Wilfrido Fernandez is the founding partner of Zacarías & Fernández, located in Asunción-Paraguay.
Academic Background: Law School, National University of Asunción (Lawyer and PhD in Legal Sciences). Honor Roll. Master’s Degree of Law from Georgetown University Law School (Washington, D.C. – United States) with combined studies in Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Law School (Frankfurt – Germany) with a scholarship from the Organization of American States. Post-graduate studies in International Law and Development Institute (Rome – Italy) on Legal Aspects of International Commerce, with a scholarship of the American government.
Professional Associations: Delegate of the Paraguayan Bar Association in several international events. President of the Paraguayan Association of Industrial Property Agents. Member of the International Committee of Trademarks of the International Trademark Association. President of the MERCOSUR Committee of the International Trademark Association. Member of the Trademarks Committee and the Arbitration and Mediation Committee of the Inter-American Association of Industrial Property. Professor of Intelectual Property Law in the Law School of the National University of Asuncion, Paraguay. President and Vice-President of the Intellectual Property Committee in the Inter-American Federation of Attorneys. Founder member and member of the Board of Directors of the Paraguayan National Group of AIPPI. Co-organizer and Lecturer of the First National Seminar of Industrial Property, Advisor of BNA International Directory. Member on behalf of Paraguay in the Council of the Inter-American Bar Association. Mediator and Arbitrator of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). International Arbitration Forum, CPR Institute for Dispute Resolution and the International Trademark Association. Senior Arbitrator of the Permanent Review Court of the MERCOSUR, highest judicial body of the region. President of the Paraguayan – German Commerce and Industry Chamber. President of the Paraguayan Euro-chamber. President of the Inter-American Bar Association.
Publications: Among others. “Relevant Aspects of the Inter-American Trademarks Convention”, “MERCOSUR and its implications in Industrial Property”, “Development of Industrial Property in the Integration Processes: The European Experience”, “Recent developments in Trademark Law in Latin America”, “Analysis of the New Trademark Legislation of Paraguay” (awarded with the first prize by the Inter-American Bar Association). “ALCA and Intellectual Property”. “Intellectual Property Role in the Integration Processes”. Co-author: “Recent Amendments to the Trademarks Act in Paraguay” (1979).