SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan was founded in 1945 and is the largest law firm in the Philippines.

We offer a broad and integrated range of legal services, with departments in the fields of banking, finance and securities, special projects, corporate services, tax, intellectual property, employment law, immigration and dispute resolution.

Within this structure, SyCipLaw has specialists in key practice areas, such as M&A, energy, power, infrastructure, natural resources, government contracts, real estate, insurance, international arbitration, mediation, media, business process outsourcing and technology.

Our networks

SyCipLaw maintains links with established and leading firms based in other jurisdictions, including the United States, Europe and Asia. The firm is an active member of various international lawyers’ associations, such as the Employment Law Alliance, the First Law International, the Interlex Group, the Multinational Association of Law Firms, the Pacific Rim Advisory Council, the World Law Group and the World Services Group.

Recognition and accolades

SyCipLaw has been recognised by various award-giving bodies, including The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific, Chambers and Partners Asia-Pacific, Who’s Who Legal, Asian Legal Business, the International Financial Law Review 1000, Asialaw Profiles, Asian-MENA Counsel In-House Community and Asia IP.

IP practice

SyCipLaw’s 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 IP 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 IP rights counselling and as one of the leading IP firms in the Philippines. We are consistently ranked as a top firm for our trademark and patent prosecution work as well as for our trademark, copyright and patent contentious work.

IP team

The SyCipLaw IP practice group includes specialists in IP rights pre-emptive enforcement measures and litigation, including inter partes reviews and other administrative proceedings before the Intellectual Property Office, as well as cases with regular courts designed to try unfair competition, copyright infringement and other IP rights cases.

Members of the SyCipLaw IP practice group are included in lists of leading lawyers in the field and are members of international and local IP organisations, such as the Intellectual Property Association of the Philippines (IPAP), the International Trademark Association (INTA), the Licensing Executives Society (LES) of the Philippines and the Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA).

The group is headed by Enrique T Manuel who has been an IP practitioner for more than 30 years, counselling clients concerning all aspects of intellectual property, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, infringement and unfair competition as well as related areas involving licensing, technology transfer, entertainment, publishing, music, computer, internet, domain name and right of publicity issues. He is president of IPAP and a member of the Board of Trustees of LES Philippines. He is also an active member of the APAA, INTA, LES International and the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property.

Contact details

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan
SyCipLaw Centre
105 Paseo de Roxas
Makati City 1226

Professional contacts

Other offices

  • Cebu
  • Davao
  • Subic Bay

Sample client list

  • Biofarma
  • Chanel SARL
  • Colgate-Palmolive
  • Merck & Co, Inc

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