Dámaso A. Pardo was appointed President of the National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) in 2016. Mr. Pardo is a lawyer from the Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA, 1985) and obtained a master’s degree in Intellectual Property from the University of New Hampshire (formerly, Franklin Pierce Law Center) in 1990.
He was a consultant at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), in Geneva, Switzerland, for a Mercosur project (1993-1994).
Before entering the public sector, Mr. Pardo practiced as lawyer in the field of intellectual property, in some of the most prestigious law firms in the city of Buenos Aires. Mr. Pardo was a member of the steering committee of the Argentinian Association of Industrial Property Agents (AAAPI), and president of the American section of the Global Advertising Lawyers Alliance (GALA). He also led different committees in the International Trademark Association (INTA), and in the European Trademark Owners Association (MARQUES).
During his current term at INPI, Mr. Pardo was appointed president of the Ibero-American Intellectual Property Program (IBEPI), and elected president of the Standing Committee on Patent Law (SCP) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) ).
He also teaches the Master of Intellectual Property and Innovation, at the Universidad de San Andrés, in Buenos Aires, where he teaches International Aspects of Intellectual Property Law.