Luxembourg: Dennemeyer & Associates Opens New Office In Rio De Janeiro

Last Updated: 6 November 2015
Article by Claudio Szabas

Effective October 1st, the international IP law firm Dennemeyer & Associates is pleased to announce the expansion of its operations in Brazil, with the opening of a new office located in the city of Rio de Janeiro. This will add an important local presence and a reliable partner to the other ten local offices in Luxembourg (HQ), Melbourne, Munich, Warsaw, Brasov, Chicago, Tokyo, Zagreb, Frankfurt and Dubai.

Brazil is the world's fifth largest country, having one of the world's fastest growing economies. In the context of Brazil's major industries development, the demand for IP protection will increase during the next decades. With the setup of the new office, Dennemeyer continues to carry out its plans of consolidating the firm's global presence and reaching out to new, developing markets.

The office in Rio, backed by Dennemeyer's experienced international teams, provides the full suite of IP legal services, customized to the particularities characterizing this region: patent searches, clearings and surveillances; legal and technical counsel to both plaintiffs and defendants involving patent cases; preparing and filing patent applications in all areas of technology in Brazil and abroad; conducting of grant procedures before the Brazilian Patent Office, including oppositions, appeals and administrative nullity procedures; trademark and industrial design applications; payment of annuities; license, know-how and other exploitation contracts.

In addition to said services, clients will also benefit from any other of the sophisticated IP products and services offered by the Dennemeyer Group: its 360° IP Consulting Services for streamlining strategic and operational IP activities worldwide, an interactive online IP portfolio management (especially designed for trademark renewals and patent annuities), and a flexible IP management software solution (DIAMS iQ) which is amongst the forerunners on the market.

The new office will be headed by Claudio M. Szabas, co-founder and former partner of ASPEBY-SZABAS Industrial Property and with 25 years of professional experience in prosecution and maintenance of IP rights. With a technical background in industrial controls and electronic engineering by the Universidad Tecnológica Nacional of Argentina and IP related courses like Introduction into Genetic Technology and Protection of Microbiological Inventions in Germany, he is registered to practice with the Brazilian PTO (INPI) and with the IPEA's to act on behalf of BR PCT applicants.

From 1971 to 1990, Claudio M. Szabas worked with the engineering department of AEG Telefunken, Siemens in Argentina and with Johnson Controls' branch in Brazil, an automation consulting firm representing US control device manufacturers merging products, engineering services and innovative technology.

Since 1990 to date, he has represented foreign and BR applicants before the Brazilian Patent Office, providing legal guidance in the obtainment of patents, trademarks and enforcement in other Latin American countries also.

Together with officers of the Brazilian PTO, he has participated in proposals to the Parliamentary Bill that resulted in the Industrial Property Law Nº 9279/96 enacted (published) in 1996 and in the draft of the BPTO regulations regarding patents and designs that were laid down by the Brazilian Patent Office.

Mr. Claudio Szabas is fluent in English, German, Portuguese and Spanish and an active and visible member of the international IP community by giving speeches at the AIPLA Annual Meetings (2009- 2011) in DC, the ASIPI (Interamerican Industrial Property Association) Annual Meeting (1998) and contributing with articles for the Patent Law International Practice Committee of IPO (Intellectual

Property Owners Association) over the last years.

"The IP industry demands continuous innovation, and we embrace the changes. I am thrilled with upcoming synergies that will result from this affiliation, something that I am sure our existing and new clients will also appreciate" underlined Mr. Szabas.

Dr. Fichter, Director of Dennemeyer & Associates, noted:

"We are happy to welcome Mr. Szabas to the Dennemeyer family. With the establishment of our new office in Rio de Janeiro we are committed to serve Mr. Szabas' current client base at the expected quality and service level.

Dennemeyer's global footprint offers new options on an international level to the benefit of the local Brazillian market whilst our new Brazilian office will most importantly provide services in Latin America to our existing client base. "

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