Intellectual property in Venezuela

Antequera Parilli & Rodríguez

The 'highly specialised' team at Antequera Parilli & Rodríguez has a comprehensive practice which covers the registration of trade marks, patents and copyright, as well as the defence of IP rights and anti-counterfeiting investigations and litigation. The firm also continues to expand its advice on advertising, marketing and franchise matters and data privacy. Managing partner Ricardo Alberto Antequera leads the trade marks, advertising, sports and entertainment departments; of counsel Ricardo Enrique Antequera, who is based in Miami, focuses on patents and international protection; Manuel Antonio Rodríguez leads on contentious matters; and María Rusé Ruggiero, who specialises in advising Asian and Venezuelan clients, heads the trade mark prosecution group. In addition, Mariana Montiel specialises in advising European and Latin American clients on trade mark portfolio management, while Dinora García assists clients in the US and Mexico.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Alberto Antequera; Ricardo Enrique Antequera; Manuel Rodríguez; María Rusé Ruggiero

Testimonials

‘They are experts in the field of intellectual property. The team keeps up to date with national and international legislation and the advances of jurisprudence, and with technological advances that affect intellectual property.’

‘The team is studious, honest and acts in an ethical and professional manner.’

‘APR is highly specialised in the protection of intangible intellectual property rights and demonstrates good team work and an excellent quality of client service.’

‘The best thing about the team is the quality of the service and good performance in our matters. Ricardo Antequera, María Ruggiero and Clary Muñoz provide an outstanding service.’

Key clients

JP International Business

Riot Games

GHIA

Fuller

Polo Ralph Lauren

Heinz

Procter & Gamble

Nike International

Fox

Chanel

Televen International

Ferrero

The Scotch Whisky Association

Diageo

Grupo 1BC

Work highlights

  • Advised Nike International on the inspection and seizure by the customs authorities of counterfeit merchandise which infringes the client’s trade mark rights.
  • Advised Chanel on the investigation and seizure of counterfeit textile, footwear and perfume products infringing the client’s trade mark rights and good will.
  • Advised JP International Business on developing a strategy for the release of a novel tool for heavy crude extraction and protecting its IP rights, including the drafting of the description and claims, and the filing of patent applications and the first licensing agreement.

Bolet & Terrero

The oldest IP firm in Venezuela, the ‘excellentBolet & Terrero advises an impressive roster of international clients on the filing and prosecution of trade marks in Venezuela and across Latin America, with additional expertise in patents and copyright and in the IP aspects of major corporate transactions. The team also handles contentious matters, including infringement and anti-counterfeiting cases. Managing partner Manuel Polanco, who stands out for his experience in patent and trade mark infringement litigation, leads the team. The practice was strengthened further in April 2021 with the addition of the IP team of Marquez, Henriquez, Ortin & Valedon: Rafael Ortin, who is highly regarded for copyright, media and entertainment, and advertising matters; Luis Henriquez, who leads the corporate IP side of the practice with Ortin; and senior associate Annette Angulo, who has been particularly active in patent matters. Associate Guillermo Lopez is also noted for trade mark matters and takes the lead on infringement and anti-counterfeiting cases.

Practice head(s):

Manuel Polanco

Testimonials

‘Excellent professionals and better people, especially Luis Henriquez and Rafael Ortin.’

‘It is the firm with the longest tradition in the market and was very well reinforced with the absorption and addition of the partners from MHOV Abogados.’

‘Manuel Polanco is one of the best managing partners in the country and a diplomat par excellence.’

‘Luis Henríquez has a lot of presence and influence in Latin America.’

‘Rafael Ortín is one of the most outstanding professionals in the region for copyright and entertainment law.’

‘Annette Angulo is one of the brightest young professionals in the country.’

Work highlights

  • Advised a major national client on a marketing campaign involving NFTs.
  • Advised a large domestic company in the media sector on the IP aspects of the acquisition of another company’s operations in Venezuela.
  • Advised an international client on the IP issues relating to the launch of its services in Venezuela.

Hoet Pelaez Castillo & Duque

IP specialist Hoet & Partners has longstanding experience advising international clients on the protection of their IP portfolios in Venezuela, Latin America and the Caribbean. The firm's practice spans trade marks, patents, copyright and domain names, and it stands out for its expertise in the sports, media and entertainment, and life sciences and healthcare sectors. The team also handles anti-piracy and infringement actions and data protection issues. Key figures in the practice include María Milagros Nebreda, who advises on portfolio management, the IP aspects of M&A and trade mark strategy, and Joaquín Núñez, a specialist in trade marks and patents, as well as Patricia Hoet-Limbourg and Alicia Molero.

Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

Baker & McKenzie, S.C.'s IP practice is particularly experienced in advising major international companies on the management of their trade mark and design portfolios, including clients in the energy, pharmaceuticals, food and beverages, and consumer goods sectors. The team also leverages the firm's global network, acting alongside its other offices to advise on cross-border matters. Trade mark prosecution is a key area of activity, but the team also handles opposition and infringement actions. Senior associate Laura Rada heads the practice, supported by associate Indira García, who focuses on trade mark and patent prosecution.

Practice head(s):

Laura Rada

Key clients

Abbott Laboratories

General Motors

McDonald’s

Rich Products

L’Oréal

Univision

Elanco

The Estee Lauder Companies

Regent

L Brands

Eli Lilly and Company

Industria Alimenticia Nacional de Cereales y Harinas

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Work highlights

  • Advised Abbott Laboratories on a review of the Brandex Europe liquidation process concerning trade marks that are registered or pending registration in Venezuela.
  • Assisted General Motors with successfully submitting 32 trade mark applications claiming foreign priority before the IP Registry through its online system.
  • Assisting McDonald’s with a trade mark infringement matter in Venezuela.

De Sola, Pate & Brown

De Sola, Pate & Brown predominantly acts for multinational clients, advising on the registration and protection of trade marks, patents and copyright. In particular, the team stands out for its experience in licensing, franchising and e-commerce matters, as well as in IP litigation. Irene De Sola and Richard Brown, who focuses on trade marks, are the key figures in the team.

ECV & Asociados

IP boutique ECV & Asociados has a broad practice spanning the registration of trade mark, patent, copyright and domain name matters, opposition, cancellation and nullity actions, regulatory issues (including sanitary registrations) and anti-piracy litigation. Founding partners Enrique Cheang, Marianella Montilla and Carlos Terra are among the names to note.

D'Empaire

The IP department at D'Empaire is particularly active in litigation, handling trade mark, patent and copyright disputes. The team also advises on the IP aspects of corporate transactions, and assists with licensing, collaboration and outsourcing agreements. José González and Pedro Perera are the key contacts.

Moreau, González & Asociados

IP is a key area of expertise for Moreau, González & Asociados, which is noted for its advice to domestic and international clients in the food and drink, oil and gas, financial services, pharmaceuticals, telecoms and entertainment sectors. Jacqueline Moreau Aymard is a key contact, particularly for copyright law, as is Ana Carolina González Benoit.

Travieso Evans Arria Rengel & Paz

Boutique firm Travieso Evans Arria Rengel & Paz advises a broad portfolio of domestic and international clients, including well-known names from the consumer products, healthcare and manufacturing sectors, on IP matters, with an emphasis on trade mark registration and protection. The team also handles the transfer of IP and technology assets. The experienced Karen Incera De Bilbao, who joined the firm from Hoet & Partners, took over as practice head in June 2021 following the departure of Rosa María Mejuto.

Practice head(s):

Karen Incera De Bilbao

Key clients

Avon Products

Philip Morris International

Colgate-Palmolive

Baxter Healthcare

Papeles Venezolanos (Paveca)

Fonterra Group

Marroquinera

Loma Cadena De Tiendas

Molinos Nacionales (Monaca)

La Dulce Alianza (La Tia Sú)

Sabores Aborigenes

Work highlights

  • Advised Marroquinera on the modernisation of its traditional logos and the registration and protection of its new trade marks in Venezuela.
  • Advising Loma Cadena de Tiendas on the protection of its trade marks internationally.
  • Advised a renowned specialist in cosmetic surgery on the valuation of his intangible IP assets, including the copyright of a highly successful surgical procedure.