Rodrigo Sérgio Bonan de Aguiar

Rodrigo Sérgio Bonan de Aguiar

Personal and Professional Data

  • Born in Nova Friburgo, RJ.
  • Called to the Brazilian Bar Association (Rio de Janeiro Chapter in 1983, and São Paulo Chapter in 1992).
  • Founding partner of law firm Rodrigo Bonan Propriedade Intelectual, having acquired experience of over 40 years in the field.

Profissional Experience

  • Since 1981, I have built up a solid career at reputable firms in the field of intellectual property, acting in highly complex proceedings before Federal and State courts across the country and before Superior Courts, relating to trademarks, trade dress, company names, patents, industrial designs and software.
  • Major focus in the area of consultancy, contracts and administration, particularly before the Brazilian National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) in proceedings relative to trademarks, patents, industrial designs and software and at the School of Fine Arts of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) in matters relating to copyright.
  • My broad experience in the field of Intellectual Property has made me an important legal reference for national and foreign companies.

Formal Education

  • Post-graduate Lato Sensu (specialization) Consumer Law – State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ) – 2006.
  • Law – Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) – 1983.


  • I have attended various courses in the field of Intellectual Property as student and as teacher and in other branches of Law, with emphasis on Civil and Consumerist Proceedings.

Works Published

  • Parallel Import: South America – Protecting marks around the globe (WIPR -World Intellectual Property Review) – 2018.
  • Design Protection in Brazil for automobile parts: What changed? (The Patent Lawyer) – 2018.
  • Parallel Importation – Comparative Analysis of this Phenomenon (article in Japanese published in IAM Gazette) – 2017.
  • Highly-renowned marks: New rules at the INPI (WIPR -World Intellectual Property Review) – 2014.
  • Corporate E-mail and industrial espionage in Brazil (Valor Econômico newspaper) – 2010.
  • The Interface of Intellectual Property with Consumer Law (Annals of the XXVII National Intellectual Property Seminar) – 2007.
  • The Madrid Protocol and the Trademark Law Treaty (Annals of the XXIII National Intellectual Property Seminar) – 2003.

Seminars and Congresses

  • President of the XIV Congress of ASIPI in Rio de Janeiro – 2006.
  • Participation in various national and international seminars as speaker and as moderator.

Engagements as expert examiner and technical assistant

  • I have been engaged in lawsuits as expert examiner appointed by 1st and 2nd instance judges and as technical assistant nominated by parties in legal actions relating to Copyright, patents, industrial designs, utility models, trademarks, trade dress and company names.


  • Member of the Brazilian Intellectual Property Association (ABPI), Brazilian Intellectual Property Agents Association (ABAPI), International Trademark Association – INTA, Interamerican Intellectual Property Association (ASIPI) and Association pour la Protection de la Propriété Intellectuelle (AIPPI).
  • Elected Brazilian delegate for the Interamerican Intellectual Property Association (ASIPI) (1994-2006).
  • Advisor and Secretary of the Brazilian Industrial Property Agents Association (ABAPI) (1998-2001).
  • First Vice-President of the Brazilian Intellectual Property Association (ABPI) (2004-2007).
  • Member of the National Piracy Combat Board of the Ministry of Justice – CNCP (2005-2007).
  • Elected member for Ethics and Disciplinary Tribunal of the Brazilian Bar Association – Rio de Janeiro Chapter (2011- 2024).
  • Elected member for the Enforcement Committee of the International Trademark Association – INTA (2014-2015).
  • Elected member for the Parallel Imports Committee of the International Trademarks Association – INTA (2016-2017).
  • Member nominated for the Membership Committee of the Association pour la Protection de la Propriété Intellectuelle – AIPPI (2015-2017 and 2020-2022).
  • Elected member for the Industrial Property Commission of the Brazilian Bar Association – Rio de Janeiro Chapter (2022-2024).


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