Estudio Benedetti > Panama, Panama > Firm Profile

Estudio Benedetti

Panama > Intellectual property Tier 1

A benchmark in Panama in intellectual property matters‘, specialist firm Estudio Benedetti handles the IP portfolios of household-name multinationals, including companies from the pharmaceuticals, retail, entertainment and luxury goods sectors. Trade mark, patent, utility model and design filings, and Colón Free Zone trade mark issues are among the practice’s key areas of expertise; the group is also active in opposition, cancellation and annulment actions. The sizeable team is led by Ramón Benedetti Velázquez, who oversees the IP prosecution practice; Audrey Williams, who excels in anti-counterfeiting litigation and is ‘very skilled in negotiating trade mark cases‘; IP litigation specialist Diana Leandro; and Ramón Benedetti Alemán, who handles IP renewals and foreign filings. Other noteworthy practitioners include patent agent Jeane Johnson and associate Graziella Benedetti, whose ‘extensive experience in regulatory issues allows her to provide good solutions to all client issues‘. Fernando Reyes, a name to note for infringement cases, and Julissa Farah also stand out at the associate level.

Practice head(s):

Ramón Benedetti Velázquez; Audrey Williams; Diane Leandro; Ramón Benedetti Alemán; Estudio Benedetti


‘Reliable advice, cost efficiency, a high level of client care, quick responses and billing that is always on time. Overall, this office has everything a client needs. The level of responsibility and efficiency is incomparable.’

‘The team stands out for the reliability and expertise of the lawyers. Julissa Farah provides top-notch services, in-depth analysis and gets straight to the point.’

‘The firm is known for the experience it has gained over many years of practice, and its specialisms in different areas of IP law such as litigation, infringements, patents and anti-counterfeiting, among others. The knowledge and experience of the senior lawyers together with the capacity of the young lawyers who contribute new ideas and technology has made it a very solid firm.’

‘What differentiates them from other firms in Panama is the personal qualities of the firm’s lawyers – their friendliness, accessibility and familiarity with clients make working with the people in this team very comfortable.’

‘Estudio Benedetti is one of the main proponents of intellectual property law in Panama. The firm is a leader in the market and has a highly competitive team and a platform that allows it to cover all matters. We consider that the firm is a benchmark in Panama in intellectual property matters.’

‘Graziella Benedetti’s extensive experience in regulatory issues allows her to provide good solutions to all client issues. Audrey Williams is excellent in litigation and very skilled in negotiating trade mark cases. Diana Leandro is excellent in handling trade mark cases. Ramón Benedetti is a great manager of the team and of the firm’s strategy.’

Key clients

Sony Interactive Entertainment

Guccio Gucci

Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá

CPA Global Company

Sanrio Corporation

Avon Products




Editorial Televisa

The Scotch Whisky Association

S. Tous

Asociación de Cafeses Especiales de Panamá (Speciality Coffee Association of Panama)

F. Hoffmann-La Roche





Riot Games



Karo Pharma


American Airlines

Work highlights

  • Acted for Mexican company Grupo Seguridad Integral after an opposition was filed against its registration of the trade mark “GSI & Design” by Panamanian company Grupo de Seguridad Integral, as well as in filing a nullity action against the trade mark “G S I Grupo de Seguridad Integral SA & Design” owned by the Panamanian company.
  • Advising F Hoffmann-La Roche on the consolidation of its IP portfolio in Panama.
  • Advised Vida Produce Company on the prosecution of its new brands and image in Latin America, the US, the UK and Europe, in addition to overseeing the company’s IP portfolio worldwide.

Panama > Corporate and M&A Tier 4

IP specialist Estudio Benedetti has continued to expand its corporate department, which is particularly well positioned to advise a predominantly international client base on the drafting and negotiation of their commercial agreements in Panama, including cross-border contracts. The practice stands out for its focus on acting for Panamanian start-up franchises from the food and beverages sector in their business expansion efforts. Incorporations, restructurings and acquisitions are other core areas of activity for the team. Ramón Benedetti Alemán handles corporate and tax structuring mandates with the support of senior associate Chris Effio, who is a ‘critical thinker and superb performer‘ in commercial law matters. Ramón Benedetti Velázquez also oversees the practice.

Practice head(s):

Ramón Benedetti Velázquez; Chris Effio; Ramón Benedetti Alemán


‘The Estudio Benedetti team really makes a difference and keeps the standards high. Each partner, associate and assistant demonstrates professionalism, efficiency and, above all, a real interest in our business and the people behind it. We have been able to handle most meetings and closings virtually seamlessly thanks to the wide range of lawyers at the firm who make sure to provide expeditious and top-notch services.’

‘Chris Effio is a born problem solver. Each consultation is fast and personalised. She has extensive legal knowledge and makes sure she is up to date. She is immensely hands on. Working with her is a relief and a pleasure. She is a wonderful attorney and an exceptional human being – a magnificent critical thinker and superb performer.’

‘Ramón Benedetti provides intelligent solutions to problems. His availability makes us feel that each of our queries is a priority for him.’

‘We have worked with the Estudio Benedetti team since our inception and we feel extremely satisfied with the results received. The Estudio Benedetti team is made up of highly qualified lawyers, with excellent skills in the interpretation and analysis of legal matters. They stand out from other firms in Panama for their excellent management of cases and the personalised dedication they offer to all their clients.’

‘Chris Effio stands out among the lawyers in this field due to her excellence and critical agility, dealing with each matter in which she is involved with practical, professional and efficient solutions, which have always led to successful results. Her personalised service and charisma make it a joy to work with her. She always makes us feel like a priority for her work.’

‘Knowledge of the subject, availability, and quick, efficient and assertive responses.’

‘The Estudio Benedetti team provides a truly boutique and personalised service. They are always available for a call or WhatsApp chat. Additionally, and unlike at other firms, they are not counting down the minutes, but rather provide comprehensive advice, where the client feels supported, advised and at ease.’

‘The team at Estudio Benedetti is multidisciplinary and can give advice on and handle various processes at different stages of a company, from company creation to shareholders’ agreement, contracts and all kinds of legal support. Chris Effio in particular is very talented in her handling of various issues and stands out for her response times and the quality of her support. Ramón Benedetti Jr. is always available and aware of all issues.’

Key clients

Vida Produce Company

Yummy Rocket

Grupo Pit

Cinq Holding International


Norton Lilly International

Inversiones Mafalda

Grupo Maito

Omega BB Investment

Coffee Roasters Unido



Colegio Bilingüe de Panamá

Best Intuitive Software


Gracias Clothing



Naked Cake


Constructora Grupo Mas

Happy Hair Clinic

Laboratorios Kin

Work highlights

  • Advised Grupo Maito on the transfer agreements of more than ten companies and the shareholders’ agreements implemented with the previous and new owners of the company.
  • Advised Venezuelan start-up Yummy Rocket on its incorporation in Panama, including the creation of its corporate structure, permits, commercial agreements and advertising issues.
  • Advising Happy Hair Clinic on the expansion of its business into Colombia, including drafting an association agreement.

Estudio Benedetti was established in 2017 as a result from the split of Benedetti & Benedetti, which was traditionally recognized as the leading IP firm in Panama and was consistently ranked at the top stop in international rankings.

Ramon Benedetti V, senior, and Audrey Williams, who were the partners in charge of the intellectual property department at Benedetti & Benedetti, formed together with Diana Leandro and Ramon Benedetti A, the new law practice, Estudio Benedetti.

The firm advises on a variety of services in trademarks, trade names, patents, utility models, industrial designs, plant varieties, copyright, domain names, unfair competition, licensing and distribution agreements, know-how agreements, international franchising agreements, pharmaceutical licensing and health registrations.

The attorneys at Estudio Benedetti are well known for their great expertise in anti-counterfeiting actions, trademark, and copyright litigation -including oppositions, cancellation and annulment actions-, trade dress infringement, and have been involved in landmark IP anti-counterfeiting and infringement actions in Panama.

Where the other law firms in Panama have small teams handling IP matters, regularly made up of two or three attorneys at most, Estudio Benedetti has a separate team for patents, utility models and industrial designs led by a patent agent, and the other IP departments have at least two attorneys plus their supporting staff.

Estudio Benedetti is responsible for what is likely to be the most impressive IP portfolio in the country, including trademarks, trade names, slogans, patents, utility models, designs, copyrights, health registrations, Customs and Colon Free Zone registrations, domain names and IP-related litigation, of Fortune 500 companies and owners of the world’s most valuable brands.

IP Prosecution Ramón R. Benedetti
Anti-counterfeiting Audrey
IP litigation Diana
IP renewals, recordations and foreign filings Ramón Benedetti Alemá
Raul Amado photo Raul AmadoAssociate
Ramón Benedetti Alemán photo Ramón Benedetti AlemánPartner – Head of IP renewals, recordations and foreign filings
Chris Effio photo Chris EffioHead of Corporate Department
Julissa Farah photo Julissa FarahAssociate
Emma Him photo Emma HimAssociate
Jeane Johnson photo Jeane JohnsonHead of Patent practice
Diana Leandro photo Diana LeandroPartner – Head of IP litigation practice
Maria Teresa Restrepo photo Maria Teresa RestrepoAssociate
Fernando Reyes photo Fernando ReyesAssociate
Ramón Benedetti Velázquez photo Ramón Benedetti VelázquezManaging Partner – Head of IP prosecution practice
Audrey Williams photo Audrey WilliamsPartner – Head of anti-counterfeiting practice
International Trademark Association (INTA)
Association Internationale Pour la Protection de la Propriété Industrielle (AIPPI)
Fédération Internationale des Conseils en Propriété Intellectuelle (FICPI)
Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance (GALA)
Licensing Executive Society (LES)