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Protecting your Intellectual Property Rights in China & Latin America

Current perspectives under the China Belt and Road Initiative

With the increased intrinsic/competitive value placed on new technologies, it is essential that individuals/companies doing business worldwide ensure they adequately protect their intellectual property rights.

In this webinar, China's Belt and Road Initiative will be reviewed and assessed in terms of how it is currently benefitting individuals/companies both in China and Latin America, including:

  • An increased harmonisation of intellectual property rights;
  • An enhanced cooperation in science, technology, investment and commercial cooperation; and
  • The growth in commercial and investment opportunities arising between Latin America and China under the Belt and Road Initiative.


  • CAROLINE BERUBE (Managing Partner at HJM Asia Law & Co LLC)


    Managing Partner at HJM Asia Law & Co LLC


    Caroline Berube is the Managing Partner of HJM Asia Law, a boutique law firm with offices in China and Singapore. She is admitted to practice in New York and Singapore, holds a BCL (civil law) and an LL.B. (common law) from McGill University (Montreal, Canada) and studied at the National University of Singapore Chinese law in the late 1990’s.

    Based in Asia since 1998, Caroline represents SMEs, MNCs, foreign banks and private equity firms in the Asia Pacific region and focusses on M&A cross-border transactions, commercial law and intellectual property matters (trademark registration, licencing and technology transfer), areas in which she has developed a respected expertise and understanding of the challenges and advantages of most Asian jurisdictions.

    She is an arbitrator approved by the Chinese European Arbitration Center (CEAC) and a foreign arbitrator appointed by the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC).

    Caroline has been featured in numerous magazines and newspapers, including Bloomberg, the Straits Times, the Business Times, Les Affaires and La Presse and is a regular speaker at international conferences. She currently lectures annually at Bocconi University and at the Sorbonne Assas Law School on legal corporate structures, M&A, IP/Technology and employment law in Asia. Caroline was selected in 2015 as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and join YPO in May 2021.

    Caroline is the Co-Chair of the China Working Group of the International Bar Association (“IBA”), past officer of the IBA Intellectual Property Committee, past Co-Chair of the IBA Asia Pacific Forum and was appointed as a IBA Legal Practice Development Officer from January 2019 to December 2022. She is the past Secretary General of the Inter Pacific Bar Association. She is currently the President of the Singapore Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

    She is the author of the practical book "Doing Business in China" published by Lexis Nexis in French and English.

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  • Carlos Parra (Partner, Head of Asia Office at OlarteMoure)

    Carlos Parra

    Partner, Head of Asia Office at OlarteMoure


    Carlos obtained a J.D. in 1992 from the National University of Colombia, where he was Valedictorian. He did a specialization in Public Management at the Superior School of Public Management in Bogota, Colombia. Later, Carlos was awarded a scholarship by COLFUTURO to attend Franklin Pierce Law (Concord, NH, USA), where he obtained his LL.M. in Intellectual Property in 2001. While at Franklin Pierce, he acted as Teaching Assistant to professor Craig Jepson, Franklin Pierce`s law professor on Patent Law and Patents and Biotechnology.

    He began his professional career with the Colombian Government, reaching the executive and directive level at the National Institute of Health and acting as a Legal Consultant for the Ministry of Health and the Inter-American Bank. After graduating from the LL.M. in Intellectual Property at Franklin Pierce Law in the United States, Carlos worked for the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) in Miami, USA, as a Legal Advisor on the enforcement of Copyright treaties and laws in Latin America.

    In late 2001, Carlos moved to Japan to take a position at the Shimizu Patent Office to be part of its international team as a Legal Advisor on IP legal and licensing matters. After five years with Shimizu Patent Office, Carlos opened his own practice in Japan, advising foreign clients wishing to enter the Japanese market on intellectual property matters.

    In May 2007, Carlos joined OlarteMoure as an associate in Patents, Licensing, Litigation, and IP corporate matters. Currently, Carlos is a Partner and Head of the Asia Office based in Tokyo, Japan. From Japan, Carlos leads matters related to prosecution, licensing, IP management, technology transfer, entrepreneurship, and monetization of intellectual property rights for Asian clients in Latin America or Latin American clients in Asia. He is actively involved in the support and advice of innovative clients wishing to develop high-tech products and services and commercialize their IP in Asian countries. He also assists companies and start-ups in securing investment from Asian partners, angel investors, and venture capitalists.

    Carlos has been a lecturer for the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Patents and Licensing. He has also lectured in Colombia, Brasil, Argentina, Chile, Cuba, Peru, and Japan on Intellectual Property matters. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Universidad Externado de Colombia. He is an author of Patents and Biotechnology and Traditional Knowledge and Genetic Resources. Carlos is a member of the LICENSING EXECUTIVE SOCIETY-LES, JAPAN TRADEMARK ASSOCIATION-JTA, INTERNATIONAL TRADEMARK ASSOCIATION-INTA, Asian Patent Attorney Association-APAA (Observer), International Intellectual Property Lawyers Group, Japan Patent Practice, and Colombian Association on Legal Tech-ALT+CO.

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