In October 2017 the IP Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) was made an international searching authority and international preliminary examining authority under the Patent Cooperation Treaty – a move that is hoped to energise local innovation and give the country a more globally competitive knowledge economy. The IPOPHL has also launched a national IP strategy to instil awareness of intellectual property into the national consciousness and, eventually, make patent rights as commercially valuable as they are in other Asian countries such as China, Korea, Japan and Taiwan.
- Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALAW)
- Baranda & Associates, an affiliated law firm to Rouse
- Castillo Laman Tan Pantaleon & San Jose
- EB Astudillo & Associates
- Esguerra & Blanco Law Offices
- Quisumbing Torres
- Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles
- Sapalo Velez Bundang & Bulilan
- SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan
Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALAW)
ACCRALAW’s “highly responsive” IP team counsels a loyal following in mandates on both sides of the contentious/non-contentious divide. National phase Patent Cooperation Treaty applications for illustrious clients such as HP are a strong suit for the department, which also brings its “clear and concise” counsel to patent due diligence and litigation for major industry players in Southeast Asia. The appointment of a new partner has bolstered the practice, which already boasted the talents of commercially attuned lawyer Alex Ferdinand Fider. The senior partner is an IP maestro and manages instructions from a diverse assortment of industries. Richmond Lee is a talented drafter, litigator and licensing ace with expansive IP knowledge.
Baranda & Associates, an affiliated law firm to Rouse
Strong professional ties with government agencies and the precise patent intelligence offered up bear testament to Baranda & Associates’s appreciation for quality patent work in the Philippines. The streamlined set of seven at work in the Rouse affiliate showcases a razor-sharp enforcement ability and capacity for portfolio management that is among the country’s best. Tapping in to an extensive network of experts across Asia, the side provides incisive and pragmatic advice on developing regional IP strategy. Equally au fait procuring patents as he is at enforcing them, Edmund Baranda focuses his well-rounded approach in the biotechnology space.
Castillo Laman Tan Pantaleon & San Jose
Acutely aware of the realities of doing business in the region, commercial outfit Castillo Laman Tan Pantaleon & San Jose conjures up cost-effective solutions and executes them for industry leaders of all stripes. Although the set has all technical bases covered, it is pharmaceutical and mechanical instructions in which it makes its mark. Full of flair in both prosecution and licensing negotiations and a hands-on counsellor for pharmaceutical outfits stumbling through regulatory compliance ordeals, the multi-talented Noel Laman leads the esteemed outfit. With a career spanning five decades, the trilingual former president of the Intellectual Property Association of the Philippines is an exceptional professional to whom little in the patent domain comes as a surprise.
EB Astudillo & Associates
A tight-knit team serving up a comprehensive and compelling patent offering, EB Astudillo & Associates’ continues to provide a personal touch that has been its hallmark for some 30 years. A finely honed strategic capacity underpins its strong track record in securing and protecting IP rights; complementing this with all-encompassing technical nous, the IP stalwart stands out for its chemistry and pharmaceutical endeavours. A capacity to act as point for in-bound filings from 33 countries is among the troop’s most appealing traits and one which sees major multinationals and illustrious foreign firms knocking at its door. A darling among agricultural, automotive and pharmaceutical clients, Enrico Astudillo prosecutes and protects patents with poise and vigour.
Esguerra & Blanco Law Offices
The creative IP division at full-service outfit Esguerra & Blanco dispenses ingenious solutions to common patent problems that face all rights holders. Proactive and pragmatic, with a modern approach, the set drags patent work in the country into the 21st century, employing highly efficient, computerised internal processes to enable its practitioners to focus on only the most pressing issues. Delivering quality, responsiveness and speed, the firm has positioned itself as a prime pick for any patent service.
Those instructing Baker McKenzie subsidiary Quisumbing Torres receive 24/7 access to the top-notch legal and technical talent on offer throughout the renowned firm’s network. However, the steadily expanding Manila office earns its place in the IAM Patent 1000 on the back of its own achievements. More than capable of tailoring patents to the stringent requirements of multiple jurisdictions, the set is a major player in pan-Asian patent prosecution. The technically savvy team also sustains the office’s dominance in pharmaceutical litigation and transactions. With 20 years in the game, Bienvenido Marquez heads the practice and tackles infringement, licensing and cancellation challenges with verve. Fellow enforcement magus Divina Pastora Ilas-Panganiban comes recommended as both litigator and arbitrator, as well as for the decisive way in which she resolves licensing conundrums; she currently serves as vice president of the Licensing Executive Society Philippines.
Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles
The only Filipino firm to boast Lex Mundi membership, full-service outfit Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles enjoys access to a virtually unrivalled network of foreign associates. The 14-strong squad of lawyers is an attractive choice for clients of any persuasion; well-versed in the full range of patent matters, it exploits its international links to ease headaches associated with cross-border filings. Benjamin Lerma is a key contact.
Sapalo Velez Bundang & Bulilan
Both domestic and multinational companies value the commercial acumen on offer at Sapalo Velez Bundang & Bulilan and entrust the group with maximising the value of patent portfolios – a task in which it excels. Captaining the set, Ignacio Sapalo is a former director of the Intellectual Property Office where, during his nine-year tenure he accumulated a veritable library of patent knowledge. He has excellent ties to numerous industry associations and shares his IP knowledge with students at the Ateneo School of Law.
Flooring its predominantly international devotees with demonstrations of its brute prosecution strength, SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan is a go-to firm in electronics and pharmaceuticals instructions; enviable names seeking out its remarkable service include Sony, AbbVie and Hoffman-La Roche. When tensions arise, the ensemble completes the 360-degree service by ably mounting contentious campaigns both in the courts and before the patent office to ensure that innovators win the protection for which they are paying. Value is added through a remarkable talent for negotiation, where excellent professionals always stay one step ahead of the other side to ensure that they deliver the goods. Adept in procuring, maintaining and protecting patents, Philippine Bar Association secretary Vida Panganiban-Alindogan epitomises the SyCip versatility. With three decades in practice Enrique Manuel directs the IP group with the wisdom that comes only from experience. A trademarks savant, he is a shrewd strategist in the patent realm too and always has his eagle-eye on the portfolios of his illustrious clients.
- Enrico Astudillo - EB Astudillo & Associates
- Edmund Baranda - Baranda & Associates, an affiliated law firm to Rouse
- Alex Ferdinand Fider - Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALAW)
- Divina Pastora V Ilas-Panganiban - Quisumbing Torres
- Noel A Laman - Castillo Laman Tan Pantaleon & San Jose
- Richmond K Lee - Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALAW)
- Enrique T Manuel - SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan
- Bienvenido A Marquez III - Quisumbing Torres
- Vida M Panganiban-Alindogan - SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan
- Ignacio S Sapalo - Sapalo Velez Bundang & Bulilan