Senior Partner: Ariela Agosín
Director of IT, Privacy and Media: Oscar Molina
Partner: Eugenio Gormáz
Number of Partners: 2
Number of IP Practitioners: 5
Languages: English, German, French, Italian, Hebrew, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, Spanish
The main strength of our IP practice derives from more than 29 years of experience working with key international clients, advising them on all aspects related to Intellectual Property. The IP Department is best known for its extensive expertise in Anti-Counterfeiting, complex IP Litigation, Patents and Trademark prosecution, as well as Advertising Law, those which are its strongest areas along with Consumer Law, Competition and Antitrust.
We tend to have IP matters with clients that are active throughout many industries, the most common being, Automobiles, Chemicals, Food & Drink, Healthcare, Pharmaceutical/Life Sciences, Retail, and Technology, Hardware and Electronics.
A few examples of key clients for AZ in the area of IP are Bandai Namco Entertainment, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE, Mutual de Seguridad CCHC, FILA, Tricot S.A., Carl’s Jr., ASOS PLC, Jürgen Paulmann Holding, Monster Energy, Alicorp, Sky Airlines, Wal-Mart Inc, Rakuten, Harley Davidson and Studio Ghibli among others. We manage the above mentioned clients entire trademark portfolio as well as their subsequent brand protection in the areas of anti-counterfeiting and copyright matters.
Within the last 12 months we have had over 1,250 trademark applications and more than 550 trademark litigation related cases ongoing within the courts from the Chilean Trademark Office all the way up to the Supreme Court.
Our most prominent area of IP besides brand protection is in the area of Life Sciences. AZ has one of the strongest life science practices in Chile. Our firm is highly regarded for its expertise in the Pharmaceutical (Human and Veterinary), Biotechnology, Food and Beverage, Agro-Industrial and Pesticide Industries where we advise clients on administrative, sanitary regulations, guide them through complex litigation processes as well as all patent related filings, registrations, and litigation. AZ’s life science litigation team constantly advises on cases related to life science conflicts, regulatory issues of the pharmaceutical industry and patent infringement, litigation and prosecution. As well-recognized experts in this area, AZ regularly advises clients like Abbott Laboratories, Laboratorios Saval, and Farmacologia en Aquacultura Veterinaria Fav S.A., Mega Labs among others, in front of the Health and Drug Authorities and the Chilean Competition Authorities.
Subsequently, from the other side of the bench, AZ actively participates in the designing and drafting of regulations in the pharmaceutical, biological and biotechnological fields alongside key industry players and the Health Authorities. Deeping the IP powerhouse team, both partners, Gabriel Zaliasnik and Daniel Lopez are regularly invited and consulted with regarding the change in regulations and laws and their potential impact on the industry, within the life science and public law sectors.
The firm defines itself as the strongest firm in patent litigation in Chile through the combination of their litigation practice, which is regarded as one of the best in Chile along with the profound knowledge of their patent experts. Pharmaceuticals have traditionally been one of AZ’s main practices along with Mining and its suppliers, which is a considerably important industry for the country of Chile.
Over the last 11 years, AZ has presented approximately 1,150 patent oppositions, of which some 400 cases are currently active. Of all the cases that have been resolved by the Chilean Patent Office, the firm has obtained favorable verdicts in more than 80% of the cases, which proves a solid record of our legal and technical patent team.
Last updated 20th August 2020
Practice Areas: Intellectual property (prosecution), Intellectual property (contentious), Life sciences IP, Patent, Patent contentious, Patent prosecution, Trade mark, Trade mark contentious, Trade mark prosecution, Designs, Copyright & related rights
Sector Expertise: Aerospace, Advertising, Agriculture, Artificial intelligence, Arts, Biotechnology, Chemical, Computer technology & services, Construction & materials, E-commerce, Electrical, Fashion & luxury goods, Film, Food & beverage, Gaming, Hospitality & leisure, ICT & software, Instruments, Life sciences, Logistics, Mining, Medical device, Music, Not-for-profit, Oil & gas, Pharmaceutical, Professional services, Real estate, Renewable energy, Retail, Sports, Technology hardware, Telecommunication, Tobacco, Transport, Universities & research