Ma Sophia Editha Cruz-Abrenica

Lawyer at Villaraza & Angangco

Ma Sophia Editha Cruz-Abrenica is a junior partner of V&A Law with over 11 years of experience in IP prosecution for both trademarks and patents. She earned her JD (with honours) from the Ateneo Law School where she graduated eighth in her year. She holds a master’s in molecular biology and has solid scientific research experience as a result of her six years of research studies in Belgium and Japan, specifically in the fields of biotechnology, immunology and virology. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of the Philippines, cum laude.

Ms Cruz-Abrenica is a registered patent agent and a member of the Patent Committee of the Asian Patent Attorneys’ Association and the Pharmaceuticals Committee of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property. She is also a member of the Intellectual Property Association of the Philippines and the ASEAN Intellectual Property Association, as well as the Integrated Bar of the Philippines.

Ms Cruz-Abrenica has attended numerous conferences locally and internationally, and has been invited to speak at conferences and various fora. She has delivered lectures on topics as diverse as polymerase chain reaction to updates on Philippine patent laws. Likewise, she has co-authored papers on topics ranging from targeting of cytotoxic lymphocytes to viral proteins and patent litigation practice. She formerly taught biology in the University of the Philippines and Ateneo de Manila University.

With her strong technical background and unwavering attention to details, Ms Cruz-Abrenica easily handles the bulk of V&A Law’s patent applications and invalidation cases, with a current focus on helping generic pharmaceutical companies bring affordable products into the country. Ms Cruz-Abrenica has extensive experience in conducting freedom-to-operate and patentability searches for V&A Law’s pharmaceutical clients as a precursor to commercialisation of their products in the country. She likewise handles the trademark portfolios of widely known brands such as Kia and Samsung.

Professional associations

  • APAA
  • IPAP

Sample client list

  • BESI Netherlands
  • FVG Limited
  • Getz Pharma
  • Innogen Pharmaceuticals
  • Medicago

Firm details

Villaraza & Angangco
11th Avenue
Corner of 39th Street
Bonifacio Triangle
Bonifacio Global City
Metro Manila 1634

Contact details

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