CARIBBEAN BUSINESS THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2010 S9 S P E C I A L R E P O R T
Eugenio J. Torres Oyola wins SME Young Entrepreneur Award
BY CB STAFF Torres has administered an international patent Committee of “Misión 2025” and is a member of
law practice, a patent practice elective course and the advisory board of the Puerto Rico Commerce
T he winner of the SME Young Entrepreneur
Award is Eugenio J. Torres Oyola, a member
of Ferraiuoli Torres Marchand & Rovira (FTMR),
an intellectual property and entrepreneurship clinic
as an adjunct professor since 2001. He also heads
the University of Puerto Rico IP Law Institute.
and Export Company in connection with the Puer-
to Rico Cyber Center. In addition, he was named
to the federal district court’s electronic case-ﬁling
chair of the Intellectual Property and Technology In January 2009, Torres completed MIT’s Sloan attorney advisory group, and has been consulted
Practice Group and member of its executive com- School of Business Entrepreneurship Development at different times by members of the Legislative
mittee. He is also the CEO of Patent Solutions Program, which focuses on high-tech ventures. Assembly of Puerto Rico regarding the promulga-
Group, a spin-off from FTMR and a legal-pro- Following his graduation from law school, Torres tion of intellectual property or technology-related
cess outsourcing company focusing on providing joined McConnell Valdés, where he was an associ- legislation in Puerto Rico.
patent-support services. ate in the corporate law department from 1998 to Torres has been appointed grader and drafter of
Torres is admitted to practice in patent cases 2001—and a member of the environmental law the Puerto Rico Bar exam by the Supreme Court
before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Ofﬁce. In practice group and the intellectual property law of Puerto Rico. He has published several articles
addition, he is admitted to practice before the com- practice group, as well as a founding member of relating to intellectual property and/or Internet
monwealth court of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Court of the Internet and patent law practice group. law and has frequently been a featured speaker at
Appeals for the First Circuit and the U.S. District Torres is actively involved in leadership posi- events and seminars relating to intellectual prop-
Court for the District of Puerto Rico. tions in several associations or groups that promote erty, technology and Internet law.
He has a bachelor of science degree in environ- the development of the technology sector in Puerto He has been selected as a Band 1 intellectual
mental engineering from Massachusetts Institute Rico. Due to his leadership in intellectual property property attorney by Chambers and Partners in its
of Technology (MIT) and a Juris Doctor from the and technology law, Torres was asked to partici- Chambers Latin America annual publication for
University of Puerto Rico Law School, where pate in the Technology and Telecommunications 2010 and 2011.