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Simón Valverde

Partner, Costa Rica
simon.valverde@ariaslaw.com

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Simón Valverde

Partner, Costa Rica
simon.valverde@ariaslaw.com

Experience

  • Simón Valverde is a partner. He is commonly identified as one of the leading authorities in Intellectual Property in Costa Rica. He was counsel for the Vice-Dean’s Office of Investigation at the Universidad de Costa Rica, responsible for intellectual property, technology and knowledge transfer of the university. Attorney Valverde is a founding member and past Director of the Costa Rican Association of Intellectual Property Professionals (APPICR). Mr. Valverde has directed prosecution of a large percentage of the patent applications filed by the firm in Costa Rica, attending more than 100 interviews with patent examiners, by far the largest number of any patent professional in Costa Rica.
  • Attorney Valverde successfully litigated at the judicial courts (Tribunal Contencioso Administrativo), along with attorney Luis Diego Castro, the two cases that set the current standard of what should be included in a patent examiner's review of a patent application and set the mandatory use of the Patent Examination Guidelines, of discretionary use by examiners before that decision. On behalf of APPICR he organized and coordinated, jointly with the Patent Office, two seminars on patent examination guidelines and examination of pharmaceutical patents. Advised the Costa Rican Patent Office during the process to draft the new bylaws to the Costa Rican Patent Law (Reglamento a la Ley de Patentes No. 6867). He also provides advice in trademark, trade secret and copyright matters to Fortune 500 companies as well as to public institutions and individuals.
  • Since 2011 he is a faculty member of the Intellectual Property course of the Criminal Law Master Degree program at Universidad Latina of Costa Rica (a member of the Laureate International Network) and currently he is faculty member and technical expert in the changes to the curriculum of the Intellectual Property Master Degree program at Universidad Estatal A Distancia de Costa Rica (the only such program in Costa Rica).

Career


  • Law Degree from the University of Costa Rica (UCR).
  • Post-graduate Studies in Notary Law from the Universidad Autónoma de Centroamérica.
  • LL.M in Intellectual Property, Commerce and Technology Degree from the University of New Hampshire (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center).
Recognitions

  • Listed by Best Lawyers since 2018.
  • Recognized by IP Stars as a Patent Star.
  • Listed in Chambers and Partners Global and Chambers and Partners Latin America for his Intellectual Property practice.
  • Listed in the World Trademark Review ranking as one of the highlights in the practice of intellectual property professionals.

Memberships


  • Costa Rican Bar Association.
  • International Trademark Association (INTA).
  • Costa Rican Association of Intellectual Property Professionals (APPICR
  • International Bar Association (IBA)

Publications


  • Co-authored the Costa Rican Chapter of Trademarks, the book of the collection Chambers Global Practice Guides, a 2018 publication by Chambers and Partners
  • Co-authored the Costa Rican Chapter of Patent Litigation, the book of the collection Chambers Global Practice Guides, a 2018 publication by Chambers and Partners
  • Co-authored the Costa Rican Chapter of Patents, the book of the collection Getting the Deal Through, a 2017 publication by Law Business Research Ltd
  • Are you using correctly your mark in Costa Rica Lexology, March 6, 2014
  • The effectiveness of patent examiner interviews. Lexology, September 12, 2013

Client's feedback

  • "Extremely diligent" and "hard-working" co-head of department Simon Valverde elicits praise from market sources for his expertise across patents, trade marks and copyright law. A client enthuses that "he is an expert in IP and has done a lot of patent work," while further commentators add: "He is a very valuable adviser and his experience has helped us to achieve the best result." – Chambers and Partners Global
  • Department co-head Simon Valverde is endorsed by a client, who states: "His work is very efficient in making the process reach its conclusion and he is very precise with the necessary technical support to defend a patent registration." Another reports: "He's always willing to provide his expertise in the most effective way." – Chambers and Partners Latin America
  • What makes this practice unique is that Arias, particularly Simón Valverde, has knowledge and experience of the public and academic institutions in Costa Rica, which makes our work with them much easier and guarantees that we receive the results we expect.’ – The Legal 500
  • ‘In the case of Simón, what makes him stand out is his vast experience and ability to handle specific and complex client matters. I would like to highlight his enormous capacity to explain the context and overview of a matter in a way that each individual client will understand, and to assist us throughout the process and guide us to the right decisions. One of his best qualities is definitely his ability to always respond immediately to our queries and requirements, and his ability to suitably adapt to the needs of different clients.’ – The Legal 500
  • ‘Simón Valverde is a market leader for any intellectual property matter that requires an in-depth and strategic analysis to decide the actions to take (especially patent and trade mark matters).’ – The Legal 500
  • ‘Simón Valverde and Luis Diego Castro are characterised by their high degree of availability and deep technical knowledge of intellectual property matters in Costa Rica.’ – The Legal 500

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