Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia

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“Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia is professional and competent, forward looking and consultative. They anticipate procedural and technical requirements – preparations for the submissions are carefully vetted and strategised. They are team players, within their team and with their clients – our inputs are very much taken into the processes”, says a happy patron. Ascending to the Gold Tier this year, Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia is a compelling option for parties seeking flexible, holistic assistance. The team has a strong technical background across fields such as engineering, chemistry and physics, and ensures that all matters are handled in a multidimensional way, via a collaboration between contentious and non-contentious specialists. Yale educated and dual qualified in the Philippines and New York, IP team leader Susan Villanueva is a star litigator who shines especially brightly in the pharmaceutical field. Meanwhile, commercially minded Patricia Bunye excels in licensing and transactions and is a former President of the Licensing Executives Society International. Heading the outfit’s patent group is the capable and meticulous Rowanie Nakan, a physicist who combines strong legal and technical acumen to deliver high-quality results. She recently assisted inventors from the Ateneo de Manila University in patent prosecution and is in charge of the patent portfolio of Unilab. “Rowanie is extremely responsive and knowledgeable about patent laws, especially for ASEAN territories. She has a good relationship with the Philippines IPO, and is very creative in meeting our billing requirements. All in all, she’s a delight to work with.” Assisting Nakan with the Unilab matter were senior associates Carlo Valerio and Raiza Alexis Radoc, who excel in both prosecution and litigation.

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