María Teresa Restrepo
María Teresa Restrepo focuses her practice on intellectual property matters, particularly on trademark litigation, as part of the team that handles oppositions, cancellations and annulment proceedings before specialized courts of law. Her knowledge and experience also includes corporate, immigration and labour matters.
She has a licentiate degree in Law and Political Science from the Universidad Santa María La Antigua in Panama, and a Master’s degree in Intellectual Property from the Universidad Carlos III in Spain.
While still in law school, María Teresa started working at a renowned Panamanian law firm, where she spent one year as a paralegal handling administrative matters and civil procedures before moving on to the intellectual property department, where she focused on trademark prosecution and litigation, first as a paralegal and later as an attorney.
Her desire to specialize in IP made her interrupt her professional practice and travel to Spain, where she had the opportunity to work as an intern in the industrial property department of the law firm Santiago Mediano Abogados, in Madrid. Upon returning to Panama, she worked as an attorney for a local law firm, where aside from IP, she handled a wide range of matters. Later on, she joined the trademark litigation team of Benedetti & Benedetti, a law firm that was internationally renowned for its IP practice.
Memberships: Panama Bar Association; Club Kiwanis Las Perlas de Panama (President, 2016-2017).
Languages: Spanish, English and Italian.
When not at the office, you can find María Teresa traveling, enjoying a good wine with her friends or spending time with her family.