Cikato Lawyers

Law Firm Specialized in Intellectual Property

Cikato Lawyers

Main Office
Colonia 810 8th & 9th Floor
Montevideo 11.100

Phone+59 82 902 6131
Fax +59 82 902 6345

Law Firm Overview

Cikato Lawyers has been developing since 1962, when its founder, Dr. Manfredo A. Cikato begin its professional career as an attorney in the field of the Intellectual Property Law.

In the early eighties, the Firm gained an important reputation and begun diversifying its work to other areas of the Law. In the mid nineties, Cikato solidified its image as a General Practice Law Firm and since than, it has been advising and counseling both nation and international clients with different needs, either when investing on Uruguay or for any other specific and particular law issue.

Cikato Lawyers, now viewed as one of the most important and well-recognized Law Firm in Uruguay, has acquired knowledge and expertise an almost all areas of the law, since its founder dreams in 1962.

Nowadays, Cikato is able to perform all kind of legal work on areas such as:

Labor law; Family Law; Corporate Law; Mergers & Acquisitions; Criminal Law; Administrative Law; Taxation; Foreign Investments and Joint Ventures; Commercial Law; Civil Law; International business Transactions; Foreign Trade Counseling and Contracting; Maritime Law; Competition Law; Litigation and Arbitration; Consumer Protection Law; Banking & Finance Law; Sports & Entertainment Law; Intellectual Property Law; Environmental Law; Health Law; Internet, E- Commerce y Telecommunications; Computer Law.

Areas of Law

Articles Published by Cikato Lawyers

 Uruguay: Seizure of Counterfeit Merchandise in the Free Zones

The Free Zones, ruled in our positive law by the Law Nº 15921, are fenced areas of the national territory taken away from the Customs jurisdiction in which the merchandise that comes from foreign countries may enter without payment of duties and leave the country in the same way that they have entered, or after a process of production.

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 Compulsory Licenses for Pharmaceutical Patents

Pharmaceutical Patents are patentable (the Patent Office is forced to grant these kind of patents, as long as it satisfy the patentability requirements established in the Patent Act Nº 17.164) in Uruguay since November 1, 2001, although patent applications regarding pharmaceutical products could be filed from January 1st, 1995, according to the Mail Box provisions of TRIPS.

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 New Antitrust Act in Uruguay - Nº 18.159

On July 10, 2007, the Uruguayan Senate approved the new Antitrust Act. It was later regulated by Decree Nº 404/007 of October 29, 2007. The purpose of the law is to promote and regulate competition in favor of consumers and users’ welfare, fostering economic effectiveness and equality for accessing markets.

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 Legal Framework for Tourism Related Investments in Uruguay. Why Focus in Tourism?

Tourism investments in Uruguay, South America, has increased in the last years. This industry is increasing its participation, year after year, in the GDP of the country. Uruguay is regionally famous specially for the hundred of kilometres of beaches in its coast and the interest shown by international hotel chains to have presence in the country, especially in Montevideo, the well known beach resort Punta del Este and Colonia, close to Buenos Aires.

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 Can In-transit Counterfeit Goods Be Seized in Uruguay?

The in-transit merchandise, if it is a counterfeit, shall and may be seized since, as it is in Uruguayan territory, law 17011 is applicable. The jurisprudence also shows that this position has been widely accepted by our Criminal Judges.

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 Some Comments on the Criteria of The Uruguayan Trademark Office with Respect to Slogans or Advertising Phrases

“Phrase”, according to the Spanish Language Dictionary, is the “group of words that are enough to make sense even when it does not constitute a formal sentence”. “Advertising Phrase” or “Slogan” is a phrase that is used to advertise or promote a product, a service, a political candidate, an organisation, etc.

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