Intellectual property in Dominican Republic

Angeles Pons

Angeles Pons' 'very solid' and 'proactive' department is highly regarded for its 'personalised service' and expertise across a broad spectrum of IP matters. The 'business-orientedWallis Pons is arguably 'one of the best IP lawyers in the Caribbean'; she defended Grupo Ramos in a trade mark prosecution brought by shoe manufacturing company Crocs, while Jaime Ángeles represented Dominican musician Juan Luis Guerra in a dispute with Distribuidora De Discos Karen and Karen Publishing regarding copyright ownership of his songs. The team is also noted for handling work pertaining to Cuba and other Caribbean jurisdictions.

Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández

Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández's 'solid' team is 'able to handle any type of intellectual property matter', including regulatory work, and has an excellent reputation for its niche strength in pharmaceutical patents. Mary Fernández is 'one of the most respected lawyers' in the market, while 'very diligent and extremely capable' senior associate and department head Lilly Acevedo 'focuses on the solution'. The group is advising clients on complying with Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Health regulations. Other mandates include representing Evertec in trade mark litigation against Banco Popular Dominicano, and assisting Pfizer with regulatory matters. Associate Gabriella Villanueva is 'approachable' and handles patents and trade mark work.

MINIÑO Abogados

MINIÑO Abogados' department is well known for its solid expertise handling a broad spectrum of IP matters, and has a notable presence in the Caribbean, where the team's workload includes regulatory matters and trade mark prosecutions. Recent work for the group includes handling pharmaceutical patent litigation, with Hutchinson MediPharma, Bayer Pharma, MacroGenics and AstraZeneca included in the client roster. Trade mark litigation is another key strength, and telecoms signal piracy is a niche capability for the firm. Practice head Urko Ochoa and managing partner Orietta Blanco are key contacts; senior associate Pamela Hernandez is strong in trade mark matters.

Troncoso Leroux

Intellectual property work is a cornerstone area of expertise for Troncoso Leroux's department, which is 'very thorough, prompt and delivers quality service'. Trade mark infringement cases have been prominent in the team's recent workload: practice head Maria del Pilar Troncoso represented Gucci in a case involving counterfeit goods, and assisted the same client with a parallel import mandate regarding the use of the client's trade mark on cigarette packages, which were to be imported from Mexico to the Dominican Republic. Other areas of strength include copyright, patents, regulatory work and trade mark filing. Pedro Troncoso is well known for handling IP litigation. Senior associate Vanessa Cabrera is also noted.

Bufete Lugo Lovatón

Following the departure of partner Ana Messina Vasquez to Pellerano & Messina in April 2019, Bufete Messina-Lugo IP became Bufete Lugo Lovaton. The firm is very strong in franchising and advertising work, and is also well known for handling a high volume of trade mark and copyright cases. Clients are drawn from the pharmaceutical, food, beverages, cosmetics and textile industries, to name a few sectors. Senior partner Zaida Lugo Lovaton is the key name. José Santana Isaac is very experienced in trade mark matters, and associate Héctor Collado Sarante is noted for his expertise in IP litigation.

JJ Roca & Asociados

Sharin Pablo de Roca leads the practice at JJ Roca & Asociados; she is assisting French pharmaceutical company Servier with its trade mark portfolio for the Dominican Republic, including enforcement issues. In another matter, she is representing Just Goods in a trade mark opposition action. Other areas of expertise for the team include patents, regulatory matters, and copyright issues, and it also has a notable presence in Caribbean and other Latin American countries. Senior associate and IP practice coordinator Ana Paula Campusano is very experienced in IP litigation.

Castillo y Castillo

Trade mark infringement and prosecution work is a key capability of Castillo y Castillo's practice. Tania Castillo and senior associate Carimer Guzmán are the names to note; both lawyers are representing Mattel in litigation concerning the infringement of the Barbie trade mark. The Walt Disney Company and Samsung Electronics are additional clients on the trade mark side.

Pellerano & Messina

April 2019 saw the entry of Pellerano & Messina, an IP boutique created by Ricardo Pellerano of Pellerano & Herrera and Ana Messina Vasquez, former senior partner at Bufete Lugo Lovaton, into the intellectual property market in the Dominican Republic. Although the firm is a relative newcomer, the practice draws upon Vasquez's established expertise - over three decades - in intellectual property law. Associate Thelma De la Rosa is also noted.

Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti

Russin, Vecchi & Heredia Bonetti handles a range of contentious and non-contentious mandates regarding trade marks, industrial designs, and copyright matters. Rosa Campillo Celado and Mónika Fiallo Paradas, who was promoted to partner in February 2019, are the key contacts. The group is strong in handling instructions from the pharmaceutical industry: recent work includes assisting Novo Nordisk, Puerto Rico Hospital Supply and Labtest Diagnóstica with trade mark and sanitary registrations in compliance with medical and diagnostic equipment regulations in the Dominican Republic. The practice also handles matters pertaining to Cuba.

Ulises Cabrera Abogados

Ulises Cabrera Abogados' practice handles contentious and non-contentious patent, copyright and trade mark work from a range of sectors, including the pharmaceutical, agriculture and technology industries. Practice head Magdalena Almonte represented a prominent medical materials company in trade mark infringement litigation. She is also advising Aiosa on plant patent matters. Other clients include Kellogg Sales Company, Grupo Familia and Vertex Pharmaceuticals.