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  • Ramon R. Benedetti V.

    Partner

  • Audrey Williams

    Partner

  • Diana Carolina Leandro

    Partner

  • Ramon Benedetti Alemán

    Partner

Ramon R. Benedetti V.   -   Partner

Partner

Ramon Ricardo Benedetti focuses his practice on Intellectual Property, Banking, Finance and Corporate Law and heads the IP department.

He started out as an attorney working with his father, Mr. Eloy Benedetti (*1918–†2000) at the law firm De La Guardia, Arosemena & Benedetti, and went on to become one of the founding partners of Benedetti & Benedetti, an internationally renowned Panamanian law firm, where he headed the Intellectual Property practice for twenty five years.

With more than forty years of experience, most of it devoted to Intellectual Property, his profound knowledge has been recognized by clients and piers alike and by international researchers and publications such as Legal 500, Chambers & Partners, WTR 1000, Who’s Who Legal, Managing Intellectual Property, Latin Lawyer, among others.

Throughout his career, Ramon has been an active member of several professional organizations and has been attending international meetings for decades, experiences which have afforded him the opportunity to establish long-lasting relationships with colleagues and clients.

His memberships include the Panama Bar Association, the Panamanian Association of Intellectual Property Law – APADEPI (President, 1988-1993), the American Bar Association (ABA), the Inter-American Bar Association – IABA, the Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property – ASIPI (National Delegate 1982-1989, Executive Committee 1989-1991), the Licensing Executives Society – LES, the European Association of Trademark Owners- MARQUES, the Federation Internationale des Conseils en Propriété Industrielle – FICPI, the Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Industrielie – AIPPI (President, Panamanian Group), the International Trademark Association – INTA, the European Communities Trademark Association – ECTA, and The Institute of Trade Mark Agents.

Languages: Spanish and English.

Acknowledgments and awards

Chambers & Partners, IP, Ranked lawyer – since 2010
Chambers & Partners, Latin-America Guide, IP, Ranked lawyer – since 2010
Latin Lawyer 250, recommended attorneys – since 2014
The Legal 500, IP, Leading lawyers – since 2014
Who’s Who Legal Central America, Panama, Leading lawyers
World Trademark Review 1000, ranked individuals – Gold band since 2014

When not at the office, you can find Ramon with his family or in his ranch with his award-winning horses.

Audrey Williams   -   Partner

Partner

Audrey Williams heads the anti-piracy litigation department and her practice areas include intellectual property, unfair competition, trademark and copyright litigation, distributorship, licensing and franchising, among others.

After obtaining her licentiate degree in Law and Political Science with honors (Cum Laude) from the Universidad Santa María La Antigua in Panama, she began working at Panamanian law firm Benedetti & Benedetti. She won a Fullbright scholarship and went on to obtain LL.M. with specialization in Commercial Law from the University of California at Berkeley and then rejoined the internationally renowned firm, where she was promoted to partner and headed the anti-piracy litigation department for more than 20 years.

Audrey’s expertise has always been worthy of praise and has prompted her to be continuously recognized as a leader in her field by publications such as Legal 500, Chambers & Partners, WTR 1000, Who’s Who Legal, Managing Intellectual Property and Latin Lawyer.

She is also an active member of several professional organizations, participating in committees and being a frequent speaker, particularly on issues related to IP infringement.

Her memberships include the Panama Bar Association, the Panamanian Association of Intellectual Property Law – APADEPI (Vice President, 2010-2016; Deputy Secretary 2017-2018), the Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property – ASIPI (Secretary Ethics committee 2012-2014, Secretary Anti-counterfeiting committee 2009-2011), the Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Industrielie – AIPPI (President of Panamanian group since 2016), and the International Trademark Association – INTA.

Languages: Spanish, English.

Acknowledgments and Awards

Chambers & Partners, IP, Ranked lawyer, Band 1 – since 2009
Chambers & Partners, Latin-America Guide, IP Ranked lawyer – since 2010
Latin Lawyer 250, recommended attorneys – since 2014
The Legal 500, IP, Leading lawyers – since 2014
Who’s Who Legal Central America, Panama, Leading lawyers
World Trademark Review 1000, ranked individuals – Gold band since 2014

When not at the office, you can find Audrey spending time with her family or at the movies.

Diana Carolina Leandro   -   Partner

Partner

Mrs. Leandro heads the trademark litigation department and her practice is primarily focused on intellectual property matters, including trademark clearance, prosecution and litigation (oppositions, annulments, cancellations); trademark coexistence, assignment and licensing agreements; trademark surveillance and enforcement, international clearance and filings, among others.

She obtained her licentiate degree in Law and Political Science with honors (Cum Laude) from the Universidad Santa María La Antigua in Panama, and has a Masters in Trademarks, Patents, Designs, Utility Models and Copyrights from the Universidad de Alicante (Magister Lucentinus), Spain.

After finishing the internship program of the Magister Lucentinus, Mrs. Leandro joined Duran-Corretjer, Patent and Trademark Agents, in Barcelona, where she worked on clearance, registration and enforcement of Spanish, International and Community Trademarks. A couple of years later, upon returning to Panama, she was offered a position in the Trademark Litigation team of the internationally renowned firm Benedetti & Benedetti, which allowed her to gain substantial knowledge and experience in the prosecution of opposition, cancellation and annulment matters before the specialized commercial courts, while also handling a wide range of IP matters in Panama and abroad.

Mrs. Leandro’s successful efforts in trademark prosecution and litigation have been highlighted by Chambers & Partners, Legal 500, WTR 1000 and Who’s Who Legal.

Her memberships include the Panama Bar Association, the Panamanian Association of Intellectual Property Law – APADEPI, the Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property – ASIPI, and the International Trademark Association – INTA (Non-Traditional Marks Committee).

Languages: Spanish, English, Portuguese.

Acknowledgments and Awards

Chambers & Partners, IP, Ranked lawyer – 2018
Chambers & Partners, Latin-America Guide, IP Ranked lawyer – 2018
Chambers & Partners, IP, Star Associate, 2015-2017
Chambers & Partners, IP, Associates to watch, 2013-2014
The Legal 500, IP, Next generation lawyers – 2017
The Legal 500, IP, Panama – 2016
Who’s Who Legal Central America, Panama, Leading lawyers
World Trademark Review 1000, Panama, ranked individuals – Silver band since 2014

When not at the office, you can find Diana at home with her daughters and husband, or running errands.

Ramon Benedetti Alemán   -   Partner

Partner

Mr. Ramon Benedetti Aleman focuses his practice on Intellectual Property and works mainly on trademarks, domain names, licensing, franchising, Banking and Advertising Law.

He has a licentiate degree in Law and Political Science from the Universidad Católica Santa María La Antigua in Panama and is an admitted attorney since 2005.

Mr. Benedetti started out his career at an early age, working as a paralegal in the renowned law firm Benedetti and Benedetti, handling a wide range of Intellectual Property matters while attending law school in Panama. After graduation, Ramon continued his studies in the United States, where he obtained a Masters of Laws in Intellectual Property, Commerce and Technology from the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property, and attended the 19th annual Pierce Law Intellectual Property Summer Institute. He then went on to Ireland, to attend the e-Law Summer Institute at University College Cork.

After completing his studies abroad, Ramon returned to Panama where he practiced for over a decade as an attorney at Benedetti & Benedetti, devoting most of his time to IP, also handling corporate matters for important local and foreign clients, and banking matters for one of the country’s largest banks.

Mr. Benedetti regularly attends IP conferences and is an active member of the International Trademark Association – INTA, the Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property – ASIPI (Secretary of the Mediation, Arbitration and Conciliation Committee 2016-2018, National delegate 2013-2015 and 2016-2018), the Panama Bar Association and the Panamanian Association of Intellectual Property Law – APADEPI.

Languages: Spanish and English.

When not at the office, you can find Ramon with his family, playing golf or running.

  • Linette Torres

  • Graziella Benedetti A.

  • Nadia Ortiz Quezada

  • Raul Ernesto Amado

  • Julissa Farah de la Ossa

  • María Teresa Restrepo

  • Fernando Reyes Porcell

  • Emma N. Him C.

  • Jeane Johnson J.

    Patent Agent

Linette Torres   -   

Mrs. Torres devotes most of her practice to trademark litigation, which involves handling trademark opposition, cancellation and annulment actions before specialized courts of law. She also has vast experience negotiating and drafting settlements and coexistence agreements, and prosecuting trademark applications and recordals with the Industrial Property Office.

She has a licentiate degree in Law and Political Science from the Universidad Santa María La Antigua in Panama, an LL.M. in Intellectual Property from the Franklin Pierce Law Center in the United States, and has always been involved with IP work. Throughout law school, she worked as a paralegal and a legal assistant at Benedetti & Benedetti, recognized as the leading IP law firm in Panama, where she later became an associate.

Linette regularly represents and advises clients from different industries including sports, apparel and consumer products, obtaining favourable decisions either plaintiff or defendant party.

Memberships: Panama Bar Association, Panamanian Association of Intellectual Property Law – APADEPI.

Languages: Spanish and English.

Acknowledgments and Awards

The Legal 500, IP, Next generation lawyers – 2017

When not at the office, you can find Linette taking Zumba classes, at the park with her spouse and daughter or at any of her daughter´s extracurricular activities.

Graziella Benedetti A.   -   

Graziella Benedetti centers her practice on health registration and regulatory compliance, intellectual property, litigation, agency and distributorship.

She began her practice as a paralegal at the highly recognized law firm Benedetti & Benedetti while still attending law school. She went on to obtain her licentiate degree in Laws and Political Sciences from the Universidad Católica Santa Maria La Antigua in Panama, followed by an LL.M. in Intellectual Property, Commerce & Technology from the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property in the United States.

She re-joined Benedetti & Benedetti after completing her studies and for many years handled prosecution and litigation matters, providing assistance to local and foreign companies and individuals concerning the registration and enforcement of their intellectual property rights before the Industrial Property Office and specialized courts of law. She eventually focused her practice on health registration, regulatory and compliance.

Graziella heads the regulatory & compliance department in charge of the registration of and commercialization permits for cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, agro-chemicals, biomedical equipment, medical devices, food and beverages.

Since 2005, she regularly attends international IP conferences.

Memberships: European Communities Trademark Association – ECTA, Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property – ASIPI, International Trademark Association – INTA, Panamanian Association of Intellectual Property Law – APADEPI, Panama Bar Association

Languages: Spanish and English.

When not at the office, you can find Graziella doing yoga, CrossFit or reading.

Nadia Ortiz Quezada   -   

Nadia Ortiz’s practice and academic background are focused on intellectual property, commercial law, human rights and personal data protection.

She obtained her licentiate degree in Law and Political Science from the Universidad de Panama, and continued her professional training in several European universities including Universidade de Coimbra (Portugal), Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca (Spain), and Universidad de Salamanca (Spain), where she completed a Ph.D. in New Trends in Private Law, with honours. Her Doctoral Thesis “Technologies and Personal Data Protection” was awarded the first place in the Category “A” of Unpublished and/or Original Researches by the Spanish Agency of Data Protection.

In 2008 she joined the prestigious law firm Benedetti & Benedetti, where she later became responsible for the trademark filings department.

Nadia has been a contributor to various academic publications, with works such as “Humanity against terrorism”, “The Right to Privacy and Society Network: compatibility or friction?”, “Brief Comments to the amendments introduced to the Panamanian IP Law” published in the Revista de Derecho of the Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción, Chile, and Lex, the magazine of the Panama Bar Association.

Memberships: Panama Bar Association, Panamanian Association of Intellectual Property Law – APADEPI, collaborator of the Ibero-American Data Protection Observatory.

Languages: Spanish and English.

When not at the office, you can find Nadia riding her bike, reading or making oil and /or acrylic paintings.

Raul Ernesto Amado   -   

Raul Amado’s practice is focused on corporate law, commercial law and commercial transactions, and regulatory matters.

He obtained his licentiate degree in Law and Political Science from the Universidad Latina de Panamá and while completing his studies, he worked as paralegal in the litigation department of local law firm.

Raul has an LL.M. in United States Law from Loyola University New Orleans, in the United States, where he had the opportunity to work as intern in a New Orleans law firm, assisting the corporate practice. Once he returned to Panama, he joined the distinguished law firm Benedetti & Benedetti, where he worked alongside senior partner Ramon R. Benedetti handling mostly corporate and regulatory matters.

His skills, knowledge and experience have been successfully put to the service of local and foreign clients and he continues working fervently in the expanding corporate practice of the firm.

Memberships: Panama Bar Association.

Languages: Spanish and English.

When not at the office, you can find Raúl relaxing at home or sightseeing.

Julissa Farah de la Ossa   -   

Julissa Farah focuses her practice on intellectual property matters and is responsible for the trademark recordals and renewals department.

She has a licentiate degree in Law and Political Science from the Universidad Católica Santa María la Antigua in Panama and is an admitted attorney since 2012.

Julissa started her career in a renowned Panamanian law firm, working in the trademark litigation department, where she developed her interest in intellectual property. In 2014 she joined top ranked IP law firm Benedetti & Benedetti, where she headed the recordals and renewals team.

Languages: Spanish and English.

When not at the office, you can find Julissa spending time at the beach and singing Karaoke with her family.

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.

Fernando Reyes Porcell   -   

Fernando Reyes Porcell counsels Panamanian and international clients regarding intellectual property protection and enforcement strategies, unfair competition, trademark, copyright and patent litigation, consumer protection and commercial law.

He received his licentiate degree in Law and Political Sciences from the Universidad Santa Maria la Antigua in Panama, with honours (cum laude) and afterwards obtained an LL.M. from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law in Chicago, United States of America, with honours.

Fernando was still attending law school when he started working as an IP paralegal in a large Panamanian law firm. He later worked as an associate for other local firms before joining the highly respected IP enforcement team at Benedetti & Benedetti.

His professional experience includes all areas of intellectual property, domestic and offshore companies, commercial transactions and contracts, government permits and administrative matters.

Memberships: Panama Bar Association.

Languages: Spanish and English.

When not at the office, you can find Fernando at the gym.

Emma N. Him C.   -   

Emma Him’s practice is focused on intellectual property and she dedicates most of her time to trademark filings with Panamanian Industrial Property Office, the Colon Free Zone Administration and National Customs Directorate. She also manages foreign trademark clearance and filing, and domain name registration and maintenance.

She obtained her licentiate degree in Law and Political Science from the Universidad Católica Santa María la Antigua in Panama and was admitted in 2012.

Emma has always worked on IP-related matters, as she started out as a legal assistant of the trademark prosecution department of the prestigious law firm Benedetti & Benedetti being this their first professional experience. She was later promoted to associate.

As the most recent addition to the legal team, Emma continues broadening her knowledge and experience in trademark prosecution matters every day and is interested in obtaining a master’s degree in intellectual property.

Languages: Spanish and English.

When not at the office, you can find Emma looking for a new delicious recipe to cook together with their family or planning the next weekend trip with their family or friends.

Jeane Johnson J.   -   Patent Agent

Patent Agent

Mrs. Johnson is the team’s patent agent so her work is focused on patents, utility models, industrial designs, and plant varieties, but she also handles regulatory, copyright and data protection matters.

With a licentiate degree in Biology from the Universidad de Panama and a postgraduate course in Intellectual Property Matters from the Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencia y Tecnología (ULACIT), she has attended various curses and studies in Industrial Property from organizations such as the World Intellectual Property Organization, the European Patent Office, la Secretaría de Integración Económica Centroamericana (SIECA), la Oficina Española de Patentes y Marcas (OEMP), among others.

Mrs. Johnson’s IP-related experience begins with her years as a patent examiner at the Industrial Property Office, where she quickly became the head of the Patent Department. She served as Deputy Director of the Industrial Property Office in several occasions while she was heading the Patent Department.

After having acquired extensive experience and knowledge at the Industrial Property Office, Mrs. Johnson decided to go into private practice and joined the distinguished firm Benedetti & Benedetti as the head of the Patent department, handling a very large patent portfolio and assisting multinational companies in diverse areas of science and technology.

She is a frequent speaker on issues related to patents and has been a technical advisor in Industrial Property matters for the strategic plan of the Convention on Biological Diversity; a technical advisor on patent related matters for Panama in the bilateral and multilateral negotiations for the Free Trade Area of the Americas, and an instructor on Industrial Property matters such as legislation, trademark and patent application and registration process, the TRIPS Agreement and other Intellectual Property related Conventions and International Treaties for universities and governmental organizations.

Memberships: Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property – ASIPI, Panamanian Association of Intellectual Property Law – APADEPI.

Languages: Spanish and English.

When not at the office, you can find Jeane spending time with her family.