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Bernardo Tobar obtained his JD from the Catholic University of Ecuador Law School (1988) and a diploma in law from McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, Austria (1989). He also received an award from the US Department of State for his role in IP rights protection in Ecuador and the establishment of a world-class IP law. He has written several articles and essays and is a frequent speaker on IP-related topics at an international level. He was president of the Ecuadorian negotiation team for the Free Trade Area of the Americas and Andean Community Intellectual Property Group in 1998. In addition to his legal practice experience, from 2003 to 2007 he was president of a multinational oil-producing company joint venture, which built and operated a privately owned pipeline. He heads the firm’s business development unit and speaks Spanish and English.
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