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About us

About us


The Department of Intellectual Property of Romero Arteta Ponce Abogados – RAP – is dedicated to protecting IP rights in Ecuador. The Firm was founded in the year 1950 and has become one of Ecuador´s top law firms, with an excellent track record.

According to Latin Lawyer 250, Chamber & Partners, IFLR 1000, and The Legal 500, Romero Arteta Ponce is one of the most well-established and prestigious law firms in Ecuador.

In 1973, we determinated the need to extend the legal practice to highly specialized subjects in the area of Intellectual Property, which is why we created a department exclusively dedicated to management and advising for our clients in areas related to trademarks, patents, copyrights, new varieties of plants, and in general, everything to do with Industrial and Intellectual Property.

We have a large staff specialized in consulting, advising, and legal services related to Industrial and Intellectual property, including the protection and defense of all rights encompassing such issues.

Our commitment is to maintain the highest standards of quality legal services through the experience, specialization, and continuous training of our professional staff. This is how we have succeeded in becoming leaders on the national stage in offering personalized and proactive services make it possible for us to exceed our clients´ expectations.

Our 45 years of experience in the area of Intellectual Property allow us to provide a complete service to our national and international clients, thus positioning RAP among the most important IP law firms in Latin America.

Our Lawyers

Coordinating Partners in the area of Intellectual Property


Born in Quito, Ecuador, on September 30, 1955; admitted to the bar in 1983, Ecuador.

Education: Universidad Católica del Ecuador (Lawyer and Doctor of Law, 1983). Author of “The Leasing Contract,” 1983. Co-author of “Negotiating in Ecuador,” 1994. Author of: “Negotiating in the Petroleum and Gas Industry in Ecuador,” 1994 and “Negotiating in the Mining Industry in Ecuador,” 1996.

Positions held: Member of the Board of Directors and legal adviser to the Ecuadorian-American Chamber of Commerce (1992-2006); Member of the Board of Directors of the Ecuadorian Association for Intellectual Property, AEPI (President, 2003-2005); Member of the International Association for the protection of Intellectual Property, APPI (President 1998-2000), Ecuadorian Chapter. Member of Romero Arteta Ponce Abogados since 1973, made partner in 1983, and has been acting as managing partner from 1985 to the present day. Honorary Consul of the Republic of Estonia in Ecuador since 2002.

Memberships: Quito Bar Association, the Ecuadorian Association of Intellectual Property, Association of Industrial Property; International Bar Association IBA; International Association for the Protection of Industrial Property AIPPI; Asia Pacific Lawyers Association: Licensing Executive Society LES; Inter-American Federation of Lawyers; International Association of Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN); Ecuadorian-American Chamber of Commerce.


Spanish and English

Areas of practice

Oil and Gas Law, Intellectual Property Law, Commercial Law.

Positions held by Dr. Gustavo Romero (Partner):

  • President of the Ecuadorian Association of Intellectual Property AEPI
  • Director of the Ecuadorian Association of Intellectual Property AEPI
  • Secretary of the Ecuadorian Association of Intellectual Property AEPI
  • Treasurer of the Ecuadorian Association of Intellectual Property AEPI
  • President of the AIPPI – Ecuador Chapter
  • Secretary of AIPPI – Ecuador Chapter
  • Treasurer of the AIPPI – Ecuador Chapter


Romero Arteta Ponce Abogados is authorized to practice law in Ecuador and give legal advice through related firms in Latin America.


Av. 12 de Octubre N. 26-97 and A. Lincoln.
Edif. Torre 1492 8th Floor.
Quito, Ecuador