Bienvenido I Somera Jr

Head of IP Department at Villaraza & Angangco

Bienvenido I Somera Jr heads the IP Department at Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law). He is well recognised as an IP authority in the Philippines and is consistently ranked in the top tiers for intellectual property in the World Trademark Review, Legal 500 Asia-Pacific Guide and Chambers and Partners Asia Pacific Ranking. In 2017 and 2018 he was awarded the Lexology Clients Choice Award. He was also recently listed as a distinguished practitioner in intellectual property in Asialaw 2020.

With over thirty years of experience, Mr Somera has expertise in handling all facets of IP law, from prosecution to enforcement, litigation and commercialisation of traditional, as well as novel IP matters. Following the end of his term as V&A Law’s managing partner in 2015, Mr Somera has since focused his efforts on broadening the firm’s already diverse patent and trademark portfolio. He has devoted particular attention to sharpening the IP Department’s expertise in specific practice areas of IP law – patent and trademark litigation and copyright protection – which have served to distinguish V&A Law from its competitors in the Philippines.

Mr Somera has held and continues to occupy key positions in local and international IP organisations, as well as in the Integrated Bar of the Philippines. With his unabated devotion to the development of the field of intellectual property and his stature in the Philippine legal profession, he also serves as a frequent lecturer on intellectual property in various legal seminars including the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education.

Professional associations

  • APAA
  • Integrated Bar of the Philippines
  • Intellectual Property Association of the Philippines

Sample client list

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

Firm details

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

Contact details

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