The Women's IP World Annual 2019/2020

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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.

Ms. Elvin Hassan

Editor & Head of International liaisons

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.

The IP 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.

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