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Intellectual property in Puerto Rico

Ferraiuoli LLC

Ferraiuoli LLC has a strong IP and technology practice, covering a range of patent, trade mark and copyright matters for Puerto Rican and US clients. Eugenio Torres heads up the practice and specialises in patent invalidity and declaratory actions, and Jean Vidal coordinates the patent infringement litigation practice and the IP transactional practice. Breaches of contract, damages and publicity rights are also frequently handled by the firm, particularly on behalf of companies in the healthcare, energy, entertainment and telecoms sectors. Victor Rodriguez is another key member of the large team.

Practice head(s):

Eugenio Torres

McConnell Valdés LLC

McConnell Valdés LLC has a sizable team entirely dedicated to IP law. It regularly handles cases involving trade marks, copyright, moral rights, counterfeit items, cybersquatting, false advertising and patents, among other areas. Department co‐head Dora Peñagarícano is a renowned IP expert, who specialises in fashion law, anti-counterfeiting and trade mark and copyright infringement litigation. Co-practice head Roberto Quiñones-Rivera has an active practice focusing on the registration of several of Puerto Rico’s trade marks in the financial services and hospitality sectors, a specialism he shares with counsel Maria Szendrey‐Ramos. Litigator Isabel Torres‐Sastre is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Dora Peñagarícano; Roberto Quiñones‐Rivera

Key clients

Mondelēz International

MHCS

Walter Thompson

St. Clair Collection

E & J. Gallo Winery

Harris Computer

TOUS

OFG Bancorp

Oriental Bank

The Clorox Company

Cartier

Honeywell International

Kimberly Clark

T‐Mobile Puerto Rico

Universal Music Group

Luxottica Group

Oakley

Pasteurizadora Rica

Rust‐Oleum Corporation

Bodegas Emilio Moro

Montblanc‐Simplo

Energizer Auto

Work highlights

  • Representing Oriental in a case whereby the US District Court in Puerto Rico granted its motion for expanded injunctive relief and permanently prohibited Cooperativa de Ahorro y Credito Oriental from further using the marks COOPERATIVAORIENTAL, COOP ORIENTAL and ORIENTAL POP.
  • Filed, on behalf of Cartier, a complaint requesting a temporary restraining order, a preliminary and permanent injunction, and monetary damages for trade mark infringement,trade mark counterfeit, trade dress infringement, dilution and tarnishment of Cartier’s trade marks.
  • Representing St. Clair Collection in a case regarding alleged copyright infringement for the use of certain photographs.

Pietrantoni Méndez & Alvarez LLP

With knowledge across the full range of local and federal IP rights, Pietrantoni Méndez & Alvarez LLP has a notable specialism in IP litigation. The department's service offering includes a variety of trade mark and copyright infringement matters, trade mark prosecution, litigation and arbitration. These areas in particular are among María Trelles-Hernández's specialisms. Anti-infringement campaigns, investigations and seizures of illegal copies of protected products also feature.

Hoglund & Pamias PSC

Well-known IP boutique Hoglund & Pamias PSC assists small and mid-sized companies, particularly those operating in the entertainment and education sectors. Trade mark, false advertising, distribution and unfair competition cases are the main types of disputes that the firm handles; on the non-contentious side, registration, protection, enforcement and trade mark transfers in Puerto Rico, the US and worldwide are points of strength. Samuel Pamias acts as managing partner, while Roberto Rios directs the patent division.

Sifre Group

Boutique firm Sifre Group has the entertainment sector at the core of its activities. Here, international media companies, studios and film producers benefit from the firm's full-service offering, which includes a highly regarded IP practice. Antonio Sifre focuses on IP protection and licences, rights of publicity, talent agreements and music rights, and heads the team.

Antonetti Montalvo & Ramírez-Coll

Antonetti Montalvo & Ramírez-Coll's IP practice is noted for covering trade mark, copyright, trade secret and patent law, with considerable litigation experience representing clients as both plaintiffs and defendants. José Ramírez-Coll is specialised in IP litigation. José Feliciano-Boada is now with Saldaña, Carvajal & Vélez-Rivé, P.S.C.

Goldman Antonetti & Córdova

Goldman Antonetti & Córdova specialises in US copyright and trade mark law, which allows the team to act in a number of cross-border cases. The team is largely composed of expert litigators, including Rossell Barrios, whose expertise is in IP and franchise matters. Trade mark, copyright and patent infringements as well as trade secret disputes also belong to the group's main focus areas.

O'Neill & Borges

O'Neill & Borges' litigation team includes lawyers who excel in IP cases, including Carla García-Benítez. Trade marks, licence agreements and IP infringement are among the most frequent cases that the department handles.

Toro Colón Mullet, P.S.C.

Toro Colón Mullet, P.S.C. handles day-to-day trade mark applications, franchising and distribution matters, as well as litigation. The team has niche expertise in matters in connection to music rights for movies, TV and advertising purposes, as well as matters related to publicity and entertainment-industry transactions. Analynn López-Córdova excels in this area.