Managing Partner at Pellerano & Messina
Ana Isabel Messina is a lawyer specialised in intellectual property with over 35 years of experience – making her one of the pioneers in the practice of IP law in the Dominican Republic.
Ms Messina has provided consultancy to the executive branch (1994 to 2000), serving as a link between the WIPO and the Dominican state, during the process of adapting national IP legislation to the Agreement on Trade-related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights, which in 2000 resulted in the creation of Law 20/2000 regarding industrial property, thus abolishing Law 4994/1991 on patents of invention, and Law 1450/1993 on trademarks, and establishing the National Office of Industrial Property. She has also advised the Dominican state on the multilateral free trade agreement of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (1994) and again on the Trademark Law Treaty (2011).
Her active participation and collaboration in the development of public policies have allowed her to promote and defend the compulsory patent licences, as a mechanism to help face the crisis in the health sector in the Dominican Republic. She is also a moderator of work sessions and workshops for INTA, WIPO and the Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property.
Ms Messina has been managing partner and director of three firms, all leaders in the IP field in the Dominican Republic and recognised by the international directories of Chambers and Partners, Legal 500 and Latin Lawyer.
Ms Messina began her career at Messina & Messina as a paralegal in 1979, continuing her professional development as a junior lawyer after obtaining her law degree and subsequently as a senior lawyer, director of the IP department and eventually managing partner. She moved to Biaggi & Messina in 2000, where she was managing partner. From 2016 to 2019 she was at Messina & Lugo IP as managing partner, before she moved on to Pellerano & Messina, where she is currently managing partner and director.