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Our firm has earned a solid national and international reputation, providing legal advice and consultancy services since the year 1943. MERSAN, Abogados, represents well-known national, international and multinational clients, in diverse commercial and industrial sectors; associations; chambers of commerce and several foreign embassies. We have established enduring relationships with many of our clients who consistently come back to us for advice, knowing that they will receive a quality service tailored to their particular needs and requirements.

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  • PARAGUAY UPDATE APRIL 2015

    The Chamber of Commerce Paraguayan American recently published its Report No. 179, featuring an update of Paraguay’s current situation in terms of politics, reform, pending legislative bills, foreign affairs, economy, finances and trade. With respect to the how things stand in the political sector, the report explains President Cartes’ Administration current situation after completion of […]

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  • PARAGUAY ECONOMY 2015

    The German-Paraguayan Chamber of Industry and Commerce recently issued its report “PARAGUAY ECONOMY MARCH 2015” in which the country’s current situation is described, a favorable state of affairs in general terms, with an important economic evolution and significant re-structuring projects within various public entities. In this sense, the report demonstrates that where foreign trade is […]

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  • PARAGUAY UPDATE MARCH 2015

    The Chamber of Commerce Paraguayan American recently published its Report No. 178, featuring an update of Paraguay’s current situation in terms of politics, investment, economics, foreign affairs and trade. In this sense, the report highlighted the Senate’s issuance of a vote against an investment guarantee bill greatly supported by the President and the 5,8% of […]

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  • ASIPI SEMINAR: “INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY IN AGRICULTURE”

    During March 15 and 17, 2015, the Seminar “Intellectual Property in Agriculture”, organized by the Inter-American Intellectual Property Association – ASIPI – took place in the Sheraton Hotel of the city of Asuncion, Paraguay, with the participation of important authorities and well-known speakers, who lectured on several topics related to the agricultural sector and its […]

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  • SAIL AWAY – NIGHT BOAT TOUR BARCO CUÑATAI – BAY OF ASUNCION

    On Friday, March 13th, 2015, on the account of the Seminar ASIPI-ASUNCION, MERSAN, Abogados organized a cocktail party in the ship “CUÑATAI”. The guests sailed along the Paraguay river to the Asuncion Bay. During the party, typical food, drinks and desserts were served and the guests enjoyed the music played by a duet, which performed […]

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  • INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR: INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY IN AGRICULTURE – ASIPI 2015

    Our associate, Ms. Lorena Mersan, will be moderator of one of the lectures of the seminar, “Intellectual Property Strategies in Agricultural Corporations”, which is scheduled for Monday, March 16th, 2015 at 10:15 a.m. The speakers are: Sibelle De Andrade Silva (Brazil) and Gloria Montaron Estrada (Argentina). Full details of the lecture may be found in […]

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  • ASIPI SEMINAR: INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY IN AGRICULTURE

    On dates March 15 to March 17, 2015, the International Seminar “Intellectual Property in Agriculture”, organized by the Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property – ASIPI – will take place at the Sheraton Hotel in Asuncion. The Seminar will be attended by well-known national and foreign speakers, experts in the Intellectual Property field. Some of the […]

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  • Law No. 5400/2015: ON SURVEILLANCE AND PROTECTION OF THE PARAGUAYAN AIRSPACE

    On February 10th, 2015, Law No. 5400/15 – On Surveillance and Protection of the Paraguayan Airspace –which sets forth a series mechanisms and procedures that enable the Paraguayan Air Forces to monitor, intercept and order the landing of an aircraft, where such aircraft demonstrates an irregular flight, was sanctioned by the Executive Power. The objective […]

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  • PARAGUAY: ECONOMIC REPORT ISSUED BY THE GERMAN-PARAGUAYAN CHAMBER OF INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE

    A recent economic review, issued by the German-Paraguayan Chamber of Industry Commerce, reveals some important facts regarding the evolution of the Paraguayan economy throughout the year 2014 and the future perspectives for the year 2015. In this sense, the report explains that the year 2014 closed with an inflation rate of 4,2%, which is considered […]

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  • FICTIONAL TRADEMARKS – WHEN PROTECTION GOES BEYOND THE REAL WORLD

    What is meant by the term “fictional trademarks”? Why do we use fictional trademarks? Can a fictional trademark infringe third parties’ intellectual property rights? Or, on the other hand, can a real trademark infringe intellectual property rights within the context of a fictional world? Our partner, Dr. Hugo Mersan, with the collaboration of Liliana Nolan, […]

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  • LAW NO. 5393/15: WITH RESPECT TO THE LAW APPLICABLE TO INTERNATIONAL CONTRACTS

    Last week, the Paraguayan National Congress passed on Law No. 5393/15, which establishes the law applicable to international contracts when either party subscribes the contract as a result of his/her business or profession. It is not applicable to consumer contracts, work contracts, nor to franchise, representation, agency and distribution contracts. The Law also foresees that […]

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  • PARAGUAY: AN UPDATE FOR THE SECOND WEEK OF THE YEAR 2015

    Important news this week include two bills under study, an analysis of the first results of the Public Private Partnership Law and the total volume of Paraguayan exports. In that sense, members of the Paraguayan Chamber of Corporations engaged in the Commerce of Household Cleaning Products, Personal Hygiene Products and Similar, together with the National […]

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  • PARAGUAY: AN OVERVIEW TO THE FIRST WEEK OF THE YEAR 2015

    As the first week of the New Year is coming to an end, report and statistics from the major official public institutions and other private associations concerning economic results for the year 2014 and forecasting the future of the Paraguayan economy in the year 2015 keep coming, some with a positive outlook, others with a […]

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  • PARAGUAY: THE HIDDEN TREASURE OF LATIN AMERICA

    A recent publication in The Japan Times features Paraguay as a real “treasure” concealed in the midst of the South American continent, but with a great potential for growth and an attractive landscape for foreign investment, which include low tax rates, considerable natural resources and excellent human resources, that only need the help of technology […]

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  • THE RIGHT TO ONE’S OWN IMAGE: REGULATORY FRAMEWORK IN THE REPUPLIC OF PARAGUAY

    Liliana Rosanne Nolan* The right to one’s image is a feature inherent to every human being, intimately related to the right of honor and of privacy, though autonomous and independent; additionally, it may considered a  property right, due to the fact that the image of people may be exploited for commercial purposes. It may also […]

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  • PARAGUAY UPDATE NOVEMBER 2014: THE LATEST NEWS IN TERMS OF ECONOMICS, POLITICS, INVESTMENT ENVIRONMENT AND FOREIGN RELATIONS

    The end of the year finds Paraguay in the midst of a favorable economic climate, however, there are still some political issues that need to be resolved. In terms of the economy, news continue to be positive, as the negotiations for export of Paraguayan meat to the US market have been resumed, preliminary figures issued […]

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  • Plant Varieties´ Protection: In the Pursuit of a Harmonized Legal Protection.

    Our associate, Liliana R. Nolan, has written an article for the CONSULEGIS NEWSLETTER Special Edition Dr. Thomas Marx 2014, in which the importance of having an harmonized legal protection for plant varieties and genetically modified plants is emphasized. To read a summary of the article, please click on the following link: PLANT VARIETIES

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  • CONSULEGIS: An international network of lawyers

    CONSULEGIS is an international network of independent law firms, in-house lawyers and related professional advisors. For more information, please click on the following link: CONSULEGIS FLYER or log-on to: www.consulegis.com

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  • LAUNCHING OF APAPI’S MAGAZINE FOURTH EDITION

    In its fourth consecutive year, the Paraguayan Association of Intellectual Property Agents – APAPI – is proud to present the 2014 edition of its annual magazine. Once more, this edition is full of interesting articles related to intellectual property matters; in that sense, Dr. Justin Young, current secretary of ASIPI, gives an insight of the […]

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  • INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CONFERENCE

    The “INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CONFERENCE”, organized by AIPPI, shall be held at 6 p.m., on October 30 at the Aula Magna of Unversidad del Norte. In said conference, our associate Lorena Mersan, shall give a lecture on the subject “Introduction to Trademark Law”. For more information, please click on the link: uninorte

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  • VI INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY – APAPI

    The International Intellectual Property Seminar, Sixth Edition, organized by the Asociation of Paraguayan Intellectual Property Agents – APAPI, according to its acronyms in Spanish – will take place on November 3 at the Hotel Excelsior of Asuncion. A number of well-known national and international speakers shall be present. Additionally, if you have any questions or […]

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  • 14 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT PARAGUAY

    A recent article by international broadcaster, CNN, reveals some interesting facts about Paraguay, a country often overlooked by visitors of the South American continent. For more information, please check out the following link: http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/09/travel/bourdain-paraguay-13-things/index.html?hpt=tr_c1 *Written by Wayne Bernhardson, Special to CNN / www.cnn.com.

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  • PARAGUAY UPDATE – SEPTEMBER 2014

    A brief synthesis of the current economic-political situation of Paraguay. To read the report, please click on the following link: REPORT

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  • Protection of Air Quality in Paraguay: Law No. 5211

    Recently, the Executive Power has promulgated Law No. 5211/14 “With respect to Air Quality” in Paraguay, with the purpose of protecting the quality of the air and the atmosphere, by means of a control over the emission of air pollutants, thus reducing the deterioration of the environment and health of living beings. Said Law is […]

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  • REGULATION OF THE OFFICE FOR CONSUMER AND USER PROTECTION – PARAGUAY

    Last year, Law No. 4974 established the Office for Consumer and User Protection (SEDECO, according to its Spanish acronyms), in replacement of the former General Office of Consumer and User Protection, a dependency of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, setting it up as the principal authority for the application of the Law of Consumer […]

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  • TAX EVASION, PRELIMINARY RULING AND THE INNOCENTS

    Our senior partner, Dr. Carlos T. Mersan, published an article in the ABC Color newspaper last Monday, September 8th, in which he carries out an analysis with respect to a bill currently being studied by the Senate, which shall repeal the administrative preliminary ruling in tax evasion criminal procedures. To read said article, please click […]

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  • (Español) CONFERENCIA SOBRE PROPIEDAD INTELECTUAL

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  • COMPETITION LEGISLATION IN PARAGUAY: LAW NO. 4956/13 AND ITS REGULATORY DECREE NO. 1490/14

    In the year 2013, the Competition Law was sanctioned in Paraguay with the objective of protecting and promoting free competition in the markets and prohibiting and penalizing certain practices that are contrary to the same. The Law foresees the principles that govern free competition, the prohibited acts and practices, as well as, the corresponding penalties. […]

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  • THE APOSTILLE CONVENTION BECOMES EFFECTIVE IN AUGUST 2014, IN PARAGUAY

    In July 10th, 2013, by means of Law No. 4987, the National Congress approved Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement for Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents – The Apostille Convention, signed in The Hague on October 5th, 1961. The exchange of ratifications with respect to this convention was performed on December 10th, 2013. Additionally, the Executive […]

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  • SEMINARS & CONFERENCES – AUGUST & SEPTEMBER 2014

    During the months of August and September, the attorneys of our Law Firm will be participating in the following events: – XXXIV INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CONGRESS, organized by the Brazilian Intellectual Property Association – ABPI – August 24 – 26, 2014. Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil. – AIPPI TORONTO 2014 – World Intellectual Property Congress – September […]

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  • A NEW LAW EXTENDES THE TERM OF PROTECTION OF RIGHTS ASSOCIATED TO COPYRIGHT: LAW NO. 5.247/14.

    On July 24th, 2014, Law No. 5247/14, which modifies Articles 126 and 130 of the Law on Copyright and Related Rights, was sanctioned in Paraguay. Said Law, which was initially greatly repudiated by some local organizations linked to creativity and free dissemination of information, extends the term of protection of the rights of artists, interpreters […]

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  • US SUPREME COURT OF JUSTICE RULES IN FAVOR OF BROADCASTERS: AEREO INC, LOSES ITS BATTLE

    US SUPREME COURT OF JUSTICE RULES IN FAVOR OF BROADCASTERS: AEREO INC, LOSES ITS BATTLE A major decision was issued by the US Supreme Court of Justice on June 25th, with respect to the certiorari granted in the case American Broadcasting Cos Inc. vs. Aereo, Inc., finally settling a long-disputed case to find that the […]

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  • SECTOR SPOTLIGHT – INTRODUCING THE NEXT SOCIAL BOOM: PARAGUAY

    Our senior partner, Oscar Mersan has featured in the Acquisition International February 2014 Edition, briefly summarizing the reason why Paraguay is today under “the watchful eyes of international investors”. To view the article, please click on the following link:Acquisition International February 2014 72 (2)

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  • Supreme Court’s criteria when analyzing the confusion that the registration of similar trademarks may cause among the consumers A NEW STANDPOINT EXPRESSED BY THE SUPREME COURT OF JUSTICE IN PARAGUAY

    Our associate, Liliana R. Nolan, has written an article on a recent resolution by the Supreme Court of Justice, which was published in the CONSULEGIS IP Newsletter Spring 2014. In the article, reference is made to the change of the Court’s criteria when analyzing the confusion that the registration of similar trademarks may cause among […]

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  • LATIN LAWYER REFERENCE – INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY 2014 EDITION

    For third consecutive year, MERSAN Abogados has contributed to the Latin Lawyer Intellectual Property Reference, which is published annually. For the 2014 Edition, our associates, Ms. Lorena Mersan and Ms. Liliana R. Nolan have updated the Paraguayan chapter, which was originally written by Ms. Mersan and provided a general panorama of the trademark, copyright and […]

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  • E-COMMERCE IN PARAGUAY: LAW NO. 4868/13 AND ITS REGULATORY DECREE

    In February, 2013, the Law on Electronic Commerce, Law No. 4868/13, was sanctioned in Paraguay, establishing the legal framework for trade and commercial transactions carried out electronically, as well as, the responsibilities and obligations related to Internet providers and the providers of goods and services via Internet. At the beginning of this year, the law […]

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  • Expert Guide – Opportunities & Developments in Latin America 2014

    The partner Mr. Oscar A. Mersan, contributed in the Expert Expert Guide – Opportunities & Developments in Latin America 2014. To see the article check the following link Expert Guide – Opportunities & Developments in Latin America 2014

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  • MERSÁN, Abogados with the movie hit “7 Cajas”

    Mersán, Abogados is proud of having provided its legal advice and services to the successful paraguayan film production “7 Cajas”, directed by Juan Carlos Maneglia y Tana Schémbori. Just within a few days from its premier, the film has already achieved an outstanding record of 48.000 viewers, which makes it the most box office success […]

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  • MERSAN, Abogados – Foreign Investment Law Firm of the Year 2012

    Corporate Live Wire has granted MERSAN, Abogados the award “Foreign Investment Law Firm of the Year”. For further information please see pdf

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  • LATIN LAWYER Reference – Intellectual Property

    Our Associate Lorena Mersan has contributed to the LATIN LAWYER Reference – Intellectual Property 2012 Edition. Please click here to view the chapter: http://www.latinlawyer.com/reference/topics/52/jurisdictions/46/paraguay/. “Reproduced with permission from Law Business Research. This article was first published in LATIN LAWYER Reference – Intellectual Property 2012 (Contributing Editor Maurcio Paez – Jones Day). For further information please […]

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  • RESOLUTION Nº 754 WHICH ESTABLISHES THE DEPARTMENT OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS

    On March 13th, 2012, the Supreme Court of Justice issued Resolution Number 754, which sets up the Direction of Intellectual Property Rights, a technical unit dependant on the said body of the Judicial Power. The mentioned Direction will be composed of a director, two technical executives and two executive assistants that will be in charge […]

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  • Expert Guide for Foreign Investment 2011

    MERSAN, Abogados has contributed to the Expert Guide of Foreing Investment. Download

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  • THE LAUNCHING OF APAPI’S MAGAZINE FIRST EDITION

    The First Edition of APAPI magazine was launched on October 27th, 2011 at the Gran Hotel del Paraguay. The event was presided over by the President of the Association, Dr. Hugo Mersan Galli and attended by several of the association’s members, among them, one of the association’s founders, Dr. Hugo Berkemeyer. This magazine is directed […]

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  • III International Intellectual Property Seminar

    The Paraguayan Association of Intellectual Property Agents is organizing the III International Intellectual Property Seminar, to be held on November 7th, 2011 at the Granados Park Hotel in Asuncion, Paraguay The topics will be: Geographical Indications; Image Rights; Patent Law Infringement; and Private Copying Levy; For further information, write an e-mail to: seminario@apapi.com.py or call […]

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  • PARAGUAY- IMF Report – August 17th, 2011

    Under Article IV of the IMF’s Articles of Agreement, the IMF holds bilateral discussions with members, usually every year. In the context of the 2011 Article IV consultation with Paraguay, the following documents have been released and are included in this package: · Staff report for the 2011 Article IV consultation, prepared by a team […]

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  • PARAGUAY GO, Doing Businesses, Generating Oportunities.

    Report prepared by PWC for the Paraguayan-American Chamber of Commerce and co-sponsored by MERSAN ABOGADOS Download

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  • PARAGUAY COUNTRY PRESENTATION. CALC/CONSULEGIS Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2010

    PARAGUAY COUNTRY PRESENTATION. CALC/CONSULEGIS Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2010 Download

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