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is a partner at CorralRosales. He has more than 25 years of experience in the areas of Intellectual Property, Competition, Corporate and Government Procurement. His multidisciplinary trajectory and combined experience, having advised his clients in a wide variety of areas and jurisdictions, has earned him recognition over time, especially in matters related to industries such as Distribution and Services, Food and Beverage, Pharmaceutical, Real Estate Retail and TMT.
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Ecuador has been participating in a pilot program of the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) since 2016 but has as of yet failed to implement the system for a number of reasons. However, with the announcement in July that Ecuador may join the Pacific Alliance next year under its new President, Lenin Moreno, and a general market-friendly shift in government, it is expected that the PPH could soon become effective. The PPH would be indispensable for Ecuador, as it would save resources and lower costs for applicants and for the Patent Office, would speed up the lengthy patent prosecution process, and would harmonize practice in the region by creating unified criteria on the issues subject to these examination procedures.