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Enforcement & anti-counterfeiting actions - Ranking 2020 - Ecuador

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LUZURIAGA & CASTRO: PIONEER IN ENFORCEMENT AND ANTI-COUNTERFEITING ACTIONS
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Luzuriaga & Castro

Leader(s)

Gonzalo Luzuriaga

Since

2004

Track record: Luzuriaga & Castro Abogados has a vast list of brands from the most diverse sectors which entrust them with the protection of their IP rights. The list includes Nike Innovate Inc., Tommy Hilfiger Inc., Epson Kabushiki Kaisha, Honda Motor Co. Ltd., and Levis Strauss & Co. In 2006 Luzuriaga & Castro Abogados obtained the first criminal judgment against an IP lawbreaker and since then has won many judgments against IP infringers.
Team & differentiation: The team, led by Gonzalo Luzuriaga, is adept in IP matters but mainly deals with enforcement and anticounterfeiting actions. He was the leading attorney in many cases before the Ecuadorian Constitutional Court, where the destruction of counterfeited goods was declared and later confirmed as right and proper. Peers recognize him as a leader in handling these issues.
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CORRALROSALES: A FULL-SERVICE OFFERING ENCOMPASSES EVERY FACET OF IP LAW
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Corralrosales

Leader(s)

Maria Cecilia Romoleroux, Francisco Gallegos and Gabriel Kuri

Since

1975

Track record: The firm is entrusted by local companies and multinationals to provide them with comprehensive portfolio management, strategies, and solutions to all their IP, media and data protection challenges in Ecuador and throughout Latin America. Principal clients include Claro, Century Link, IBM and Google. The team also advises clients that address electronic commerce in Ecuador where there is a lack of clear regulation
Team & differentiation: The firm has a strong reputation in prosecution and enforcement, but it is also involved in substantial trademark litigation and contentious matters. It also houses a potent life sciences practice that has emerged within the firm’s patent group, where we find in-house fulltime patent professionals. The firm is home to one of the only data protection experts in the country.
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FABARA & CIA ABOGADOS: LONG STANDING REPUTATION IN IP
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Fabara & Compañia Abogados

Leader(s)

María Rosa Fabara

Since

2003

Track record: The firm is among the strongest in Ecuador when it comes to intellectual property. The IP practice focuses mainly on trademarks, patents and unfair competition. Fabara Abogados is one of the few firms in Ecuador that specialize in patents in pharmaceutical and technology. The IP and litigation teams constantly collaborate since some processes are civil.
Team & differentiation: The firm´s lawyers have a recognized IP expertise and are respected in patents registering and litigation. The team is headed by María Rosa Fabara, a leading lawyer in this field with 25 years of experience, who is supported by experienced IP associates. The team regularly advises on software licenses and medical patents for clients in the telecom, retail.
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MEYTHALER & ZAMBRANO ABOGADOS: Trusted name covering the entire spectrum of IP matters
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Meythaler & Zambrano

Leader(s)

José Meythaler and Maricruz Cepeda

Since

1995

Track record: The firm successfully advised Novartis on a patent infringement active ingredient case. They are currently representing Pharmacia & Upjohn on a complex patent litigation case and have represented Nagravisión in an unfair competition matter. Their client roster includes Bayer, Abbott, Dupont, Dow Agrosciences, Merck Sharp & Dhome among others.
Team & differentiation: The team is composed of 30 legal professionals specializing in IP, litigation, antitrust, tax, labor, corporative. The IP team is well recognized in the market and are national leaders in licensing matters. Partner José Meythaler has more than 30 years of professional experience and has advised several companies in public law, corporate law and IP.
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PAZ HOROWITZ: CREATIVE, CUTTING-EDGE IP AND IT SPECIALISTS
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Paz Horowitz Abogados

Leader(s)

Byron Robayo and Bruce Horowitz

Since

1991

Track record: Byron Robayo, who leads the IP team, has advised the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the Ecuadorian IP Office, and the Swiss and U.S. Embassies, on IP matters. The IP team produces creative and cutting-edge legal work, such as the first sound-mark registration in South America, the first recognition of an Ecuadorian denomination of origin and first registration in the world of a tactile trademark.
Team & differentiation: The IP team has two partners, Bruce Horowitz and Byron Robayo, who have more than 30 years’ and 13 years’ experience respectively in intellectual property, technology transfer and protection of intangible assets. Paz Horowitz is a pioneer in the region creating an innovation and technology transfer area (PH Innovations) to help companies, universities and entrepreneurs add value to their researches and products.
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