More than 100 years
offering intellectual property solutions.
Leaders
in trademarks, patents and copyrights.
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Our philosophy and story

“Leaders on intellectual property in Venezuela and Latin America”

For more than 100 years, Bolet & Terrero has promoted a vision where traditional values of integrity and loyalty are merged with contemporary client practices, acknowledging the importance of local and regional business  networks.

Bolet & Terrero offers legal services of excellence, in a wide variety of areas associated with intellectual property. With notable strengths in key areas of the field: filing, management, protection and defense of trademarks, patents and copyrights, the firm has a resolved stance towards the fight against piracy.

We work to reinforce your intellectual capital

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Trademarks

We offer our clients effective management of their trademark portfolios in Venezuela, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

LITIGATIONS

We defend the intellectual property rights of our clients before administrative bodies as well as civil and criminal courts.

NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND STARTUPS

We advise entrepreneurs on how to manage their IP assets and create value. We also advise and assist companies and entrepreneurs regarding all aspects related to data protection.

Patents

Wealth of experience supporting rights holders in applying for and defending their patents, designs and trade secrets.

ANTI-COUNTERFEITING

We protect trademarks, patents, and copyright in Venezuela, by impeding the entry of counterfeit goods or obtaining their withdrawal from the market.

LICENSING, TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER AND FRANCHISING

We provide expert counsel on exploiting IP rights, such as the drafting, structuring and negotiating of agreements and deals concerning licensing, technology transfer and franchising.

COPYRIGHT

We advise our clients as to the most suitable mechanisms for protecting their works and exploiting their economic rights.

SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT

We provide legal services for new business models connected with the entertainment industry.

REGULATORY

We help to obtain the required authorizations and licenses required by federal, state, and local government authorities.

The best professionals at your service

Meet our team

Partners

Manuel Polanco

Managing Partner
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Santiago Terrero

Partner

Santiago Terrero

Partner

Luis Henríquez

Partner
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Rafael Ortín

Partner
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Attorneys

María Elena Terrero

Attorney at Law
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María auxiliadora Jurado

Attorney at Law
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Annette Angulo

Attorney at Law
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Guillermo López

Attorney at Law
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Mariateresa Santana

Attorney at Law
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María de los Ángeles Niño

Attorney at Law
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Engineers

Néstor Bueno

Chief Data Officer
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José Bueno

Paralegal / Technical Support
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Carlos Duque

Engineer
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More than a century providing quality intellectual property services

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+58 (212) 2839444

VENEZUELA

Ave. Francisco de Miranda, Cavendes Building, 12th Floor. Caracas, Venezuela

Manuel Polanco Lawyer at Bolet & Terrero

Manuel Polanco

Manager Partner

Manuel Polanco joined the firm as an associate in 1996 and after a year took on the role of managing associate. He was made partner of the firm in 1999, and since 2000 he has been the managing partner. Before joining the firm, he was a partner at general private practice firm Polanco, Asuaje and Marmol between 1990 and 1994. Between 1995 and 1998, he lectured on Politics and Legal Frameworks at the Universidad Metropolitana de Caracas.

At Bolet & Terrero, Manuel’s leadership has been characterized by modernization, both in terms of updating the firm’s systems and processes as well as raising the academic and professional standards of its employees. He has trained in negotiation at Harvard Law School, and has attended Management for Lawyers courses at the University of Yale. He has an interest in theology. He has been the Venezuelan delegate before the Administrative Council of ASIPI (whose conferences he has attended since 1993), and president of the Venezuelan Group of AIPPI (whose events he has attended since 1995). Since 2010 he has been an honorary consul of the Slovak Republic in Caracas. Read More

Phone:

+58 212-2839444 ext. 103

Luis Henríquez Lawyer at Bolet & Terrero

Luis Henríquez

Partner

Luis Henriquez joined Bolet & Terrero as a partner in 2021, having been a founding partner of MHOV Abogados in 2006 and where he worked until 2021. For 20 years Luis has worked with multinational businesses and corporations protecting and defending their trademarks, patents, and other intellectual property assets in Venezuela and abroad. He has also negotiated and drafted every type of agreement related to intellectual property rights.

Since 2012 Luis has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Interamerican Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI). As a key member of ASIPI he has developed close relationships with other international associations such as the European Community Trademark Association (ECTA), the International Trademark Association (INTA), and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), among other organizations, as well as national IP offices in the region, with which he has led various projects and activities promoting and defending intellectual property in Latin America. Luis is a member of INTA’s Famous and Well-Known Marks Committee and member of the Intellectual Property Committee of the Venezuelan-American Chamber of Commerce (Venamcham). Read More. 

Phone:

+58 212-2839444 

Rafael Ortín Lawyer at Bolet & Terrero

Rafael Ortín

Partner

Rafael Ortín joined Bolet & Terrero as a partner in 2021, having founded MHOV Abogados as partner in 2006 and where he worked until 2021. Since 1993 Rafael has focused his practice on industrial property, founding the National Copyright Directorate of Venezuela (1994-1995), and later was in charge of the intellectual property & entertainment department of multinational Grupo Cisneros (1998-2006), before founding IP boutique MHOV Abogados. In 28 years of professional practice, Rafael has worked with national and multinational businesses and corporations particularly in the telecommunications, sports and entertainment, retail, and tech industries among others, advising on the protection, defense, and exploitation of their intangible assets. He also regularly draws on his professional expertise in IP to teach at university and provide consulting through various national and international bodies.

In relation to Rafael Ortin, the legal rankings publication Chambers & Partners in its latest edition writes: “A well-regarded practitioner Rafael Ortin continues to receive accolades from interviewees for his practice in this arena. A source remarks on his «excellent» work, while a market commentator states that «he is highly respected in copyright». He is also active counselling on trademarks and other issues concerning entertainment law. Read More.

Phone:

+58 212-2839444

María Elena Terrero Lawyer at Bolet & Terrero

María Elena Terrero

Attorney at Law

María Elena Terrero joined the firm as an intern in 1992. After graduating in 1997, she became a junior associate supporting the trademarks department. In 1998, she become manager of the trademarks department. In 1999, María Elena was invited to take a guest position on the Science and Technology Committee of the Venezuelan National Assembly, where she actively participated in discussions as to the reform of the Intellectual Property Law. Later, in 2005, she was promoted to head of the international department at Bolet & Terrero. She has consistently worked to promote the modernization of this department, specifically in terms of technology and communications, by updating IP management systems and creating a social media presence.

The majority of María Elena’s clients are Fortune 500 companies and large local clients, to whom she offers patent negotiation and transaction services. Since 2015 she has been head of the firm’s Special Projects. Among her responsibilities in this position are overseeing activities under the agreement signed with Fundación Parque Tecnológico Sartenejas, a local tech venture developed by the prestigious Universidad Simón Bolivar.

In 2017 María Elena was appointed member of INTA’s Harmonization of Trade Law and Practice Committee and is currently president of its Free Trade Agreements Sub-Committee. In addition, she heads up Bolet & Terrero’s pro bono projects for NGOs. Read More

Phone:

+58 212-2839444 ext. 120

María Auxiliadora Jurado Lawyer at Bolet & Terrero

María Auxiliadora Jurado

Attorney at Law

María Auxiliadora joined the trademarks department of Bolet & Terrero in 1996, working mainly in prosecution. In 1998, she was promoted to head of the administrative appeals department, and in 2000, head of the reports department. Since 2007, she has headed up the renewals and transfers department, where she handles licensing contracts, assignments, affidavits, changes of name and trademark renewals. Before entering the firm, María Auxiliadora worked for 6 years in a well-known multinational food company, where she oversaw its trademark matters.

She has been a member of the ASIPI’s Regulatory Committee since 2012 and has been vice president of the Venezuelan Association of Industrial Property Agents (COVAPI) since 2013. Read More.

Phone:

+58 212-2839444 ext. 134

Annette Angulo Lawyer at Bolet & Terrero

Annette Angulo

Attorney at Law

Annette joined Bolet & Terrero in 2021 to join our team and contribute with the knowledge that, as an Intellectual Property attorney with more than 15 years of experience in the area, she obtained in the coordination and execution of all the procedures related to trademarks, patents and copyrights for clients both in Venezuela and abroad, in one of the specialized law firms in this area in Venezuela. Her practice includes the drafting of various types of contracts in the areas of industrial property and copyright, as well as the design of strategies for the protection and defense of clients’ intangible assets. She is currently a professor of Intellectual and Industrial Property in the Specialization in Corporate Law at the Universidad Metropolitana and of Distinctive Signs in the Specialization in Intellectual Property at the Universidad Monteávila, both in Caracas.

She also serves as Secretary of the Venezuelan Association of Industrial Property Agents COVAPI since 2018. She participated in the Technical Roundtable of the Science, Technology and Innovation Commission that was in charge of drafting the Industrial Property Bill presented in the National Assembly in 2019. She has participated in events as a speaker in matters related to intellectual property. Read more.

Phone:

+58 212-2839444 ext. 275

Guillermo López Lawyer at Bolet & Terrero

Guillermo López

Attorney at Law

Guillermo López joined Bolet & Terrero in 2010 as an intern. Guillermo’s practice focuses on trademarks, extending to the drafting of copyright contracts as well as judicial and administrative actions against counterfeiting. He also devises strategies in unfair competition matters.

Guillermo is currently a member of INTA’s Anti-Counterfeiting Committee. Read more.

Phone:

+58 212-2839444 ext. 137

Mariateresa Santana Lawyer at Bolet & Terrero

Mariateresa Santana

Attorney at Law

Mariateresa Santana joined Bolet & Terrero in 2011 as an intern. Currently she focuses her practice on trademarks, specifically administrative litigation . Her work includes oppositions, appeals, and cancelation actions, as well as meeting with IP Office officials and the implementation of strategies to overcome obstacles and delays in trademark applications, both judicially and administratively.

In 2017, she became a member of INTA’s Legislation and Regulation Committee and has supported or taken part in various social projects for NGOs. Read More.

Phone:

+58 212-2839444 ext. 110

María de los Ángeles Niño Lawyer at Bolet & Terrero

María de los Ángeles Niño

Attorney at Law

María de los Ángeles Niño joined Bolet & Terrero in 2021. She started legal practice in 2018 and has been heavily involved in copyright matters, new technologies, and data protection. Her practice covers the drafting of contracts relating to copyright and technology transfer, as well as website terms and conditions and privacy policies.

She also assists clients in bringing actions against IP infringement on social networks, app stores, and the Internet. Read More.

Phone:

+58 212-2839444 ext. 128

Nestor Bueno Engineer at Bolet & Terrero

Néstor Bueno

CDO – Chief Data Officer

Néstor Bueno joined Bolet & Terrero in 1994, where he was tasked with updating the firm’s IT systems. Since then, he has been involved in all of the firm’s IT and data management projects, drawing on his extensive experience in IP matters.

Néstor has an interest in artificial intelligence and is a fan of comics. Read more.

Phone:

+58 212-2839444 ext. 255

José Bueno Engineer at Bolet & Terrero

José Bueno

Paralegal / Technical support

 

José Bueno joined Bolet & Terrero in 2018 as a translator. Currently he oversees trademark applications, drawing on his extensive experience in financial, technological, and medical matters. He also supports the restructuring and optimization of firm processes with a view to reducing response times and increasing client satisfaction.

José is member of the Project Management Institute and is qualified as a Project Management Professional (PMP). Read more.

Phone:

+58 212-2839444 ext. 141

Carlos Duque Engineer at Bolet & Terrero

Carlos Duque

Engineer

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Phone:

+58 212-2839444 ext. 295

Email:

cduque@byt.com.ve