SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (SyCipLaw) was founded in 1945. It is the largest law firm in the Philippines. It has offices in Makati City (the country’s business and financial centre) as well as Cebu, Davao and the Subic Freeport.

We offer a broad and integrated range of legal services, covering the following fields:

  • banking, finance and securities;
  • special projects;
  • corporate services;
  • general business law;
  • tax;
  • intellectual property;
  • employment and immigration; and
  • dispute resolution

We have specialists in key practice areas such as mergers and acquisitions, energy, power, infrastructure, natural resources, transportation, government contracts, real estate, insurance, international arbitration, mediation, media, business process outsourcing and technology.

Our clients

We represent clients from almost every industry and enterprise. The firm’s client portfolio includes local and global business leaders; we also act for government agencies, international organisations,and non-profit institutions.

Our networks

We maintain links with established and leading firms based in other jurisdictions, including the United States, and countries in Europe and Asia. We are an active member of various international lawyers’ associations, such as the Employment Law Alliance, First Law International, the Interlex Group, Multilaw, the Pacific Rim Advisory Council, the World Law Group and the World Services Group.

Recognition and awards

Recent professional awards include:

  • Philippine Law Firm of the Year, Chambers Asia-Pacific Awards 2018;
  • Philippine Law Firm of the Year, ALB Philippine Law Awards 2017;
  • Philippine Law Firm of the Year, Asialaw Asia-Pacific Legal Practice Awards 2017;
  • Top Tier Firm, Chambers Asia-Pacific Rankings 2018;
  • Top Tier Firm, Chambers Global Rankings 2018;
  • Outstanding Firm, Asialaw Profiles 2018;
  • Top Tier Firm, Asia-Pacific Legal 500 Rankings 2018; and
  • Top Tier Firm, IFLR1000 Rankings 2018.

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 property rights on an ongoing basis through established systems and the support of highly trained staff. We have expertise in licensing, technology transfer 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 Band 1/Tier 1 Firm for our trademark and patent prosecution work as well as for our trademark, copyright and patent contentious work.

IP team

SyCipLaw’s IP practice group represents a plethora of foreign and international companies. We maintain longstanding business relationships that withstand reorganisations and portfolio transfers.

The group includes specialists in IP rights pre-emptive enforcement measures and litigation, including inter partes 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, the International Trademark Association, the Licensing Executives Society of the Philippines and the Asian Patent Attorneys Association.

The group is headed by Vida M Panganiban-Alindogan. Her practice area includes, among others, the management, prosecution and enforcement of IP rights. She also provides advice on competition law, data protection and privacy, as well as regulatory advice on food, beverage and pharmaceutical products. She serves as the assistant treasurer of the Licensing Executives Society of the Philippines. She is a member of the Intellectual Property Association of the Philippines, the Asian Patent Attorneys Association, the Integrated Bar of the Philippines and the International Trademark Association. She has contributed to legal publications including the Philippine section of The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Trade Marks, Copyright and Patents, IP Asia and World Trademark Law.

Contact details

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

Professional contacts

Other offices

  • Cebu City
  • Davao City
  • Subic

Sample client list

  • AbbVie Inc
  • Biofarma
  • Chanel SARL
  • Colgate-Palmolive Company
  • F Hoffmann-La Roche AG
  • Gap Inc
  • Revlon
  • Rolex SA
  • The Clorox Company
  • Total SA

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