Managing Partners: Patricia Hoet Limbourg, Alicia Molero Senior
Founding Partners: Franklin Hoet Linares and Fernando Pelaez Pier
Partners: Maria M. Nebreda, Patricia Hoet Limbourg, Alicia Molero, Hugo Bazzani, Joaquín Núñez
Number of partners: 7
Number of other lawyers: 12
Trademarks: Alicia Molero
Patents: Patricia Hoet Limbourg
Copyrights: Maria Nebreda
Domain Names: Matías Pérez
Sports Law: Pablo Garcia
Life Sciences & Healthcare: Joaquín Núñez
Media & Entertainment: Karen Incera
Established in 1942, Hoet Pelaez Castillo & Duque (HPCD), has been the pioneer and leading firm of intellectual property in Venezuela and one of the most recognised names in the market. With a strong international reach, HPCD provides clients with quality personalised services, understanding their needs and acting as trusted advisors in the development and protection of clients’ IP needs in Venezuela, Latin America and the Caribbean. HPCD was the first and only firm to be to be ISO 9001 certified for 15 years. This demonstrates the firm’s commitment to maintaining its quality management systems implemented and the outstanding level of its services, — investing in technology, allowing its different departments to handle cases in the most efficient manner. All cases are managed in compliance with all procedures and deadlines, minimising human error through an automated case management system.
Main Areas of Practice:
Trademarks & Patent Litigation: 10%
Domain Names: 3%
Sports Law: 5%
Life Sciences & Health Care: 8%
Media & Entertainment: 4%
The firm assists local and international clients in in order to secure their trademark rights in the best cost-effective manner. Trademark services range from full availability searches and up to the granting of IP rights, including litigatation. HPCD also assists in the defence of IP rights against third parties, such as oppositions, cancellation and nullity actions, unfair competition.
Attorneys and engineers have extensive experience in all stages of the patent process which include: Availability searches, patent translation, patent prosecution and litigation, claims, appeals, oppositions, annuities. The team is particularly well-versed on complex patent applications, In addition, members of the team are often required to provide legal opinions regarding patentability, validity and infringements.
Attorneys have decades of experience in copyright law and has successfully defended clients in multiple protection matters. The team has been extensively involved in the resolution of copyright conflicts as well as in exclusive intellectual property disputes that have involved legislations such as the Industrial Property Law, the Code of Commerce, and several international treaties and agreements.
As a measure to promote growth and consider the current technological advances, the firm has executed agreements with companies specialised in the registration of domain names both in Venezuela and at different levels, such as as.com, .org, .net, and even the new denomination .biz.
The team assists all kinds of actors in the sports industry throughout the management and negotiation of sports contracts such as sponsorships, television rights, club/athlete service contracts, among others. Assistance and representation in the resolution of conflicts in public and arbitration courts, including the Court of Arbitration in Laussane, Switzerland and FIFA. For soccer matters, the team will also assist in the management and negotiation of Training Compensation and Solidarity Mechanism supported by FIFA.
Life Sciences & Health Care:
The life sciences and healthcare team provides expert assistance on trademark and patent registrations, counterfeit litigation, regulatory advice such as food, drug and labelling laws, advertising and regulations, product registration, labelling and packaging, sanitary registration certificates.
Media & Entertainment:
Attorneys have great experience in assisting clients in protecting and enforcing their IP rights in matters relating to radio, television, internet, shows, events.
The firm has a strong international experience and practice assisting clients to protect their IP rights around the world with special emphasis in Latin America and the Caribbean. In order to offer clients cost-effective solutions, the firm has established an office in the Aruba allowing the expansion of its services to the Caribbean and Latin America thus creating an IP one-stop solution.
Spanish, English, French
Clients & Sectors:
■ Pharmaceuticals & Life Sciences
■ Food & Snacks
■ Energy & Natural Resources
■ Automobiles & Parts
■ Construction & Materials
■ Consumer Product Manufacturing
■ Mining & Metals
■ Software & Computer Services
■ Technology, Hardware & Electronics