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Technology, Media & telecommunications - Ranking 2020 - Ecuador

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SOLINES & ASOCIADOS ABOGADOS: A PERFECT MIX OF FAMILY TRADITION AND MODERNITY
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Solines & Asociados

Leader(s)

Juan Carlos Solines and Pablo Solines

Since

1973

Track record: The IP team has been busy with infringement actions and conflicts between designation of origin and trademarks.  Among the names in the clients roster we find Floralp, Tarsis, Hilsea Investments, Gertoincsa and Uniarte. It has also been working on the preparation of background information for studies on the audiovisual sector in Latin America for WIPO.
Team & differentiation: The IP department is led by partner Pablo Solines Moreno, who has focused his practice on industrial property, mainly in the trademark field. Pablo is the president of the Ecuadorian Association of Intellectual Property. The firm is also recognized in the Ecuadorian market as a TMT leader and is one of the few firms in the country to have developed an entertainment and sport law practice.
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CORRALROSALES: A FULL-SERVICE OFFERING ENCOMPASSES EVERY FACET OF IP LAW
Firm

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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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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CEVALLOS, CASALS, BALSECA & BILBAO ABOGADOS: SMALL FIRM WITH TOP-NOTCH CASES AND CLIENTS
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Cevallos, Casals, Balseca & Bilbao Abogados

Leader(s)

Daniela Cevallos Casals

Since

2015

Track record: Despite its relatively small size, CCB&B Abogados has been involved in important telecom and technology cases. In 2019, the firm represented clients on administrative contracts worth more than $120 million. Among its clients are Tekmarkco (telecoms supplier), Ciberc (leader in Cisco solutions for Ecuador, Colombia and Central America) and ZTE Corporation (a Chinese state-owned telecoms supplier present in more than 160 countries).
Team & differentiation: The team has been reinforced with the arrival of senior associate Valeria Naranjo, an expert in telecoms law. Before launching the firm, lead partner Daniela Cevallos was general legal counsel for Huawei Technologies and regional legal counsel for Central America, the Caribbean countries and Ecuador for Huawei. That experience allows her to better understand client need and just what the business risks and stakes are.
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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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