Q&A: María José Sánchez Rey


Muireann Bolger

Q&A: María José Sánchez Rey

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María José Sánchez Rey of the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation tells WIPR about how her dream job combines her love of IP, coffee and working for a higher purpose.

Tell us about the course of your career.

I studied law in Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, the capital of Colombia. Since I graduated from the University in 2009, I have been practising IP, mainly in the trademark field, but I also have experience in geographical indications, patents and copyrights. I have worked in specialised law firms in Colombia and Spain and as an in-house counsel in private companies across different sectors.

In 2014, I moved to Alicante, Spain to study for an LLM in IP and I did an internship in a specialised law firm in Madrid for one year. I came back to Colombia in 2016, and later in 2018, I did a Master’s degree in corporate law at Universidad del Rosario in Bogota.

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