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Francine Tan

Francine has been in the practice of intellectual property law for more than 25 years. She headed the IP practice group in a Singapore commercial law firm, and was from 2001-2009 a partner of Lloyd Wise/Marks & Clerk Singapore, co-heading the trade marks department.

Francine has significant experience in advising a wide range of clients in relation to their trade marks, domain names and designs. She has been consistently identified as one of AsiaLaw’s Leading Lawyers in the area of IP and has been recognised for a number of years by the International Who’s Who Legal (the Official Research Partner of the International Bar Association) as a leading trademark lawyer. Her clients include those from the luxury and fashion, financial services, automotive, chemical, electronics, financial services, food, medical devices, IT/software, and telecommunications industries. Her experience ranges from branding advice, trademark search analysis and advice, prosecution of domestic and overseas trademark applications, opposition proceedings, revocation actions, resolution of disputes and settlement agreements, enforcement of trademark rights and trademark portfolio management. Francine regularly works with local small and medium-size companies in identifying intangible values, and advising them on strategies for protection and management of their intellectual property, both in Singapore and globally.

Francine’s expertise extends to domain name dispute matters. She has since 2002 served as a World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) domain name panelist. She also serves as a panelist for the National Arbitration Forum (NAF), the Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre (ADNDRC) and the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA).

MEMBERSHIPS:

Law Society of Singapore; Singapore Academy of Law; INTA; ECTA; APAA; Marques

Francine Tan Law Corporation:

As a specialist Intellectual Property law firm, it is our mission and aim to provide prompt, personal and cost-effective solutions, counsel and guidance to our clients. Whether the needs relate to trade marks, patents or designs, we are able to provide the support, through our wealth of experience and established network of experts worldwide to help our clients identify, develop, protect and manage their intellectual property rights both locally and globally.

CORE SERVICE AREAS:
  • Advice on all intellectual property-related matters Filing and prosecution of trademark and design applications
  • Maintenance and renewal of trademark, patent and design registrations
  • Protection and enforcement of trademark and design rights
  • Transfer and licensing of trademark, patent and design rights
  • Domain name disputes
  • Dispute resolution
  • Infringement and anti-counterfeiting issues

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Christian Dudieu Djomga

Christian Dudieu Djomga is the Managing Partner of Dudieu Avocats in Cameroon, a leading African law firm specializing in intellectual property law, in addition to providing general commercial legal services.

Christian is an Attorney at Law, Trademark Attorney, Intellectual Property Lawyer, OAPI Agent, Lecturer at OAPI Learning Centre, Lecturer at Catholic University of Central Africa (Yaoundé-Cameroon), Former Lecturer at Yaoundé States University (Soa), Member of South Africa Institute of Intellectual Property Law (SAIIPL-Johannesburg), President of Cameroon Anti-counterfeiting Coalition and an Author of 5 books.

The Trademark Law Practice:

DUDIEU offers an extended range of trade mark services to its clients. Our expertise range from procedural aspects such as registering, renewing and cancelling trade marks, to more contentious aspects such as trade mark opposition proceedings. Our extensive knowledge of trade marks allows us to offer our clients the solutions that are best suited to their needs.

  • Trade mark searches
  • Registrations
  • Renewal of trade marks
  • Assignments
  • Licensing
  • Opposition proceedings
  • Cancellation of trade marks
TRADEMARK LITIGATION

Trademark litigation spans a wide range of areas such as infringement of trade marks, patent prosecution and infringement, counterfeiting, unlawful competition, passing-off, and so forth. Our professional staff have a wealth of experience and expertise enabling us to assist clients with a full spectrum of services pertaining to IP litigation.  We conducts all trademark litigation on behalf of clients including all patent, trade mark and copyright litigation, anti-counterfeit litigation, litigation relating to intellectual property licenses, unlawful competition and passing-off.

Dudieu Avocats:

DUDIEU is a leading African law firm specializing in intellectual property law, in addition to providing general commercial legal services. The firm has grown into an African business law icon, with the largest intellectual property law practice supported by a strong commercial, property and litigation practice.

Dudieu has been rooted in over 16 years of legal excellence since its founding in 1998. The firm is characterized by a strong commitment to professionalism, and client care and partner accessibility are two of the cornerstones of the practice.

Dudieu currently has 2 partners and a further professional complement of over 5 experienced IP attorneys and candidate attorneys, with more than 12 support staff members, and specializes in Africa, with offices in Cameroun (Yaoundé and Douala), Ghana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Nigeria and Kenya.

Dudieu also has a worldwide network of attorney correspondents and associates, enabling the firm to handle intellectual property and legal matters in any country where this may be required.

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Ximena Castellanos

Ximena is the director of the firm and has shown her great managing skills in more than two decades of professional practice. She has although never lost control on the day to day cases, leading with effectiveness, trademark and distinctive signs prosecution, as well and giving her experienced advice in the management of clients’ IP portfolio.

GENERAL INFORMATION:
  • Born in Bogotá in 1967.
  • Admitted as lawyer in 1990 in Colombia.
  • From 1992 until today, manager and partner of the firm.
EDUCATION:
  • Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, graduated in 1990.
SPECIALIZATIONS:
  • Franklin Pierce Law Center, Concord, NH, USA, Licensing of Intellectual Property, 1989.
  • Centre d’ Etudes Internationales pour la Propriete Industrielle (CEIPI), Strasbourg, France, Graduate in Right of Marks of it Manufactures (1991).
  • Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá Master in Commercial Law 1992.
  • Externado de Colombia, Master in Administrative Law 1999.
LANGUAGES:
  • Spanish, English and French
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS:
  • ACPI (Colombian Association of Industrial Property), Board of Directors 1994.
  • Colombo-French Chamber of Trade and Industry 1993.
  • INTA (International Trademark Association.
  • ASIPI (Interamerican Association of the Industrial Property) National Delegate 1995-1996.
  • FICPI (Federation International des Conseils en Propriété Industrielle) National Delegate from 2004 up to date.
  • AIPPI (Association International pour la Protection de la Propriété Industrielle).

The Trademark Practice:

  • Background search. Opinion on registrability of trademarks based upon the search results, as well as the inherent registrability of the sign.
  • Prosecution of trademark applications, compliance with official requirements and legal requirements.
  • Filing, prosecution and negotiation of oppositions.
  • Recording of Assignments, changes of name, changes of domicile, changes of address and renewals.
  • Drafting and/or review of license agreements pursuant to the law in force. Registration thereof, before the relevant authorities.
  • Constant surveillance of our clients’ trademarks before third party competitors’ trademark applications.
  • Litigation before the contentious-administrative tribunals with regard to registration proceedings.

CASTELLANOS & CO:

Intellectual Property law boutique CASTELLANOS & CO of Bogotá, Colombia, has been devoted to protecting its clients’ Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights, since 1950.

CASTELLANOS & CO. represents a broad range of clients, from middle sized local companies to Fortune 500 companies from around the world. Through its worldwide network of associates, it offers integrated and complete services within all areas of Intellectual Property on a global basis.

We are proud to offer a personalized service that stands out for its high quality and promptness. With the experience of providing Intellectual Property advice for more than 50 years, we are one of the Top 5 IP Law Firms in Colombia.

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Bonaventure Mutale

Bonaventure Chibamba Mutale, S.C., is the Partner heading the Intellectual Property Department at Ellis & Co.

He has aBachelor of Laws Degree (LL.B.) with Honours from the University of Zambia, and was admitted to the Bar in 1976 and to the Inner Bar as State Counsel in 1998. He is a member of the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ), the American Bar Association (International Law Section) and the International Trade Mark Association (INTA).

Bonaventure is a former Attorney General of the Republic of Zambia and has considerable experience in a broad range of legal areas.

Ellis & Co:

The firm was established by an Englishman, Philip Frederick Ellis who came to the Northern Rhodesia in about 1918. The firm has branches at Lusaka, Ndola and Kitwe and is the oldest and the largest in the country.

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Virginia Cervieri

Doctor in Law and Social Studies, Universidad de la Republica (1996). Postgraduate in Commercial Law, Universidad de la Republica (1998). Master Degree in Intelectual Property. Commercial Law Professor, Universidad de la Republica (2006-2009).

Trademark & Brand Specialist. Anti-Piracy Specialist. Trademark & Brand Agent. Chairperson of the Chamber Against Forgery and Piracy. President of CERTAL Uruguay. Founder Member of the Intelectual Property Defense Permanent Comission. Anti-piracy Comitee. Member of the IACC Internet Committee.

Member of the Uruguay-China Chamber. Member of MARQUES, INTA, IACC and ASIPI. Member of the Uruguayan Association of Intellectual Property Agents.

Named as Leading Lawyer 2014 by Chambers Latin America and Leading Lawyer by Legal 500 Latin America.
Virginia Cervieri was listed as a leading individual for trademark services in Uruguay in WTR 1000.

Trademarks Law Practice:

Our firm provides a comprehensive service across the whole technical spectrum. We routinely offer advice on matters of patentability and validity. We also advise on inventions, trade secrets, national and international searches, state of the art reports, patentability studies, application drafting, industrial designs and business methods, assisting the client in preparing an appropriate and cost effective strategy for protecting his creations. If patent rights are in dispute we offer a full litigation service both in the local courts and before the Patent and Trademark Office. We also prepare and prosecute applications around the world via our network of associates.In view of the fast growing number of patent applications filed in Uruguay, as of 2001 when pharmaceutical products became patentable, the firm offers a computerised service for payments of official fees and procedural expenses at a highly competitive price.

Cervieri Monsuárez & Asociados:

Cervieri Monsuárez & Associates aims to offer customers a service that will help them to find the appropriate solutions according to their needs. In order to achieve this, it is essential for us to have solid experience, efficiency and safety in our work. This is achieved through the academic growth of our professionals and their efforts to reach an optimal level of excellence as well as a dynamic working methodology in group.Day to day we commit ourselves to our customers providing highly specialized legal services at international level, legal certainty, reliability and optimal results. That is why we are the best option in the field.

We focus on providing personal attention for clients, based on efficiency and professional expertise.

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María Teresa Szendrey-Ramos

María Teresa Szendrey-Ramos is a Shareholder in the Corporate Division of Fiddler, González & Rodríguez, P.S.C. Ms. Szendrey-Ramos chairs Fiddler’s Trademark Registration Practice Group and is a member of its Evaluations Committee.

At Fiddler, Ms. Szendrey-Ramos helped create one of the Island’s first intellectual property law practice groups. She has advised clients in multiple and complex trademarks, copyrights, trade secret, moral rights of authors, right of publicity and licensing issues under local and federal law, advise which she has provided in transactions and in the daily challenges faced by corporations in this complicated area of the law.

In the trust and estates field, Ms. Szendrey-Ramos has drafted numerous wills and testamentary trusts and has advised clients on the advantages of estate planning.

Ms. Szendrey-Ramos is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Puerto Rico Law School where she teaches an intellectual property course. She is also a frequent instructor for the University of Puerto Rico Continued Legal Education Program in her areas of practice.

Since 2001, Ms. Szendrey-Ramos is a member of the Trademark Act Reform Commission of the Puerto Rico Department of State’s Trademark Office. She was a member of the Puerto Rico Bar Board of Examiners from 1998 until 2009, and from 2007 to 2010 of the Puerto Rico Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Commission. In 2010 she was asked to join the Advisory Committee of the Continued Legal Education Program of the University of Puerto Rico Law School. In 2011 and again in 2012, she was designated member of the Enterprise Launching Committee of the Successful Women Program of a major Puerto Rican financial services institution. Since 2006 she serves as the Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Partnership for a Drug Free Puerto Rico.

Fiddler González & Rodríguez:

Fiddler, González & Rodríguez, P.S.C. is a full-service law firm with deep market knowledge and insights geared towards maximizing value to its clients. As a dynamic, modern legal organization, Fiddler is equipped with the resources, experience and know-how that enables its attorneys to deliver practical and results-oriented services uniquely tailored to our clients needs.

Since its founding in 1933, Fiddler has grown steadily on a course paralleling or exceeding that of Puerto Rico’s economy. Fiddler was conceived as the first full-service legal organization in Puerto Rico, at a time when the island’s economy was based largely on agriculture, mainly sugar. Puerto Rico underwent a rapid development into an industrialized economy, and Fiddler maintained its development on par.

From textile manufacturing to pharmaceuticals, from urban development to energy, Fiddler has always been at the forefront of the needs of our clients growing and adapting as they require. The largest multi-party, multi-jurisdictional damages litigation related to Puerto Rico, as well as the largest alternative energy projects, were succesfully handled by Fiddler’s attorneys.

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Tobias Cohen Jehoram

Tobias is a leading expert in the field of intellectual property law, and especially trademark, trade dress, design, copyright and database protection. He regularly advises multinationals and foreign counsel on IP issues in the Netherlands, in the EU and on (international) litigation strategies. Next to this Tobias advises and litigates in the field of know how protection, media & entertainment, product claims and advertising. Tobias is also a renowned litigator, appearing before all national courts, as well as OHIM and the EU Court of Justice. Tobias is admitted to the Supreme Court bar.

He has also been involved in most of the landmark IP decisions of the Netherlands Supreme Court in the past five years.

Recent landmark cases include cross border injunctions in case of copyright infringement, cross border injunction in comparative advertising case, harmonised copyright protection for industrial design, copyright protection for smells, trademark protection for sounds and liability of online platforms. Tobias is the primary author of the handbook European Trademark Law and is professor of intellectual property law at Erasmus University in Rotterdam.

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek:

Our clients, people and drive for quality are the energisers of our firm. They are the basis from which we deliver a powerful corporate practice, a centre of excellence in litigation, and an unparalleled team of regulatory experts.

We are at our best when matters are multidisciplinary in scope, with cross-border ramifications and when reputations are at risk. This is why we encourage our lawyers to combine in-depth legal expertise with the ability to collaborate with other experts across all relevant legal and non-legal disciplines.

We see our clients’ challenges with clarity and in their full legal and commercial context, wherever they operate. We advise them worldwide from our offices in Amsterdam, Brussels, London, New York, Shanghai and Singapore on all matters important to them. Based on our expertise and experience we do this ourselves or together with local counsel if local specialist advice is required.

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Magnús Haukur Magnússon

Mr. Magnús Haukur Magnússon graduated from The University of Iceland in June 1984 as a lawyer and largehas practised as a lawyer since 1985. He became a partner in a law firm in Iceland in 1991 and joined Sigurjónsson & Thor ehf. as a partner in 1997. Mr. Magnússon is a member of FICPI, the Icelandic Bar Association and became a Supreme Court Attorney in November 1996. He is an European Patent Attorney and a member of The Association of Icelandic Trademark and Patent Agents. Served on the board of The Association of Icelandic Trademark and Patent Agents since 2007. Served on the Board of Appeal in Competition matters in 1999- 2000.

Magnús Haukur Magnússon was a guest speaker at INTA Roundtable discussion in Reykjavik, Iceland on the “IP Translator Case” (CJEU ruling C-307/10) and its effects on practice on both the PTO and local agents on March 12,2013.

Sigurjónsson & Thor:

Sigurjónsson & Thor is a law firm established in 1970 specialized in Intellectual Property and Unfair competition. The firm provides services required for protection of Intellectual Property in Iceland including representation before the Patent Office, Board of Appeal and other authorities. Valborg Kjartansdóttir and Magnús H. Magnússon have gained extensive experience in providing legal opinions in their fields of expertise.

Representation before the District courts and the Supreme Court is an important part of our services.

Creditinfo has completed a detailed analysis, which displays Icelandic companies that have achieved top marks in its strength and stability assessments. Of the 33,000 companies registered in the Icelandic Company Directory, only 462 pass the conditions set by Creditinfo in order to receive the award of being one of ‘Iceland’s Strongest Companies’. Certification such as this is widely recognized in countries around the world, but in larger economies the conditions for the awards are not as strict as those in Iceland.

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Gregor Maček

Gregor holds a degree in electrical engineering and law, both of the University of Ljubljana. He joined ITEM in 1997 and in 2000 became a managing partner. He has a wide range of experience in both contentious and non-contentious matters especially in the fields of trademarks, domain names, patents and industrial designs. Gregor has been actively involved in preparing amendments to the Industrial Property Act in 2001 and 2006. Gregor has written several articles and lectured on new Slovenian legislation and case law.

Law Practice:

ITEM trademark team has extensive experience in handling trademark matters before Slovenian Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) and Office of Harmonization for the Internal Market (OHIM), as well as in trademark litigation proceedings (i.e. invalidation, non-use cancelation, infringement actions) before Slovenian courts. With its network of associates, ITEM renders full range of trademark related services, including enforcement also in Balkan countries (Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Kosovo and Albania).

ITEM:

ITEM was established in 1993 when Slovenia became an independent state after separating from Yugoslavia and after a new Slovenian Intellectual Property Office was established in 1991 and started operating in 1992.

The founder of ITEM is Mr. Andrej Vojir, B. Sc. In Electrical Engineering, patent attorney with over 30 years of experience in the field of industrial property. He was the head of industrial property department at ISKRA, the largest Slovenian electronics company and also one of the founders of the Slovenian Intellectual Property Office (SIPO).

ITEM soon became one of the leading patent and trademark law firms in Slovenia providing legal representation and counseling in all fields of intellectual property law (trademarks, designs, patents, domains, customs measures concerning counterfeits, litigation).

With respect to territory, ITEM covers Slovenia, international trademarks and designs before WIPO, Community trademarks and designs before OHIM, and European patents before EPI. In cooperation with its associates ITEM covers also Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Kosovo, and Albania.

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Enkelejda Mucaj

Provides legal assistance with regard to the new legal framework of Copyright law in Albania and represented the Albanian Government in relation to Copyright Law in the negotiations held with WTO for purposes of the accession of Albania with this organization.

Patent and Trademark Attorney accredited with the Albanian Patent and Trademark Directorate. Provided legal assistance to the Albanian Patent and Trademark Directorate for specific industrial property legal related issues.

Expert in Company and Commercial Law, Telecommunications Law (provided legal assistance acting as in–house legal counselor to the biggest mobile telecommunications company in Albania; Intellectual Property Law, Tax Law, Finance and Insurance Law, Civil Aviation Law, with extensive experience in civil litigation.

Expert in harmonization of Albanian national legislation with the international intellectual property legislation.

Tonucci & Partners:

Tonucci & Partners is one of the largest Italian independent firms. Founded in 1994 and headquartered in Rome, the firm’s operations and practices are international.

Tonucci & Partners’s six offices in Italy, Romania and Albania ensure that domestic and foreign clients have access to prompt, reliable and customized legal services for their Italian and Eastern European activities. Additionally, we have consolidated working relationships with leading foreign global law firms with offices in the most important markets in Europe, Asia and the Americas. Through this network Tonucci & Partners’s clients have direct access to local market expertise on a truly global basis.

Tonucci & Partners’ work focuses on complex cross-border and multi-jurisdictional transactions and litigation. We have significant experience in corporate and financial transactions; civil, criminal and administrative litigation; public tenders and procurements; telecommunications and information technology; EU and antitrust matters; employment; and tax. Tonucci & Partners has also acted as legal advisor in major privatizations in the banking and telecommunication industries in Italy and abroad. Our client base includes domestic and foreign corporations active in a wide range of industries, financial institutions, governmental entities and individuals requiring personal legal services.

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