Pedro Berkenwald is an experienced and highly regarded business and IP lawyer, with a clear business focus and an in-depth understanding of the pharmaceutical industry in Argentina and Latin America.
For the last three decades, he has advised a wide array of companies and research institutes operating in the pharmaceutical industry on all business legal issues, providing counsel on regulations, the protection of products and processes, the launch of new products and the drafting of contracts for their distribution and commercial exploitation.
He began practising in 1976, primarily in the field of business law, and since then has worked side by side with the legal departments of important Argentine and international companies. Mr Berkenwald has ample knowledge of all legal issues relating to manufacturing and service businesses. He has participated in countless mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and due diligence procedures.
Mr Berkenwald’s IP practice covers contractual engineering and strategy, contract negotiation and drafting of licensing, franchising and technology transfer contracts. He also advises on patent enforcement and litigation in the fields of chemistry, pharmacy and biotechnology.
He currently leads the legal affairs practice at Berken IP, a boutique IP law firm focused on patents, technology and business. Mr Berkenwald’s talented team of lawyers includes María Aurora García and Federico Ulled, who specialise in contract drafting and negotiation; and Santiago Bassó, who is in charge of the litigation practice.
Together they provide counsel on general corporate and business law issues and also design IP portfolio growth and defence strategies. When dealing with investments in Argentina and abroad, strategic alliances, joint ventures or cooperation consortiums, they participate actively, achieving fruitful contract negotiations. They also advise on the best way to obtain economic return from IP assets. They have extensive experience in negotiating and drafting all types of related contracts, including licensing, purchase, sale, assignment, technology transfer and franchising agreements.
As regards litigation, they have successfully represented clients in complex cases before the local courts. Their combined legal and scientific background has proved to be an invaluable advantage in sophisticated patent cases.
They have a deep understanding of the special legal framework that applies to economic activities in Argentina and Latin America, and advise clients in light of the special features of these markets.
Mr Berkenwald is a partner of Berken IP. He received his law degree (1975) from the Universidad de Buenos Aires and is also a registered patent and trademark agent at the National Institute of Industrial Property.
He is fluent in Spanish, English and Hebrew.