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.
Carey is Chile’s largest full-service law ﬁrm. Our various corporate, litigation and regulatory groups are composed of highly specialized attorneys covering all areas of law. Our clients include some of the world’s largest multinational corporations and some of the most important local companies and institutions. We are recognized as one of the best-managed law ﬁrms not only in Chile, but in all of Latin America. The ﬁrm is a member of the Paciﬁc Rim Advisory Council, World Services Group, Terralex, The Interlex Group, TalkLaw and the Employment Law Alliance.
We are the market leaders in Intellectual Property prosecution in Chile, overseeing more than 5,000 patents and 28,000 trademarks. We have handled some of the most signiﬁcant patent infringement cases in Chile, and succeeded in protecting our clients’ interests.
We have extensive experience advising our clients in issues related to the prosecution and litigation of trademarks, patents and industrial designs, geographical indications, designations of origin, plant varieties, and domain names. Our areas of practice also include regulatory matters (pharmaceutical), copyright, anti-counterfeiting, licensing, franchising and distributorship, consumer protection and product liability, labelling and advertisement, data protection, trade secrets, intangible assets valuation, IP management, and unfair competition.
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.
American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
Asociación Interamericana de la Propiedad Intelectual (ASIPI)
Association Internationale de Droit Pénal (AIDP)
Cámara Chileno-Brasileña de Comercio
Colegio de Abogados de Chile A.G
Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance (GALA)
International Bar Association (IBA)
Nextlaw Global Referral Network
International Trademark Association (INTA)
The Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA)
Licensing Executives Society International (LESI)
International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)
ASOCIACIÓN CHILENA DE EMPRESAS DE TECNOLOGÍAS DE
INFORMACIÓN A.G. (ACTI)
CENTRO DE ARBITRAJE Y MEDIACIÓN (CAM Santiago)
Member of the Latin American Arbitration Association (ALARB)
Covarrubias is a boutique law firm exclusively focused on Intellectual Property and Technology. We specialize on matters pertaining to invention patents, plant varieties and life sciences, trademarks and internet domain names, advertising, data privacy, copyrights, and litigation.
Firm’s working culture and team The firm is widely known for being “great and fast-growing” and trustworthy. A respect earned due to a strategic look, focused on identifying potential risks, neutralizing them, and transforming them into opportunities.
Also, the firm has a highly proactive team that includes qualified attorneys, patent specialists and paralegals who provide the legal and technical advice that our clients require, offering a much more specialized look into matters.
Finally, the firm actively participates in many international networks in the IP field, such as INTA, AIPLA, IPO, APAA, Marques, ASIPI, ABPI, ACHIPI, among others.
Patents and plant varieties: A highly specialized team is dedicated to the protection of both local and foreign inventions in all the stages. The firm offers: state of the art reports, drafting and filing of patents of inventions, utility models, design patents, industrial drawings, integrated circuits and plant varieties, filing and prosecution of Paris Convention applications and PCT applications in Chile and/or abroad, analysis of examiners report (Office Actions), drafting and filing reply to examiners report, comparative reports on scope of protection of patents of inventions, utility models, designs patents, industrial drawings, integrated circuits and plant varieties, feasibility and novelty analysis, surveillance, opposition and cancellation actions. Assignments, transfers, and licenses are also carried out.
Life Sciences: Life Sciences is a branch that specializes in a particular aspect of humanity, seeking its wellbeing and the continuity of different aspects of all lifeforms and the world itself. We help our clients overcome conflicts and obstacles, including a wide range of legal, regulatory, and strategic issues, patent and product liability, investigation and enforcement actions, and protect life sciences clients’ rights in disputes, both nationally and internationally.
Trademarks and Internet Domain Names: The firm assists national and international clients, offering complete assistance for trademarks in Chile and worldwide, search reports and feasibility analysis, filing, prosecution, and registration of applications, renewals, surveillance, opposition and cancellation actions and litigation. Also, our firm provides complete assistance regarding all kinds of domain names in Chile and abroad. Assignments, transfers, and licenses are also carried out.
Advertising: Assistance is given on the creation and implementation of advertising campaigns, promotions, competitions, labelling of products, and other assets related to publicity.
Data Privacy: Due to the understanding of how the world quickly turned to digitalizing all of its service because of the pandemic, the firm offers its clients advice on matters of information technology, social networks and the Internet, advice on the management and protection of personal data and sensitive data, drafting of models of electronic contracting, terms and conditions and other contracts related to web pages, drafting and implementing privacy policies and the authorization of the use of personal data, drafting of mandates and agreements of personal data transfer with particular attention to the international norms and agreements.
Copyrights: Assistance is given in the protection and enforcement of literary and artistic production, motion pictures and software and related rights in Chile or abroad. Filing and prosecution of the advisable registration or protection regarding the client interests are executed. Assignments, transfers, and licenses are carried out.
Litigation: Complete assistance and legal representation regarding all kind of litigations (administrative, arbitration, civil or criminal) in connection with Industrial Property, Copyrights, Unfair Competition or Antitrust Law in Chile or abroad are given. Full assistance and legal representation before CONAR (Self-regulation and Ethical Advertisement Committee) are executed.
Regulatory Affairs: We are deeply involved in providing counselling on food, drug, cosmetic and medical devices, and products to both domestic and international clients to be registered at the Chilean Regulatory Agency.