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“Responsiveness, useful and practical advice, and vast experience in handling cases” are key elements that distinguish Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia from others on the market. With a vast network of foreign associates, the firm has the international understanding necessary to dispense advice to foreign generic companies with regard to their entry into the Philippines. Smooth collaboration between the STEM-savvy lawyers and equally technically minded paralegals enables the team of 18 to address cases on the full patent spectrum from all possible angles in a timely manner. A physicist by trade, Rowanie Nakan heads the patent group and is active on both sides of the contentious/non-contentious divide. Most notably, she has undertaken extensive patent prosecution, drafting and valuation work for the Philippine Department of Science and Technology – Technology Application and Promotions Institute. Another of Nakan’s notable long-term charges is United Laboratories, one of the biggest generics manufacturers in the Asia-Pacific region. “Proactive and with extreme attention to detail, Rowanie is impressive in her work and always ready to respond, even beyond the regular working hours”. Meanwhile, Yale-educated IP department captain Susan Villanueva is the driving force behind the practice’s litigation prowess, especially in the field of pharmaceuticals. She has a track record of landmark victories before the Supreme Court.