Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 7 other qualified lawyers
What the team is known for Well regarded for its IP prosecution and litigation capabilities, servicing a national and international clientele. Impresses with particular skill in trade mark and domain name portfolio management, as well as trade mark infringement cases. Offers considerable expertise in the banking, pharmaceutical, multimedia and petroleum industries.
Strengths Clients enthuse: "They are one of the best firms I've ever dealt with in the Philippines; they are very professional, have impeccable skills and are very easy to work with."
Interviewees also highlight the clarity of the firm's advice: "They understand what the person is asking and offer advice which is straightforward and to the point."
Another source adds: "All in all, we find V&A's overall level of service commendable, which is due to their vast knowledge base and connections in dealing with IP issues affecting day-to-day business operations. Further, their dedicated team has always been able to provide practical resolutions to the various queries, and has always welcomed further dialogues and/or clarifications on contentious topics."
Work highlights Represented Petron in a series of disputes with Regasco and Omni Gas concerning trade mark infringement and unfair competition.
Assisted BDO Unibank with domain name portfolio management, including the registration of new gTLD names.
Significant clients ABS-CBN, Franck Muller Group, Kia Motors, Samsung Electronics, The Generics Pharmacy.
Head of department Bienvenido Somera wins plaudits for his expertise in IP enforcement and litigation in particular. He handles the whole range of patent, copyright and trade mark work, as well as IP commercialisation. Work highlights include assisting ABS-CBN with its opposition to Apple's 'Activity' trade mark. Sources report: "We trust him, he's one of the most reliable people in the jurisdiction and always gives sound advice." He also maintains a reputation for being "very professional and very well versed in IP law in the US and the Philippines. He's very business-savvy, easy to work with, friendly and outgoing."
Katrina Doble is a senior associate at the firm who concentrates her practice on trade mark and domain name prosecution, as well as IP litigation. Clients highlight that "she is very easy to work with and very knowledgeable about US and Philippine trade mark issues." Peers remark: "She's very reliable, very dependable and active in the local IP organisations." She has been involved in work for many of the firm's most significant clients, including BDO Unibank and Getz Pharma.