Carlos R. Olarte

Areas of  Practice:

Patents; Civil, Administrative and Criminal Litigation, Regulatory Law, Test Data Protection, Plant Variety Protection.


B.S.E. – Biomedical Engineering (1990), B.E. – Mechanical Engineering (1990), J.D. (1993).


Spanish and English.

Carlos obtained a B.S.E. in Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering from Duke University in 1990. He then went on to law school at Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he obtained his J.D. in 1993. He subsequently validated his law degree at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Bogota, Colombia) in 1994. Carlos joined a well known international law firm from 1993 to 2003, when he began his own practice as cofounder of OlarteMoure. He is a WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) patent expert.

His professional practice focuses on patent prosecution, litigation and related counsel, including strategic planning for the protection and value assessment of new technologies, as well as plant variety protection. Matters handled by Carlos have included seminal cases put before the Colombian high courts and the Andean Court of Justice, such as those dealing with the patentability of second medical uses. He also has extensive experience on issues relating to data exclusivity for the pharmaceutical and agrochemical industry. The combination of his technical and legal expertise clearly distinguishes Carlos from most other patent practitioners in Colombia and Latin America.

He has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Universidad Externado de Colombia (Patent Law) since 1997. Carlos is a frequent advisor to private and public entities and is an IP expert before the FTA negotiations between the United States and the Andean Countries. Carlos is a member of AIPLA, ACPI, AIPPI and CIOPORA.