The continuing advancement of the Mexican economy has prompted licensing across a diverse array of industries. Biotechnology is a key area of research in the university sector, and petroleum, renewable energy, telecommunications and agriculture are other important fields of development. Despite this, the market for high-end, complex technology licensing is not yet as developed in Mexico as in many other jurisdictions covered in the IAM Licensing 250. Much of the IP licensing taking place generally involves multinational corporations transferring technology and know-how to their local subsidiaries or smaller domestic companies. The remainder often arises in the context of broader corporate and commercial transactions. Due to these factors, the majority of licensing practitioners in Mexico handle this work as part of a broader IP, TMT or corporate practice.
This boutique is recognised as one of the leading IP players in Mexico. The team is capable of handling the complete spectrum of contentious and non-contentious IP matters. This is supplemented by expertise in antitrust and internet law. Founding partner Roberto Arochi is singled out for his licensing prowess. In addition to litigation and copyright work, he has extensive experience of structuring technology transfer agreements.AvahLegal SC
Clients are full of praise for the contemporary approach of this boutique: “they have brilliant overall knowledge and are well informed of recent trends in industry and legal practice.” “Excellent in all respects”, the firm advises on corporate and commercial matters, in addition to its core practices in intellectual property, sports and entertainment. Recent work has included licensing matters for major companies from the IT, pharmaceutical and media industries, which have been impressed by the team’s “ability to communicate effectively with foreign clients”. “Well respected by his peers and by the authorities before whom he practices”, founding partner Agustín Velázquez has broad expertise in IP and commercial issues, and leads the team on most licensing matters.Basham, Ringe y Correa SC
As well as its recognised presence in IP litigation and prosecution, the “first-rate licensing practice” at this full-service firm possesses noteworthy experience in technology transfer and IP-related transactions. Licence agreements are handled for a diverse range of businesses, from traditional and longstanding domestic clients to some of the largest multinational concerns. José Hinojosa enjoys a broad practice in intellectual property. In addition to conducting litigation relating to all forms of IP rights, he drafts and negotiates licences and technology transfer agreements. Eduardo Kleinberg combines expertise in brands and franchising with patent and technology licensing, and has published several respected writings on the subject.Becerril, Coca & Becerril SC
Héctor Elias Chagoya Cortes is a chemical engineer who is recognised as “one of the most active licensing experts in Mexico”. He directs Becerril, Coca & Becerril’s activities in IP value extraction and advises clients on licensing, technology transfer and patent strategy. This IP boutique is noted for its expertise in patents and has an array of engineers, scientists and lawyers at its disposal to advise on IP and technology transactions. One recent high-profile deal was concluded between veterinary products manufacturer Avimex and US biotechnology company Novavax, regarding cooperation on the production of a vaccine for avian influenza. Other clients are drawn from the pharmaceutical, telecommunications, electrical engineering and chemical engineering sectors.Goodrich Riquelme y Asociados AC
The depth and breadth of expertise at this general practice firm attracts patrons from an array of different sectors. Patent and technology licensing is handled by IP lawyers who can cooperate closely with their colleagues from other practice areas, thus providing clients with a holistic commercial legal service. Enrique Díaz focuses on multiple areas of IP law and is recommended as a go-to individual for technology licensing and related issues.Olivares & Cia
Originally an IP boutique, this established firm has expanded its expertise in recent years to cover a broader range of commercial and corporate matters. This comprehensive approach has proven attractive to a multitude of high-profile clients. Gustavo Alcocer cut his teeth practising general financial and business law. He utilises this experience to advise multinational clients on IP licensing and the technology aspects of wider commercial deals. Sergio Olivares Jr handles a diverse array of contentious and non-contentious IP matters. Although he is perhaps better known as a trademarks specialist, he is also noted for his work in technology transfer and licensing agreementsTsuru Morales Isla Abogados SC
The market eagerly awaits the progress of this IP boutique, which is the result of a March 2011 merger. The team here is noted as highly prolific in licensing work, particularly in the fields of life sciences, information technology, telecommunications and nanotechnology. Commentators salute founding partner Kiyoshi Tsuru, stating that “his incredible knowledge of technology law is widely known and respected”. He has handled the drafting and negotiation of numerous patent and IT licence agreements for his clients.Uhthoff Gómez Vega & Uhthoff SC
Practitioners at this established firm can draw on a long and rich history in the IP field, as well as a loyal and longstanding client base. In addition to trademark and copyright law, Mario Ponce Walraven has extensive experience in handling patent licensing and technology transfers, and has published some of the earliest Mexican literature on the subject. Peers praise the “enthusiastic and diligent approach to deals” displayed by Carlos Trujillo Castellanos. He handles patent and technology licensing for his clients, alongside brands work and copyright matters.