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María del Pilar López Quirós

Partner, Costa Rica
pilar.lopez@ariaslaw.com

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María del Pilar López Quirós

Partner, Costa Rica
pilar.lopez@ariaslaw.com

Experience

  • María del Pilar López is co-head of the intellectual property department of the firm. She advises clients in the protection of intellectual property portfolios, including administrative and judicial processes. Numerous publishers such as Chambers and Partners, The Legal 500, Latin Lawyer, World Trademark Review, Best Lawyers and Who’s Who Legal have recognized her as one of the most outstanding professionals in the intellectual property practice. She is responsible for the creation of intellectual property compliance strategies and actions, advising important business groups in the industries of food, beverages, technology, textiles, hospitality, among others. Additionally, she has developed as an advisor to companies in regulatory affairs, personal data protection and life sciences.
  • She began her career as a lawyer in the corporate department at Zurcher, and subsequently assumed the direction of the intellectual property department in 2006 until July 2, 2021.

Career


  • Universidad Escuela Libre de Derecho (Law degree, 2006)
  • INCAE Business School and Georgetown University Law Center Joint Program: Legal Aspects of International Business Executive Program (2005)
  • International Seminar on Alternative Dispute Resolution and Intellectual Property (2001)
  • Formation and Certification of Mediators and Conciliators (2001)
Recognitions

  • Recognized as Gold Tier Leader by World Trademark Review (WTR)
  • Listed by Chambers and Partners Latin America for her Intellectual Property practice.
  • Ranked as Leading Individual by The Legal 500.
  • Recognized as Lawyer of the Year 2020 by Best Lawyers.

Publications


  • New Legislation Eliminates Criminal Actions for IP Enforcement published in the INTA Bulletin on November 15, 2008.
  • Cancellation for Non-Use: Decision Shifts Burden of Proof of Use to the Trademark Owner published in the INTA Bulletin dated November 1, 2008 Vol. 63 No. 20 and also published in Marcasur in November 2008, Issue No. 8).
  • Enforcement and challenges of the patent regime in Costa Rica published in Marcasur on November 23, 2011.
  • The luxury of fashion law published in World Intellectual Property Review (WIPR) on November 1, 2013.
  • Clinical trials in Costa Rica: protecting patient privacy published in Life Sciences Intellectual Property Review on June 10, 2016.
  • Stem cells in Costa Rica: a boost for medical research published in Life Sciences Intellectual Property Review on July 4, 2017.
  • Costa Rica Battling for Acquired Distinctiveness published in World Trademark Review on September 1, 2017.
  • Costa Rica has released new rules for the clinical investigation of adult stem cells, as María del Pilar López and Esteban Monge of Zürcher Lawyers report published in Life Sciences Intellectual Property Review on October 4, 2018.
  • Privacy Profile published in Bloomberg Law in April 2020.
  • Data Protection in the Context of the Coronavirus Pandemic published in Bloomberg Law in April 2020.
  • Trademarking national symbols in Costa Rica – what you need to know published in World Trademark Review on July 24, 2020.

Memberships

  • Costa Rican Bar Association
  • International Trademark Association (INTA) - Enforcement Committee
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)
  • Inter-American Association of Industrial Property (ASIPI)
  • Costa Rica - American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM)
  • National Association of Intellectual Property Professionals in Costa Rica (APPICR)
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
  • International Bar Association (IBA)
Client's feedback

  • Front-running practitioner and department head María del Pilar López is praised as "extremely knowledgeable of IP law" by an observer, whoalso endorses her strong client relationship skills. López possesses ample experience in trade mark searches, filings and contentious matters, with a further interviewee confirming: "María del Pilar is an excellent trade mark lawyer." A source concludes: "I love working with her, her work is excellent." – Chambers and Partners Global
  • Dynamic head of department María del Pilar López is a leading lawyer within the Costa Rican IP ambit, with one interviewee asserting: "She is well recognised and a very good lawyer," while another market source adds: "She is always attentive to the requested work; we receive immediate responses from her and total contribution and support in each of the issues she handles for our company." – Chambers and Partners Latin America
  • María del Pilar López is a prominent figure in Costa Rica’s IP space, who is sought after for her skill with enforcement strategies and litigation proceedings. - Who's Who Legal 2022.
  • María del Pilar López garners support from market sources impressed with her deep expertise in IP enforcement strategies and actions. - Who's Who Legal 2022.

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