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Asia Guide

Intellectual Property — Philippines

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From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Occupies a commanding position in the Philippine IP landscape. Handles both contentious and non-contentious matters, including IP licensing, registration and enforcement, as well as offering advice on data protection and cybercrime. Serves an impressive roster of national and international conglomerates in the fashion and technology sectors.

Strengths Sources declare: "When it comes to intellectual property they are one of the best firms in the Philippines."

A client adds: "They are efficient, they keep me up to date and they have good relationships with foreign associates." 

Work highlights Acted for Fresenius Kabi Oncology in a trade mark cancellation action brought by TEMODAL regarding the client's 'Temozam' mark.

Assisted the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry with an opposition to a trade mark filed by Astrion Commercial.  

Significant clients Alexander McQueen, Asian Honda Motor, BP, Kenneth Cole Productions, San Miguel Corporation.

Notable practitioners  

"The godmother of IP" Aleli Angela Quirino is of counsel at the firm and has many years' experience in the field. Her core areas of expertise cover contentious and non-contentious trade mark mandates, including portfolio management and opposition cases.

Head of department Alex Ferdinand Fider "continues to be recognised as an IP expert both here and abroad," according to sources. He is well versed in handling a variety of contentious and non-contentious IP matters, spanning trade marks, patents, copyright and licensing. In a highlight, he assisted Huhtamaki with trade mark opposition cases filed by Jollibee Foods pertaining to the client's 'Jolly Rancher' mark. Peers enthuse: "He has strong leadership skills as well as being hands-on and up to date with what's happening on the ground."

Victor De Leon maintains a sound reputation in enforcement matters, particularly relating to trade marks. He led the team acting for the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry in an opposition to a trade mark filed by Astrion Commercial. Clients note: "He really knows the ins and outs of IP and has good relations with counsels in other countries." Interviewees additionally appreciate that "he's very easy to deal with and approachable - you can ask him anything."

Richmond Lee is recognised for his skill in contentious patent and trade mark matters. "He does a lot of patent work and is very dependable and reliable," according to one peer. His work highlights include acting as lead partner in the firm's trade mark cancellation work for Fresenius Kabi Oncology. Clients report: "He is very detail-oriented and always updates us on any issues or additional requirements. He knows his IP law and is very easy to communicate with."

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Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Eminent team with an impressive aptitude for copyright, patent and trade mark infringement mandates, as well as registration and opposition work. Caters to an impressive roster of clients, particularly those in the pharmaceutical and technology sectors.

Strengths A client confirms that "they are very responsive and thoughtful in providing analysis and recommendations on how to proceed."

Sources also state: "They are very active, both on an international level and within the local IP community." 

Significant clients Business Software Alliance, Nikon, Novartis, Pfizer, Potbelly Sandwich Shop.

Notable practitioners  

Bienvenido Marquez remains active on portfolio management matters and IP litigation. He is particularly skilled in patent infringement cases in the pharmaceutical industry, as well as cross-border trade mark infringement issues. Clients describe him as "very thoughtful and very experienced - a good counsellor and a nice guy."

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Band 1

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From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department
- 12 partners
- 25 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly reputed firm offering expertise across the full gamut of IP issues. Key areas of skill lie in trade mark registration and infringement. Also well versed in handling IP portfolio management and technology transfer arrangements. Acts for a number of high-end consumer goods companies.

Strengths Commentators assert that "for trade mark registration, they are a top-tier firm and have a thriving practice." 

Work highlights Acted for Chanel in a trade mark opposition case with Chianelle. Successfully persuaded the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines that the mark was confusingly similar to the client's.

Assisted Tupperware Products with its application for the mark 'Desire By Reasons', including handling opposition proceedings filed by the owner of 'Desire' and 'Desire Me' trade marks.

Significant clients Biofarma, Colgate-Palmolive, Gap, Revlon, Rolex.  

Notable practitioners  

Head of department Enrique Manuel has over 30 years' experience handling a broad range of IP matters, including portfolio management, protection and enforcement, particularly in relation to trade marks and copyright. His key work highlights include acting for Colgate-Palmolive on branding and trade mark issues.

Vida Panganiban-Alindogan offers expertise in the management of IP rights, including enforcement and prosecution mandates. In a notable highlight, she acted as lead partner assisting Westfield Corporation with opposing the registration by a third party of the trade mark 'Westfield'.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Highly regarded outfit with an impressive reputation for handling contentious copyright and trade mark issues. Also demonstrates a strong prosecution offering, assisting with a variety of IP portfolio management mandates for multinational clients.

Strengths Sources highlight the firm's associations with Rouse, stating: "Their international network certainly works in their favour." 

Significant clients Allergan, Castrol, Harley-Davidson, Jockey International, Motion Picture Association.

Notable practitioners  

Co-head of department Edmund Jason Baranda comes highly recommended for his work in the patent sphere, as well as on unfair competition and anti-counterfeiting matters. Sources highlight his technical scientific knowledge as a key strength, with one noting: "He is a chemical engineer, which sets him apart from other lawyers; very few have that technical background."

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Maintains a strong track record on a variety of contentious IP issues, from copyright infringement raids to unfair competition litigation. Also handles non-contentious matters, including patent and design registration. Serves a substantial client list from the automotive and consumer goods industries.

Strengths The firm attracts considerable praise from sources: "They are good; they know what they're doing and they have extensive contacts. I would definitely recommend them, they are a pleasure to work with."

Another commentator adds: "They are very strong on enforcement and have a good reputation there."

Work highlights Assisted Nestlé with a variety of IP matters including trade mark portfolio management and infringement as well as unfair competition cases. 

Acted for Kenneth Cobonpue in various anti-counterfeiting mandates related to the client's furniture line.

Significant clients Chevron, Goyard, Honda, Lacoste, Levi Strauss.

Notable practitioners  

Ferdinand Negre concentrates his practice on trade mark and copyright matters, both contentious and non-contentious. His work highlights include acting for San Miguel in the registration of its 'Ginebra' trade mark. Sources point to him as a standout name in the litigation and enforcement spheres, with one commenting: "He's been very active in building the IP ecosystem here and his contribution to the community is very good."

Co-founding partner Anthony Bengzon is well regarded for his expertise across the IP and technology spheres. In a significant highlight, he acted for Rex Bookstore in a copyright infringement case relating to the sale of unauthorised copies of the firm's books. A client enthuses: "He's very good and he knows the field inside-out. He's very well versed in the particularities of the Philippines and seems to have an encyclopaedic knowledge of IP."

Michael Untalan is one of the founding partners of the firm and garners praise for his expertise in enforcement and registration, with a focus on the pharmaceutical and environmental sectors. He lately assisted Nestec with patent and utility design registrations. His "very personable and warm, as well as professional and responsive attitude" impresses clients, who also state: "He's a joy to work with and is always willing to help." 

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Band 2

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From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

What the team is known for Well respected for its wealth of experience in IP issues relating to the media and entertainment sectors, particularly copyright matters. Also recognised for a strong track record in patent and trade mark protection mandates.

Strengths Sources confirm that the team has a solid reputation in this space: "They continue to be active on copyright matters as well as exclusive rights on film and TV outfits. They remain in a prominent position." 

Notable practitioners  

Maria Trinidad Villareal wins plaudits for her standout work in the copyright sphere, as part of her wider IP practice. Peers endorse her as a "respected name in the industry; she is very active in the local community and is one of the most visible IP personalities."

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

What the team is known for Enjoys a strong reputation for prosecution and litigation, particularly in the patent sphere, acting for both domestic and international clients. Also handles copyright, trade mark and licensing matters, as well as issues pertaining to unfair competition. Especially active in the pharmaceutical and IT sectors.

Strengths Commentators identify the firm's sector-specific expertise as a key strength: "They are a major player in pharmaceutical patent cases in the Philippines."

Notable practitioners  

Partner Noel Laman brings to bear 50 years' experience in the field to advise clients on a variety of patent issues. Market sources note: "He's very sought after by pharmaceutical clients for patent litigation and prosecution and he continues to be a very strong and active practitioner."

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Flourishing practice with a standout reputation in contentious IP cases. Remains active on a broad range of mandates, from IP commercialisation to trade mark infringement and domain name disputes. Proffers expertise in a diverse array of sectors, including oil and gas, telecoms and retail.

Strengths Clients commend the firm's excellent level of service: "They are very efficient and we have a very productive relationship. They've done an excellent job so far. They keep us in the loop a lot and know how to communicate and get an understanding of the technology while explaining IP to people who don't know a thing about patents. They have a great track record of getting patents granted."

The team's commercial approach also attracts praise: "They are very responsive and also very business-minded. They try to find solutions that are the most efficient for us." 

Work highlights Represented United Laboratories and Therapharma in a patent infringement case brought by Warner Lambert and Pfizer. Secured the dismissal of the case in the regional trial court.

Assisted Shell International and Pilipinas Shell Petroleum in reversing the dismissal of a trade mark infringement case against Amel U. Ty.

Significant clients Dole Philippines, Filinvest Land, JT International, Pilipinas Shell Petroleum, Unilever.

Notable practitioners  

Head of department Susan Villanueva wins plaudits for her prowess in IP litigation and enforcement, with an industry focus in pharmaceuticals and IT, among other sectors. In a significant highlight, she secured the denial of an injunction against Dole Philippines in an unfair competition case brought by Dewey. According to one source, "Susan is very well known in the IP space here. She's been very helpful and has put a lot of work in for us recently. She's very responsive to our queries." Another appreciates that "she knows how to deal with government processes and has very strong technical capabilities too."

Patricia Bunye is well reputed for IP licensing and commercialisation work. Food and pharmaceuticals constitute key sector expertise. Her work highlights include assisting Filinvest Land with trade mark applications relating to the Madrid Protocol and the Paris Convention. Clients highlight that she "is very responsive to the needs of our company. She promptly answers e-mails and returns calls. She is always on top of the work she is handling for us."

Divina Gracia Pedron remains busy with anti-counterfeiting issues for well-known brands along with copyright mandates for a variety of media organisations. Her key clients include the University of the Philippines, for whom Pedron handles patent applications and management. Sources point out that she is "prompt and very responsive."

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

What the team is known for Active in trade mark, copyright and patent registration, as well as contentious cases involving infringement and unfair competition. Additionally well versed in transactional IP work, including technology transfer issues and licensing and distribution agreement negotiation. Offers experience in the consumer goods and IT sectors, amongst others.

Notable practitioners  

Managing partner Ramon Esguerra has over 35 years' experience in the field and is considered a prominent name for contentious IP mandates. Market commentators observe: "He has a very good background in IP litigation and enforcement and is very well respected. He's one of the movers and shakers in the IP industry."

Carlos Villaruz comes highly commended for his "very good background in enforcement and litigation" in the IP space and is considered "very well recognised in the IP community." He focuses mainly on patent litigation in the pharmaceutical industry.

Lynn Alcantara furnishes advice on contentious IP matters, particularly in the patent sphere. Peers endorse her as "well prepared and hard-working."

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

What the team is known for Advises on the full spectrum of IP matters, covering prosecution, enforcement and litigation of patents, copyrights and trade marks. Also active in licensing. Demonstrates particular dexterity with e-commerce and software-related matters.

Strengths Sources explain that "they are well known for IP transactions and commercial work."

Notable practitioners  

Supervising partner of the firm's IP group Rogelio Nicandro brings to bear a wealth of experience when advising clients, accrued from over 40 years of practising in the market. He impresses as "a very good and very experienced lawyer, especially in litigation."

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Band 3

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From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

What the team is known for Recognised for its track record in contentious and transactional IP matters, particularly in the patent sphere. Also routinely involved in the negotiation of licensing agreements and technology transfers. Offers particular expertise in the chemical and electrical engineering space, among other industries.

Notable practitioners  

Managing partner Antonio Audie Bucoy maintains a strong reputation in the IP arena, particularly for his deft handling of patent prosecutions. He is additionally well versed in IP litigation.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Offers a core focus on IP matters pertaining to the TMT space. Specialises in cybercrime, digital marketing and technology patent applications, as well as data privacy and e-commerce issues. Acts for an impressive roster of blue-chip international brands.

Strengths Clients highlight the team's efficiency and good level of service: "They are very responsive, knowledgeable and very flexible. They provide good, timely advice and good customer service overall. We were very happy with them."

Another source agrees: "It is an excellent firm that offers professional, courteous advice and favourable rates. Communications have been fast with no delay experienced when we seek responses, and they show a genuine desire to meet our needs." 

A further interviewee adds: "They are very proactive in giving opinions and very straightforward on what needs to be done. They give us options and make it easy to understand without all the usual jargon."

Work highlights Advised Krispy Kreme on copyright issues pertaining to the client's digital marketing campaign.

Assisted Samsung with data privacy and e-commerce matters in relation to its digital content services.

Significant clients Loud Panda, Naspers Classifieds, Rappler, Storm Benefits, Union Bank.

Notable practitioners  

Co-head of department J J Disini is a key contact at the firm. 

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

What the team is known for Continues to represent clients across a broad spectrum of IP issues, including patent and trade mark prosecution and copyright protection. Also reputed for handling trade mark infringement and unfair competition cases.

Notable practitioners  

Head of department Augusto San Pedro enjoys a reputation as "one of the senior IP practitioners in the Philippines. He is very active in IP organisations here and is well known for prosecution work." His specialises in patent and trade mark issues.

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第三等

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

What the team is known for Maintains a solid reputation in IP litigation, with a focus on infringement and unfair competition cases. Handles matters relating to patents, utility models and industrial design, as well as technology transfer agreements and trade mark licensing.

Notable practitioners  

Gilbert Raymund Reyes occupies a prominent position in the Philippine IP landscape. Sources endorse his "strong IP practice, especially in infringement and litigation matters." His offering is strengthened by his scientific background.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

What the team is known for Noted for its expertise in patent and trade mark filings and enforcement. Also active on IP issues relating to M&A transactions. The practice is bolstered by its association with trade mark and patent registration firm Zobella & Co.

Notable practitioners  

"The grand statesman of IP in the Philippines," Alonzo Ancheta has an excellent reputation as a long-standing authority in this space. He continues to handle a variety of matters, including trade marks, patents, unfair competition and copyright. Peers enthuse: "Al is one of the champions of IP in the Philippines and continues to share his wisdom with the rest of us. He's been in the practice a long time and has not lost his touch."

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

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.

Notable practitioners  

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.

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Senior Statesmen

Quasha Ancheta Pena & Nolasco

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

"The grand statesman of IP in the Philippines," Alonzo Ancheta has an excellent reputation as a long-standing authority in this space. He continues to handle a variety of matters, including trade marks, patents, unfair competition and copyright. Peers enthuse: "Al is one of the champions of IP in the Philippines and continues to share his wisdom with the rest of us. He's been in the practice a long time and has not lost his touch."

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Senior Statesmen

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz (ACCRALAW)

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

"The godmother of IP" Aleli Angela Quirino is of counsel at the firm and has many years' experience in the field. Her core areas of expertise cover contentious and non-contentious trade mark mandates, including portfolio management and opposition cases.

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Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz (ACCRALAW)

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

"The godmother of IP" Aleli Angela Quirino is of counsel at the firm and has many years' experience in the field. Her core areas of expertise cover contentious and non-contentious trade mark mandates, including portfolio management and opposition cases.

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Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Supervising partner of the firm's IP group Rogelio Nicandro brings to bear a wealth of experience when advising clients, accrued from over 40 years of practising in the market. He impresses as "a very good and very experienced lawyer, especially in litigation."

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Poblador Bautista & Reyes

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Gilbert Raymund Reyes occupies a prominent position in the Philippine IP landscape. Sources endorse his "strong IP practice, especially in infringement and litigation matters." His offering is strengthened by his scientific background.

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Platon Martinez Flores San Pedro & Leaño

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Head of department Augusto San Pedro enjoys a reputation as "one of the senior IP practitioners in the Philippines. He is very active in IP organisations here and is well known for prosecution work." His specialises in patent and trade mark issues.

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Villaraza & Angangco

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

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."

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Carag, Jamora, Somera & Villareal Law Offices

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Maria Trinidad Villareal wins plaudits for her standout work in the copyright sphere, as part of her wider IP practice. Peers endorse her as a "respected name in the industry; she is very active in the local community and is one of the most visible IP personalities."

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Band 2

Baranda & Associates, a correspondent firm of Rouse

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Co-head of department Edmund Jason Baranda comes highly recommended for his work in the patent sphere, as well as on unfair competition and anti-counterfeiting matters. Sources highlight his technical scientific knowledge as a key strength, with one noting: "He is a chemical engineer, which sets him apart from other lawyers; very few have that technical background."

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Esguerra & Blanco Law Offices

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Managing partner Ramon Esguerra has over 35 years' experience in the field and is considered a prominent name for contentious IP mandates. Market commentators observe: "He has a very good background in IP litigation and enforcement and is very well respected. He's one of the movers and shakers in the IP industry."

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Castillo Laman Tan Pantaleon & San Jose

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Partner Noel Laman brings to bear 50 years' experience in the field to advise clients on a variety of patent issues. Market sources note: "He's very sought after by pharmaceutical clients for patent litigation and prosecution and he continues to be a very strong and active practitioner."

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SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Head of department Enrique Manuel has over 30 years' experience handling a broad range of IP matters, including portfolio management, protection and enforcement, particularly in relation to trade marks and copyright. His key work highlights include acting for Colgate-Palmolive on branding and trade mark issues.

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Quisumbing Torres, a member firm of Baker McKenzie International

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Bienvenido Marquez remains active on portfolio management matters and IP litigation. He is particularly skilled in patent infringement cases in the pharmaceutical industry, as well as cross-border trade mark infringement issues. Clients describe him as "very thoughtful and very experienced - a good counsellor and a nice guy."

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Bengzon Negre Untalan

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Ferdinand Negre concentrates his practice on trade mark and copyright matters, both contentious and non-contentious. His work highlights include acting for San Miguel in the registration of its 'Ginebra' trade mark. Sources point to him as a standout name in the litigation and enforcement spheres, with one commenting: "He's been very active in building the IP ecosystem here and his contribution to the community is very good."

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Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Head of department Susan Villanueva wins plaudits for her prowess in IP litigation and enforcement, with an industry focus in pharmaceuticals and IT, among other sectors. In a significant highlight, she secured the denial of an injunction against Dole Philippines in an unfair competition case brought by Dewey. According to one source, "Susan is very well known in the IP space here. She's been very helpful and has put a lot of work in for us recently. She's very responsive to our queries." Another appreciates that "she knows how to deal with government processes and has very strong technical capabilities too."

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Bengzon Negre Untalan

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Co-founding partner Anthony Bengzon is well regarded for his expertise across the IP and technology spheres. In a significant highlight, he acted for Rex Bookstore in a copyright infringement case relating to the sale of unauthorised copies of the firm's books. A client enthuses: "He's very good and he knows the field inside-out. He's very well versed in the particularities of the Philippines and seems to have an encyclopaedic knowledge of IP."

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Band 3

Betita Cabilao Casuela Sarmiento

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Managing partner André Philippe Betita of Betita Cabilao Casuela Sarmiento is a noted authority on copyright and trade mark prosecution and enforcement matters, as well as licensing and technology transfer issues. Sources commend him for being "very hands-on and very well rounded in his work."

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Bucoy Poblador & Associates

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Managing partner Antonio Audie Bucoy maintains a strong reputation in the IP arena, particularly for his deft handling of patent prosecutions. He is additionally well versed in IP litigation.

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Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Patricia Bunye is well reputed for IP licensing and commercialisation work. Food and pharmaceuticals constitute key sector expertise. Her work highlights include assisting Filinvest Land with trade mark applications relating to the Madrid Protocol and the Paris Convention. Clients highlight that she "is very responsive to the needs of our company. She promptly answers e-mails and returns calls. She is always on top of the work she is handling for us."

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Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz (ACCRALAW)

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Victor De Leon maintains a sound reputation in enforcement matters, particularly relating to trade marks. He led the team acting for the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry in an opposition to a trade mark filed by Astrion Commercial. Clients note: "He really knows the ins and outs of IP and has good relations with counsels in other countries." Interviewees additionally appreciate that "he's very easy to deal with and approachable - you can ask him anything."

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Hechanova Bugay & Vilchez

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

The "tenacious and focused" Editha Hechanova of Hechanova Bugay & Vilchez comes regarded as "a major player in the IP community." She is well equipped to handle contentious IP mandates, along with copyright registration and trade mark and patent prosecution matters. Peers respect that "she has the motivation to really be present and has earned the trust of a lot of international clients."

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Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Divina Gracia Pedron remains busy with anti-counterfeiting issues for well-known brands along with copyright mandates for a variety of media organisations. Her key clients include the University of the Philippines, for whom Pedron handles patent applications and management. Sources point out that she is "prompt and very responsive."

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MarksPro, Law Firm of Reyes Rara & Associates

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Founding and managing partner Regina Reyes-Rara of MarksPro, Law Firm of Reyes Rara & Associates remains busy with a range of IP matters, including opposition and cancellation of trade marks, patents and copyright. She attracts praise for being "very professional and really taking care of her clients," and peers endorse her as "a long-time IP practitioner doing trade mark registration and enforcement, as well as copyright enforcement. She is doing very well."

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Bengzon Negre Untalan

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Michael Untalan is one of the founding partners of the firm and garners praise for his expertise in enforcement and registration, with a focus on the pharmaceutical and environmental sectors. He lately assisted Nestec with patent and utility design registrations. His "very personable and warm, as well as professional and responsive attitude" impresses clients, who also state: "He's a joy to work with and is always willing to help." 

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Esguerra & Blanco Law Offices

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Carlos Villaruz comes highly commended for his "very good background in enforcement and litigation" in the IP space and is considered "very well recognised in the IP community." He focuses mainly on patent litigation in the pharmaceutical industry.

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Up and Coming

Esguerra & Blanco Law Offices

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Lynn Alcantara furnishes advice on contentious IP matters, particularly in the patent sphere. Peers endorse her as "well prepared and hard-working."

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Up and Coming

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz (ACCRALAW)

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Richmond Lee is recognised for his skill in contentious patent and trade mark matters. "He does a lot of patent work and is very dependable and reliable," according to one peer. His work highlights include acting as lead partner in the firm's trade mark cancellation work for Fresenius Kabi Oncology. Clients report: "He is very detail-oriented and always updates us on any issues or additional requirements. He knows his IP law and is very easy to communicate with."

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Up and Coming

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Vida Panganiban-Alindogan offers expertise in the management of IP rights, including enforcement and prosecution mandates. In a notable highlight, she acted as lead partner assisting Westfield Corporation with opposing the registration by a third party of the trade mark 'Westfield'.

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Associates to watch

Villaraza & Angangco

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

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.

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