Carlos A. Parra

Partner | Innovation, Protection and Technology Transfer Director | Tokyo Office Manager

Areas of Practice:

Patents, Licensing, Technology Transfer, Litigation, Trade Secrets, IP Management, Genetic Resources and Traditional Knowledge.


J.D. (1992), LL.M. in Intellectual Property (2001).


Spanish, English and Japanese.

Carlos obtained a J.D. in 1992 from the National University of Colombia, where he was Valedictorian. He did a specialization in Public Management at the Superior School of Public Management in Bogota, Colombia. Later, Carlos was awarded a scholarship by COLFUTURO to attend Franklin Pierce Law (Concord, NH, USA), where he obtained his LL.M. in Intellectual Property in 2001. While at Franklin Pierce, he acted as Teaching Assistant to professor Craig Jepson, Franklin Pierce`s law professor on Patent Law and Patents and Biotechnology.

He began his professional career with the Colombian Government, reaching the executive and directive level at the National Institute of Health and acting as Legal Consultant for the Ministry of Health and the Inter American Bank.

After graduating from the LL.M. in the United States, Carlos worked for the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) in Miami, USA as Legal Advisor on the enforcement of Copyright treaties and laws in Latin America. In late 2001, Carlos moved to Japan to take a position at the Shimizu Patent Office to be part of its international team as Legal Advisor on IP legal and licensing matters. After five years with Shimizu Patent Office, Carlos opened his own practice in Japan, advising foreign clients wishing to enter the Japanese market on intellectual property matters. In May 2007, Carlos joined OlarteMoure as an associate in Patents, Licensing, Litigation and IP corporate matters.

Carlos has been a lecturer for the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Patents and Licensing. He has also lectured in Colombia and Japan in Intellectual Property matters. is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Universidad Externado de Colombia, Universidad del Rosario and Universidad del Norte de Barranquilla (biotechnology protection, biotechnological innovations and regional management of investigation and innovation). He is an author in Patents and Biotechnology and Traditional Knowledge and Genetic Resources. Carlos is a member of the International Intellectual Property Lawyers Group, Japan Patent Practice, and LES.

Carlos’ expertise lies in licensing, technology transfer, litigation, and corporate legal matters involving IP, with a special emphasis on patents.