Intellectual property in Venezuela

Antequera Parilli & Rodríguez

Antequera Parilli & Rodríguez is praised for its 'quick responses and its strong internal co-operation'. Beyond the traditional patent and trade mark filing practice, the team regularly advises on strategies and risk prevention; IP portfolio management; anti-counterfeiting and border enforcement actions; and dispute resolution. Manuel Antonio Rodríguez is the key contact for contentious matters; he  recently advised Nike in relation to a series of raids as part of an ongoing anti-counterfeiting plan. Other matters saw managing partner Ricardo Alberto Antequera advise a social media platform on data privacy and advertising law. In June 2019 the firm also announced an association with corporate market-mainstay Leĝa Abogados, particularly for the resolution of contentious administrative issues in Venezuela's IP sphere. Other key team members include patent expert Ricardo AntequeraBarbarita Guzmán and María Alejandra Castillo, who specialise in matters relating to trade marks; and senior attorney María Rusé Ruggiero.

Bolet & Terrero

Intellectual property boutique Bolet & Terrero provides 'the quality of any international player'. The team has a strong standing with clients from the pharmaceutical, entertainment and sport sectors, as well as with IT and start-up businesses; it is instructed to handle the full gamut of IP matters, including patents, trade marks, copyright, litigation and anti-counterfeiting investigations. Maria Elena Terrero's work is of 'outstanding quality'. Manuel Polanco is another name to note.

Hoet Pelaez Castillo & Duque

Hoet Pelaez Castillo & Duque fields a team of dedicated lawyers, who are experienced in advising clients on all matters relating to patents, copyrights, trade marks, and domain names, as well as licences and technology transfer matters. María Milagros Nebreda is regularly instructed to handle the IP portfolios of various companies. Patricia Hoet-Limbourg is well versed in licences and other trade mark agreements. Joaquín Núñez and Matías Pérez-Irazábal are also noted.

Baker & McKenzie, S.C.

The team at Baker & McKenzie, S.C. has experience with clients from the healthcare, consumer and luxury goods sectors, but has also seen increasing demand in the heavy industry sector. Senior associate Laura Rada heads the department; she advises on registration of trade marks, patents, copyright and infringement of IP rights. Together with associate Indira García, Rada handled the portfolio - which included the review of the ownership and status of over 3,000 marks - obtained when a global pharmaceutical company acquired a local business. Senior professional support lawyer Dianne Phoebus is noted.

De Sola, Pate & Brown

De Sola, Pate & Brown has a strong practice in licensing matters and IP litigation. Beyond that, the team also regularly advises on all areas of patent, trade mark and copyright protection, and it has a wide client base in the art and entertainment field. Irene De Sola and Richard Brown jointly lead the practice. Associates José Gutierrez and Maria del Rosario are also part of the team.

ECV & Asociados

Clients appreciate ECV & Asociados for 'finding quick and efficient solutions in this challenging jurisdiction'. The IP boutique is known for handling a high volume of trade mark and patent cases. Enrique Cheang, who is repeatedly praised for his expertise in the trade mark sphere, continues to handle the portfolio for Corporación Habanos. Marianella Montilla is a 'good attorney, who is committed to accomplishing the client's needs'. Associate Irina Terra also specialises in IP.

Marquez, Henriquez, Ortin & Valedon

Marquez, Henriquez, Ortin & Valedon covers an impressive range of matters in the IP space for clients from the pharmaceutical, food and beverages sectors. The team acts in infringement matters and advises on the corporate planning of intangible assets, audits, drafting of licence agreements and trade mark applications, among other matters. It also has expertise in media and marketing law. Noteworthy practitioners include Rafael Ernesto Ortin PerozoLeopoldo Márquez LefeldLuis Alejandro Henriquez and associate Annette Angulo Celis.

D'Empaire

D'Empaire's team covers particularly contentious matters; it defends clients from the pharmaceutical and media sectors, among others, in litigation regarding patents, copyright, and trade marks. José González heads the practice and is supported by dispute resolution expert Pedro Perera.

Moreau, González & Asociados

Moreau, González & Asociados covers an impressive range of matters, such as litigation regarding patents and copyrights, domain names, and advice on trade marks and their protection. Team head Jacqueline Moreau Aymard has more than 20 years of experience in the field; she also handles the transfer of ownership and licensing of trade marks. Associates Isabel Manrique Rojas and Laura Hernández Bethermyt are also noted.

Tinoco, Travieso, Planchart & Núñez

Tinoco, Travieso, Planchart & Núñez is instructed by clients to handle contentious and non-contentious work relating to trade marks, patents and copyrights. Nelly Herrera Bond leads the team and has more than 20 years of experience in the area.

Travieso Evans Arria Rengel & Paz

Full-service law firm Travieso Evans Arria Rengel & Paz also offers services in the intellectual property area; the team assists clients with the preparation of trade mark licence agreements and their filing before the competent authorities, as well as advising on patents and copyrights. Practice head Rosa María Mejuto also has experience with technology transfer matters.