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“Helping to protect innovations
in a global economy”

Intellectual Property
& Commercial Law


Practice Areas: 

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Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property is related to ideas and mental creations such as: artistic and literary works, inventions, images, drawings and names, symbols, and models used in commerce. All these creations are protected by patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets.

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Trade Secrets

Any form of financial, business, technical, economic, scientific, engineering or other valuable information kept or stored secret and that derives an independent economic value just for being secret.

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A patent provides an exclusive right to an inventor to manufacture, use, sell, offer to sell and/or import an invention in the United States for a limited period of time.



Copyrights protect the expression of an original idea (not the idea itself) during a limited period of time. In order to acquire protection, the work must be original and fixed in any means of expression.

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A mark is any sign or means used in commerce to distinguish the products or services of a person from the products or services of another person. This includes trademarks, service marks, certification marks or collective marks.

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Comercial Law

Our firm has vast experience representing and advising clients in all matters relating to negotiations, contracts and litigation in the matter of product distribution.

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About the Firm

Hoglund and Pamias, PSC, (H&P) was the first boutique firm of intellectual property established in Puerto Rico offering a comprehensive and complete solution in the areas of trademarks, patents and copyrights. Our firm represents worldwide clients, companies from “Fortune 100” to small and medium firms, entrepreneurs, investors, the entertainment industry and top notch educational institutions.

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Roberto Ríos is a registered Patent Agent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico. With over 24 years of experience in the patent area, Roberto began his career as a Patent Examiner for the USPTO where he examined inventions directed to various technological areas such as: electrical, electronics, semiconductors, telecommunications, and control systems applied via hardware/software. Later, he became a Patent Agent and worked as a Patent Specialist for the patent search company Landon IP (now CPA Global) where he had the opportunity to carry out state of the art, novelty, infringement and validity searches among others. Roberto also worked as Operations Manager for the company Patenting Consulting Group, LLC where he coordinated and managed all matters related to the patent area including: searches, drafting and examination of applications, technology transfer and intellectual property portfolio. Mr. Ríos shares his knowledge as an expert consultant and collaborates as a speaker and instructor with various associations and institutions such as the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) and the Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI) through seminars and training workshops for professionals in Latin America. Currently, Roberto serves as the president of the Patent Committee for ASIPI.
For the past 16 years, Roberto has served as director of the patent area and international liaison for patent matters at Hoglund & Pamias, PSC.

Ms. Nahomy C. Vélez-Figueroa has almost two decades of Intellectual Property, Trademark Law and prosecution work experience. She has a wide range of experience that includes assisting clients in the management of trademark portfolios, protecting their brands, as well as assisting with transactions like the clearance, prosecution, registration, protection, enforcement, maintenance, and transfer of trademarks in Puerto Rico, the United States and worldwide. Ms. Velez interfaces with clients and foreign counsel from the pre-application stage through the maintenance of registrations. Her skills include drafting, preparing and filing trademark documents, coordinating with foreign counsel on trademark filings, facilitating transfers of ownership, maintaining trademark dockets, managing trademark portfolios, researching potential infringements of client's intellectual property rights and trademark availability searches. Prior to her involvement in the field of intellectual property, she worked in several areas of law, including civil cases and notarial services.
Ms. Vélez also enjoys working closely with the management inside of the corporate department, including executive officers and other personnel within the finance, treasury, accounting, and human resources functions of H&P.


Mr. Samuel F. Pamias-Portalatin focuses his practice in the area of intellectual property law in Puerto Rico and in the United States. He regularly litigates trademark, trade dress, false advertising, distribution and unfair competition cases in the federal courts and represents clients before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. In addition to litigation, Mr. Pamias has extensive experience in the clearance, prosecution, registration, protection, enforcement, maintenance, and transfer of trademarks in Puerto Rico, the United States and
worldwide. He also advises clients on copyright registration and infringement issues. Also, he is an adjunct professor of Intellectual Property at the InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico School of Law and a visiting professor at the Vytautas Magnus School of Law in Lithuania. Mr. Pamias is admitted to practice as an attorney and a notary by the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, the United States
Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, the United States Court of International Trade in New York, the United States Court of Federal Claims in Washington, DC, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States of America.
Mr. Pamias is a member of The International Trademark Association (INTA), The
Interamerican Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI), The European Community Trademark Association (ECTA) and The Brazilian Association of Intellectual Property (ABPI). Also, served on the advisory commission of the State Department of Puerto Rico for revision of the trademark laws.


Contact us: 

256 Eleanor Roosevelt, San Juan, P. R. 00918

Tel: +1 (787) 772 9834  |  Tel: +1 (787) 772 9200

Thank you for getting in touch!

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