Cecilia is a proactive attorney. She practices law mainly in Intellectual Property and has particular strength in copyrights, trademarks and geographical indications, ancestral knowledge and biodiversity. She is also an expert in regulatory affairs and efficiently advices her clients in compliance providing effective solutions to their needs. Cecilia constantly participates in several working groups regarding trends for the industries and works on advocacy papers towards policy making. She co-chairs the ICC IP Commission Task Force on the Hague Convention on the Apostille, and participates with opinion constantly. She chairs the ICC Ecuador IP Commission and actively cooperates with juridical criteria for several projects of law and regulations on IP rights, and promoting observatories for customs watch. She is quite dynamic at ECTA and ASIPI and has a lead role in ASIPI´s Geographical Indications Committee for her second period for which she has been recognized for her hard work and impeccable job. She is also involved in orIGin as law firm member and contributes with INTA. Cecilia´s Pro bono work has influenced positively in decisions towards the expansion of ONGs on ancestral knowledge and use of biodiversity, apparel for persons with disabilities, and education. Cecilia had a leading role on the negotiation of a biodiversity access contract between Yale University and the Environmental Ministry of Ecuador. Her advice regarding the protection of intellectual property has meant that her clients have been able to develop new ventures safely and expand their business in Ecuador and into foreign markets. Her vast experience in managing IP portfolios has allowed her to advise clients on how to achieve strategic business objectives through audits of intangible assets, acquisition of rights, licenses and franchises. She has successfully advised and managed administrative litigation procedures having favourable results and client satisfaction. Cecilia is an expert in piracy and counterfeit actions, concluding with definite precatory measures ceasing infringements on copyrights and trademarks. Appellation of origin infringements had also been handled successfully. Cecilia represents clients in a wide range of business sectors, and has experience in advising in beverage, clothing, cosmetics, veterinary products, pharmaceuticals, cleaners and disinfectants, agriculture, timber, entertainment, literary, and editorial business industries.
- JD (equivalent), Pontificia Universidad Católica Ecuador, 1998
- Ambassador for Ecuador of the International Chamber of Commerce, IP Commission 2018
- Chair, Geographical Indications Committee, Interamerican Association of Intellectual Property ASIPI 2015-2018 and 2018 – 2021
- Chair, Intellectual Property Commission ICC Ecuador 2018 – 2020
- Honorary Consul of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago accredited before the Government of the Republic of Ecuador
- Member of number of the Juridical Section of the Cultural House of Ecuador
Practice area Intellectual Property