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/ Alessandri hires renowned Patent Engineer as Senior Counsel

22 November, 2019

Alessandri’s patent department recently welcomed Fernando López, Patent Engineer with a long and recognized career working with national and foreign inventors.

For Fernando López, knowing the inventor and their innovation up to the smallest detail is the most important starting point in any patent application. This engineer with more than 20 years of experience working with inventors, joins Alessandri to be part of the Intellectual Property team to offer applicants a personalized evaluation of the merits of their inventions and the best manner in which to protect them.

After learning about the specific innovation and the inventive process which the inventor seeks to protect, Fernando carries out a search for the state of the art in the different national and foreign databases, in order to ensure that the client has an expert opinion regarding the patentability of their inventions. Then he works together with the inventor, and the rest of Alessandri’s team, to design the best possible strategy for a patent application. This includes preparing a specification text that fully describes the invention, and also a set of claims, the latter being the framework which delivers the scope of protection of a patent application. The applicant will thus be accompanied during the entire application process with the Chilean National Institute of Industrial Property (INAPI), until fulfilling the objective of achieving the protection of their invention through the granting of the patent registration.

According to Rodrigo Velasco A., managing partner of the IP / IT area of ​​Alessandri, “having Fernando’s presence and permanent support is a key factor for clients who are in the different phases of applying for a patent.”

About Fernando López
Fernando López is a Mechanical Execution Engineer and Industrial Civil Engineer (1998) from the University of Santiago de Chile. He has extensive knowledge in patent matters, including training courses for patent examination with the European Patent Office (EPO) in The Hague, and Munich in 1990; State of the Art Searches in the EPO, and in The Hague, in 1992; in Dissemination of Technological Information contained in Patent Documents at the EPO in Vienna, in 1993, among others.

He worked in the Chilean Department of Industrial Property of the Ministry of Economy, Development and Reconstruction, first in the Invention Patent Office and then in the Technological Information Office. He was a consultant to the World Intellectual Property Organization to carry out an advisory mission to the Government of Uruguay for the creation of a Technological Information Office in the National Directorate of Industrial Property. From 1995 to 2016, he was the Patent Advisor Engineer of the University of Santiago de Chile, Vice-Rectory of Research and Development. He participates as a member of several Patent Commissions of the Chilean Association of Industrial Property (ACHIPI).