Viteri & Viteri

Guatemala City Office

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Managing Partner: Ernesto José Viteri Arriola
Languages: English, Spanish

Firm Overview:
VITERI & VITERI was established in 1925. Throughout its long history, the firm has handled countless high profile cases, frequently involving the settling of law and establishment of important precedents by both the Guatemalan Supreme Court and Guatemala’s Constitutional Court, regarding matters of intellectual property law, corporate and commercial law and administrative law.
The firm has a time-honored reputation as a professional, efficient, ethical and serious law firm, with a tradition of excellence and vast experience throughout its more than 90 years of practice. For decades Viteri & Viteri has been renowned as an industry leader in Guatemala and has been consistently ranked as such by the leading international legal ranking agencies.

At present, the firm and/or its partners are members in good standing of:
■ INTERNATIONAL TRADEMARK ASSOCIATION (INTA)
■ ASSOCIATION INTERNATIONALE POUR LA PROTECTION DE LA PROPRIÉTÉ INTELLECTUELLE (AIPPI)
■ INTER-AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (ASIPI)
■ ASOCIACION GUATEMALTECA DE LA PROPIEDAD INDUSTRIAL
■ CAMARA GUATEMALTECA DE LA PROPIEDAD INTELECTUAL (CAMPI)
■ AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE (AMCHAM)
■ INSTITUTO GUATEMALTECO DE DERECHO NOTARIAL
■ INSTITUTO DE DERECHO MERCANTIL DE GUATEMALA
■ COLEGIO DE ABOGADOS DE GUATEMAL

Main Areas of Practice:

Intellectual Property:
The firm’s intellectual property practice relies on an experienced and knowledgeable team of attorneys. The firm’s intellectual property practice specializes in patents, trademarks and designs. Viteri & Viteri has a large client portfolio with important clients from almost every industry; as a result, the team regularly handles matters ranging from patents covering chemical compounds for the pharmaceutical and agrochemical industries, to design patents for clients in the automotive industry, sound marks and matters pertaining to the protection of trade dress. The firm also has an important local client portfolio and regularly advises on matters of patent, trademark and trade secret protection and has been tasked with managing the intellectual property portfolio for several important clients both in Guatemala and abroad. The team’s vast experience and expertise allows Viteri & Viteri to adapt to each of its clients different needs and provide industry leading legal services in the field of intellectual property .
Contact: Ernesto Ricardo Viteri Echeverría
Email: [email protected]

Corporate, Finance, Banking, Administrative & Commercial Law:
The firm has been involved in these areas of law since its inception, has a very varied group of first class clients both national and international, and members of the firm are Directors/Counsel to various banking, insurance, agroindustrial, telecom and real estate companies operating in Guatemala.
Contact: Ernesto José Viteri Arriola
Email: [email protected]

Litigation & Arbitration:
The firm has vast experience in the litigation and arbitration of matters related to its main areas of practice.
Contact: Ernesto José Viteri Arriola
Email: [email protected]

International Work:
Obtained two favorable arbitration awards in two complex cases involving parties located in foreign jurisdictions. In one case, successfully defending its client from a claim for damages for its former partner in a joint venture. In the second case, successfully suing its client’s counterparty and its assignee for breach of a supply agreement. Both cases were brought in Guatemala city before arbitration panels organised by local arbitration centers.

Clients:

The firms intellectual property and corporate law departments have a broad range of important local and international clients from diverse fields, including:
■ Consumer Products
■ Information Technology (IT)
■ Pharmaceuticals
■ Agrochemicals
■ Oil & Gas
■ Cosmetics
■ Fashion
■ Food & Beverage
■ Entertainment & Publishing
■ Telecommunications
■ Banking & Finance
■ Hospitality
■ Retail
■ Automotive
■ Transportation