Colombia is highly focused on innovation, which has been placed at the heart of its current and planned economic development. The so-called ‘orange economy’ has quickly established itself and is contributing in ever greater percentages to the country’s gross domestic product, which is a highly positive trend from a patent perspective. Some of Latin America’s best patent firms are based in Colombia, with many serving as regional gateways for both domestic and international technology companies.
- Cavelier Abogados
- Lloreda Camacho & Co
- Brigard Castro
- Castellanos & Co
- Posse Herrera Ruiz
- Baker McKenzie
- Cuesta & Asociados Ltda
- Raisbeck & Castro
- Triana Uribe & Michelsen
The patent practitioners at Baker McKenzie Colombia demonstrate great technical dexterity alongside commercial awareness; as a result, they not only secure strong protection for clients’ innovations, but also supply perceptive business risk analyses. They also draw judiciously on the wider firm’s vast global resources to furnish incisive advice on international patent matters. Partner and linchpin of the practice Juan Pablo Concha Delgado is an experienced litigator and advocate who also knows how to whip a portfolio into fine shape. He is the trusted confidant of many international blue-chips.
Venerable firm Brigard Castro distils 80 years of accumulated knowledge and experience into every piece of output it produces for its loyal client base; the technical, legal and business guidance it provides is prized for its strategic quality. The set excels in the life sciences – a sector in which Julián Ricardo Díaz wields deep domain expertise. He continues to delight A-listers such as Genentech, Lafarge and Signal Pharmaceuticals, delivering ironclad intangible asset protection, often in the face of objections from the Industrial Property Office.
Castellanos & Co
The only female-owned and run IP boutique in the country, Castellanos & Co is a popular choice among top multinationals as well as the world’s leading IP and law firms for its attentive, end-to-end patent service. Prosecution is the set’s metier; hotly sought after for search analyses and opinions, head of patents Margarita Castellanos and managing partner Ximena Castellanos also carry out precision work before the Colombian Industrial PropertyOffice and provide sterling representation in administrative litigation. Steeped in the life sciences, the pair have lately been handling an increased volume of regulatory instructions.
Gold-tier outfit Cavelier sits at the cutting edge of intellectual property in Latin America. Its professionals undertake preparation and prosecution work with exactitude, but shine brightest when setting patent and IP strategy at an international level. In 2019 Cavelier launched a site through which foreign associates can update quotations and provide insight on local developments in their jurisdictions – information that the firm then leverages to provide expedited regional services. Cavelier has also expanded its technical team, which now numbers some 24 experts, and continues to dynamically support local entrepreneurs engaged in research and development. Leading the way are Andrés Rincón and Carolina Vargas, who “provide a comprehensive service characterised by its directness, punctuality and legal excellence”. “Rincón is a remarkable patent litigator and someone you can trust to take care of everything. He is the go-to patent lawyer in Colombia.” In 2019 he won a pan-Latin American non-infringement ruling on behalf of Excelec International with respect to a crucial business asset. Vargas coordinates the technical team and is a dab hand at patent drafting, freedom to operate analysis, technology surveillance and prosecution strategy.
“ClarkeModet has a huge competitive advantage with its international network; in many jurisdictions, it doesn’t have to work through an intermediary, making it an efficient and cost-effective firm to partner with internationally.” Prosecution is the forte of the outfit, which regularly achieves high placings in the filing statistics tables on both the patent and trademark sides. With a background in immunology research, patent consultant Norberto Rodríguez Acosta has a deep reservoir of pharmaceutical and biotechnological knowledge for innovators to tap.
Cuesta & Asociados Ltda
“Cuesta & Asociados practises with exceptional celerity; the team never misses a deadline and provides reliable and essential support when you have a tight decision-making schedule. It provides solutions, rather than putting up obstacles, and there are no hidden costs.” Word of its lightning-quick service has spread far and wide and the firm has, as a result, become one of the fastest-expanding boutiques on the market: it recently opened a branch in Medellin to better support its coterie of technology start-ups. As the instructions flood in, experienced IP head Diana Romero takes it all in her stride. She has a background in business law and intellectual property and, as a patent practitioner, is very commercially attuned – something that companies such as Evonik Industries and Sharp really appreciate.
“‘Excellent’ is the only word that can summarise the work of Gómez-Pinzón. It builds close relationships with clients based on trust and commercial understanding, and is always ready to cooperate and problem solve whatever the situation.” Its highly trained, closely integrated group of lawyers and technical specialists makes it ideally placed to tackle multilayered patent matters on both sides of the contentious/non-contentious divide. Regularly putting it to the test in this regard is a large client base comprising many domestic innovators and universities; the ensemble is increasingly doing more to help them protect their assets not just in Colombia, but abroad, too. The team also handles inbound traffic from international players with alacrity. Lawyer Mauricio Jaramillo Campuzano provides strong leadership to the flourishing patent practice. Skilled in the art of prosecution, he is increasingly driving IP value for his followers by advising on IP monetisation and transactional briefs.
Lloreda Camacho & Co
“Put simply, Lloreda Camacho & Co is the best IP firm in Latin America. It stays in close and direct contact with its clients, and fields deeply knowledgeable engineers and lawyers who provide commercially meaningful support.” The firm has lately been firing on all cylinders across the technical spectrum, bringing many national and international filings to successful grant while swiftly taking care of oppositions and patent office objections alongside handling complex litigations. It does all this both in Colombia and far beyond its borders, and is a preferred option for one-stop support across the entire Central and Latin American region. In Ana Maria Castro, it has “the best patent professional in Colombia”. Swift and decisive in litigation and detail oriented and strategic in prosecution and portfolio management, she provides outstanding 360-degree support to innovators. Also highly rated is Nestor Bejarano Pérez, who takes the lead as technical director for patents and life sciences. He deftly marshals and motivates leading foreign correspondents as part of his regional prosecution practice. Recently, the pair linked up to obtain key patents for Gilead Sciences in eight jurisdictions.
OlarteMoure is hard to beat in terms of technical brainpower and legal prowess; added to that, several of its individuals have dual qualifications in science and law, enhancing the seamlessness of its service. The firm also impresses for its proven ability to manage regional portfolios, especially on behalf of marquee pharmaceutical companies including Novartis, for which it handles matters across 18 countries; and Bristol-Myers Squibb, which it represents in six jurisdictions. Setting the pace is Carlos Olarte, a US-educated international thinker and life sciences pro who has spent some 20 years protecting the most sophisticated biopharmaceutical inventions. Patent director Alexander Agudelo is the ace up the firm’s sleeve when it comes to regional prosecution.
Posse Herrera Ruiz
One of the largest general practice firms in Colombia, Posse Herrera Ruiz maintains a sophisticated patent offering and is well positioned to handle any protection or litigation brief going. Its portfolio management capability is particularly well cultivated from a strategic perspective: for example, the team is great to consult with on the potential business impact of new patent laws, policies and guidelines. Many notable US associates, such as leading biotechnology outfit Bozicevic, Field & Francis (which is included in the IAM Patent 1000 California rankings), seek out seasoned experts Helena Camargo and Mónica Bonnett. “Helen is versatile, focused, fast, practical and objective – she gets great results and is a reliably excellent IP lawyer.” “Mónica is always a pleasure to work with. She is responsive, knowledgeable and well connected in Latin America.”
Raisbeck & Castro
Specialising in corporate, regulatory and IP law, Raisbeck & Castro can cover all bases for technology companies as they make business moves in Colombia. Patent owners in particular have Ian Raisbeck et al on speed dial for patentability analyses and infringement and other opinions, safe in the knowledge that they will receive strategically sound counsel that keeps their business on the straight and narrow. Founding partner Raisbeck demonstrates enviable range in his ability to manage portfolios, litigate, negotiate IP-driven deals and lobby the government. He has a biomedical engineering background, along with stellar legal qualifications.
Triana Uribe & Michelsen
Triana Uribe & Michelsen is a high-calibre firm that protects chemical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and mechanical engineering inventions to the hilt, while also putting in polished performances in IP litigation. The engine of the patent practice is Fernando Triana, a savvy prosecutor and poised litigator. He has designed an intensive training regimen for team members, all of whom meet the highest standards of performance. Among them is Andrés Medina, a prosecution maestro who has come into his own since his promotion to the partnership back in 2017. Sources label him a “consummate professional who cares passionately about the law”.
Other recommended expertsDentons Cardenas & Cardenas partner Luz Helena Adarve has a finely tuned sense of business risk honed over 30 years, and consistently supplies nuanced, commercially relevant advice. Operating out of Medellin’s Contexto Legal, Andres Marquez is an admired professional who has mastered the art of patent portfolio management and development. Adriana Peñaranda of H&A has a bank of knowledge which is constantly expanding – she is studying for a second master’s degree (in corporate innovation management) and generously shares her expertise both with clients and as a university teacher. Prior to joining H&A, she worked in the innovation department of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana – experience which grants her unique insight into the process of innovation.
- Ana Maria Castro - Lloreda Camacho & Co
- Carlos R Olarte - OlarteMoure
- Andrés Rincón - Cavelier Abogados
- Luz Helena Adarve - Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas
- Alexander Agudelo - OlarteMoure
- Nestor Bejarano Pérez - Lloreda Camacho & Co
- Mónica Bonnett - Posse Herrera Ruiz
- Helena Camargo - Posse Herrera Ruiz
- Margarita Castellanos - Castellanos & Co
- Ximena Castellanos - Castellanos & Co
- Juan Pablo Concha Delgado - Baker McKenzie
- Julián Ricardo Díaz - Brigard Castro
- Mauricio Jaramillo Campuzano - Gómez-Pinzón
- Andres Marquez - Contexto Legal
- Andrés Medina - Triana Uribe & Michelsen
- Adriana Peñaranda - H&A
- Ian Raisbeck - Raisbeck & Castro
- Norberto Rodríguez Acosta - ClarkeModet
- Diana Romero - Cuesta & Asociados Ltda
- Fernando Triana - Triana Uribe & Michelsen
- Carolina Vargas - Cavelier Abogados