María Alejandra López García

IP and Domain Name Attorney

Professions: Lawyer

Certifications: IP Attorney; LL.M. Intellectual, Industrial Property and Information Society Law

Languages: English, Spanish , French

IPRs On-line, S.C.
Caracas , Distrito Capital , VE

Corporate, IP and Domain Name Attorney, with experience in private and public sector at national and international level. Graduated from Santa María University (USM – 1994 – Caracas, Venezuela). Intellectual Property Specialist from Metropolitana University (UNIMET – 2004/2006 – Caracas, Venezuela). LL.M. in Industrial, Intellectual Property and Information Society Law from Alicante University (UA – 2006/2007 – Alicante, Spain).

Practice Areas

Practice areas: corporate, intellectual and industrial property law, domain name law.

Possible presentation for the website:
Corporate lawyer, researcher and advocate for intellectual property rights, with experience in private and public sector at national and international level. Graduated from Santa María University (USM – 1994 – Caracas, Venezuela). Intellectual Property Specialist from Metropolitana University (UNIMET – 2004/2006 – Caracas, Venezuela). LL.M. in Industrial, Intellectual Property and Information Society Law from Alicante University (UA – 2006/2007 – Alicante, Spain).
Between 2007 and 2011, she was part of the Legal Staff of the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center (Geneva, Switzerland), serving as the first Venezuelan Case Manager of more than 500 UDRP and ccTLDs for domain name dispute resolution cases. She contributed to the implementation process of the WIPO Center as a Dispute Resolution Service Provider for different ccTLDs in Latin America (.BO, .CR, .DO, HN, .PE). On 2010 she performed as a speaker for the students of the Adolfo Ibañez of Chile University. Between 2015-2017 she performed as an Expert of the Latin America IPR Helpdesk.
When she returned to Venezuela, she worked with a well-recognized Civil and Commercial Law Trial Attorney Rubén López Villa, as a consultant on Intellectual Property and Commercial Law matters at López Villa & Asociados (2012-2015).
Before to create IPRs On-line (2017), Alex worked as a Senior Associate and Intellectual Property Specialist at GR Lex Américas S.C. (2015-2017), where she was on charge of all the English communications, processes and management of trademark portfolios including UDRP proceedings, with associates across United States, Europe, and Latin America. Additionally, she was on charge of the management of the “Domain Names and Intellectual Property Workshop” (Caracas – 2016).

Professional Experience

IPRs On-Line S.C., Caracas- Venezuela
Co-Director
Legal counsel on ADR processes (WIPO Mediation, Arbitration [Expedited] and/or Expert Determination).
Legal counsel on UDRP or UDRP Variations proceedings.
WIPO Academy DL-Tutor.
Online Intellectual Property Rights infringements counseling.
Domain Name and Intellectual Property awareness.
Conduction of legalization proceedings.
Legal Assistance at national and international level in Commercial Law matters.

GR LEX AMERICAS S.C., Caracas, Venezuela
Intellectual Property Senior Associate
Trademark and Patent prosecution.
Advice, coordination, micromanagement, and response control of all communications in English.
Domain Name and new gTLDs legal advice.
Junior staff training.
Presentation of all kinds of applications, writs and administrative appeals at the Venezuelan PTO.
By self-initiative, tailored IP Workshop organization, e.g.: Domain Names and Intellectual Property, Nov. 22, 2016. Business Agenda Coordination of INTA, ECTA, AIPLA, ASIPI.
TMAP Meeting, September 14 – 16, 2016, Washington, D.C.
SIPI (Strategic IP Information), domain names legal advice and sales activity.

López Villa & Asociados, Caracas, Venezuela
Legal Research, Legal Framework development for engineering projects in Central America (Liquefied Petroleum Gas).
Legal Assistance at national and international level, in Commercial Law, Corporate Law and Labour Law (Bolivia, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, United States of America and Isle of Man).
Legal Advisor for companies interested to develop and protect their intangible assets as trademarks, other distinctive designs, know-how, patents and domain names.
Legal Research of the Olanzapina Case in Venezuela for laboratories.
Legal Advisor on copyright matters as artistic, literary and audiovisual works.
Legal Advisor on domain names and in relation to ICANN´s New gTLD Program.
Legal Advisor on fundamental rights as the right of publicity for foreign artists in Venezuela.

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Geneva, Switzerland
Legal Staff
Administered over 400 domain name disputes under the UDRP.
Administered over 100 domain name disputes under ccTLDs Policies.
Assisted in the implementation process of the Center as a Domain Name Dispute Resolution Service Provider for ccTLDs in Latin
America (.BO, .CR, .DO, .HN, .PE).
Contributed to the drafting and translation of domain name policies and registration agreements for ccTLDs in Latin America (.PE,.BO, .HN, .DO, .CR).
Contributed to the organization and represented the organization in ccTLDs activities for Latin America, including performing as Arbitration and Mediation lecturer and legal assistance for NIC.CR.
English into Spanish translations for the Domain Name Dispute Resolution Section, including articles, main communications, and working documents.
Performing as a lecturer of the Arbitration and Mediation Center in a seminar for students of Business Law Faculty of Adolfo Ibañez University, Chile.

Arbitration Experience

2008 – WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center Workshop.
2009 – WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center Workshop.
2010 – Lecturer of the Arbitration and Mediation Center in a seminar for students of Business Law Faculty of Adolfo Ibañez University, Chile.

2007-2011 Legal Staff of the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center, serving as a Case Manager of more than 500 domain name dispute resolution cases (UDRP, UDRP Variations and/or ccTLDs).

Since 2012:
Legal counsel on ADR processes for commercial disputes (WIPO Mediation, Arbitration [Expedited] and/or Expert Determination).
Legal counsel on UDRP or UDRP Variations proceedings.

Since 2012: Legal Advice in ADR Methods to private companies.

Since 2018:  WIPO Academy DL-Tutor.

Professional and Other Activities

Domain Name and Intellectual Property awareness at different local institutions.

Publications

María Alejandra López García and Rodolfo Carlos Rivas Rea, Changing Places: A new role for creators in the digital world, WIPO MAGAZINE (December 2012) http://www.wipo.int/wipo_magazine/en/2012/06/article_0002.html

María Alejandra López García, La Propiedad Intelectual en el Stand-Up Comedy, Revista Propiedad Intelectual de la Universidad de los Andes (January 2014) http://www.saber.ula.ve/handle/123456789/37608

Academic Qualifications

Graduated from Santa María University (USM – 1994 – Caracas, Venezuela).
Intellectual Property Specialist from Metropolitana University (UNIMET – 2004/2006 – Caracas, Venezuela).
LL.M. in Industrial, Intellectual Property and Information Society Law from Alicante University (UA – 2006/2007 – Alicante, Spain).

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