Intellectual property in Venezuela

Antequera Parilli & Rodríguez

Highly regarded IP boutique Antequera Parilli & Rodríguez is regularly instructed by international companies, among others, from the consumer products, retail and pharmaceutical sectors. The team is experienced in traditional trade mark and patent registration and filing work, but also handles availability searches and marketplace evaluations, IP portfolio management, IP litigation, conflicts involving domain names, and other internet and e-commerce issues, as well as data protection. Ricardo Alberto Antequera also has expertise in advertising, entertainment and sports law; Florida-based Ricardo Enrique Antequera is experienced in comparative protection; and Manuel Antonio Rodríguez and Barbarita Guzmán are also highly recommended. The team was strengthened at partner level by the promotions of María Rusé RuggieroDinora García and Mariana Montiel in 2019.

Testimonials

A very well-coordinated team, with great expertise in its field, and immediate responses to all the client’s doubts and concerns.

The group are very reliable, efficient and reactive, even in the worst conditions for their country.

The practitioners are efficient and knowledgeable lawyers in their field, who continue to provide their services as one of the best teams in the country.’

Key clients

Paw3r

Tarbay

Balder IP

Panyu Corp (Kannoa)

Teva Pharmaceuticals

The Procter & Gamble Company

The Coca-Cola Company

Diageo

Adidas

Inditex

Work highlights

  • Advised Paw3r on possible infringements of its IP rights.
  • Developed an IP strategy for Panyu Corp to avoid the applications of former manufacturers in China maturing into registrations.
  • Assisted Nike with an infringement investigation which allowed customs authorities to seize over 7,000 pairs of counterfeited shoes.

Bolet & Terrero

Clients from the pharmaceutical, entertainment and sport sectors, as well as IT and start-up businesses, regularly instruct Bolet & Terrero for its deep expertise in IP matters. The boutique firm advises on patents, trade marks and copyright, and handles litigation and anti-counterfeiting investigations. María Elena Terrero and Manuel Polanco  are prominent practitioners. Since publication, the practice has been considerably strengthene with the arrival of Luis Henriquez, Rafael Ortin, and associate Annette Angulo from Marquez, Henriquez, Ortin & Valedon, effective as of July 2021.

Hoet & Partners

Specialist boutique Hoet & Partners -formerly known as Hoet Pelaez Castillo & Duque- covers the full gamut of intellectual property matters; the team's experienced practitioners advise on patents, copyright, trade marks and domain names, as well as licences and technology transfer matters. María Milagros Nebreda, who focuses on portfolio management, and Patricia Hoet-Limbourg, who handles licences and other trade mark agreements, are names to note, as is Joaquín Núñez. However, Matias Perez-Irazabal left the firm in July 2020.

Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

Baker & McKenzie, S.C.'s practice encompasses advising on the registration of trade marks, patents, copyright and the infringement of IP rights. Its client portfolio includes companies from the healthcare, consumer and luxury goods, and heavy industry sectors. Senior associate Laura Rada heads the team, which also includes associate Indira García. Dianne Phoebus retired.

Practice head(s):

Laura Rada

De Sola, Pate & Brown

De Sola, Pate & Brown's team has a strong track record in licensing matters and IP litigation. It also provides assistance on matters relating to the patent, trade mark and copyright fields, with a good standing with clients from the arts and entertainment space. Irene De Sola and Richard Brown are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Irene De Sola; Richard Brown

ECV & Asociados

ECV & Asociados is a highly regarded IP boutique handling the full spectrum of relevant matters; the team is particularly well versed in trade mark and patent cases. Managing partner Enrique Cheang, who has noteworthy experience in the space, and Marianella Montilla are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Enrique Cheang

Testimonials

The team has great knowledge of clients’ matters and is prompt in its responses.’

Their knowledge of the field and their ability to solve problems reflect the good management of Enrique Cheang.’

Enrique Cheang and Marianella Montilla stand out as, despite the complicated situation in their country, they always provide assistance and solutions in cases.

Enrique Cheang is one of the most recognised practitioners.

Marquez, Henriquez, Ortin & Valedon

Marquez, Henriquez, Ortin & Valedon fields a sizeable team of IP specialists, including Rafael Ernesto Ortin, Leopoldo Márquez Lefeld, Luis Alejandro Henriquez and associate Annette Angulo Celis. It advises clients from the pharmaceutical, food and beverages sectors on infringement matters, the corporate planning of intangible assets, audits, the drafting of licence agreements and trade mark applications. The group also has experience in media and marketing law. Since publication, name partners Ortin and Henriquez, along with Angulo, have all moved to Bolet & Terrero (effective as of July 2021).

Practice head(s):

Leopoldo Márquez Lefeld

D'Empaire

As part of its full-service offering, D'Empaire is particularly active in contentious IP matters. It handles litigation regarding patents, copyright and trade marks, predominantly for clients from the pharmaceutical and media sectors. The key practitioners are José González and Pedro Perera.

Practice head(s):

José González

Moreau, González & Asociados

The IP specialists at Moreau, González & Asociados advise clients on a variety of matters, such as patents, copyright, domain names, trade marks and their protection, as well as the related litigation. Jacqueline Moreau Aymard, who has more than 20 years of experience, is also well versed in the transfer of ownership and licensing of trade marks. Associate Isabel Manrique Rojas is another integral part of the team.

Practice head(s):

Jacqueline Moreau Aymard

Tinoco, Travieso, Planchart & Núñez

Led by Nelly Herrera Bond, Tinoco, Travieso, Planchart & Núñez' IP practice covers contentious and non-contentious matters relating to trade marks, patents and copyright. The team also regularly advises on the IP aspects of transactions.

Practice head(s):

Nelly Herrera Bond

Travieso Evans Arria Rengel & Paz

The IP team at Travieso Evans Arria Rengel & Paz is well integrated into the full-service offering of the firm, working closely with its other practice groups. Under the leadership of Rosa María Mejuto, it advises on patents, copyright and technology transfer matters. It also assists clients with the preparation of trade mark licence agreements and their filing before the competent authorities.

Practice head(s):

Rosa María Mejuto