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BLP BUILDING, VÍA LINDORA BUSINESS CENTER, SANTA ANA, SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA
Tel:
Work +506 2205 3939
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www.blplegal.com

Uri Weinstok

Tel:
Work +506 2205 3939
Email:
BLP

Work Department

Antitrust-Competition, Consumer Protection & Advertising, Corporate & Commercial and Intellectual Property,

Position

Partner - Head of Antitrust-Competition and Consumer Protection & Advertising Practices, and Co-Director of Intellectual Property

Career

In 2015, with more than 20 years of legal experience, merges his firm Weinstok Abogados with BLP's team, to become Head of Antitrust-Competition and Consumer Protection & Advertising Practices, and Co-Director of Intellectual Property,

Languages

Spanish, English & Hebrew

Member

Uri, for over ten years, was a member of the national competition authority (Comisión para Promover la Competencia), in which he also served as Chairman. He has also served as international consultant for the World Bank and for the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in connection with regulatory and consumer protection issues. Today, he is actively involved in the Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance (GALA), an international organization integrated by lawyers with knowledge in advertising, marketing and promotion law, in which BLP is the exclusive member for Costa Rica. In addition, Uri is also a member of the International Trademark Association (INTA) and of the Inter-American Intellectual Property Association (ASIPI).

Education

Uri graduated with honors from Universidad de Costa Rica in 1996. In addition, he has a postgraduate degree in Competition Law from King’s College of the University of London since 2001. Uri is also certified to act as commercial arbitrator by Universidad Cooperación Internacional (UCI).


Costa Rica

Corporate and M&A

Within: Corporate and M&A

BLP’s 10-partner corporate and M&A practice has a superlative reputation in the market and covers the full array of corporate and M&A-related work, including advice on matters related to private equity, venture capital, corporate restructuring and cross-border M&A deals. In one recent headline mandate, Luís M Castro and Eduardo Calderón led advice to Accenture on the acquisition of Virginia-based technology services company, Search Technologies. Vivian Liberman, who is also active in the banking and finance sphere, assisted One Equity Partners with the acquisition of leading BPO company One Link. Seller-side work saw Ronald Lachner advise Medtronic on the multimillion-dollar sale of its patient care, deep vein thrombosis and nutritional insufficiency business lines. Lachner also led advice to Swarovski regarding its operational start up in Costa Rica and the obtaining of free zone regime status. Another key strength of the practice is day-to-day advice, where its multinational client roster includes the likes of Cargill, KFC, Pfizer and American Airlines. David Gutiérrez, who now splits his time between San José and Madrid, and Uri Weinstok are other key figures in the department.

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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

Undertaking both contentious and non-contentious work, the intellectual property department at BLP fields a five-strong team of ‘qualified and experienced professionals with deep knowledge of Costa Rica’s IP regulations’. The practice is led by Giselle Reuben, who ‘excels at everything she does’, and handles the full array of related services, including the registration, defence and enforcement of patents, trade marks, copyrights and industrial designs, as well as litigious cases related to infringement, counterfeiting and unfair competition. Recent activity includes assisting Pandora Jewellery with confiscation actions against counterfeit products; advising BASF on the registration of its patent portfolio before the Costa Rican Patent Office; and assisting Grupo Agroindustrial Numar with trade mark matters and the registration of its products before the Ministry of Health. Uri Weinstok, who is noted for providing ‘assertive answers to all queries with prompt and effective attention’, recently advised British American Tobacco on the illegal importation of cigarettes that infringe its trade marks, along with labelling and advertising matters. The client roster, which also includes Unilever, Scotiabank and Microsoft, encompasses local, regional and international companies from a variety of industries, such as pharmaceuticals, technology, and food and beverages.

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