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Estudio Benedetti
EDIFICIO COMOSA, PISO 19, AVENIDA SAMUEL LEWIS
PANAMA
Panama

Work Department

Managing Partner - Head of IP prosecution practice

Position

Managing Partner – Head of IP prosecution practice

Career

Ramon Ricardo Benedetti focuses his practice on Intellectual Property, Banking, Finance and Corporate Law and heads the IP department.

He started out as an attorney working with his father, Mr. Eloy Benedetti (*1918–†2000) at the law firm De La Guardia, Arosemena & Benedetti, and went on to become one of the founding partners of Benedetti & Benedetti, an internationally renowned Panamanian law firm, where he headed the Intellectual Property practice for twenty five years.

Mr. Benedetti is recognized as one of the pioneers of IP law practice in Panama, with more than 40 years of experience.

He is the managing partner and oversees the trademark prosecution department, and other areas of practice of the firm.

Throughout his career, Mr. Benedetti has been an active member of several professional organizations and has been attending international meetings for decades, experiences which have afforded him the opportunity to establish long-lasting relationships with colleagues and clients.

He is one of the only two Honorary Members of the Panamanian Association of Intellectual Property Law – APADEPI, due to his extraordinary role in the development of Intellectual Property Law in Panama and his great contributions to the association.

Languages

Spanish and English

Memberships

His memberships include the Panama Bar Association, the Panamanian Association of Intellectual Property Law – APADEPI (President, 1988-1993), the American Bar Association (ABA), the Inter-American Bar Association – IABA, the Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property – ASIPI  (National Delegate 1982-1989, Executive Committee 1989-1991), the Licensing Executives Society – LES, the European Association of Trademark Owners- MARQUES, the Federation Internationale des Conseils en Propriété Industrielle – FICPI, the Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Industrielie – AIPPI (President, Panamanian Group), the International Trademark Association – INTA, the European Communities Trademark Association – ECTA, and The Institute of Trade Mark Agents.

Education

Licentiate degree in Law and Political Science – Universidad de Panama, Panama
Master of Laws – LLM, Comparative Law and Intellectual Property – Emory University, USA

Lawyer Rankings

Panama > Intellectual property

(Hall of Fame)

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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.

Panama > Corporate and M&A

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.