Villaseca Abogados


5151 Alonso de Cordova Ave., 8th Floor, Las Condes

Tel:+(56-2) 23 623 500
Fax:+(56-2) 24 261 8032

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Managing Partner: Max Villaseca
Partner: Eduardo Molina
Partner: Felipe Pavez
Partner: Loreto Vera
Partner: Alvaro Arévalo
Senior Associate. Trademarks, Patents, Prosecution, Litigation and Enforecement.: Claudia Varas
Senior Associate. Patent Department: Oscar Isler
Associate. Trademarks, Corporate and Innovation Departments: Francisco Valverde
Associate. Patent Department: María José Morales
Associate. Corporate, Plant Varieties and Innovation Departments: Carolina Muñoz
Associate. Trademarks, Free Competition and Enforecement Departments.: Carol Schmeisser
General Counsel: Bernardo Serrano
Senior Advisor: Sergio Amenábar
External Counselor: Carlos Silva

Quick facts:

Established: 1916
Number of Partners: 5
Number of IP Practitioners: 15
Languages: English, Spanish

The Firm is integrated by 5 partners, 10 associates, 1 General Counsel, 1 Senior Advisor, and 1 External Consultant supported by 25 qualified bilingual staff personnel and ultimate IT Systems, including our in-house and external data domain and email server.

Prosecution and litigation teams of Trademark and Domain Name (led by Senior Partner Max Villaseca) supported by Attorneys at Law Felipe Pavez, Alvaro Arévalo, Claudia Varas, Francisco Valverde, and Carol Schmeisser; Patent (led by Partner Eduardo Molina) supported by Engineers Oscar Isler and María José Morales; and Plants Varieties (led by Engineer Partner Loreto Vera) and outstandingly supported by Attorneys at Law Carolina Muñoz and Francisco Valverde.

Our firm has also developed a strong Copyright Area lead by our Partner Alvaro Arévalo, who has very effectively advised both domestic and international editorials, and a Science Area, led by Partner Chemical Engineer Loreto Vera, who has developed strategic counseling to major Chilean Universities together with her co-team Francisco Valverde and Carolina Muñoz, in innovation and corporate aspects.

All the above are definitively supported by an enforcement department in charge to sue infringers of IP rights, led by Partner Felipe Pavez supported by Attorneys at Law, Claudia Varas, Francisco Valverde, and Carol Schmeisser. The compliance of IP and related rights have been mostly enforced through administrative, criminal, and civil actions, including unfair competition, consumer rights, comparative advertisement, data protection, and regulatory rights, supported by experienced External Consultant, Attorney at Law Carlos Silva.

Lastly but not least, the Firm counts with a Corporate Area of practice dealing with commercial, civil, labor, and taxation issues, to assist clients once their Intellectual Property has been dully settled and they decide to start doing business in Chile through the exploitation of their IP Rights, such as franchising, licensing, distribution agreements, etc. The Corporate Department is led by Partner Felipe Pavéz, assisted by Associate Attorney Carolina Muñoz, and primarily supported by Senior Advisor Sergio Amenábar.

All the above practices are supported by General Counsel Bernardo Serrano.

The last two years have not been easy for Chile. In October 2019, a series of social protests began and led to several episodes of violence never seen before in the country. These interfered in the normal operation of institutions and companies, as well as in Chilean economic forecasts. The signing of an agreement between political parties and the announcement of a plebiscite about the need for a new Constitution (which was held on October 25, 2020) calmed spirits a bit. The arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic in March of this year added greater instability to the situation that had already been dragging on since October last year.

During this period, our Firm has demonstrated its resilience in the face of difficulties, maintaining a stable, committed, and experienced team. We have adapted to work telematically as far as possible.

Practice Areas: Copyright & related rights, Designs, Intellectual property (contentious), Intellectual property (prosecution), IP transactions, Life sciences IP, Patent, Patent contentious, Patent prosecution, Trade mark, Trade mark contentious, Trade mark prosecution

Sector Expertise: Advertising, Agriculture, Artificial intelligence, Arts, Automotive, Biotechnology, Chemical, Computer technology & services, Construction & materials, Defence, E-commerce, Electrical, Electronics, Fashion & luxury goods, Film, Financial services, Food & beverage, Furniture, Gaming, Hospitality & leisure, ICT & software, Industrials, Instruments, Internet, Life sciences, Logistics, Manufacturing, Mechanical, Media, Medical device, Mining, Music, Oil & gas, Optics & photonics, Pharmaceutical, Professional services, Publishing, Real estate, Renewable energy, Retail, Semiconductors, Sports, Technology hardware, Telecommunication, Tobacco, Transport, Universities & research