Villaraza & Angangco

Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law) is a full-service law firm with a prominent IP Department composed of highly competent and motivated individuals, each with a dynamic and broad skillset. The department is headed by Bienvenido I Somera Jr, a leading IP practitioner in the Philippines. V&A Law’s IP Department has eight lawyers and three paralegals. The lawyers have diverse backgrounds in science, law, political science and even fashion; their extensive industry experience enables them to provide services which are multi-disciplinary and specifically tailored to the client’s IP needs.

V&A Law’s IP Department handles the full gamut of trademark matters, from prosecution and administrative, civil and criminal litigation of IP rights violations, to pioneering trademark protection in emerging platforms such as domain name registration, licensing and franchising, and providing multi-level regulatory advice for novel business models.

V&A Law’s IP practice consists of 60% prosecution and 40% litigation. V&A Law represents some of the country’s leading companies, as well as several small and medium enterprises in their trademark concerns, which translates into a strong domestic trademark prosecution practice and outbound work consisting of direct trademark filings and filings via the Madrid Protocol. Indeed, V&A Law sets the pace in outbound filings through the Madrid Protocol, as well as domain name registration and audits for the protection of trademarks in cyberspace. Despite high-volume filings, V&A Law’s IP Department is known and recognised for its speed, accuracy and efficiency in trademark prosecution, which stems from our highly systematic and team-centred handling of accounts.

V&A Law’s trademark litigation practice covers regular court and administrative litigation for both inter partes and IP rights violation cases. Unlike other full-service law firms which refer their IP litigation matters to their general litigation departments, V&A Law’s IP Department has the expertise and experience to handle all its litigation itself. By optimising its lawyers’ technical and legal expertise in relation to IP rights litigation cases, V&A Law is able to provide more specialised, focused and effective service to its IP litigation clients. Consequently, V&A Law’s trademark litigation practice is highly regarded, particularly for trademark cancellation and infringement, as evidenced by its success record for big-ticket litigation matters for some of the major players in the Philippines in the media and broadcasting (ABS-CBN), banking (BDO), petroleum (Petron) and pharmaceutical (Getz Pharma) industries.

V&A Law’s reputation for excellence in its IP practice is well recognised across the industry. It is consistently ranked as a top IP practitioner by the World Trademark Review, Asian Legal Business, Legal 500, Chambers & Partners and Asialaw. V&A Law was ranked Band 3 in 2016 and 2017 and Band 2 in 2018 and 2019 in the Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific Guide for Intellectual Property; Tier 1 for Intellectual Property from 2016 to 2019 by Legal 500 Asia-Pacific; Bronze Band from 2016 to 2019 by World Trademark Review; Tier 1 for Patents/Trademarks/Copyright in the 2016, 2017 and 2018 Asian Legal Business Rankings; and Recommended Intellectual Property Firm in the 2019 Asialaw Firm Rankings in South Asia.

V&A Law is also invested in the continued development of IP practice in the Philippines. Our senior lawyers are well-respected speakers in their respective fields and are involved in various programmes relating to IP education such as the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education and the Unreal Campaign of the International Trademark Association. V&A Law ensures that its clients have access to top-notch service in every field and jurisdiction needed through its continued membership in several leading international IP associations – namely, the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property, Licensing Executives Society, INTA, Asian Patent Attorneys Association and Intellectual Property Association of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). V&A Law is also a member of the ASEAN Plus Group, a network of leading firms in eight ASEAN countries.

Contact details

Villaraza & Angangco
V&A Law Center
11th Avenue corner 39th Street
Bonifacio Triangle
Bonifacio Global City 1634
Metro Manila

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Sample client list

  • ABS-CBN Corporation
  • BDO Unibank
  • Franck Muller
  • Getz Pharma (Philippines)
  • LKK Health Products Group
  • Petron Corporation
  • Samsung Electronics
  • UCC Holdings

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