Cedeño & Méndez

Cedeño & Méndez has been offering a wide range of legal services and special advice in areas including corporate law, regulatory affairs and intellectual property for 25 years. Over the period the firm has grown steadily through the expansion of its services across Central America, South America and the Caribbean, with a strong network of correspondents and commercial allies.

The firm now has offices in Central America (Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Colombia), managed from its headquarters in Panama City. As a holding, the firm can extend its IP services to all its clients across the region through a single point of contact.

Clients recognise the skills and experience of the firm’s IP specialists, whose primary concern is to address the needs of their customers through comprehensive and timely advice, as well as the use of time and cost-effective technologies.

Intellectual property

With today’s businesses operating in a highly competitive environment in which wealth resides as much in intangible as in tangible assets, Cedeño & Méndez aims to provide comprehensive and continuous assistance to each of its customers in all services related to the protection, maintenance and valuation of their IP portfolios.

The firm’s IP specialists offer the following services:

  • management and valuation of intangible assets;
  • trademarks and trade names;
  • patents, utility models and industrial designs;
  • trade secrets;
  • licence agreements, and technology and intangible assets transfer;
  • copyright and related rights; and
  • new technologies.

Regulatory affairs

In addition, a team of qualified professionals and technicians (lawyers, chemists, pharmacists, agronomists, publicists) offer personalised attention and expert advice relating to regulatory affairs in the countries where the firm has offices, specifically with regard to:

  • registrations;
  • renewals;
  • notifications;
  • transfers of ownership;
  • cessions of ownership;
  • authorisation of distribution and sanitary licences;
  • revision of labelling standards;
  • preparation of complementary label;
  • revision of publicity; and
  • handling of samples. 

The firm represents clients’ interests before the relevant authorities in relation to foods and drinks, house cleaning products, cosmetics, medicines, pet food and agro-chemistry.

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Other key contacts at the firm are senior associate Paula Andrea Alzate C and junior associate María Pia Bandera.

Contact details

Cedeño & Méndez
60 PH Obarrio
13th Floor
Panama City

Professional contacts

Other offices

  • Antiguo
  • Bogota
  • Curridabat
  • Guatemala City
  • Managua
  • Tegucigalpa

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