Andrés Guggiana

Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of Chile to the WTO

Andrés Guggiana is the Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of Chile to the WTO.He obtained his Law Degree from Universidad Católica de Chile (1999) and his Master (LLM) for International Lawyers from the University of Bologna, Italy (2002-2003).  He was admitted to the Bar in Chile in 1999, and since February 2010 he has worked in the Mission of Chile to the World Trade Organization (WTO). He has extensive experience in intellectual property international negotiations. He served since 2005 in the Intellectual Property (IP) Department of the General Directorate of International Economic Affairs (DIRECON), where he was directly involved in the IP negotiations of the Free Trade Agreements (FTA) signed by Chile with Japan, Australia, China and Turkey, among others. Additionally, he participated in the management and implementation in the Chilean law of the IP provisions of FTAs with the United States, the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and the European Union.  These processes allowed Chile to ratify international IP treaties, including the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), and to amend the Industrial Property Law and Intellectual Property Law in accordance to international standards. At multilateral level, he participated on behalf of Chile in negotiations on various committees of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), including the Standing Committee on Trademarks and the Standing Committee on the Law of Patents. He also actively participated in the Intellectual Property Expert Group of the Asia Pacific Forum (APEC), in the Council of the Agreement on Trade Related aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) of the WTO and the Organization for Cooperation and Economic Development (OECD). Between 1999 and 2005 he worked as a lawyer in civil and commercial practice at Guggiana, Cordaro & Del Campo Law offices and Banco Santander. He was also responsible for trademark registration procedures of more than 7000 national and international trademarks, and Internet domains names, in a law firm specializing in industrial property, actively participating in proceedings before the Industrial Property Tribunal and the Supreme Court. Before being assigned to Geneva, Mr. Guggiana was a professor of Post Graduate Intellectual Property Diploma from the Universidad Católica de Chile.