María is the Intellectual Property expert partner, in the practice group of Troncoso y Cáceres. She specializes in all areas of IP, with emphasis in trademark protection and enforcement, as well as trademark portfolio management (including clearance, vigilance and world-wide protection); anti-counterfeiting; patent law; design protection; technology law and franchising and distribution. She has a strong focus on IP litigation and has been recognized by her problem solving skills in that field, creating strong strategies toward successful litigation and/or alternative dispute resolutions. Her clients also look for her expertise to handle protection of their brands in foreign jurisdictions, specially in the Caribbean and the rest of Latin America.

SHer expertise in IP matters is the result of more than 22 years of practice for leading multinational global corporations, as well as local brands. Her IP practice started in Chicago, while attending the John Marshall Law School, when she had the opportunity to work at the trademark agency Hoffmanns, Ltd., handling the portfolio of top US companies. She is the first academically trained IP specialist In the Dominican Republic. Back home, she co-headed the IP practice of this firm, for 18 years, becoming a leading practitioner in the field. On 2011, she launched her own project, under the firm Felix & Co., a boutique IP firm with a strong corporate practice as well. In 2015, she joins Troncoso y Caceres again, as partner devoted to the handling of IP matters, leading a young group of practitioners, who share her passion for IP.

She participates actively in the IP legal community, teaching the undergraduate IP class at the her alma mater since 2010 and the Law of the Distinctive Signs class of the IP LLM, both at the Pontifical Catholic University Mother and Magister of Santo Domingo. She also writes articles for publications such as the Judicial Gazette (Gaceta Judicial) and is a frequent speaker at specialized seminars for students and professionals, both in the private and public sectors. She participated in the drafting of Law No. 20-00 on Industrial Property and the relevant implementation rulings thereto. María is also an arbitrator for the Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution of the Chamber of Commerce of Santo Domingo.

Relevant Experience
  • IP portfolio management and development
  • Trademark protection and enforcement
  • Trademark Infringement litigation
  • Anti-counterfeiting
  • Trademark Protection at Customs
  • Trademark Agency Services
  • Patent and Design filings and enforcement
  • Copyright law
  • Unfair competition disputes
  • Licensing and franchising transactions
  • Technology services agreements
  • Internet and new media issues
  • Technology and patent license agreements
  • Corporate Law
  • Contract Law
  • Energy Law
Practice Areas
  • Intellectual Property Protection and Enforcement
  • IP Litigation
  • Trademark Agency Services
  • Commercial and Corporate Law
  • Contracts

Pontifical Catholic University Mother and Magister - PUCMM – Santo Domingo. Bachelor of Laws, 1991.

John Marshall Law School, Chicago.
Master of Laws in Intellectual Property, 1993.

Memberships and Community Involvement
  • She is a frequent speaker before industry and professional organizations.
  • Lecturer and Professor in Intellectual Property Law at the Pontifical Catholic University Mother and Magister and at the Iberoamerican Univesity .
  • Well known speaker in local and international conventions and seminars.
  • Arbitrator at the Alternative Dispute Resolution of the Chamber of Commerce of Santo Domingo.
  • Member of the most important worldwide IP associations ADOPI, ASIPI, INTA, PTMG, FICPI, iTechLaw Association.
  • Dissapearance and Absence. Juridical Sciences Magazine.
  • Two simultaneous actions: Unfair Competition Civil Action and Trademark Infringement Action. Juditial Gazzette
  • Protection at the Borders and its Recent Implementation in the Dominican Republic. Judicial Gazzette
  • The Protection of the Titles of Mucical Works as Trademarks. Juditial Gazzette
  • Chambers and Partners
    Leading Lawyer in Intellectual Property
  • Corporate Intl Magazine Global Award
    Felix & Co.-IP Law Firm of the Year in the Dominican Republic
  • Offshore Excellence Awards
    Best for Corporate Structuring - Dominican Republic
  • Global Law Experts Practice Awards
    Felix & Co - Boutique IP Law Firm of the Year in the Dominican Republic

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