Intellectual property in Panama

Estudio Benedetti

'One of the leading firms in Panama in IP matters', Estudio Benedetti manages the IP portfolios of numerous multinational companies, advising on trade marks, patents, copyright and domain names. As well as handling a high volume of filings and prosecutions, the team is experienced in IP disputes, including opposition, cancellation and anti-piracy actions. The sizeable team is led by the highly regarded Ramon Benedetti, who focuses on prosecutions; anti-counterfeiting practice head Audrey Williams; IP litigation specialist Diana Leandro; and Ramon Benedetti Alemán, who handles IP renewals and foreign filings. Among the strong cohort of associates, the 'excellent' Graziella Benedetti focuses on regulatory matters and Linette Torres on IP litigation.

Testimonials

‘The firm provides the best IP services, in a systematic and orderly manner. They are completely up to date with cases and always look after the interests of their client.’

‘The team are very experienced, with a lot of knowledge of the industry and of new developments. Ramón Benedetti is an eminent IP practitioner and Graziella Benedetti is an excellent lawyer, not just for trade mark matters but also for sanitary registrations. She is very agile, dynamic and detail-oriented.’

‘Estudio Benedetti is one of the leading firms in Panama in IP matters. They handle an impressive volume of trade marks and manage the portfolios of major companies at a global level. In addition, they have a lot of experience in pharmaceutical and cosmetics regulation. We feel very comfortable working with them.’

‘Audrey Williams is very agile in her day-to-day handling of cases. She has a high level of knowledge in trade mark litigation. She regularly reports back to the client on developments in the matters and leads the team with great skill.’

‘Graziella Benedetti has a lot of experience in regulatory matters. She responds rapidly and is very involved.’

‘What stands out about Graziella Benedetti and Ramon Benedetti is their capacity to respond in a timely, efficient and prompt manner, with the quality multinational clients require. We are certain that by placing our legal needs in their hands, the results will be excellent.’

‘Diana Leandro is always aware of our requirements and seeks out alternative solutions to achieve our goals.’

‘The team are always available and provide answers rapidly. The client service is very good, as is the quality of their work.’

Key clients

Sanrio Corporation

CPA Global Company

Hanesbrands, Inc.

Beiersdorf AG

Telefonica, S.A.

Editorial Televisa

The Scotch Whisky Association

S. Tous, S.L.

Asociación de Cafeses Especiales de Panamá

Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá

Warner Bros.

Guccio Gucci

Work highlights

  • Acted for Universidad Tecnologica de Panama in the filing and prosecution of 12 patent applications under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT).
  • Advised numerous local universities on the filing and prosecution of international PCT applications.
  • Advised numerous clients on the filing of patents and trade marks.

Alfaro, Ferrer & Ramírez

Alfaro, Ferrer & Ramírez has expertise in the full range of contentious and non-contentious IP matters. The team advises a diverse international client base, including pharmaceutical, technology, and food and beverage companies, on trade marks, patents, copyright, and advertising and labelling issues. It also has experience in IP litigation, handling oppositions, cancellations and anti-counterfeiting actions. The practice is led by Marissa Lasso de la Vega, who has particular strength in IP enforcement actions, and Monique Ferrer, who specialises in regulatory and compliance issues such as obtaining marketing authorisations for medical and other products.

Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega

Arias, Fábrega & Fábrega is highly active in the registration of trade marks, patents and industrial designs throughout Latin America. The team assists with the management of local and international IP portfolios and handles IP litigation and anti-counterfeiting proceedings. Its strong international client base includes many pharmaceutical and cosmetics companies. Associate Melissa del Busto, who has expertise in patents, trade marks, copyright and health registrations, is the key contact following the departure of Carol Durling in 2019 to act as a sole practitioner.

Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán

Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán advises domestic and international clients on the protection of their IP rights across Latin America, the US and the Caribbean. The team covers trade marks, patents, copyright, industrial designs and domain names, advising on the filing, registration, assignment and licensing of IP rights, and also has experience in IP litigation. Clients include leading players in the commercial, services and industrial sectors. Experienced IP lawyer Gabriela Tejada de Britton is the key contact.

Benedetti CL Abogados

Established following the split of Benedetti & Benedetti in 2017, Benedetti CL Abogados, a member of the regional Central Law network, is experienced in advising clients across Central America on IP matters. The team assists with trade mark registration, patent prosecution and copyright matters, as well as IP litigation and health registration. Another area of expertise is advising on the IP aspects of franchise agreements. The 'experienced' Yolianna Arosemena Benedetti and Tania Chen Guillén, who heads the international trade mark department, are the key contacts.

Testimonials

‘They work very well, they respond very rapidly to queries and keep us up to date on every matter.’

‘Yolianna Arosemena is very experienced.’

Key clients

Profarmaco, S.A.

L’Oreal

Deutsche Transnational Trustee Corporation Inc.

Metro Trading Importer  Corporation

Frenchies Market, Inc.

Cerveceria La Rana Dorada S. R.L.

Ananas Panama, S.A.

Sunrise Union Holdings, Inc.

EMMEDUE Spa

Essity Centroamerica S.A.

Corporación La Prensa, S.A.

Faes Farma, S.A.

Merz Pharma S.A. De C.V.

Doterra

Work highlights

  • Advised Arion Perfume & Beauty on a nullity claim against one of its distributors in Panama, which had registered two of the client’s trade marks locally without its authorisation.
  • Advised Essity Centroamérica on the assignment of its entire health registration portfolio from SCA Consumidor to Essity Higiene y Salud.

Cedeño & Méndez

The 'extraordinary group of lawyers' at Cedeño & Méndez is highly experienced in the filing of trade marks and patents in Panama and the rest of Central America, with support from the firm's other offices in the region and in Colombia. The team also handles IP litigation, including opposition and nullity claims. Its client base is primarily made up of multinational companies, particularly from the US, in sectors such as food and beverages, pharmaceuticals and fashion. The 'very knowledgeable' Roberto Emilio Gómez Cedeño leads the practice.

Testimonials

‘It is an interdisciplinary team of lawyers and engineers with extensive knowledge of industrial property. They are very efficient and respond quickly and clearly to queries. They do not just do industrial property filings but handle every kind of procedure. They have competitive fees and offer a personalised service. I thoroughly recommend them.’

‘I have worked with Roberto Cedeño for more than ten years. He is very knowledgeable in the subject and is very professional. He handles clients’ matters personally, and does not only advise on trade mark and patent registrations but also acts in all kinds of litigation relating to industrial property. He is methodical and organised.’

‘It is a very organised team that is very capable in IP matters. They provide very agile responses which definitely contributes to their ability to maintain excellent relationships with clients.’

‘I think their communication skills combined with their expertise in their field are what set them apart, as well as their availability to assist their clients at any time.’

‘An extraordinary group of lawyers.’

‘They stand out for their response times and problem-solving.’

Work highlights

  • Acted as Panamanian counsel to Ecuadorian firm CorralRosales in an opposition by Huda Beauty to an application for an identical trade mark.
  • Acted for Unibank in filing a nullity claim against the registration of the trade mark “BDO Unibank” by another party.

Jimenez, Molino & Moreno

Jimenez, Molino & Moreno advises on the filing and registration of trade marks and patents, both locally and internationally. The team has experience in the administration of IP portfolios, copyright matters, and IP litigation and arbitration. Clients include international companies and the local subsidiaries of foreign corporations. The key contact is the highly regarded Edwin Molino, who has experience in patent prosecution, as well as IP litigation before the Supreme Court.

Morgan & Morgan

Praised for its 'personalised and specialised service', Morgan & Morgan advises on the registration of trade marks and patents in Panama, as well as IP litigation and anti-counterfeiting measures. The team also assists with the IP aspects of corporate transactions, including M&A and franchising agreements. Clients include multinationals from the fashion, food and beverage, and automotive industries. Following the retirement of Enrique Jimenez in 2019, associates Maria Eugenia Brenes and the 'exemplary' Allen Candanedo, who specialises in IP litigation, are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Francisco Arias

Testimonials

‘I am very impressed by the team at Morgan & Morgan. The service is impeccable and their response times are unparalleled. It is a true pleasure to work with them. At Morgan & Morgan, I feel the difference is that they want to act as a partner to the client and seek out the best solution for them.’

‘This practice provides a personalised and specialised service. The lawyers really give clients a sense of security and peace of mind when dealing with their problems.’

‘Allen Candanedo is an expert in IP and also knows the realities of the market. He really is a lawyer who helps to give the client confidence. When he makes a recommendation, you know you can follow it because it is the best solution for the client.’

‘The service provided by Morgan & Morgan, and especially by Allen Candanedo, is why I want to work with them. Allen is without doubt an exemplary lawyer. His efficiency and his desire to help and to find a positive solution for our business always assures me that I have made the right decision in working with this firm.’

Key clients

Louis Vuitton Malletier

The Clorox Company

LVMH Group

Hormel Food Corporate Services

Banistmo

Voldswagen AG

Grupo Omnilife, S.A. de CV.

Televisora Nacaional, S.A.

BV Food Services, S.A.

KraftHeinz