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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


  • Karl Mutter, Chambers Latin America 2023, Lifesciences
  • Chambers Latin America 2023, recognition in the area of Lifesciences
  • Legal 500 Latin America 2022, recognition in the area of Intellectual Property
  • Legal 500 Latin America 2022, recognition in the area of Lifesciences
  • Karl Mutter, Legal 500 Latin America 2022, Recommended Lawyer in the areas of Lifesciences and Intellectual Property
  • Karl Mutter, Legal 500 Latin America 2022, Leading Individual in the area of Lifesciences
  • Latin Lawyer 250 2021, Recognition in the area of Intellectual Property (Karl Mutter, Key Partner)
  • Best Lawyers 2022, Life Sciences
  • Leaders League 2022, recognition in the areas of: Regulatory law for health, pharma, and medical devices, Enforcement & anti-counterfeiting actions and IP Litigation as Highly Recommended.
  • Leaders League 2021, recognition in the areas of: Plant Varieties Protection, Patent prosecution and Trademark 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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The like­li­hood of con­fu­sion between trade­marks be­long­ing to a busi­ness...
Phar­ma­ceut­ic­al ad­vert­ising reg­u­la­tion and med­ic­al device ad­vert­ising in...
1. Which laws are ap­plic­able re­gard­ing ad­vert­ising of medi­cines and med­ic­al devices? 1.1 Medi­cines De­cree 677/1995Res­ol­u­tion 4536/1996Res­ol­u­tion 4320/2004 1.2 Med­ic­al devices De­cree 4725/2005 2. Are...
Pat­ent In­fringe­ment in the Meta­verse
Re­cently, la Uni­ver­sid­ad Ex­ter­n­ado de Colom­bia, was kind enough to in­vite me to par­ti­cip­ate as a speak­er in its tra­di­tion­al In­tel­lec­tu­al Prop­erty Con­gress. The pro­posed top­ic for my present­a­tion? Pat­ent...
Can­nabis law and le­gis­la­tion in Colom­bia
Med­ic­al use Grow­ing, selling and im­port­ing can­nabis for med­ic­al use is al­lowed in Colom­bia.There are sev­er­al au­thor­it­ies in­volved in the au­thor­isa­tion pro­cesses. The ICA (the Colom­bi­an Agency for Ag­ri­cul­tur­al...
Check here the up­dated CMS Ex­pert Guide to Trade Secrets
From pat­ents to pro­grammes, designs to data, your most valu­able busi­ness as­sets can be the things you can’t put un­der lock and key. But what leg­al re­course do you have to pro­tect these in­tan­gible as­sets...
In­tel­lec­tu­al Prop­erty in the Meta­verse (where?)
Big Tech com­pan­ies present their new products through large me­dia events with massive press cov­er­age.Re­cently it was Face­book’ turn, a com­pany we all know, which is now called Meta and which best-known...
And after wak­ing up, the face mask was still there
Face masks were not for­eign con­cepts for us be­fore the cur­rent pan­dem­ics. They have been used in in­dus­tri­al and health­care set­tings for a long time.And al­though this is not the case in Colom­bia, in sev­er­al...
Trans­fer of IP rights in Colom­bia
Pat­ents: As­sign­ment 1. How may a pat­ent be as­signed (by law and/or trans­ac­tion) and is it re­quired to re­cord the as­sign­ment in the na­tion­al pat­ent re­gister to be­come ef­fect­ive?  Pat­ent as­sign­ments...
Plastics and pack­aging laws in Colom­bia
1. What is the gen­er­al le­gis­lat­ive frame­work reg­u­lat­ing pack­aging and plastic waste in your jur­is­dic­tion? The reg­u­lat­ory frame­work for pack­aging and plastics can be found in:lower-ro­man­Decree 2811 of...
¿Worms for your lunch­box?
We could ar­gue (without get­ting too philo­soph­ic­al), that our food to some ex­tent is a cul­tur­al con­struc­tion. We are not go­ing to talk about this in this art­icle, but it is an in­ter­est­ing de­bate to de­term­ine...
Brand Pro­tec­tion in New Me­dia, the case of Hasht­ags
Trade­marks make it pos­sible to identi­fy the busi­ness ori­gin of products on the mar­ket and for many this simply means a logo or a name af­fixed to a product. However, the concept of trade­marks is al­most...
Face Masks as Med­ic­al Devices, To Be or not To Be
It has been a dif­fi­cult year. An atyp­ic­al year in which with­in all the chal­lenges we en­counter we have to ad­opt new habits. One of those, that most af­fects our daily lives is hav­ing to wear face masks...