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About Us 2018-02-14T16:16:52+00:00

our experience

BR Latin America IP LLC was formed in 2007 as one entrepreneur’s response to a clear and identified gap in the services offered by traditional Latin American IP firms. International companies often see Latin America from a regional perspective and require coverage in several major jurisdictions at once. While most firms have become experts in their particular countries, we have expertise in the region as a whole.

As an established Colombian firm, we have been serving multinational companies since 1999. We have developed key relationships with IP experts across Latin America that have expanded since we opened our U.S. business in 2011. Today, we are able to offer a one-stop solution for IP protection in the region.

We have negotiated prices that are well below the average due to our local contacts and consistent work, what allows us to charge a competitive fee for your trademark registration in all countries. Our model streamlines the process for clients, allowing one point of contact and fewer updates. We utilize online software to manage cases and we are constantly introducing new features to simplify the process. Most of our clients use BR on a regional basis to handle their work across Latin America.

OUR APROACH

When doing business in Latin America, it is crucial to understand the local rules, timelines, and regulations of each national patent and trademark office, as well as the varying laws of each jurisdiction.

BR Latin America offers a one-stop solution by helping clients to coordinate counseling in various countries. On a daily basis, we work closely with lawyers who are intimately familiar with their local agencies and laws.

We also work from our U.S. office in Miami, where our staff is fluent in English and committed to answering your questions in a timely manner.

By choosing BR, you eliminate time and expenses associated with interviewing and hiring attorneys in multiple jurisdictions. We can handle it all and we have more than 18 years of experience to prove it.

patent specialists

When it comes to patents, we are especially unique. Many Latin American firms do not have patent specialists, as patent protection in most regions is weak and it is expensive to hire the few qualified individuals. As a result, lawyers do primarily trademark work, taking on patent work as necessary. This makes it difficult for them to become intimately familiar with the patent process. In BR Latina, we have a regional patent specialist team for Latin America, and our team has had stellar results.

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COUNTRIES WE COVER

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Our local agents

Our local agents are comprised chiefly of former in-house IP counsel, former directors and officers at local patent and trademark offices, and lawyers who have left large firms to open smaller practices. Most have at least ten years of experience in IP matters and are members of major patent and trademark associations, such as INTA and AIPLA. This network allows us to have an additional layer of quality control—we check our local attorneys’ work online after they have prepared and checked it themselves. This ensures fewer mistakes and, ultimately, the ability to obtain rights faster.

Alvaro Ramirez Bonilla
Alvaro Ramirez BonillaDIRECTOR - FOUNDER
Alvaro Ramirez Bonilla is the managing and founding partner. He has more than 15 years of experience working in intellectual property and international business law in Colombia, as well as throughout Latin America via an extensive network of associates. His strong academic credentials, coupled with years of government experience have provided him with the unique ability to integrate public policy issues with business strategy and corporate development.

He is particularly skilled in internet issues, having worked in areas such as cybercrime, domain name disputes, software, and anti-spam. In 2000, he became the first lawyer in Colombia to win a domain name dispute. He has acted as an advisor to the Colombian Software Federation.

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Hasbleydi Calvo Rojas
Hasbleydi Calvo RojasLEGAL MANAGER
Hasbleydi Calvo graduated in law from the Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia and has a Master’s degree on Intellectual and Industrial property and New Technologies from the Universitat de Barcelona.

She has a high sense of belonging, responsibility and social sensitivity in the area of legal and information management. She is a very proactive person in the performance of assigned tasks, ease of working in a team and has extensive experience in the commercial area and in intellectual property.
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Diana Baquero Uriza
Diana Baquero UrizaPATENT CONSULTANT
Diana is a chemical engineer and microbiologist graduated from the Universidad de los Andes, Colombia. Currently, she has a master in Biological Sciences from the same university. She is doing her PhD at the Pasteur Institut in Paris, France.

During her undergraduate thesis she worked on producing ethanol from food wastes and she obtained the best thesis award from the Chemical Engineer Department.

In her master’s thesis, she worked with bacteriophages, viruses that infect bacteria, as a possible solution to the antibiotic resistance. She won a scholarship from the Centro Argentino – Brasileño of Biotecnología to attend an intensive short course of bacteriophages and their applications in biotechnology.

Juan Marulanda Pulido
Juan Marulanda PulidoTECHNOLOGY, CUSTOMER SATISFACTION
Systems and Computing Engineering student at the National University of Colombia, Juan enjoys everything tech. He has got experience working for different telecommunications and Internet companies, developing excellent customer service skills and quick learning of different software platforms and processes.

Although he enjoys competitive environments, due to his participation in competitions such as Maths and Physics Olympiads, he is always looking to help others through his knowledge and initiative.

Marcela Lopez Aldana
Marcela Lopez AldanaLEGAL
Marcela is part of our paralegal team and has the ability to manage patent and trademark matters. She is a very disciplined person and quite thorough with the cases of the firm.

Besides having experience in legal proceedings, she has a Technician Degree in Computer Equipment Maintenance with emphasis on software and hardware installation.

Erika Baquero Díaz
Erika Baquero DíazFINANCIAL CONTROLLER
Erika Baquero has a Technical degree in Documentation and Accounting Records. She has experience in processes of classification and in information management systems.

She has skills in the handling of applications for systems such as accounting programs and technology platforms. She has experience in customer service and the facility to express and communicate with the client, always handling the proper time in order to be efficient.

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