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Leticia L. Bermudez Benitez

Cuban Trademark Attorney / International Trademark & Copyright Specialist

Overview:

Leticia L. Bermudez Benitez is a Cuban Trademark Attorney who specializes in assisting in filing, procuring and prosecuting trademark applications before the Oficina Cubana de la Propiedad Industrial (Cuban Industrial Property Office or “OCPI”). Leticia is one of only two former Cuban Intellectual Property Attorneys now practicing “state-side” to assist United States and international brands navigate the often difficult path towards registration of marks in Cuba.

As a Cuban Trademark Lawyer, Leticia has over twenty-years of professional experience in prosecuting trademarks and copyrights before OCPI. Since 2011, she served as an international trademark specialist assisting in trademark and copyright filings before the United States Patent & Trademark Office and the United States Copyright Office.

She is a graduate of the University of Havana School of Law with a Juris Doctor Degree Magna Cum Laude. After graduating from Havana Law and becoming a Cuban Attorney, she served as legal advisor to the Institute of Scientific and Technological Information (IDICT), which was Cuba’s first Internet provider. Likewise, she served as a legal representative of the IDICT before OCPI, where she discovered her passion for intellectual property law. While working with IDICT, she participated in the group that formulated and drafted the National Policy for the access and use of the scientific and technological information in Cuba. She was also responsible for drafting the first rules of the Cuban Network Information Center (CUBANIC) which provides domains names under .cu.

Leticia has taken post-graduate studies in the laws of development, trade, and investment in the Cuban services sector. Her first full experience in the field of Cuban Intellectual Property Law was an attorney at the Legal Department of the Cuban Music Copyright Agency (ACDAM), giving advice to Cuban authors and their right holders. As part of her responsibilities at ACDAM, she worked on the modification of the rules for collecting and distributing royalties and revised the licensing system for the use of the Cuban musical works.

In 2007, she was accredited as a Cuban Trademark Agent before CIPO and in 2009 she received a Masters Degree in Intellectual Property Management from the University of Havana. Representative clients while practicing in Cuba included Mastercard, Kimberly Clark, Ferrero Rocher, Volvo Group and General Mills (amongst many others).

Mrs. Bermudez moved to Puerto Rico in 2011 to continue her intellectual property legal practice in the United States. For the last six years, she has further expanded her experience in filing domestic trademark and copyright applications. Representative clients in Puerto Rico included Real Madrid Club de Futbol and Juventus.

Mrs. Bermudez is an internationally recognized speaker regarding topics that include Cuban trademark practice, domain name registration in Cuba, as well as enforcement of intellectual property in Cuba. She is an active member of both the International Trademark Law Association (“INTA”) as well as the Asociacion Interamericana de la Propiedad Intelectual (the Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property, or “ASIPI”).

In November 2016, she was invited to speak at the INTA Leadership Meeting in Hollywood, Florida to present an overview of trademarks in Cuba. Leticia has published articles in magazines from Cuba and Mexico and participated in conferences and workshops in Cuba, Colombia, Principado de Monaco, Hong Kong and Puerto Rico.

Leticia welcomes the opportunity to assist American, European and Latin American businesses regarding trademark practice in Cuba. She speaks both Spanish (fluent & native) as well as English (conversational), Russian (intermediate) and French (intermediate)

Practice Areas:

Trademark and Copyright Acquisition and Counseling

Education:

Master’s Degree in Intellectual Property Management (October 2009) Oficina Cubana de la Propiedad Industrial

Juris Doctorate, Magna Cum Laude (July 1992) University of Havana School of Law

Affiliations:
  • International Trademark Law Association (“INTA”)
  • Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property (“ASIPI”)
  • Copyright Society of the USA, Miami Chapter
  • Association of Intellectual Property Firms (“AIPF”)
  • Intellectual Property Law Association of Florida (“IPLAF”)