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Bronze - Individuals: prosecution and strategy
Maria Theresa C Gonzales has over 25 years of legal experience focused on IP and commercial litigation and arbitration. She holds a master’s in international commercial law from the University of Nottingham, England. She obtained her law degree from San Beda and graduated with distinction from Assumption University with a degree in economics. She taught economics while at law school.
Ms Gonzales is highly experienced in IP litigation and trademark enforcement, in particular opposition and cancellation actions against third-party marks and infringement actions at the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines and in the Philippine courts. She counsels on issues pertaining to the protection of IP rights in the Philippines, including the issuance of and response to cease and desist notices. She handles trademark availability searches; trademark registrations (including international filings) and maintenance; recordals of assignments, mergers and changes of corporate names; and trademark audits and due diligence.
Ms Gonzales manages a broad trademark portfolio for foreign and local clients covering a wide range of industries and products: pharmaceuticals, food and beverages, banking, finance and insurance industry, courier services, automotive, fertiliser, software, hotel, media and entertainment, aviation, personal and household products, fashion, consumer products, footwear, cosmetics, telecommunications and real estate, among others. She is a member of the Intellectual Property Association of the Philippines, the Asian Patent Attorneys Association and INTA.
Her notable cases to date include three decisions of the Supreme Court in her client’s favour:
- in a 10-year litigation case involving a copyright infringement claim against a Filipino teacher for the alleged use at a school of the test questions set in the US-administered National Physical Therapy Examination for Physical Therapists;
- in a criminal case involving a question of law; and
- in a domestic arbitration case where she represented an educational institution.