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Márcio Ney Tavares Chairman and Founding Partner

Márcio Ney Tavares

Chairman and Founding Partner

One of the founding partners of Tavares Intellectual Property, Mr. Tavares is graduated in Law one of the most renowned Brazilian colleges, the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro Faculty of Law (in Portuguese: Faculdade de Direito da Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro - UFRJ, also known as the National Faculty of Law).

Since the beginning of his career, Mr. Tavares has been a true enthusiast of Intellectual Property Law and a lawyer specialized in this area - His practice and experience cover all areas of Intellectual Property and he has established, for more than 40 years, a solid reputation on the Brazilian and international markets, heading his firm, enforcing the Intellectual Property Law and helping to establish judicial precedents. 

Published Book: "Industrial Property - Practical Manual and Legislation" (ADCOAS, Rio de Janeiro, 2001)

These are some of the professional associations that Mr. Tavares is a member:

Member of the Brazilian Bar Association - OAB
Member of the International Trademark Association – INTA
Member of the Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Intellectuelle – AIPPI
Member of the Fédération Internationale des Conseils en Propriété Industrielle – FICPI
Member of the Brazilian Industrial Property Agents Association – ABAPI
Member of the Brazilian Intellectual Property Association – ABPI
Member of the São Paulo Intellectual Property Association – ASPI
Member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association - AIPLA

Languages: Portuguese, and English.





Leilda Ribeiro da Silva Founding Partner

Leilda Ribeiro da Silva

Founding Partner

Dr. Leilda is a founding partner of Tavares. She is an attorney-at-law specialized in Industrial Property Law with 40 years of experience in advising on the protection of intellectual property. In addition, she is also an Industrial Property Agent certified by BPTO and is also an active member of the Brazilian Bar Association.

Education:

  • Bachelor of Laws degree.

Specialties: Her experience covers all aspects of intellectual property.

Languages: Portuguese, English, and Spanish.





Marcos Alexandre Damazio Chief Financial and Operating Officer

Marcos Alexandre Damazio

Chief Financial and Operating Officer

Marcos is the responsible for the Financial Department, and acts in the management of all non-technical activity in the firm, assisting the Tavares in the creation and execution of strategic visions, financial plans, and operational policies. Marcos is responsible for all aspects of the firm's financial functions, including accounting, billing, collections, financial reporting, taxes, accounts payable and payroll. 

Marcos also serves as marketing and business development coordinator for Tavares. In this role, he works to continue to enhance Tavares' business practices and expansion, while helping to develop the administrative operations and management in the firm.

Marcos has over 25 years of corporate experience in leadership positions in the most diverse economic activities, such as commerce, industry, logistics, financial, third sector, services. He is also a former officer of the armed forces.

Education:

  • Bachelor degree in Accountancy; 
  • Bachelor of Business Administration degree;
  • Specialization in Marketing.

Specialties: Financial management, strategic planning, and business development.

Languages: Portuguese, English, and Spanish.





Leonardo Pessanha Partner

Leonardo Pessanha

Partner

Leonardo is the head of the contract practice of the firm. He acts in matters of Intellectual Property and correlates, such as patents, trademarks, cultivars, technology transfer, franchising, software, and copyrights, providing consulting services, patent searches, registration of cultivars, analysis and registration of technology transfer contracts, analysis and registration of license agreements for the use of patents and trademarks; software registration; and copyright management. He is also active in coordinating intellectual property due diligence, commercial strategy, and Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE) processes.

Leonardo has been working with Intellectual Property since 2005.

Education:

  • Bachelor of Laws degree; 
  • Post-graduation in Intellectual Property Law.

Specialties: He acts in all aspects of intellectual property, with special emphasis on the elaboration, negotiation, and revision of franchise contracts, technology transfer, trademarks, copyrights, industrial designs, patents, searches and development, and cultivars. The protection and registration of works and computer programs are also among their areas of expertise.

Languages: Portuguese and English.





Fábio Graça Sant'Ana Partner

Fábio Graça Sant'Ana

Partner

Fabio is the head of the legal practice of the firm. He is prominent in the practice of civil and criminal litigation, as well as BPTO administrative practice. Fábio acts in anti-counterfeiting programs involving intellectual property rights, such as unfair competition, trademark conflicts, patents, and domain names in the state and federal spheres where he has built a reputation for success in legal cases involving intellectual property rights.

Fábio has a repertoire of success in contentious cases involving trademarks, unfair competition, copyrights and franchises, representing domestic and foreign clients. He has advised clients on various cases of acquisition and licensing of intellectual property assets.

Fábio regularly participates in national and international conferences around the world. Before joining Tavares he worked for renowned Brazilian firms related to Intellectual Property since 1999.

Education:

  • Bachelor of Laws degree.

Specialties: He acts in all aspects of Intellectual Property with particular emphasis on litigation in the civil sphere involving patents, trademarks, copyrights, industrial designs, domain names, and unfair competition.

Languages: Portuguese, English, German, and Spanish.





Bernardo Charruff Partner

Bernardo Charruff

Partner

Bernardo is the head of the trademark practice of the firm. Bernardo has extensive experience in managing the portfolio of large firms in Brazil and abroad, acting on consulting of registrability, preparation of filing applications, administrative processing, and trademarks portfolio strategic management. He provides advising on the negotiation of agreements and contracts involving intellectual property assets, technology transfer, licensing of intellectual property rights, including copyrights.

Before joining Tavares, Bernardo worked for renowned Brazilian firms and has been working with Intellectual Property since 2005.

Education:

  • Bachelor of Laws degree;
  • Postgraduate in Intellectual Property Law;
  • Specialization in Entertainment Law.

Specialties: Acting in all aspects of Intellectual Property with emphasis on negotiation, analysis of contracts, technology transfer agreements, technical assistance, trademark license, patent and franchise license, copyright license, software licensing and distribution, outsourcing, and assignment of intellectual property rights.

Languages: Portuguese, English, and Spanish.





Giovanna Chinait Partner

Giovanna Chinait

Partner

Giovanna is the head of the patent practice of the firm. She represents important national and international clients, ranging from academic inventors to large multinational corporations, working in the preparation of patent applications, administrative processing of patents, patenting opinions, technology transfer, freedom to operate analysis, and general consultancy on Intellectual Property services. 

Her practice is focused particularly in the areas of chemistry, biotechnology, molecular biology, medical materials, diagnostics, and pharmaceuticals. 

She is also particularly active in the regulatory matter related to the pharmaceutical industry affairs to inputs, health products, and pharmaceutical marketing.

Prior to joining Tavares, Giovanna worked for renowned Brazilian firms specialized in the area of intellectual property and also worked at the National Institute of Metrology, Quality, and Technology (INMETRO). Giovanna has been working with Intellectual Property since 2005.

Education:

  • Bachelor in Chemistry,
  • Postgraduate in Regulatory Law;
  • Master Degree in Intellectual Property and Innovation.

Specialties: Chemistry, pharmaceuticals, medical engineering, biotechnology, technology, cosmetics, patent search.

Languages: Portuguese, and English.





Karine Mendes Patent Attorney

Karine Mendes

Patent Attorney

Karine is an active member of the Tavares patent team. Karine has experience in the protection of intellectual creations, industrial property, and technological innovation. She acts in the processing of patents and industrial designs before the INPI, as well as the accomplishment of analyzes of patentability, appeals, oppositions, technical opinions, and general consultancy in intellectual property issues.

Before joining Tavares, Karine worked at the BPTO and also at the Nucleus of Technological Innovation (NIT-RIO). Karine has been working with Intellectual Property since 2009 and worked for renowned Brazilian firms.

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry.

Specialties: Biochemistry, biology, biotechnology, pharmacy, pharmacology, molecular biology, chemistry.

Languages: Portuguese, and English.





Luciane Catalani Patent Senior Consultant

Luciane Catalani

Patent Senior Consultant

Luciane Catalani has worked with Intellectual Property since 2000 and was a partner of a renowned Brazilian office specialized in intellectual property. Luciane is a technical patent specialist, and her expertise covers all aspects of patents, in Brazil and abroad.

Luciane has professional experience in drafting and filing of Patent of Invention, Utility Model and Industrial Design Applications; submitting support documentation for technical examination, analysis and compliance with technical requirements, submitting appeals against rejections, analysis of patent and industrial design infringement, as well as searches for prior art, and patentability investigations. She has knowledge of the standards, examination guidelines, Brazilian patent law, and the main intellectual property treaties. In addition, it is also an Industrial Property Agent certified by BPTO.

In addition to the long-term training, Luciane also excels in teaching in a renowned Brazilian university's MBAs. In the corporate world, Luciane has more than 20 years of experience in the business consulting area, having worked in the insurance, media and energy sectors.

Education:  

  • Bachelor of Civil Engineering (UFRJ);
  • Postgraduate in Management and Systems Analysis by the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-RJ),
  • Master Degree in Business Administration at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (COPPEAD / UFRJ).

Specialties: Industrial Design, Utility Model, Patent of Invention.

Languages: Portuguese, and English.





Alexandre Maia Patent Senior Consultant

Alexandre Maia

Patent Senior Consultant

Alexandre Maia has been working with Intellectual Property since 1995 and was a partner at renowned Brazilian intellectual property firms. Alexandre is a patent and industrial design technical specialist and his expertise covers all aspects of patents and industrial designs, in Brazil and abroad, in the fields of mechanics, mechatronics, electricity, electronics, and telecommunications. Additionally, he is an Official Brazilian Intellectual Property Agent certified by BPTO, and he is also a member of the  Regional Council of Engineering and Agronomics (CREA-RJ).

Education: 

  • Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering 

Specialties: Cultivars, Industrial Design, Utility Model, Patent of Invention. His experience covers search of anteriority, preparation of technical reports; adaptation, and preparation and drafting of patent applications, especially in the areas of telecommunications, software, electronics, and mechanics.

Languages: Portuguese, German, English.





Jorge Luiz Salles Teixeira Intellectual Property Paralegal

Jorge Luiz Salles Teixeira

Intellectual Property Paralegal

Jorge acts as a Paralegal specialized in the patent practice of the firm. Jorge assures that all formalities before the BPTO are conducted in accordance with legal procedures. He is responsible for both the overall efficiency of the Tavares procedures and also the most important details regarding administrative processing before the BPTO.

Jorge has over twenty years of experience in the field of intellectual property. Prior to joining Tavares, Jorge was a Paralegal at renowned Brazilian intellectual property firms. 

Education:

  • Business Administration Technician.

Specialties: Responsible for administrative processes involving patent filings, such as preparing communication with clients, controling deadlines in our systems, and document conferencing, as well as managing translations.

Languages: Portuguese.





Jessica Rozario Intellectual Property Paralegal

Jessica Rozario

Intellectual Property Paralegal

Jéssica acts in the administrative processing of trademarks and licensing agreements, giving support to industrial property agents. She is also responsible for all administrative steps involving trademark filing applications, such as preparing all correspondence, entering all data into our systems, and managing communication with our clients.

Jéssica has been working with Intellectual Property since 2012. Her main function is to assist the trademark practice of the firm.

Education:

  • Bachelor of Business Pedagogy

Specialties: Communication with clients, follow-up of deadlines and measures related to trademarks, for the monitoring of trademarks in Brazil, including administrative procedures with INPI in the area of trademarks.

Languages: Portuguese, and English.





Yago Prudente Patent and Industrial Design Assistent

Yago Prudente

Patent and Industrial Design Assistent

Yago acts in the Department of Industrial Design and is also an active member of the patent team. His work includes preparation and follow-up of patent applications and industrial design registrations to the BPTO, patentability analysis, technology transfer,  technical opinions, preparation of technical subsidies for third-party patent applications, appeals procedures, and general consultancy in intellectual property services.

Education:

  • Bachelor of Production Engineering.

Specialties: Industrial Designs, Utility Models and Patents of Invention.

Languages: Portuguese, and English.





André Desterro Accounting Analyst

André Desterro

Accounting Analyst

André has been with Tavares IP since 2012. His main goal is to assist the Chief Financial Officer.

Education: 

  • Accounting Technician

Specialties: Financial managing, invoicing and financial analysis.

Language: Portuguese.





Josiane Rodrigues Administrative Analyst

Josiane Rodrigues

Administrative Analyst

Josiane has been with Tavares IP since 2012. Her main goal is to assist the CEO and the Chief Financial Officer.

Education:

  • Bachelor's degree in Business Administration;
  • Postgraduate in Human Resources.

Specialties: Office management, invoicing and human resources.

Language: Portuguese.





Alexandre Carneiro  Patent Trainee

Alexandre Carneiro

Patent Trainee

Alexandre is an active member of the patent practice team. Alexandre acts on the search of anteriority, analysis of priorities and preparation of technical advice on patentability, preparation of patent applications for technologies related to electrical, electronics and telecommunications areas, preparation of amendments, subsidies, and replies to technical requirements and unfavorable opinions issued by the BPTO.

Education:

  • Bachelor in Electrical Engineering.

Specialties: Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Semiconductor Science.

Languages: Portuguese, and English.




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