About Us

BUFETE MESSINA & LUGO IP is an intellectual property law firm in the Dominican Republic. The Firm was founded in 2016 as the result of the merger of the practices of lawyers Ana Messina and Zaida Lugo and takes pride in having the largest International Trademark Portfolio in Dominican Republic, Extensive IP prosecution and litigation experience, as well as the largest portfolio of local clients, from sectors such as pharmacy, advertising agencies, food and drink industry, textile industry, alcohol and beer products, cosmetics, and copyright holders. Our Firm also has the largest Advertising Law practice in Dominican Republic providing counselling services regarding advertising materials, copyright licensing, sweepstakes and promotions; we handle all copyright claims and litigation; and we conduct periodical trainings to agencies’ key account managers and production departments. Over the years, the Firm has represented clients in landmark cases introducing new and innovative points of law; some of which have helped carved the legal precedents and common law of the TMO office and the Courts.
The Firm provides services in the following areas:


    • Trademark prosecution, administrative prosecution, as well as administrative, civil, and criminal litigation with emphasis in counterfeiting and unfair competition issues
    • Advertising and marketing advice, representing the best-established advertising agencies in the Dominican Republic
    • The Firm offers a wide array of trademarks services in 27 Caribbean jurisdictions
    • Consumer protection practice, including class actions
    • Franchising, licensing and foreign investment practice. The firm also provides corporate services in all areas of foreign investment
    • Regulatory issues
    • Sanitary issues