María Eugenia Contreras

Maria Eugenia is a member of the Ferrere Intellectual Property team, where her practice focuses on advice to local and foreign clients on protection of intangible assets with special focus on new technologies.

Her work includes assisting clients on trademark, patent and software registration processes, as well as administrative defense in the event of challenges and appeals.

She provides advice on transfers, mergers and licenses for intangible assets, and has specific training in Computer Program Licensing, including Open-Source Software (World Intellectual Property Organization – WIPO 2022).

She has been a member of legal due diligence teams in charge of assessment analysis and detection of contingencies, specifically on Intellectual Property aspects.

Her professional experience includes activity as Associate Attorney with the First Administrative Claims Court (Venezuela),  a pluri-member court with national jurisdiction in that country, as well as advising on administrative and regulatory claims before diverse public and private entities in her native country.

Eugenia holds two degrees as attorney, one from Universidad Católica del Táchira (Venezuela) and the other from Universidad de la República (Uruguay). She completed specialization studies (Universidad Central, Venezuela) and a master’s degree (Universidad Católica Andrés Bello, Venezuela) in Constitutional Law, with her thesis focusing on fundamental rights related to new technologies.

She also has experience in university teaching in Communications and Information Law (Universidad Católica del Táchira, Venezuela, 2009) and participated as instructor in the Constitutional Law Department (Universidad Católica del Uruguay, 2016).

  • Attorney – Universidad Católica del Táchira – Venezuela (2006)
  • Attorney – Universidad de la República – Uruguay (2021)

FERRERE nominated Firm of the Year in Uruguay in Managing IP Awards 2024

The publication specializing in Intellectual Property will recognize the most outstanding firms and practitioners of the year.

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