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Chile > Life sciences Tier 2

A 'one-stop shop for companies within the life sciences sector', Covarrubias has been developing its life sciences practice since the firm was founded in 2011. The 'unique' multidisciplinary team (biologists, chemists and engineers) is led by name partner Arturo Covarrubias, who focuses his practice on industrial and intellectual property protection strategies, as well as unfair competition litigation; he specialises in advising companies from industries such as technology, pharmaceuticals, agrochemical, biotechnology, healthcare, education, retail, and food and beverage, among others. Non-legal associate and biochemist Matías Valenzuela leads the firm's patent department.

Practice head(s):

Matías Valenzuela


This firm is a one-stop shop for companies within the life sciences sector.

Having a professional such as associate Matías Valenzuela in its team makes this a unique firm in Latin America, as it has technical experience in both the legal and biochemistry area.

Matías Valenzuela has a clear understanding of the pharmaceutical business, including both legal and technical aspects.

Key clients




Monsanto Technology

Crop Microclimate Management

Ishihara Sangyo Kaisha

Shire Human Genetic Therapies

Pronova Biopharma Norge


BRF Group

Cemento Polpaico

Work highlights

  • Advised Monsanto Technology on the filing of five patent applications that sought to protect recombinant DNA constructs for plants that confer herbicide and pesticide tolerance.
  • Assisted Crop Microclimate Management with a cancellation action against a patent granted in Chile, which protects a method to increase the tolerance to abiotic stress and/or reduce the consequences of abiotic stress in plants.
  • Acted for Pronova Biopharma Norge in appealing the rejection of a patent application, which related to compounds derived from fatty acids (for use in the treatment of metabolic and cardiovascular diseases).

Chile > Intellectual property Tier 3

Technically skilled and very responsive’, specialised IP practice Covarrubias fields a seven-strong department that covers major patent industries in Chile, such as chemicals, technology, food and drink, pharmaceuticals and life sciences, along with agriculture, biotechnology and retail. The practice has also developed specialisms in regulatory issues and plant varieties, as well as in growing areas such as energy innovations, AI and robotics. The broad practice of name partner Arturo Covarrubias includes industrial and intellectual protection strategies, and copyright; and at associate level, biochemist Matías Valenzuela is patent department head, Sofía Covarrubias leads the international trade mark practice, and Diego Bilbao was hired in March 2021 as head of the firm’s IP litigation practice. Juan José Prieto is a key attorney in the national trade mark and internet domain name group. Since the conclusion of research, Prieto has moved to Morales & Besa (June 2021); the firm subsequently hired Victor Ahumada (as head of both the national trade marks and internet domain names’ teams and the data privacy practice), the following month.

Practice head(s):

Arturo Covarrubias, Sofía Covarrubias, Matías Valenzuela, Diego Bilbao y Víctor Ahumada


Rapid responses to all enquiries, with the ability to anticipate potential obstacles to obtaining registration or recognition of rights.

Great for the alternatives they offer and the adaptability they show to the billing and payment process.

The Covarrubias patent team is at an excellent technical level. What differentiates them is the delivery of very good quality documents at a reasonable cost to clients – and that delivery is always within the agreed deadlines.

The answers are fast, adequate and efficient, and the treatment of clients is excellent.

The Covarrubias team is unique because they are technically skilled and very responsive, thus saving us time and improving our own efficiency.

Associate Sofía Covarrubias delivers precise and effective solutions.

Arturo Covarrubias always shows much-appreciated flexibility.

Arturo Covarrubias and biochemist Matías Valenzuela are both top-level professionals.

Key clients


Amvac Hong Kong

Arama Natural Products Distribuidora

Blue Box Opco

Greensill Capital


Iron Mountain Incorporated

Turtle Mountain

Truly Nolen International

Sacyr Chile

Cementos Bicentenario

Aguilar y Cia

Empresas CMPC

Westrock (RTS Packaging)

Softys (CMPC Tissue)

Antofagasta Minerals


Sociedad Punta del Cobre

Work highlights

  • Assisted Westrock with its appeal at the Industrial Property Court against the Patent Office’s rejection of a patent application, which concerned a partition to separate bottles inside a box (so they remain undamaged during transport).
  • The firm assisted Hyundai Motor Company with the protection of the trade mark “GENESIS” logo in 23 classes in the Chilean market.
  • Assisted CONMEBOL (The South American Football Confederation) with filing several trade mark and slogan applications which are associated with Chile’s 2020 Copa Libertadores de America (men’s soccer tournament in South America).

Covarrubias is a boutique law firm exclusively focused on Intellectual Property and Technology. We specialize on matters pertaining to invention patents, plant varieties, and life sciences, trademarks and internet domain names, advertising, data privacy, copyrights, and litigation.

Firm’s working culture and team

The firm is widely known for being “great and fast-growing” and trustworthy. Respect that was earned due to a strategic look, focused on identifying potential risks, neutralizing them, and transforming them into opportunities.

Also, the firm has a highly proactive team that includes qualified attorneys, patent specialists, and paralegals who provide the legal and technical advice that our clients require, offering a much more specialized look into matters.

Finally, the firm actively participates in many international networks in the IP field, such as INTA, AIPLA, IPO, APAA, Marques, ASIPI, ABPI, ACHIPI, among others.


Practice specializations

Patents and plant varieties: A highly specialized team is dedicated to the protection of both local and foreign inventions in all stages. The firm offers: state of the art reports, drafting and filing of patents of inventions, utility models, design patents, industrial drawings, integrated circuits, and plant varieties, filing and prosecution of Paris Convention applications and PCT applications in Chile and/or abroad, analysis of examiners report (Office Actions), drafting and filing reply to examiners report, comparative reports on scope of protection of patents of inventions, utility models, designs patents, industrial drawings, integrated circuits, and plant varieties, feasibility and novelty analysis, surveillance, opposition and cancellation actions. Assignments, transfers, and licenses are also carried out.

Life Sciences: Life Sciences is a branch that specializes in a particular aspect of humanity, seeking its wellbeing and the continuity of different aspects of all lifeforms and the world itself. We help our clients overcome conflicts and obstacles, including a wide range of legal, regulatory, and strategic issues, patent and product liability, investigation and enforcement actions, and protect life sciences clients’ rights in disputes, both nationally and internationally.

Trademarks and Internet Domain Names: The firm assists national and international clients, offering complete assistance for trademarks in Chile and worldwide, search reports and feasibility analysis, filing, prosecution, and registration of applications, renewals, surveillance, opposition and cancellation actions, and litigation. Also, our firm provides complete assistance regarding all kinds of domain names in Chile and abroad. Assignments, transfers, and licenses are also carried out.

Advertising: Assistance is given on the creation and implementation of advertising campaigns, promotions, competitions, labeling of products, and other assets related to publicity.

Data Privacy: Due to the understanding of how the world quickly turned to digitalizing all of its services because of the pandemic, the firm offers its clients advice on matters of information technology, social networks, and the Internet, advice on the management and protection of personal data and sensitive data, drafting of models of electronic contracting, terms and conditions and other contracts related to web pages, drafting and implementing privacy policies and the authorization of the use of personal data, drafting of mandates and agreements of personal data transfer with particular attention to the international norms and agreements.

Copyrights: Assistance is given in the protection and enforcement of literary and artistic production, motion pictures and software, and related rights in Chile or abroad. Filing and prosecution of the advisable registration or protection regarding the client interests are executed. Assignments, transfers, and licenses are carried out.

Litigation: Complete assistance and legal representation regarding all kinds of litigations (administrative, arbitration, civil or criminal) in connection with Industrial Property, Copyrights, Unfair Competition, or Antitrust Law in Chile or abroad are given. Full assistance and legal representation before CONAR (Self-regulation and Ethical Advertisement Committee) are executed.

Regulatory Affairs: We are deeply involved in providing counseling on food, drug, cosmetic and medical devices, and products to both domestic and international clients to be registered at the Chilean Regulatory Agency.

Managing Partner Arturo 2887 2300
Patents Matias 2887 2300
Plant Varieties Matias 2887 2300
Life Sciences Matias 2887 2300
Trademarks Sofia 2887 2300
Internet Domain Names Sofia 2887 2300
Advertising Sofia 2887 2300
Data Privacy Victor 2887 2300
Copyrights Juan Pablo 2887 2300
Litigation Diego 2887 2300
Victor Ahumada photo Victor AhumadaAttorney at Law – Associate – Head of the National Trademark and…
Diego Bilbao  photo Diego Bilbao Attorney at Law – Associate – Head of the Litigation Department
Arturo Covarrubias photo Arturo CovarrubiasAttorney at Law – Founding and Managing Partner
Sofía Covarrubias photo Sofía CovarrubiasAttorney at Law – Partner – Head of the International Trademark Department
Matías Valenzuela photo Matías ValenzuelaBiochemist – Senior Associate – Head of the Patent and Life Siences…
Partners : 3
Associates : 10
INTA - International Trademark Association
Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO)
Asian Patent Attorney Association (APAA)
ECTA (European Communities Trademark Association)
Year of Establishment : 2010