Laura Collada, managing partner of Dumont, outlines
her path to modernising the Mexican law firm and her
Why did you become a lawyer?
I decided to become a lawyer when I was nine years old.
I admired a friend of my parents very much. He was
one of the great criminal lawyers in Mexico and I loved
hearing him talk about his cases and about justice.
I started law school having a very idealistic concept
of law. Obviously studies and work changed that, but
I could never have been anything else.
How did you become managing partner of
When I was still at law school, I became an intern at
the Mexican Patent and Trademark Office (IMPI) and
fell in love with the field. When I finished school, I
began work at an IP firm for a time. Later, and because
it came with the territory, I worked on international
trade but missed IP dearly.
I returned to work at IMPI, a job which I loved and
helped me learn so much. After that, I was hired by
Dumont to establish the IP litigation department
and, ten years later, I became the managing partner.
It has been an amazing journey.
What’s your biggest achievement?
Dumont has been in the market for 80 years but it
used to be a family firm. I was able to change that and
today we are a corporate firm in which the Dumont
family serves as an influence and an inspiration. I was
able to modernise the firm in many aspects, from
creating a digital environment to certifying the firm
under international standards.
What’s the best part about your job?
IP is fun! I love that in this field you deal with so
many areas of knowledge and innovation, as well as
with trademarks across many fields, including luxury,
entertainment, sports, and food.
Every single day you’re able to learn something
different and you’re able to help people and
corporations protect their rights and create strategies
to enforce these rights. You’re able to see the inner
workings of companies and understand that creating
value with legal services is very important.
It’s also great to meet a range of people—from the
inventor you help obtain a patent for, to colleagues
from all parts of the world. You gain a small peek
I love that in
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into different cultures, traditions, languages, and
religions, and you understand that we have more in
common than we have differences.
What’s the most difficult part of your job?
Trying to ensure that the office works as a well-oiled
machine. Lawyers and engineers interpret things
differently and work quite differently too. I am very
proud of the team we have built, but it was a bumpy
road at times.
Have you faced any barriers or challenges in
When I started working in the legal field, it was a
man’s world. In many ways, it still is. I remember a
teacher telling me that he wouldn’t invest time in
female lawyers because they would hang their licence
near their baby crib. You must prove them wrong.
What advice would you give to those looking
to enter the IP profession?
Study, learn, and always ask clients what they want
How are you involved in promoting diversity?
Women have been a constant presence in Dumont
(one of the founding partners was a woman) and I
have been able to empower them at the office.
I’m very proud to say that we are working towards
being certified on diversity and inclusion. There is no
salary gap between men and women at the office, and
we are an inclusive office.
Many things are still a work in process, but we are
on the right path. Empowerment is about confidence.
Diversity and inclusion is about finding common
ground and acknowledging that differences are not a
problem but an opportunity to make a better society.
As inclusion strategist Verna– Myers once said:
“Diversity is being invited to the party; inclusion is
being asked to dance.” l
Laura Collada is a managing partner at Dumont. She
has more than 30 years of experience across the complete
lifecycle of IP rights. She has acted on several milestone
cases and leads most of the firm’s large and complex cases.
She can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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