Ricardo is the head of the Trademark group at Arent Fox. He focuses his practice on a wide array of corporate/commercial, regulatory and intellectual property issues, some domestic but with a main focus in Central, South America, and the Caribbean.
* Ricardo is admitted only in New York and Venezuela. He is admitted as a Special Legal Consultant by the District of Columbia Bar and is supervised by principals of the firm.
As a dual civil and common law attorney who has practiced law in Latin America and the United States, Ricardo is in a unique position to help clients navigate their expansion or business into these jurisdictions. He has assisted clients in negotiations of commercial and distribution agreements, analysis and settlement of distribution termination claims, license agreements, analysis, and risk assessment with respect to product claims, labeling and advertisement restrictions, cases before several national advertisement review boards, due diligence, and acquisition of tangible and intangible assets and a wide array of Intellectual Property issues including protection, enforcement, unfair competition, and regulatory licenses for research and development such as GMO’s and genetic access-type research.
Before joining Arent Fox in 2004, Ricardo was a partner in a major law firm in the city of Caracas, Venezuela where he represented various pharmaceutical, food, and entertainment companies doing business in Venezuela and South America in areas including foreign investment requirements and compliance, regulatory compliance with focus on food and pharmaceuticals, and intellectual property — namely trademark protection and litigation, data access, and privacy and patent litigation (mostly design patent). His representative clients included Mars, Inc., The Coca Cola Company, The Walt Disney Company, and Procter & Gamble.
While attending law school, Ricardo clerked for a civil and commercial court in the city of Caracas with jurisdiction over civil and commercial matters.
Ricardo has been on the board of the Interamerican Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI), where he also chaired its internet committee and is a current member. He has also served in various committees at the International Trademark Association (INTA).