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  2. Leading lawyers
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Leading lawyers

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    • Julián Bendaña-Aragón - Guy José Bendaña-Guerrero & Asociados
    • Guy Bendaña-Guerrero - Guy José Bendaña-Guerrero & Asociados
    • Ricardo Bendaña-Guerrero - Bendaña & Bendaña
    • Álvaro Molina - Central Law Nicaragua

Next generation lawyers

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    • Ana Jeanssy Fornos - Guy José Bendaña-Guerrero & Asociados
    • Mayra Navarrete - García & Bodán

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Acting for a diverse client base that boasts global names like Pfizer, Chanel, Microsoft and Cargill, IP giant Guy José Bendaña-Guerrero & Asociados is expert in contentious and non-contentious trade mark, copyright and patent matters. The 21-strong practice groups’ recent mandates include successfully opposing registration of the trade mark NIVEO (on the grounds of the notoriety of the NIVEA trade mark), on behalf of Beiersdorf; and acting on behalf of Kelley Drye & Warren in a nullity action, currently pending at the Nicaraguan Supreme Court of Justice, related to the infringement of the Miss Universe trade mark. Key advisors include well-respected IP litigation expert Guy Bendaña-Guerrero, Julián Bendaña-Aragón, who specialises in enforcement matters, and senior associate Ana Jeanssy Fornos.

Alvarado y Asociados’ scope in IP matters includes trade mark registrations as well as IP disputes, along with a strong trade mark-portfolio management practice. The six-strong group, under the leadership of Zayda Cubas, acts for a variety of domestic and foreign clients –such as Grupo Bimbo, Cemex Research Group, Hydrologica, NBA Properties and GAP– across a broad range of industry sectors. Other key advisors include Gloria María de Alvarado, who often handles M&A-related IP mandates, and associate Francisco Jose Alvarado, who serves as key contact for international clients in trade mark application and prosecution matters.

The ‘reliable’ three-strong team at Arias is highly rated by clients for its ‘excellent service and advice’. Registrations of national and international trade marks, sanitary registrations as well as IP rights’ prosecution and litigation are mainstays of the practice. In a recent highlight, Ana Teresa Rizo and highly-regarded practice head María de Los Angeles Marín represented Inditex in a trade mark opposition case against Mendez de Nicaragua regarding the use of the trade mark ZARA. Yves Saint Laurent Parfums and BioMérieux joined long-term clients Procter & Gamble, Walmart and Herbalife on the client list.

IP powerhouse Bendaña & Bendaña fields a three-partner department that specialises in trade marks, patents, copyrights and health registrations. Jointly led by patent expert Ricardo Bendaña-Guerrero and María José Bendaña-Guerrero, who has an impressive track record in trade mark cases, the group represents a broad client roster that boasts names such as ExxonMobile, Bayer, Ford and Novo Nordisk. 2017 saw the practice take over the entire IP portfolio of the Koch Group, including all trade marks owned by Georgia-Pacific and its affiliates; work also includes the prosecution of trade mark applications.

The 11-strong group at ‘excellent’ boutique firm Estudio Caldera, S.A., is dedicated to advising domestic and international clients on trade mark, patent and industrial design applications, as well as handling high-stake enforcement and litigation cases. The team recently represented Grupo Lamosa in the registration of the trade mark Porcelanto; the case included overturning an initial rejection of the application based on a pre-existent registered trade mark Porcelante by reaching an agreement with the trade mark owner. Notable clients include Centrolac and Banco de la Producción, and the firm also receives a healthy flow of referral work form leading Mexican IP firms Arochi & Lindner, SC and Uhthoff, Gómez Vega & Uhthoff, SC. Alvaro Caldera and Ana Maria Bonilla are key advisers, as is the ‘knowledgeable’ Karla Mejia, who is praised for her ‘attention for the client’.

Central Law Nicaragua’s two-strong team demonstrates strengths across the full range of IP matters, with a focus on trade mark registrations and trade mark portfolio management. Recent mandates include registering various trade marks for Laboratorios Everest, Puros Privados and Atomic Pizza, as well as managing Distribuidora Liverpool’s trade mark portfolio; on the contentious side, the group represented Laboratorios Pisa in a trade mark infringement case against a local company. Sayra Fornos heads the department, which also includes eminent managing partner Álvaro Molina.

Fast’, ‘responsive’ and ‘attentiveGarcía & Bodán leverages off its regional reach to assists notable clients such as PepsiCo, Novo Nordisk, Laboratorios La Santé and Grupo Televisa with a variety of contentious and non-contentious IP matters, often with a cross-border element. The group also manages the trade mark portfolios of a wide range of international clients, including Northern & Shell Media Group/Express Newspapers, Puma Energy and Bago Group throughout the Central American region. ‘Very committed’ senior associate Mayra Navarrete leads the practice; her ongoing work includes handling health registrations for fertilizer manufacturer Yara Costa Rica.

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