Intellectual property in El Salvador

Espino Nieto & Asociados

As one of the leading firms for intellectual property in El Salvador, Espino Nieto & Asociados advises its national and international clients on securing their intellectual property assets, with many of them being Fortune 500 companies. Danilo Rodríguez, who is also an authorised arbitrator, and associate Veronica Mina recently represented Starbucks in a case where local bakeries were using the client's registered trade mark "Frappuccino" illegally. The pair also assisted Shiseido Americas with filing an opposition against a local company's application to register "NARS" as its trade mark.

García & Bodán

García & Bodán is best known for its regional management of IP portfolios and health registrations. Regional IP department head Julio Vargas assisted the Ministry of Education of El Salvador in its application for patents for a therapeutic chemical agent in Japan, Brazil and the US - the client's first-ever application for international patents. Senior associate Fermina Bolaños Meardi co-ordinates procurement, maintenance and renewal of health registrations for the firm's regional offices for clients from the food and beverage industry such as Grupo Lala, Kraft Heinz and PepsiCo's snack division.

Romero Pineda

The team at Romero Pineda advises clients in a wide variety of sectors, ranging from food and beverages to automobiles and pharmaceuticals, on the protection of their IP rights; the firm's client portfolio includes household names such as Grupo Bimbo, General Motors and Novartis. Carlos Castillo and associate Nadya León successfully acted for Caterpillar in the opposition to an application for a trade mark with high graphic, phonetic and ideological similarities to the client's registered mark. The team also includes eminent managing partner José Roberto Romero, Roxana Romero and Elsy Duran, who was promoted to general manager of the firm's IP division.

Arias

The five-strong IP department at Arias, which is praised by clients for being 'engaged with the company', regularly acts for clients from the fashion industry: experienced practice head Morena Zavaleta recently advised Longchamp on the protection of its world-famous "Le Pliage" bag design. In another work highlight, she filed an opposition against a trade mark application infringing two trade marks of the firm's client Grupo Inditex. The team also handles trade mark applications; for instance, associate Marcela Canjura filed 38 trade mark applications for Rigo Trading (Haribo Group).

Portal & Asociados

The six-strong IP team at Portal & Asociados, which is led by Edy Portal, is proficient in trade marks, patents and especially in anti-counterfeiting cases, which are usually handled by associate Helen Menjivar. The team recently advised Samsung and Mattel on the seizure of tens of thousands of products infringing both clients' intellectual property rights. The stellar client roster includes international players from a wide variety of sectors, such as Universal, Puma, Lacoste, Cartoon Network, Nestlé, Eli Lilly and Manolo Blahnik. Associate Violeta Hernandez moved to the firm's corporate department and associate Adriana Molina left the firm.

Consortium Legal

Suzanne Berrios De Tablas heads the IP department at Consortium Legal, which focuses on patents, trade marks, sanitary and pharmaceutical registrations, and copyright. The regional law firm assisted in the acquisition and transfer of a trade mark portfolio previously owned by Bayer Intellectual Property to Panamanian company Zodiac International Corporation. Associate Francisco Medrano is also a key adviser; for example, he recently acted for Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria to defend one of the client's trade marks.

De La Gasca & Cía.

The team at intellectual property and litigation boutique De La Gasca & Cía. consists of managing partner Giancarlo De La Gasca, who is praised for his 'ability to find a solution in the most difficult cases', partner Carlos Gonzalez and three associates. The practice specialises in trade marks, patents and complex IP litigation.

CENTRAL LAW El Salvador

CENTRAL LAW El Salvador assesses and registers trade mark portfolios for national and international corporate clients, the majority of which are active in the pharmaceutical industry. As such, the firm continues to advise Grupo Profármaco on the management of its constantly growing IP portfolio. The team of four is led by department head Sandra CabezasJosé Manuel Argüello is another key figure.

LatinAlliance El Salvador

LatinAlliance El Salvador has 'the expertise to help with any intellectual property procedure' and is nationally recognised for its abilities in pharmaceutical and life sciences regulations. The key work of the department, led by José Adolfo Torres and Fabiola Torres Corletto, consists of trade mark oppositions, appeals and trade mark portfolio management, among other matters. Ruth Olivares, who is based in the firm's Guatemala office but supported the team on several matters, is praised for her 'perfect follow-up of each issue and the quality of her work'. The IP department also welcomed Diana Pleités from MCM Legal, who assisted Laboratorios Stein in a challenging brand registration.

Lexincorp

Regional firm Lexincorp benefits from the support of its offices across Central America. With the assistance of associate Paola Alarcon, department head Adriana Portillo advises regional and international clients such as Woden Colombia, Bajaj Auto and Supertex on the management of their IP portfolios. In a recent work highlight, the team acted on behalf of Entertainment One on the registration of its famous children's brands Peppa Pig and PJ Mask and the subsequent prosecution of falsified goods.