Moisés Iván Rivera A.

Moises Ivan Rivera A., is a partner at Icaza, González-Ruiz & Alemán with 11 years of experience in Litigation & ADR, Commercial Strategy, Trademarks, Patents, utility models, industrial designs, slogans, copyrights, trade and domain names, data protection, and acquisitions. He also specializes in Consumer Protection & Competition and Maritime Law.

Moises has a high level of effectiveness in building up legal strategies concerning corporate and transnational clients. His expertise in Trademark Litigation (oppositions and Nullity and Cancellation proceedings, Unfair Competition, Civil and Criminal proceedings regarding IP), Brand Protection, and Anti-Counterfeiting allow him to actively contribute to the positive results obtained by Icaza, Gonzalez-Ruiz & Aleman’s for its local and international clients within the administrative, civil and criminal areas of Intellectual Property.

Moises is a member of the International Trademark Association (INTA), the Panamanian Association of Intellectual Property Law (APADEPI), and the Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI). In addition, he is currently the Vice-President of the Intellectual Property Commission of International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) – Panama Chapter and actively participates in Panama’s Bar Association.

Moises has also taken part in the panel of experts advising the National Customs Authority in the amendments to the current legislation related to the Customs Procedures related to counterfeit goods.

Academic Instruction

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Political Sciences, Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencias y Tecnología (ULACIT), Panama, (2010).
  • Seminar of Corporate Law and Finances, INIDEM Business Law School, (2011).
  • Intensive Course “How the vessel chartering agreements and cargo transportation are negotiated under bills of lading?”, Panama (2015).
  • Seminar of Maritime Law, Tulane Maritime Center (2017).
  • Seminar: Substantive, Procedural and Technical Aspects of the Maritime Jurisdiction, Instituto Superior de Judicatura de Panamá, Doctor César Augusto Quintero Correa (2018).
  • Certificate in Data Protection Regulation in Panama, Universidad de Panama, (2020).
  • Virtual Seminar: Commercial and Investments – Arbitration with the State, Center for Conciliation and Arbitration of Panama (CeCAP), (2021).
  • License Certificate: 2010

Experience

  • ICAZA, GONZÁLEZ-RUIZ & ALEMÁN
    • Partner since 2022
    • Associate (2013-2021).

Memberships

  • Panama Bar Association

Gabriela Tejada de Britton

Gabriela Tejada de Britton is the Head of the IP Division of the firm. With over 30 years of experience in Intellectual Property, she provides expert counseling for the trademark portfolio of local and multinational companies in a wide range of sectors which include, among others, beauty and personal care, pharmaceutical, automobile, retail, luxury goods, food and beverages, finance and entertainment.

Counseling includes trademark and copyright licensing, franchising, trademark enforcement, trademark and patent prosecution, opposition and cancellation proceedings.

Gabriela performed a key role in drafting the country’s current Industrial Property laws, and she is the President of the Panamanian Association of Intellectual Property Law (APADEPI) for the 2020-2022 period.

Year after year, she continues to be ranked as a leading lawyer by publications such as Chambers and Partners, Legal 500, Who’s Who Legal, and WTR1000. Under her guidance, the Intellectual Property Department has also remained well-positioned in these rankings and has won as Panama’s best Trademark Firm in publications such as The Global IP Awards by WTR and IAM in 2020 and Managing IP in 2021.

Academic Instruction

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Political Sciences, Universidad Santa Maria La Antigua, Panama, (1989). Thesis: “Legal Challenge to Arbitral Decisions in the Panamanian Judicial Code”.
  • D.E.A in General Private Law, University of Paris Panthéon-Assas, (Paris II), Cum Laude, Paris, (1990).
  • License Certificate: 1990

Experience

  • ICAZA, GONZÁLEZ-RUIZ & ALEMÁN
    • Partner since 2000.
    • Associate (1990 – 2000).  In charge of the IP Department.
  • Panama Conciliation and Arbitration Center
    • Qualified Arbitrator (2002 – 2003).
  • She actively participated in the drafting and discussion of the Law in force regarding  Industrial Property. 

Memberships

  • Panama Bar Association.
  • President of the Panamanian Association of Intellectual Property Law (APADEPI ) 2020-2022.
  • Inter-American Association of Industrial Property (ASIPI).
  • Association Internationale Pour la Proteccion de la Propriete Intellectual (AIPPI).
  • International Trademark Association (INTA).

Awards and Recognition

  • Chambers and Partners Global, Chambers and Partners Latinamerica, Marcasur,  Managing Intellectual Property 2014, World Trademark Review, Best Lawyer Panama. 

Fernando González-Ruiz M.

Fernando González-Ruiz M. is an associate with 12 years of experience in Brand Protection and Anti-Counterfeiting, Litigation & ADR, Trademarks, patents, utility models, industrial designs, slogans, copyrights, trade and domain names, and data protection.

He specializes in Trademark Litigation (oppositions and Nullity and Cancellation proceedings, Unfair Competition, Civil and Criminal proceedings regarding IP), Brand Protection, and Anti-Counterfeiting. He also advises on licensing and trademark-related issues in social media, the internet, e-commerce, and advertising. Moreover, he has successfully filed, prosecuted, and obtained trademarks, industrial model registrations, and letters patents for new inventions.

Fernando is an active member of INTA and was appointed once again for the Anti-Counterfeiting committee for 2022-2023, in which he actively participates in the Online Counterfeiting Sub-committee. He is also a member of the Panamanian Association of Intellectual Property Law (APADEPI), participating in the Anti Counterfeit sub-committee and the Copyright Law sub-committee.

In addition, Fernando is one of the lawyers invited to take part in the panel of experts advising the National Customs Authority on the amendments to the current legislation related to the Customs Procedures related to counterfeit goods. He is also a Mentor of AEI Panama (the Alliance for Entrepreneurship and Innovation), and the City of Knowledge’s Startup Investment Program.

Recently, he has been recognized for his work in publications such as WTR1000 and Legal 500.

Academic Instruction

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Political Sciences, Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencia y Tecnología (ULACIT), (2009). Thesis: “The Voting Trust in Panama Corporations and the Anglo-Saxon Voting Trust”.
  • Specialization Course in Civil Law, Universidad de Salamanca, Spain, (2009).
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA), with a specialization in Strategic Business Management, ADEN Business School , (2018).
  • Specialization in Legal Tech and Innovation, The George Washington School of Business/ADEN Business School, (2020).

License Certificate: 2009

Experience

  • ICAZA, GONZÁLEZ-RUIZ & ALEMÁN
    • Associate, since 2009.
    • Legal Assistant (2004 – 2008).

Memberships

  • Panama Bar Association
  • International Trademark Association (INTA), member of the Anti-Counterfeiting Committee.
  • Panamanian Association of Intellectual Property Law (APADEPI)
  • American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM), member of the Committees of Environmental, Information and Communication Technology Services, and Trade and Investment.

Hobbies

Fernando enjoys activities such as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, boxing, photography, and reading in his spare time.

Mariela I. de la Guardia Oteiza

Mariela de la Guardia Oteiza is a partner with twelve years of experience, specializing in Commercial Law, Intellectual Property, Estate Planning, Public Procurement and Data Protection.

She regularly provides advice to multinationals interested in establishing their operations in Panama through special economic zones and regimes such as SEM, Colon Free Zone, Panamá Pacífico, and EMMA.

Mariela is a Director and Secretary of the Board of Directors of the American Chamber of Commerce of Panama (AmCham) for 2021-2022. In addition, she is an active member of INTA, participating in the Famous and Well-known Trademark Committee from 2020 through 2021, and has been selected as a member of the Brand Restrictions Committee for the 2022-2023 period.  She is also member of the Panamanian Association of Intellectual Property Law (APADEPI), among many other organizations. Recently, Mariela was also named as a Mentor of AEI Panama, the Alliance for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Academic Instruction

  • Master of Law (LL.M.), Northwestern University, School of Law, Chicago, Illinois, USA. (2009).
  • Bachelor Degree in Law and Political Sciences, Santa Maria La Antigua University, Cum Laude. Panama, (2007).
  • Tax Diploma, Universidad Especializada del Contador Público Autorizado (UNESCPA), Panama,(2012).
  • Postgraduate Degree in Public Procurement, Santa Maria La Antigua University, (2018).
  • License Certificate: 2008

Experience

  • ICAZA, GONZÁLEZ-RUIZ & ALEMÁN
    • Partner since June, 2019
    • Associate Attorney since 2009
    • Legal Assistant: Intellectual Property; Corporate Law; Litigation (2004 – 2007)

Memberships

  • Panama Bar Association
  • American Chamber of Commerce
    (AMCHAM) – Secretary of the Board of Directors and Director 2019-2022, former Vicepresident of the Board of Directors 2020, former Director of the Tax and Legislation Committee, Member of the Trade and Investment Committee;
  • Panamanian Association of Intellectual Property Law (APADEPI)
  • International Trademark Association (INTA), Famous and Well Known Trademarks committee member
  • WIP Panama
  • Member of the Women’s Corporate Directors (WCD)

Hobbies

Mariela enjoys cooking, reading historical novels, playing soccer and baseball in her spare time.