V&A Law

Villaraza & Angangco (V&A) Law is a full-service law firm with a sterling reputation for practising law with the highest standards and providing unparalleled legal representation. For almost 40 years, the firm has endured decades of political and economic upheaval in the Philippines. It has handled cases that have made history and helped to shape the future of the nation, including the largest tort case in Philippine history, major corporate battles and ground-breaking corporate rehabilitation cases, the break-up of monopolies, the impeachment of an incumbent president and other historic public-interest cases.

V&A Law provides its clients with a full range of legal services in all fields of law, including corporate and commercial law, litigation and dispute resolution, and intellectual property.

The firm’s IP department is composed of highly competent and motivated legal practitioners, each with a dynamic and broad skillset. Its lawyers have diverse backgrounds in science, business, political science and even fashion, and are equipped with industry experience. This means that the firm can offer multi-disciplinary solutions that are specifically tailored to its clients’ needs. It is headed by Bienvenido I Somera, Jr, who has more than 30 years’ experience as one of the leading IP practitioners in the Philippines.

V&A Law handles the full gamut of IP-related matters, including IP prosecution, administrative, civil and criminal IP litigation, pioneering IP protection in emerging platforms (eg, domain name registration), IP commercialisation and providing regulatory advice for novel business models involving copyrights and related rights.

Through its continued and active membership in leading international IP associations (eg, the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property, the Licensing Executives Society, INTA, the Asian Patent Attorneys Association and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations IP Association), the firm maintains strong ties to major law firms around the world, which enables it to help domestic clients in the prosecution of their IP rights worldwide. The firm is also an active member of the Intellectual Property Association of the Philippines, the leading organisation of IP practitioners in the country.

IP prosecution

V&A Law is recognised for its speed, accuracy and efficiency in IP prosecution, despite a high volume of filings, which stems from its highly systematic and team-centred handling of accounts, as well as its well-trained, non-legal support staff. The firm’s client base ranges from individuals and start-ups to multinational conglomerates covering various industries, including automobiles, banking and finance, mass media and entertainment, pharmaceuticals, food and beverages, information technology, logistics services, paper products, clothing and luxury goods. It was one of the first Philippine firms to assist domestic clients in the prosecution of their foreign trademark portfolios via the Madrid Protocol and is one of the first firms in the country to offer domain name registrations and audits for the protection of clients’ trademarks in cyberspace. It was recognised by the IP office as one of its top filers for patents and currently maintains several industrial design and patent portfolios.

IP litigation

V&A Law has a highly regarded IP litigation practice, particularly in trademark infringement and unfair competition cases and inter partes proceedings. It has carved an impressive, distinct reputation for winning complex and high-profile trademark litigations for major players in Philippine business and has established a strong reputation for patent cancellation cases, as well as trademark enforcement for technology start-ups expanding into the Philippine market.

The litigators in the IP department have extensive trial and appellate experience before administrative tribunals and regular courts which allow their clients to benefit not only from the firm’s strong litigation practice, but also from its lawyers’ inherent IP and technical expertise.

Other IP practice areas

V&A Law provides services in all other matters to protect IP rights in a globalised market. It manages domain name portfolios and advises on remedies against online IP rights violations; implements border control measures to bar the entry of counterfeit products into the Philippines; reviews technology transfer arrangements and other IP commercialisation arrangements; and renders regulatory and IP-centred advice in regard to food, drugs, cosmetics, hospitality, media, entertainment and broadcasting.

It is also highly regarded for its expertise in patents, using its lawyers’ technical backgrounds to prepare claims, render freedom-to-operate searches and file patent invalidation cases.

Contact details

V&A Law
11th Avenue
Corner of 39th Street
Bonifacio Triangle
Bonifacio Global City
Metro Manila 1634
Philippines

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Sample client list

  • ABS-CBN Corporation
  • BDO Unibank
  • Colgate-Palmolive Company
  • Franck Muller
  • Getz Pharma (Phils) Inc
  • Petron Corporation
  • Samsung Electronics Company Ltd

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