterpillar in trade mark litigation against Punto Caterpillar, an infringer using the trade name for more than ten years; and also advised the BBC on copyrights matters related to its television show Top Gear in Colombia. Other significant clients include Ulthera, Puppy Yummy and Diageo Brands. The 14-lawyer team is led by Juan Pablo Concha and Álvaro Correa, with the ‘experienced’ Ricardo Metke making a notable contribution to the practice. Director of the Bogotá IP group Cristina Matiz is also noted.

A ‘name of reference in the sector’, Brigard & Castro is the IP division of full-practice firm Brigard & Urrutia. It acts for sophisticated clients in an array of challenging areas including patents, industrial designs, trade marks, copyright, and domain names. Juan Pablo Cadena advised Tencent Technology on a patent application related to new computer-implemented technology, with the work including drafting all necessary documentation and pleadings before the authorities. The practice also successfully represented INDITEX in opposition proceedings before the SIC relating to the registration of a trade mark affecting its globally recognised mark ZARA. General Motors and Google are longstanding clients of the practice. Co-heads of the team Martín Torres and María Fernanda Castellanos are both recommended, with associates Carlos Alberto Carvajal, Santiago Peña and Valentina Montero also active members of the practice.

With a ‘top-notch’ IP practice, Cavelier Abogados has a strong presence in the Colombian market and advises major local and international clients in sectors such as pharmaceuticals, agro science, computer science, education, social media, entertainment, and food and drink. It acted for Société BIC, as claimant and appellant, in an appeal before the Colombian judiciary seeking damages for trade mark infringement, marking a landmark case in the country. The team also acted for professional football team Atlético Nacional in negotiating and closing an agreement with Spanish publishing company Planeta to publish a book about the club’s history. Jorge Chávarro, Luz Clemencia de Páez, Edna Sarmiento, Eduardo Varela and Andrés Rincón are the key names in the practice.

Lloreda Camacho & Co. is ‘one of the most important names in the Colombia IP market, and a great ally for business corporations’; ‘its lawyers provide appropriate advice and its fees are very reasonable without compromising quality of service’. The ‘up-to-dateAna María Castro heads the patents department, and recently led advice to pharmaceutical corporation Gilead Sciences and two others on more than 500 patent applications in several Latin American jurisdictions. The team also acted for an international computing company in proceedings initiated by a national corporation alleging trade mark infringement and unfair competition, with the claim favourably resolved for the client. The ‘impressiveAlicia Lloreda heads the IP practice, with head of trade marks and copyright Tatiana Carrillo also attracting praise for her expertise and senior associate Natalia Franco another key member of the group. Other clients include Candycrush, Corona, Panadol and LozaCrem.

Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas has an ‘excellent’ IP group with a ‘balanced practice’ covering contentious and non-contentious matters across trade marks, patents, data protection and privacy. Highlights included successfully acting for Ferrari in a trade mark opposition to the registration of the name SCUDERIA on grounds of its similarity to the client’s registered trade mark SF SCUDERIA FERRARI. The team also assisted AC Nielsen Colombia in devising and implementing a data privacy policy to comply with current legislation, involving due diligence, contract review and the registration of databases before the SIC. ‘Amazing practitionersJuanita Acosta and Luz Helena Adarve head the team with support from associates Ana María Ruiz, Rolando Escobar, Mario Andrés Carvajalino, and the ‘incredible’ Rocio Ruiz.

Gómez-Pinzón Abogados (GPA) has a 16-strong IP department led by the ‘knowledgeable and experienced’ Mauricio Jaramillo. It is assisting multinational coffee group Juan Valdez in relation to negotiations of its franchise name in several jurisdictions; and acts as local counsel to Inovia in relation to its Colombian PCT applications. Grupo Argos, Experian, Bancolombia and ThyssenKrupp are also clients. Senior associate Juanita Pérez is recognised for her expertise.

OlarteMoure has ‘a strong international IP team with lawyers adept at patents and innovation’; ‘prompt, complete and satisfactory responses are always at hand’. The practice also covers trade mark, copyright, and regulatory matters. It is acting for Japanese manufacturer YKK as respondent in an annulment action brought by Corporación Rey seeking to invalidate a zipper slider patent registered in 2014. Other recent work includes advising Microsoft on an anti-piracy campaign in Medellín and Barranquilla, and representing the same client in proceedings against those infringing its software copyrights; the successful outcome has resulted in the firm’s nationwide engagement for 2017. Other clients include Grupo Nutresa, Novartis and Pfizer. Trade mark and unfair competition expert Juan Guillermo Moure and ‘outstanding practitionerCarlos Olarte are the key names.

With strong local and regional coverage, across Andean countries, Central America, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay, Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría has wide-ranging expertise covering areas such as the drafting of IP manuals, prosecution, IP litigation, and unfair competition, in sectors such as pharmaceuticals, life sciences, food and drink, consumer products, manufacturing, technology, and banking and finance. The team advised Fundación Carulla on trade mark and copyright matters and data protection policies connected to its educational learning platform AEOITU; and represented Sodimac, as claimant, in a claim for trade name infringement by Sodimac San Rafael, in which the defendant was ordered to modify its registered company name and pay damages. The key figures in the practice are Mauricio Patiño and the following associates: Camilo Suárez, who heads the IP and unfair competition practice; Gerardo Flórez, who leads the international trade mark prosecution, copyright and data protection team; and Zoraida Fonseca, who heads the local trade marks and patents department.

Posse Herrera Ruiz’s team is ‘very proactive and knowledgeable, and listens attentively to clients’ requests’; ‘it simply goes beyond expectations’. The ‘very experiencedHelena Camargo heads the nine-strong group and provides ‘outstanding IP advice’, with Ernesto Cavelier and Mónica Bonnett also noted for their work. The firm acted for IFRS Foundation in its application to register notoriety of the trade marks IFRS and NIIF; and is also representing Negawat Resources in an appeal challenging the initial refusal of an application for the registration of a patent before the SIC. Oracle, Solla and Fulwider Patton are among its other clients.

At Castellanos & Co, ‘the service is excellent, quick, personalised and with heavy direct involvement from the partners’. Practice heads Margarita Castellanos and Ximena Castellanos ‘always find the right strategy to achieve clients’ objectives, and do not get discouraged easily by obstacles’. The practice successfully acted for Centro de Inmunología Molecular in its appeal before the SIC for the registration of a recombinant antibodies patent related to gangliosides and their use. Other significant clients include Sanofi, Inovia, Puma and Merck Group.

Led by the ‘talented’ Danilo Romero, Holland & Knight acts for clients in relation to industrial property, trade mark, patent and domain name issues, with a focus on the contentious side. It is acting for Major League Baseball Properties in various matters concerning its IP portfolio in the country; and a team led by Romero is advising Organización Terpel on the IP aspects of three major projects to promote its gas station services and products. Plasticaucho Colombia, Linio Colombia and Terumo Corporation are among its other clients.

MBCR/Márquez Barrera Castañeda Ramírez continues to build on its good name in the market, and attracts praise for ‘its solid advice, knowledge of the market and good response times’. It is well regarded for its work in media and entertainment, and acts for some of the country’s key film and television producers. Its track record includes acting for MercadoLibre Colombia, Patagonia Films and Resonant TV. Pablo Márquez, Julio César Castañeda and Natalia Barrera are the names to note.

Triana, Uribe & Michelsen is a renowned IP boutique, and advises clients on trade marks, patents, denomination of origin, health registration, unfair competition and regulatory issues. Fernando Triana is vastly experienced in commercial and contentious IP matters, and the ‘experienced’ Laura Michelsen is also a key name. Clients have included Alcon Laboratories, Dell and newspaper El Tiempo.

Recent highlights for Contexto Legal’s IP team included advising a well-known artist in relation to copyright infringement by an educational institution; and acting for Cientech in the successful application to register seven patent inventions (as well as advising on six further applications). Andrés Márquez is the key name. Since publication the firm's tie-up with the Bogotá-based Rodríguez Azuero Abogados has been dissolved.

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