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Porzio Ríos García

Chile > Intellectual property Tier 2

Porzio Ríos García's ‘incredibly responsive' IP practice routinely enforces, prosecutes and litigates IP rights, such as patents, trade marks, utility models, industrial designs and copyright. The 11-strong department also encompasses experts in domain names, advertisements, plant varieties, anti-counterfeiting actions, and data protection. Other areas of note are IP-related contracts, new technologies, artificial intelligence, and prior art searches. The team is co-led by name partner Cristóbal Porzio, who assists with both the advisory and litigation side to trade marks, patents, technology transfers and copyright; and Marcelo Correa, whose broad practice covers commercial brands and patents. The next line of key partners features trade mark, copyright and domain name experts Antonio Varas, and Bernardita Torres; and at founding partner level, Marino Porzio (‘possibly the most outstanding professional in the country') and former legal director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hernán Ríos de Marimón, are now counsels at the firm. Within the associate ranks, Mercedes Valdivieso is experienced in patent work, while Josefina Mora is an active trade mark lawyer.

Practice head(s):

Cristóbal Porzio; Marcelo Correa


A solid team both from a technical and legal point of view.

Proactive, and the partners intervene when necessary, even when clients do not request it. They are also very well equipped technologically.

The treatment from partners and associates is extremely cordial, but not at the expense of professionalism.

The Porzio team is incredibly responsive and a top provider of legal expertise in the trade mark space. Clients entrust their most significant matters in Chile to Porzio.

Antonio Varas is extremely responsive and knowledgeable – always thorough in every way.

Cristóbal Porzio is a dedicated leader, as well as a thoughtful and wise practitioner.

Cristóbal Porzio is great for important and complex IP cases.

Counsel Marino Porzio is possibly the most outstanding professional in the country in terms of training, knowledge and experience.

Key clients

Flux Solar Energías Renovables

Ampere Power Energy

BHP Billiton

Ford Motor Company

Banco Itau


Universidad Del Desarrollo

Universidad De Santiago De Chile


Dr Ing HCF Porsche Aktiengesellschaft

Hyundai Motor Company

Jaguar Land Rover

Mastercard International


Bentley Motors


Natura Cosméticos

The Body Shop


Puig France

Comercial E Industrial Plásticos Hoffens

Compañía De Petróleos De Chile Copec

Cooperativa Agrícola Pisquera Elqui


Work highlights

  • Assisted Flux Solar Energías Renovables with the protection of its trade marks.
  • Advised ClimatePartner on the registration of a certification mark.
  • Assisted Transportes Fishcare with a patent paternity claim.

Chile > Labour and employment Tier 3

Recent areas of focus for Porzio Ríos García’s ‘excellent team of lawyers’ range from internal investigations, to golden parachute proposals and employee wrongdoing-related criminal assessments. The five-member labour, employment, social security and immigration law practice is also highly active in court litigation, while flexible working from home is another growth area. Name partner and department head Ignacio García has longstanding experience in labour and employment work, his practice covering litigation, global mobility, collective bargaining, cross-border executive transfers, and transactional labour issues; and the work of fellow partner and labour and employment specialist Fernando Villalobos is ‘outstanding’. At associate level, Camila Quiroz is an experienced litigator, but Laura Kottmann departed the firm in July 2022 to pursue an LLM.

Practice head(s):

Ignacio García


Deals with unusual questions and is direct in its answers, and the lawyers do not waste clients’ time with lots of caveats and limitations on their answers.

Patiently works through matters and provides clear counsel.

Makes sure clients are complying with the law rather than trying to figure out how they can take risks!

Responsive and helps find solutions to problems; it also connects clients with other resources, such as accountants (when needed).

An excellent team of lawyers – follows up on agreements, advises on future risks, gives clients a holistic vision of problems, and helps clients during execution. The availability and speed of response are always exceptional. Real experts.

The work of Fernando Villalobos is outstanding – he is an excellent lawyer, who not only knows and masters all the local laws, but is capable of understanding the values and behaviour of client companies.

Fernando Villalobos is a professional who has focus and leadership skills.

Fernando Villalobos is very responsive and very good.

Key clients



Wesco Inernational

Eecol Chile


BHP Billiton


Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days Saints

Desert King

Jones Lang Lasalle

Liberty Mutual

Milwaukee Tool

Occidental Chemical Petroleum



Swedish Space Corporation

Ruby Tuesday



CGM Nuclear Energy




National Oilwell Varco



Work highlights

  • Acted before the Labour Inspectorate further to an unlawful practice complaint, which was filed by the client company’s union.
  • Assisted with a sexual harassment investigation into complaints of harassment that different employees made about the behaviour of an employee in a high-level management position.
  • Assisted with the negotiation strategy for the termination of the employment contract of a high-level manager.

The firm: The law firm Porzio, Rios, Garcia was founded in 1993, as Porzio, Ríos & Asociados, beginning its activities mainly in the intellectual property field. It was founded by Marino Porzio who, by that time had already gained extensive experience in the IP field as a consequence of an outstanding career in the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), where he was Deputy Director General for over nine years, before becoming President of its General Assembly. Its specialised professional services, together with the command of several languages, led its clients, both Chilean and foreign, to entrust the firm with legal matters in other fields of law, motivating the partners of the firm to develop additional areas of the legal profession in order to provide its clients with a full legal service, in addition to its traditional leading IP services. Porzio, Rios, Garcia consists of a team of lawyers who graduated from the most prestigious universities in the country, many of whom have completed graduate degrees in foreign universities. Many of them also act as arbitrators in domestic and international procedures, and are academics at the main law schools in the country.

Areas of practice
Corporate and commercial: The firm offers high quality services in the areas of general corporate and commercial law, which include custody and management of corporate books and registries; mergers and acquisitions and corporate restructuring; audit and due diligence reviews; joint-ventures; public and private bids; commercial representation contracts; concessions; dissolution and liquidation of companies; antitrust, free competition; consumer protection law; and real estate law.

Intellectual property:

  • Patents, life sciences and plant varieties: The firm offers advice in the protection of foreign and local inventions, dealing in particular with pre-filing stage, including state of the art searches, feasibility and novelty analysis and drafting of patents. The firm regularly assists major pharmaceutical companies with registration and litigation matters. This department includes a qualified technical staff and scientists experienced in all fields of science and technology, many of them former examiners at the Chilean Patent Office. The firm also offers advice for the filing and prosecuting of applications for the registration of plant varieties with Chilean Agricultural Authority and eventual litigation in this field
  • Trademarks, domain names and new technologies: A specialised team offers advice to foreign and national clients to device strategies for protecting their trademarks in Chile through the proper registration and defense. Additionally, the firm offers their clients services of filing and handling their foreign portfolio in other countries. A reliable domain names department protects trademarks on the Internet, obtaining an impressive rate of favorable decisions in arbitral assignation procedures. The firm also deals with new IP matters such as use of trademarks on social media and protection of the personal data on the internet
  • Copyright, entertainment and advertisement: The firm assists its clients in the protection of their creations, giving advice in respect of the licensing and drafting of other related agreements. The firm also advises clients in the TV field and the rights on image issues. Notably, a specialised department deals with advertising self-regulatory matters

FInancial market: The firm offers advice to its clients in their debt and equity issuances, having expertise as well, assisting in the distribution of such securities and instruments. In addition, the firm has been involved in transactions such as IPOs, tender offers and securities issuances. The lawyers of the firm also assist its clients with their regulatory needs, acting as well in administrative proceedings with capital markets regulators and legal defense in stock exchange, derivatives and capital market litigation.

Labour and employment: The firm has a solid prestige in the areas of labour, employment, immigration and social security law. This expertise includes regulatory compliance, collective bargaining and labour relations involving unions; individual and collective contracts; unfair dismissal litigation; health and safety regulations, employee benefits, personal taxation, social security and pension law; global mobility, immigration laws, executive transfers and visa processing; labour revisions, M&A processes and harmonisation of corporate benefits as well as training workshops in labour matters.

Litigation: Composed of an experienced team, the litigation department of the firm engages in all kind of litigation, including civil, commercial, administrative, labour, insolvency, both domestic and international and in all fields of intellectual property, free competition and false advertisement. For the implementation of these tasks, the firm acts before different authorities of the government for all kind of administrative problems and disputes, and on pre-trial and trial instances acts before national courts at all levels, including the Supreme Court of Justice of the country, as well as in the sphere of arbitration tribunals.

Tax: The firm offers high quality tax consulting services to domestic and foreign corporations as well as to high-wealth individuals/families. Due to its comprehensive vision of legal services, the firm includes tax matters in all relevant advice, making sure that tax effects and contingencies are considered in all of its clients’ activities. The tax services provided by the firm include domestic and international tax planning, corporate restructuring, tax aspects of corporate practice due diligence, tax advice to family businesses, legal reports on tax matters and the defense of our clients in tax claims before the Chilean Internal Revenue Services and Courts of Justice”.

Trade and commerce: The firm advises in all areas of international trade law, commercial agreements, including distribution and franchising contracts, international taxation and customs law; free trade agreements; trade defense and WTO law; non-tariff barriers; and structuring of supply chain management.

Department Name Email Telephone
Commercial and corporate Ignacio García igarcia@porzio.cl 56227290600
Commercial and corporate Cristóbal Porzio cporzio@porzio.cl 56227290600
Consumer protection and free competition Marcelo Correa mcorrea@porzio.cl 56227290600
Customs and international trade Ignacio García igarcia@porzio.cl 56227290600
Customs and international trade Andrés Sotomayor asotomayor@porzio.cl 56227290600
Consumer protection and free competition Marcelo Correa mcorrea@porzio.cl 56227290600
Commercial and distribution Cristóbal Porzio cporzio@porzio.cl 56227290600
Commercial and distribution Ignacio García igarcia@porzio.cl 56227290600
Intellectual Property Marcelo Correa mcorrea@porzio.cl 56227290600
Labour and Employment Fernando Villalobos fvillalobos@porzio.cl 56227290600
Tax Tomás Alvarez talvarez@porzio.cl 56227290600
Number of lawyers (partners and associates) : 23
Number of other professionals : 5
AIJA - International Association of Young Lawyers
INTA - International Trademark Association
Pharmaceutical Trade Marks Group (PTMG)
AIPPI (Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property)
Partners : Marino Porzio
Partners : Hernán Ríos
Partners : Cristóbal Porzio
Partners : Ignacio García
Partners : Marcelo Correa
Partners : Antonio Varas
Partners : Bernardita Torres
Partners : Fernando Villalobos