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Intellectual Property — Philippines


Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz (ACCRALAW) - Intellectual Property Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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 cyber crime for both domestic and international clients. Serves an impressive roster of national and international conglomerates in the fashion and technology sectors. Also well known for its work advising on data privacy issues.

Strengths One peer highlights the team's bench: "They have a substantial number of IP lawyers. They really have a good portfolio, and do a lot of filings."

Peers agree that this is one of the "real big boys! Big firms, institutional firms."

Work highlights Acted for San Miguel Pure Foods on opposing Dynamic Multi Products' applications for registration of the mark 'GOLD LABEL'.

Acted for MediaQuest Holdings on a copyright infringement case before the Intellectual Property Office, concerning the TV5 network.

Notable practitioners

Of counsel Aleli Angela Quirino is best known for her long track record advising on trade marks, both contentious and non-contentious. She is also skilled in taking on licensing matters.

Alex Ferdinand Fider leads the firm's IP team, and has a broad practice covering patents, trade marks, data privacy. He was on the team that acted for Asian Honda Motor in obtaining civil search and seizure warrants against five warehouses and retail stores, which allegedly contained products infringing the client's design and patent registrations.

Victor De Leon is well known for his work in the trade mark enforcement space. One peer notes his high level of activity, remarking: "He handles a lot of IP litigation." In one work highlight, he acted for Sonak and Molten in obtaining search and seizure warrants against three stores selling counterfeit basketballs.

Richmond Lee is very active on trade marks, and has built on his success over the last few years. He has acted for a slew of major clients, and was one of the lawyers representing Petron in filing and maintaining its foreign trade mark portfolio. He is also prominent advising clients on patents.

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Quisumbing Torres, a member firm of Baker & McKenzie International - Intellectual Property Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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 retail, clothing, healthcare, pharmaceutical and technology sectors. Benefits from the resources of the Baker McKenzie network, which gives it access to expertise and clients throughout the region and beyond. The key lawyers regularly speak at industry association events for training and educational purposes.

Strengths One client praises the firm's productivity: "The firm is very efficient with its notices of renewal, follow-through and response times. It's just like clockwork!"

Notable practitioners

Bienvenido Marquez leads the IP team in the Philippines, and is well respected for his work on patent and trade mark portfolio management, as well as his anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy experience. One peer summarises: "He has a good advisory practice and is doing very well."

About the Team (content provided by Quisumbing Torres, a member firm of Baker & McKenzie International)

Equipped with in-depth knowledge of local intellectual property laws and commercial practices drawn from over five decades of experience on the ground, our Intellectual Property Practice Group delivers proficient and legally practicable advice in licensing and franchising, technology transfer, IP prosecution, IP litigation and enforcement actions. 

We are likewise at the forefront of data privacy compliance and cybercrime / cyber-security matters. Our leading know-how in the field has brought us to advise clients from various industries, including law enforcement agencies and other members of government.

We have successfully handled cases involving all types of intellectual property claims. We have also secured a number of winning results in opposition and cancellation cases as well as significant court and Philippine Supreme Court victories on various cases involving IP.

Our experienced IP lawyers provide cutting-edge advice on:


  • General IP advisory
  • Trademark registration / portfolio management
  • Trademark / trade dress litigation
  • Anti-piracy/ anti-counterfeiting
  • Commercial / non-contentious IP
  • Copyright
  • Other IP litigation and alternative dispute resolution
  • Patent filing / prosecution and registered designs
  • Patent litigation
  • IP audit and due diligence
  • Customs recordation of IP rights
  • FDA advisory and enforcements
  • IP arbitration
  • Domain name registration and maintenance
  • Data Privacy
  • Cybercrime














 









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SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan - Intellectual Property Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Very well-regarded 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. Represents clients in the retail, food and drink, automotive and media sectors. Key work highlights include trade mark opposition proceedings featuring major international brands, and reviews of franchise agreements.

Strengths The team earns peer praise as "definitely strong in this area."

One client highlights the team's responsiveness, saying: "They are very timely in providing instructions and reporting activity to us," and: "They are very responsive and accepting of any feedback we provide."

Work highlights Successfully acted for Chanel on opposing Qing Bin Li's application for the 'COCO CLUB' mark before the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL).

Represented Apple in its opposition to the registration of the 'TICK DIFFERENT' trade mark by Swatch.

Notable practitioners

Enrique Manuel is the leader of the firm's IP team, and has over three decades of experience advising clients. His current work includes patent and trade mark portfolio management, licensing, technology transfers and domain name issues. He has lately been active advising Merck, Clorox, Total and Colgate-Palmolive on their portfolio management and protection.

Vida Panganiban-Alindogan has a broad IP practice, advising on portfolio management, enforcement and prosecution. Peers have watched her career with interest, and state that it is "her time to shine" and that she is "active in the IP community." She acted for Monde Nissin on its opposition to BeeLove's registration of the trade mark 'NUDE'.

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SyCipLaw’s intellectual property (IP) practice is the largest in the country in terms of client base and range of services offered. These include basic rights protection, such as trademark, copyright, patent and product registration.

We help clients administer and maintain their property rights on an ongoing basis through established systems and the support of highly-trained staff. We have expertise in licensing, technology transfers and similarly-focused business transactions. We assist our clients in navigating the legal issues and concerns that have arisen with developments in science and technology, e-commerce and Internet-based transactions law, and have the experience and capabilities to continue providing them with responsive and creative support.

Our IP practice has been cited in leading international surveys as a first choice for IPR counseling and as one of the leading IP firms in the Philippines. We are consistently ranked as Band 1/Tier 1 Firm for our trademark and patent prosecution work, as well as for our trademark, copyright and patent contentious work. 

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Baranda & Associates, a correspondent firm of Rouse - Intellectual Property Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly regarded firm 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, particularly in the media, software, chemicals and automotive sectors, among others. Has been increasingly active advising on patent-related work.

Strengths One peer notes the team's patent expertise, saying: "I'd be very comfortable sending patent work there."

Notable practitioners

Edmund Jason Baranda heads the IP group and has built up broad experience across multiple areas, but has particular strength in the patent enforcement space. Peers say that he is "strong in patents work" and is "really doing well" in the market.

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Bengzon Negre Untalan - Intellectual Property Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for A dynamic IP boutique that 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, and has recently become increasingly active in trade mark enforcement. Serves a substantial client list from the automotive and consumer goods industries. Works closely with international law firm Hogan Lovells to provide a strong cross-border offering.

Strengths Peers call this "one of the few IP boutique firms. They have a strong reputation and are well regarded."

Peers concur: "We think highly of them and would refer clients to them in a conflict."

Notable practitioners

Ferdinand Negre enjoys a strong reputation among peers, and one says: "I think very highly of him and would refer clients to him." He has a well-respected background in academia, and teaches IP law at the university and continuing legal education level. He is best known for taking on trade mark and copyright issues.

Anthony Bengzon is well known for his work in the IP rights litigation sphere. In particular, he is respected for his work acting for businesses in the technology sector, but also has substantial experience with fast-moving consumer goods and print publications.

Michael Untalan is active and visible advising businesses in the environmental and pharmaceutical industries on registration and patent enforcement matters.

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Carag, Jamora, Somera & Villareal Law Offices - Intellectual Property Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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 its strong track record in patent and trade mark protection mandates.

Strengths Peers highlight the firm's high activity levels: "They've very active on enforcement, and we see them a lot in licensing."

Notable practitioners

Maria Trinidad Villareal is singled out by peers for her excellent work in the copyright sphere, though she also handles licensing and patent issues. She is best known for representing major clients in the music, film, TV and entertainment sectors. One peer praises her as "very strong" in IP.

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Castillo Laman Tan Pantaleon & San Jose - Intellectual Property Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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. IP plays a major role at this full-service firm, and the breadth of practice gives the firm access to a range of clients, including international entities.

Notable practitioners

Noel Laman is a senior partner at the firm, and is known for his 50 years' experience advising on IP matters, with patent-related work being a particular specialism.

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Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia - Intellectual Property Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Flourishing practice with a standout reputation in contentious IP cases. Active on a broad range of mandates, from IP commercialisation to trade mark infringement and domain name disputes. Offers expertise in a diverse array of sectors, including oil and gas, telecoms and retail. Also handles non-contentious work, including portfolio management and copyright and patent commercialisation.

Strengths The team's client service is praised for being "very efficient and responsive."

Work highlights Acted for Ferrero on opposing Philippine applicants of trade marks which are highly similar to the client's 'FERRERO' and 'NUTELLA' trade marks.

Obtained search warrants for Assa Abloy Singapore for the search and seizure of all counterfeit Yale padlocks from three separate establishments.

Notable practitioners

Susan Villanueva leads the IP practice at the firm, and is highly respected for her work on IP enforcement and litigation. Peers agree that she is a standout in the market for this work, and she successfully represented Borer Chemie in opposing three trade mark applications by ChemValley Resources. Sources profess to "learning a lot" from her, and characterise her as "a well-respected IP person."

Patricia Bunye is active on licensing, franchising, and other forms of IP commercialisation. She also handles enforcement matters, and in one work highlight successfully represented Filinvest Land in a domain name dispute with a US business registering the domain name 'filinvest.com'.

Divina Gracia Pedron is praised by clients and peers alike for her IP expertise, with her focus being on contentious enforcement and rights protection matters, as well as licensing and portfolio management. She acted for Ferrero in opposing trade marks similar to its pre-existing 'FERRERO' and 'NUTELLA' trade marks.

Rowanie Nakan is the leader of the IP team's patents group, and is well experienced in handling a wide range of regional patent issues. She also works on enforcements, and assisted Assa Abloy Singapore with obtaining search and seizure warrants concerning counterfeit Yale padlocks. One peer calls her "very promising and heavily involved in patent matters."

About the Team (content provided by Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia)

In this knowledge-based age, the protection, enforcement and commercialization of Intellectual Property rights are indispensable to economic development  Our lawyers are best known for their ability to provide excellent services covering the full spectrum of IP practice.

Our IP practice includes:

  • Prosecution of applications for the registration of trademarks and patents (inventions, utility models, industrial designs) and applications for issuance of copyright deposit;
  • Protection of business models, trade secrets and undisclosed information; IP commercialization, which includes negotiating, drafting and reviewing agreements for licensing and franchising;
  • Registering technology transfer agreements with the Documentation, Information and Technology Transfer Bureau;
  • Conduct of IP due diligence and audit of IP assets;
  • Registration of food, cosmetics and drugs with the Food and Drug Administration;
  • Implementing border control measures;
  • Addressing parallel import issues;
  • Handling administrative, civil and criminal cases on trademark, copyright and patent infringement and unfair competition; 
  • Handling domain name disputes;
  • Anti-piracy programs and intellectual property enforcement cases, including market survey, test-buy and evidence-gathering.

Our IP Department has the unique capability of providing value-added services, like patent drafting and IP litigation, without need of outsourcing work to external consultants or general litigators. 



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Esguerra & Blanco Law Offices - Intellectual Property Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Active in trade mark, copyright and patent registration, as well as contentious cases involving infringement and unfair competition, with patent litigation being a particular specialism. Additionally well versed in transactional IP work, including technology transfer issues and the negotiation of licensing and distribution agreements. Very experienced in the consumer goods and IT sectors, among others.

Strengths Highlighted by one peer as "one of the more visible firms" in the IP space, with a "real strength" in patent litigation.

Notable practitioners

Ramon Esguerra is noted by peers as being "very visible, and doing a lot of litigation for high-profile clients." He has over three decades' experience advising clients on contentious patent matters.

Lynn Alcantara is highlighted by peers as being "very hard-working." Patent litigation is an area of expertise where her practice shines.

Carlos Villaruz is lauded as being "very active" in the market. He is best known for representing clients in the pharmaceutical sector in patent litigation.

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Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles - Intellectual Property Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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.

Notable practitioners

Department head Rogelio Nicandro is a senior partner at the firm, and has nearly 50 years of experience advising on contentious IP issues, most notably in trade mark cases. He represents businesses in domestic and cross-border litigation and arbitration.

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Villaraza & Angangco - Intellectual Property Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well regarded for its IP prosecution and litigation capabilities, servicing a national and international clientele, and highly active advising on patent invalidation cases. 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 One client highlights the team's responsiveness: "The time taken to respond to queries is commendable."

Another client praises the "very responsive" approach and the "very timely manner" in which matters are dealt with.

Work highlights Advising Getz Pharma on existing patent barriers to the expansion of its products into the Philippines.

Represented Petron on filing claims of unfair competition and trade mark infringement against three allegedly illegal refillers of LPG cylinders.

Notable practitioners

Bienvenido Somera leads the firm's IP group, and has over three decades' experience advising on a range of trade mark and patent issues, both contentious and non-contentious. He advised BDO Unibank on trade mark oppositions against Cash Credit International and Qatar National Bank's applications for 'PERA AGAD' and 'QNB' marks respectively. He is highly thought of by clients, one of whom calls him "a mover and shaker of the profession" with "impeccable credentials."

Katrina Doble was recently promoted to partner at the firm, and has more than ten years of experience representing businesses on a wide range of IP matters, including domain name registration, trade mark commercialisation and litigation. She acted for Ninja Logistics in opposing a trade mark application for 'NINJA VAN' by Dennis Ng, the owner of Mober Philippines.

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Disini & Disini - Intellectual Property Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Offers a core focus on IP matters pertaining to the TMT space. Specialises in cyber crime, 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. Very much known for technology law, with IP work allied to this important sector.

Notable practitioners

J J Disini is a key contact at the firm.

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Platon Martinez Flores San Pedro & Leaño - Intellectual Property Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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. Recognised for its long-term commitment to this practice area, and the key lawyers remain visible in industry associations.

Notable practitioners

Augusto San Pedro leads the firm's IP team, and is highlighted by peers as being "very active, and skilled at trade mark prosecutions." He is also skilled in taking on a range of patent matters, including enforcement and registration.

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Poblador Bautista & Reyes - Intellectual Property Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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. The full-service firm earns continued market respect for its wider dispute resolution strengths, which see it regularly working alongside international counsel.

Notable practitioners

Gilbert Raymund Reyes is highly respected for his work advising on a range of contentious IP matters. He is deeply respected in the market, with one peer saying that he is "a brilliant guy who really knows his stuff."

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Senior Statesmen

Quasha Ancheta Pena & Nolasco

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Alonzo Ancheta of Quasha Ancheta Pena & Nolasco draws broad respect for his influential and long-standing practice. Peers say he is "very well regarded, and consistently asked about policy issues, not just in the Philippines, but across Asia." He is well respected as a senior figure with extensive experience handling trade mark portfolio management and litigation.

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Aleli Angela G Quirino

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz (ACCRALAW)

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Of counsel Aleli Angela Quirino is best known for her long track record advising on trade marks, both contentious and non-contentious. She is also skilled in taking on licensing matters.

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Alex Ferdinand S Fider

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz (ACCRALAW)

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Alex Ferdinand Fider leads the firm's IP team, and has a broad practice covering patents, trade marks, data privacy. He was on the team that acted for Asian Honda Motor in obtaining civil search and seizure warrants against five warehouses and retail stores, which allegedly contained products infringing the client's design and patent registrations.

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Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Department head Rogelio Nicandro is a senior partner at the firm, and has nearly 50 years of experience advising on contentious IP issues, most notably in trade mark cases. He represents businesses in domestic and cross-border litigation and arbitration.

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Gilbert Raymund T Reyes

Poblador Bautista & Reyes

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Gilbert Raymund Reyes is highly respected for his work advising on a range of contentious IP matters. He is deeply respected in the market, with one peer saying that he is "a brilliant guy who really knows his stuff."

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Augusto San Pedro

Platon Martinez Flores San Pedro & Leaño

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Augusto San Pedro leads the firm's IP team, and is highlighted by peers as being "very active, and skilled at trade mark prosecutions." He is also skilled in taking on a range of patent matters, including enforcement and registration.

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Bienvenido I Somera Jr

Villaraza & Angangco

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Bienvenido Somera leads the firm's IP group, and has over three decades' experience advising on a range of trade mark and patent issues, both contentious and non-contentious. He advised BDO Unibank on trade mark oppositions against Cash Credit International and Qatar National Bank's applications for 'PERA AGAD' and 'QNB' marks respectively. He is highly thought of by clients, one of whom calls him "a mover and shaker of the profession" with "impeccable credentials."

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Maria Trinidad Villareal

Carag, Jamora, Somera & Villareal Law Offices

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Maria Trinidad Villareal is singled out by peers for her excellent work in the copyright sphere, though she also handles licensing and patent issues. She is best known for representing major clients in the music, film, TV and entertainment sectors. One peer praises her as "very strong" in IP.

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Edmund Jason Baranda

Baranda & Associates, a correspondent firm of Rouse

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Edmund Jason Baranda heads the IP group and has built up broad experience across multiple areas, but has particular strength in the patent enforcement space. Peers say that he is "strong in patents work" and is "really doing well" in the market.

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Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz (ACCRALAW)

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Victor De Leon is well known for his work in the trade mark enforcement space. One peer notes his high level of activity, remarking: "He handles a lot of IP litigation." In one work highlight, he acted for Sonak and Molten in obtaining search and seizure warrants against three stores selling counterfeit basketballs.

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Esguerra & Blanco Law Offices

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Ramon Esguerra is noted by peers as being "very visible, and doing a lot of litigation for high-profile clients." He has over three decades' experience advising clients on contentious patent matters.

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Castillo Laman Tan Pantaleon & San Jose

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Noel Laman is a senior partner at the firm, and is known for his 50 years' experience advising on IP matters, with patent-related work being a particular specialism.

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SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Enrique Manuel is the leader of the firm's IP team, and has over three decades of experience advising clients. His current work includes patent and trade mark portfolio management, licensing, technology transfers and domain name issues. He has lately been active advising Merck, Clorox, Total and Colgate-Palmolive on their portfolio management and protection.

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Bienvenido A Marquez

Quisumbing Torres, a member firm of Baker & McKenzie International

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Bienvenido Marquez leads the IP team in the Philippines, and is well respected for his work on patent and trade mark portfolio management, as well as his anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy experience. One peer summarises: "He has a good advisory practice and is doing very well."

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Ferdinand M Negre

Bengzon Negre Untalan

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Ferdinand Negre enjoys a strong reputation among peers, and one says: "I think very highly of him and would refer clients to him." He has a well-respected background in academia, and teaches IP law at the university and continuing legal education level. He is best known for taking on trade mark and copyright issues.

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Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Susan Villanueva leads the IP practice at the firm, and is highly respected for her work on IP enforcement and litigation. Peers agree that she is a standout in the market for this work, and she successfully represented Borer Chemie in opposing three trade mark applications by ChemValley Resources. Sources profess to "learning a lot" from her, and characterise her as "a well-respected IP person."

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Esguerra & Blanco Law Offices

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Lynn Alcantara is highlighted by peers as being "very hard-working." Patent litigation is an area of expertise where her practice shines.

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Anthony D Bengzon

Bengzon Negre Untalan

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Anthony Bengzon is well known for his work in the IP rights litigation sphere. In particular, he is respected for his work acting for businesses in the technology sector, but also has substantial experience with fast-moving consumer goods and print publications.

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André Philippe G Betita

Betita Cabilao Casuela Sarmiento

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

André Philippe Betita is the managing partner of Betita Cabilao Casuela Sarmiento and is best known for his experience in copyright and trade mark prosecution. One peer also notes that he is "well known for enforcement matters."

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Patricia A O Bunye

Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Patricia Bunye is active on licensing, franchising, and other forms of IP commercialisation. She also handles enforcement matters, and in one work highlight successfully represented Filinvest Land in a domain name dispute with a US business registering the domain name 'filinvest.com'.

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Federis & Associates

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Peers say that managing partner Mila Federis of Federis & Associates "has a huge IP practice" and that her output is "very admirable." She advises on licensing, trade mark, design and copyright prosecution, as well as privacy. She is best known for acting for clients in the automotive, electronics and leisure industries.

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Hechanova Bugay & Vilchez

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Editha Hechanova of Hechanova Bugay & Vilchez is best known for her work acting for businesses on contentious IP matters, and is highlighted by peers for her enthusiastic approach to representing clients. Sources say she is "doing very well and pressing the right buttons."

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Vida Panganiban-Alindogan

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Vida Panganiban-Alindogan has a broad IP practice, advising on portfolio management, enforcement and prosecution. Peers have watched her career with interest, and state that it is "her time to shine" and that she is "active in the IP community." She acted for Monde Nissin on its opposition to BeeLove's registration of the trade mark 'NUDE'.

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Divina Gracia E Pedron

Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Divina Gracia Pedron is praised by clients and peers alike for her IP expertise, with her focus being on contentious enforcement and rights protection matters, as well as licensing and portfolio management. She acted for Ferrero in opposing trade marks similar to its pre-existing 'FERRERO' and 'NUTELLA' trade marks.

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Regina Reyes-Rara

MarksPro, Law Firm of Reyes Rara & Associates

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Regina Reyes-Rara, managing partner of MarksPro, Law Firm of Reyes Rara & Associates, is highlighted by peers for being "very active on cross-border matters." She has a diverse practice advising on patent, trade mark and copyright enforcement and opposition issues, and sources say that "she is doing very well" and running an "efficient" practice.

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Bengzon Negre Untalan

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Michael Untalan is active and visible advising businesses in the environmental and pharmaceutical industries on registration and patent enforcement matters.

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Carlos M. Villaruz

Esguerra & Blanco Law Offices

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Carlos Villaruz is lauded as being "very active" in the market. He is best known for representing clients in the pharmaceutical sector in patent litigation.

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Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz (ACCRALAW)

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Richmond Lee is very active on trade marks, and has built on his success over the last few years. He has acted for a slew of major clients, and was one of the lawyers representing Petron in filing and maintaining its foreign trade mark portfolio. He is also prominent advising clients on patents.

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Up and Coming

Villaraza & Angangco

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Katrina Doble was recently promoted to partner at the firm, and has more than ten years of experience representing businesses on a wide range of IP matters, including domain name registration, trade mark commercialisation and litigation. She acted for Ninja Logistics in opposing a trade mark application for 'NINJA VAN' by Dennis Ng, the owner of Mober Philippines.

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Up and Coming

Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Rowanie Nakan is the leader of the IP team's patents group, and is well experienced in handling a wide range of regional patent issues. She also works on enforcements, and assisted Assa Abloy Singapore with obtaining search and seizure warrants concerning counterfeit Yale padlocks. One peer calls her "very promising and heavily involved in patent matters."

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