We are delighted to present you with the launch edition of The Women’s IP World Annual 2019/2020, celebrating women at all levels working in IP Law and Innovation. From the very beginning, the response and feedback we had was amazing, and we would like to thank all of the incredible women involved. Our aim was to celebrate a group of diverse women, from all over the globe, showcasing their achievements and also their personalities to inspire and inform. We have taken an unbiased approach and kept the articles & profiles as authentic as possible, to keep the author's own personal style. This has resulted in a cocktail of inspirational women coming together to share thoughts, ideas, and experience positively. We hope you enjoy this issue as much as we have enjoyed putting it together.
COSTA CHINA RICA Name: Gabriela Bodden Law firm name: Eproint Country: Costa Rica Position: Partner Website: www.eproint.com Whilst taking an IP course in law school, I discovered what would define me professionally. I realised that individuals and companies invested time and money into creating products that, in turn, drove the economy. My aim was to become a lawyer, to distinguish myself and assist individuals and companies in the adequate protection of their IP rights. I practiced as an attorney within the Legal Department of Customs in Costa Rica for several years, where I learned all aspects of border protection, the different regimes that affect the importation and exportation of goods. During that time, I drafted many important projects that are still today applicable in Costa Rica within the General Customs Directorate. This rich knowledge has become useful when handling complex anti-counterfeiting cases. Eproint is the company of which I am the only lady partner. We were founded in the year 2000 by my current partner Aaron, and I joined him in 2008. I aimed to launch the Caribbean practice and to take our international practice to the next level. Today Eproint is one of the most important full IP service law firms that offer a single point of contact for the Caribbean and Latin America. We are, in fact, the only service provider that has an actual physical presence in the Caribbean, and this changes the equation of being an intermediary. I have been an active practitioner in the IP arena for over 20 years. Luckily my expertise has permeated all areas of this fascinating world of both industrial and intellectual property with a particular focus on anti-counterfeiting in the Caribbean and Latin America (over 40 jurisdictions). Besides having obtained a law degree, I also hold a degree in business management, an LLM in Intellectual Property, and have completed various short specialisation courses such as with the University of Barcelona. TheIP field is in flux, and I am heavily involved with the AIPPI Regional Group (the Caribbean and Central America) of which I am the Secretary, and I regularly attend INTA, MARQUES, APAA, ASIPI and other important events in the IP world. Being key in the development of our business, I have faced many challenges along the years, as running a business can be risky as it entails the unforeseen. Along the years, I have embraced our challenges with a smile and extreme hard work in order to guarantee success. My focus as a professional is to be behind our clients 100%, and I assure you that if you are a company with ambition, I can help you fulfill it and accompany you along the way! I do not do this alone as I am surrounded by an amazing team of committed professionals, loyal to our clients’ projects, and together we establish a work environment and culture that encourages our team members to deliver a high-quality service, along with legal and technical solutions. I focus on excellence, and this is reflected by the extensive portfolio of clients that I represent, and with thanks to them, I have been continuously ranked by Legal 500, Chambers and Partners and WTR1000 as a leading professional in Latin America and the Caribbean. Chambers and Partners highlights: “…commended by clients for her grasp of IP matters, as one highlights: “I was impressed by her knowledge and enthusiasm; she’s professional and international in her outlook.” Her main areas of activity include trademark filings and enforcement actions…” Legal500 comments as follows: “… The practice is co-led by the ‘extremely flexible, committed and supportive’ Gabriela Bodden …”. WTR100 comments: Eproint has the broadest geographic footprint of any firm in the WTR 1000 Caribbean section; it has offices in Belize, the Cayman Islands Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, and Honduras … proactive, ultra-responsive, efficient, and solutions-oriented, Gabriela Bodden has a profound knowledge of international trademark law…” Currently, the majority of my work is still purely client-facing, business development and in the management of the group that assists me and despite the success of my firm, I don’t get carried away as I know we are only as good as our last job. 42 43