Maria Clara Munera > OlarteMoure > Bogota, Colombia > Lawyer Profile

OlarteMoure
CARRERA 5 N° 34-03
BOGOTÁ 110311
Colombia

Work Department

Trademarks, Unfair Competition, Restrictive Practices, Consumer Protection

Position

Partner | Medellin Office Manager

Career

Maria Clara Munera received her law degree from the Pontifical Bolivariana University (Medellin, Colombia) in 1992. In 1996 she obtained a Specialization on the Legal, Finance and Accounting Regime, of Taxes from Andes University (Bogota, Colombia). She was a COLFUTURO scholarship recipient and attended Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium) where she obtained an LL.M. and graduated cum laude in 2000.

She started her professional career as a lawyer in Dr. Ignacio Sanín Bernal´s office in commercial law, corporate and contract areas. She then joined Baker & McKenzie in Bogota in the Intellectual Property area, working in the trademarks. When she returned to Medellin she worked for Cadenalco S.A (presently Éxito Group) in the Legal Department, in charge of contracts, goods and health registrations. Later, she worked at Confecciones Colombia S.A where she was in charge of market access and made part of the textile and manufacturing sector committee that traveled to Washington D.C on several occasions to lobby the U.S Congress for the renovation of tariff preferences (ATPA and ATPDA). At OlarteMoure she is the manager and local partner in the Medellin office, managing several IP portfolios for local clients.

Languages

Spanish and English

Education

Maria Clara Munera received her law degree from the Pontifical Bolivariana University (Medellin, Colombia) in 1992. In 1996 she obtained a Specialization on the Legal, Finance and Accounting Regime, of Taxes from Andes University (Bogota, Colombia). She was a COLFUTURO scholarship recipient and attended Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium) where she obtained an LL.M. and graduated cum laude in 2000.

Lawyer Rankings

Colombia > Intellectual property

Specialist boutique OlarteMoure is recognised as a leading name in the patent field across Latin America, particularly in the pharmaceuticals sector. The practice also handles trade mark, copyright, regulatory matters and litigation. The very highly regarded Carlos Olarte (‘one of the best patent attorneys in the region; proficient in IP matters and business oriented’) and Juan Guillermo Moure head the sizeable 35-strong team, many of whom have dual professional backgrounds (legal and scientific). Trade mark director Bibiana Agudelo is also noted. The practice is responsible for the maintenance of large patent portfolios across Latin America, including those of Novartis AG, Merck and Pfizer, among other major companies; by November 2018 the firm had filed over 360 regional cases and processed over 700 office actions. The firm continues to represent Industria de Alimentos Zenú (by instruction from Reed Smith LLP) in US litigation against LatinFood Corp, which registered and is selling products branded in the US with the clients’ well-known trade mark ZENÚ. Alexander Agudelo, Carlos Parra and María Clara Múnera were all promoted to partner in 2018. Other clients include AGP, Bristol-Myers Squibb, EAFIT, Productos Familia and Panacea-Velvack.