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Karl Mutter, LL.M.


CMS Rodríguez-Azuero
Carrera 11 #77a-99
Edificio Revista Semana
Languages Spanish, English

Karl is Partner and leads the Life Sciences & Healthcare practice and co-leads the Intellectual Property practice for the Firm. He has over 20 years of experience advising clients on the protection of trademark rights, patents, industrial models and designs, plant breeders’ rights, copyrights and management of trademark, patent and health registration portfolios at the national and international level. In addition, he has extensive experience in IP due diligence processes for the purposes of internal control and mergers and acquisitions of companies. He has also carried out processes to claim rights for infringement by third parties.

Karl has over 15 years of experience assisting clients with all of their life sciences and healthcare law needs. This includes advice for pharma products and medical devices and equipment, in everything related to market approvals, and issues related to labelling, advertisement and product liability. He also actively advises clients concerning health regulations for dietary supplements, foodstuffs, alcoholic beverages and cosmetics; in everything related to market approvals, and issues related to labelling, functional claims and product advertising.

Professional Experience

  • 2018-present – Partner, CMS Rodríguez-Azuero, Bogotá, Colombia
  • 2010-2018 – Founder and Managing Partner, Mutter & Asociados, Bogotá, Colombia
  • 2006-2010 – Practice Director, Cavelier Abogados, Bogotá, Colombia.
  • 2006-2010 – Cavelier Abogdos, Senior Associate, Bogotá, Colombia
  • 2004 – Consultant and Associate Researcher, Academy of the World Intellectual Property Organization-WIPO, Geneva, Switzerland
  • 2000-2003 – Senior Associate, Cavelier Abogados, Bogotá, Colombia
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Awards & Rankings

  • Karl Mutter, recognized in Chambers Latin America 2024, Lifesciences.
  • Chambers Latin America 2024, recognition in the area of Lifesciences.
  • Recognition in Legal 500 Latin America 2024 in the areas of Intellectual Property and Lifesciences.
  • Karl Mutter, Recognition in Legal 500 Latin America 2024 as Leading Individual in the area of Lifesciences.
  • Karl Mutter, Recognition in Legal 500 Latin America 2024 as Recommended Lawyer in the areas of Lifesciences and Intellectual Property.
  • Latin Lawyer 250 2024, recognition in the area of Intellectual Property, Highly Recommended.
  • Best Lawyers 2023, Life Sciences Practice.
  • Leaders League 2023, recognition in the area of IP Litigation as Excellent.
  • Leaders League 2023, recognition in the areas of: Regulatory law for health, pharma, and medical devices, Enforcement & anti-counterfeiting actions as Highly Recommended.
  • Leaders League 2023, recognition in the areas of Plant Varieties Protection, Trademark prosecution and Patent prosecution as Recommended.
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  • 2006 – Scholarship recipient, Franklin Pierce Law Center, -FPLC-, Institute of Summer in Intellectual Property -IPSI, Concord, USA
  • 2004 – Master of Laws (LL.M. Degree Cum Laude) with Specialization in Intellectual Property, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
  • 2002 – Summer Course on Intellectual Property, Scholarship recipient, World Property Organization Intellectual-WIPO, Geneva, Switzerland
  • 2000 – Lawyer, University of the Andes, Bogota, Colombia
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