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Pellerano & Messina
Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic > Intellectual property Tier 2

Pellerano & Messina provides a breadth of services for its clients, regularly managing IP portfolios through brand development, bringing actions against rights infringement and representing clients in litigation against cancellation actions; for example, the firm defended a consumer goods client against the cancellation of its flagship trademarks. With cross-border experience, such as bringing trademark registration annulment actions for JJ Martin Group in El Salvador and Paraguay, the firm also provides local assistance for foreign IP services companies and law firms; it oversees the IP portfolios in the Dominican Republic for German IP services company Brandstock and Spanish/South American law firm H&A, while assisting with registration of IP rights in the Caribbean region for Panamian law firm Alfaro, Ferrer & Ramírez. Ana Messina leads all matters, aided by associates Adelin Villalobos, patents specialist Hemil Rodriguez and Carlos Tapia. Sectors of expertise include consumer goods, where the firm takes on trademark enforcement, and life sciences, where the firm is representing a client before the Supreme Court regarding a cancellation action.

Practice head(s):

Ana Messina

Key clients

Viafirma (Avansi)

JJ Martin Group

Brandstock Services

Alfaro, Ferrer & Ramirez

Deutsche Transnational Trustee Corporation, / Empresas Polar

Calox International / Markatrade

Insecticidas Internacionales Dominicana / Agroser

Herrero & Asociados

Industrias San Miguel

Perfetti Van Melle

Work highlights

  • Litigated and prevented the cancellation of the trademarks ‘Cervezas Polar’ and ‘Maltin Polar’, which are flagship trademarks and brands for Deutsche Transnational Trustee Corporation, / Empresas Polar and their oldest brands in the Latin-American market, including the Dominican Republic.
  • Hired as lead counsel to coordinate the prosecution and enforcement of Viafirma (Avansi)’s trademark portfolio for 12 Latin American jurisdictions, a key tenet in the client’s ambitious regional expansion plans.
  • Represented Calox International / Markatrade – a highly successful Venezuelan company – before the Supreme Court of the Dominican Republic in relation to a successful cancellation action brought on behalf of Markatrade, which was challenged by the affected party.

Pellerano & Messina, founded in 2019, is a Dominican intellectual property law firm with a team of professionals specialized in trademarks, inventions, copyrights, unfair competition and cartel law, distribution, licensing and franchising, regulatory affairs, and matters associated to new technologies and digital commerce in the context of new economies, covering aspects such as artificial intelligence and the development of online businesses. Pellerano & Messina provides synchronized protection in favor of its client’s intellectual property rights, through focused, creative, and practical strategies unlike any other law firm in the country.

Pellerano & Messina has one of the most proficient teams in the market and stands out in contentious and non-contentious intellectual property undertakings. Our firm’s extensive and prestigious roster of global clients entrust us with the handling and management of their portfolios and intellectual property endeavors in the Dominican Republic, and across the Caribbean region.

Managing Partner Ana (809) 541-5220
Partner Ricardo (809) 541-5220
Partners : 2
Associates : 5
Other fee earners : 15
American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM)
International Trademark Association (INTA)
European Communities Trademark Association (ECTA)
Pharmaceutical Trademarks Group (PTMG)