About us

Cikato Lawyers is one of the oldest IP practices in Uruguay and is considered one of the market leaders specializing in this area with a depth and breadth of experience second to none. It was founded in 1962 by Dr. Manfredo Cikato, who started his career as a lawyer in the field of Intellectual Property, differentiating from other firms that were only agencies. This is one of our guiding principles to date: we are an IP law firm and not only an IP agency; we provide broad professional advice on IP law, and not only registration services.

We are a full services IP Boutique covering counselling, protection and registration of IP rights including patents, industrial designs, trademarks, copyrights and domain names. We excel at IP portfolio management and strategic advice. In 2013 we were within the top 3 trademark filers in Uruguay, and in 2014 we ranked first. We are constantly growing and developing.

We also are very active in litigation on behalf of our clients, and, in particular we are well known for representing our clients’ interests in anti-counterfeiting and enforcement of their IP rights, not only in Uruguay, but also throughout the region. We were the first firm in Uruguay to have a dedicated anti-counterfeiting department. We remain a market leader in this area of law.

We have also established practices in advertising law and corporate law in order to support our IP clients’ needs in those areas. Furthermore, we have one of the only entertainment law departments in Uruguay, where our knowledge and experience related to copyright law is a distinct asset.

Among our clients we are proud to count with some of the leading multi-national companies in the world, as well as many national and regional companies that are well known and active in the region and internationally.

We have been consistently ranked as a leading IP Firm in Uruguay by every IP ranking publication in the market today.

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IT´S NOT WHAT WE DO, IT´S THE WAY THAT WE DO IT…

We know what to do and we will not stop until it gets done. Our integrity, creativity, high standards and diversity have resulted in an unrivalled reputation for IP protection. And as a family firm, we take pride in creating close, trusting and joyful relationships with our clients.

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WE UNDERSTAND YOUR NEEDS AND HOW TO MEET THEM

We make it simple… We offer you what you need, when you need it and in the way you want it. Not only in Uruguay but throughout Latin America. We have professionals with diverse experience, including working in-house in large multinationals.

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WHICHEVER WAY YOU LOOK AT IT, WE´RE HARD TO BEAT

We are one of the oldest firms in Uruguay, but yet the most forward-thinking. We are one of the top three trademark filers in Uruguay, one of the first firms to have a dedicated Anti-counterfeiting Department and one of the few entertainment law practices in the country. We have set precedents in domain name issues and have advised the government on trademark use strategy. Our lawyers are often called upon to comment on developments in IP law in the country.

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STRENGHT IN DIVERSITY

Our Team of Professionals is made up of a diverse group of experts with different education, work experience, strengths and ideas. This diversity, and the freedom to express it, translates into creative, innovative and fearless solutions for our clients.

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HALF A CENTURY OF STAYING AHEAD OF THE FUTURE

Since half a century ago, our objective is being ahead…
Being ahead of legal matters, of course, but also of new technologies and in any aspect. This is important to anticipate our client´s needs. Our unrivalled depth and breadth of knowledge and expertise is constantly expanding in new areas of law, new jurisdictions and new methods.

Our practice

Our people

Technical Staff

  • T/A Patricia Abenante
  • María Jose Aguilar
  • Ing. Alvaro Garayalde
  • QF Patricia González
  • Mariela Gularte
  • Cr. María Julia Isasa
  • Prof. Mario López
  • Proc. Paola Maeso
  • Olga del Riego
  • Cristhians Risso
  • Cr. Rodolfo Rodriguez
  • Matilde Sato
  • Proc. Gabriela Sienra