Mila Federis

Mila Federis is the co-founder and managing partner of Federis & Associates Law Office, a boutique law firm. Federis is one of just a handful of Philippine law firms whose practice is exclusively focused on IP law.

Ms. Federis works with clients from a wide range of industries, including pharmaceuticals, consumer goods, hotel, leisure, electronics, automotive, telecommunications and IT. Her extensive experience in an IP-focused practice involves copyright, trademark and design prosecution, enforcement, licensing, advertising and privacy issues. She manages a range of trademark work, from clearance to prosecution and maintenance. Her enforcement work includes cease and desist letter campaigns, raids, coordination with government officials and court actions.

Ms. Federis began her IP career during her first job after law school. At that firm, she handled a large portfolio of trademark and patent applications. She also prepared pleadings and memoranda in trademark oppositions, interference, cancellations, unfair competition and trademark infringement actions. Furthermore, Ms. Federis collected and presented evidence in cases, prepared complaints and affidavits for search warrant applications and coordinated with criminal enforcement agents in raids against counterfeiters.

Her initial training in IP was supplemented by several years of experience working in a law firm in the United States with more than 120 lawyers. She managed the filing of trademark applications with the US Patents & Trademarks Office (USPTO). She also handled and coordinated applications filed in foreign jurisdictions, supervised trademark disputes in different countries, prepared and filed post-registration maintenance Affidavits of Use with the USPTO.

Ms. Federis is involved in committee work for professional organizations. She organized a roundtable conference for the International Trademark Association (INTA), moderated an INTA conference panel discussion and represented INTA at an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation IP Rights Experts’ Group consultation. She is a regular contributor to the Philippines section in INTA publications: Anti-Counterfeiting in Asia and the Pacific Rim, the International Oppositions Guide, Country Guides and the Madrid Practitioner’s Guide. Ms. Federis is also the regular contributor to the Getting the Deal Through: Patents Edition and Getting the Deal Through: Trademarks Edition.

In addition to her professional activities, Ms. Federis devotes time for pro-bono cases. She acted as defense counsel for students accused in anti-subversion cases and was defense counsel for seven women accused in a criminal case for malicious mischief. This case was filed by a prominent political family who illegally constructed fish pens in a lake that was declared by the government as a fish sanctuary. Ms. Federis is also a passionate proponent for the firm’s annual gift to the Office of Legal Affairs at the University of the Philippines College of Law and is a regular contributor to the funding of non-government organizations involved in the rescue and rehabilitation of street children.

FEDERIS LAW FIRM:

Leaders in Intellectual Property Law

Properly protecting and enforcing intellectual property is vital to the success of a company or product. Federis and its attorneys have been in a leading position in the IP legal market in the Philippines for many years.

Federis is one of the top filers of trademark and patent applications in the Philippines, as well as one of the highest in official fee remittances for the last three years. The firm has been identified as one of the top law firms for patent prosecution by Managing IP, and its attorneys have been cited by Asialaw Leading Lawyers as one of the leading experts in the Asia-Pacific region.

We boast a team of highly qualified attorneys, lawyers, licensed patent and trademark agents, engineers, paralegals and technical staff. The attorneys at Federis draw their skill and expertise from their unique experiences working exclusively in the field of intellectual property law.

We are proud of our reputation and look forward to the challenge of maintaining it every day—one satisfied client at a time.

 

Jehremiah Asis

Jehremiah “Jehri” Asis has acted as the lead local and international counsel of various corporate and finance transactions. His work is focused on project finance, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, foreign investment, real estate, infrastructure and general corporate work. Jehri is one of the trusted projects lawyers in the Philippines and is sought after because of his keen ability to combine sound legal advice with strategic business thinking. He was the most senior associate of the Banking & Finance Practice Group in Quisumbing Torres prior to forming Abuda Asis & Associates.

Jehri graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Economics degree from the University of the Philippines and became a member of Phi Kappa Pi and Pi Gamma Mu societies.  He obtained his law degree from the University of the Philippines College of Law in 1998 where he was an awardee for Best Legal Paper.  He was admitted to the Philippine Bar the following year. Jehri is a co-author of the Philippine chapter of the International Comparative Legal Guide to Project Finance 2014 and 2015 (third and fourth editions) and was a lecturer of Business Law in the University of the Philippines (2002) and of Tax Law at Ateneo de Manila University (2003-2004).  He is a product of the Philippine Science High School, where he ranked in the top 10 of his class.

Jehri is concurrently the President of Equi-Parco Holdings Corporation, an investment, holding, and management company of various businesses that are engaged in the power, water, and agricultural sector.  In that capacity, he also acts as president of other special purpose companies. He holds directorship positions in several renewable energy companies.

Areas of Practice:

  • Banking and Finance
  • Loans and Other Credit Facilities
  • Project Finance
  • Acquisition Finance
  • Financial Regulation
  • Power and Infrastructure Development and Other Special Projects
  • Real Estate Project Development
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Corporate/Commercial Law
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Corporate Restructuring
  • Corporate Compliance

 

Rogelio Nicandro

Rogelio Nicandro (Senior Partner), is a member of the Executive Board and the head of the Intellectual Property group. His practice focuses on intellectual property, litigation, and arbitration.

Roger started practicing law immediately after the bar when he was invited by his professor, William R. Veto, a commercial law authority and senior counsel at Tañada Carreon Tañada, to be his legal assistant. He handled civil and commercial litigation (mostly bank cases) at the trial and appellate level. He also handled insurance and intellectual property, variegated contracts, and prepared opinions for his banking clientele.

Roger joined the firm in 1969. In his early years, his practice was concentrated on litigation, civil and commercial, with some criminal cases. He was also into contracts, banking, corporations, intellectual property, and condominiums. He is a pioneer in condominium law practice, having been counsel for the earliest condominium projects in the Philippines.

Roger has acted as panel chairman and arbitrator in significant cases and has been elected since 1996 as trustee of the Philippine Dispute Resolution Center, the country’s foremost arbitration center.

In 1999, he became the head of the intellectual property department of the firm. He regularly attends international IP congresses where he often contributes country reports and position papers. He was director and Vice-President for several terms of the Intellectual Property Lawyers’ Association of the Philippines and is past president of the Licensing Executives Society International, Philippine Group.

From 1987 to 2011, Roger was a legal consultant of the Asian Development Bank. He also taught Election Law in Ateneo Law School for eight years. He was lead counsel of the National Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL), particularly, for its successful accreditation as the citizen’s arm for the snap presidential elections of 1986 before the Marcos-controlled Commission on Elections. He likewise handled human rights cases and became Counsel General of the Brotherhood of Nationalistic, Involved and Free Attorneys to Combat Injustice and Oppression (BONIFACIO), a human rights lawyers’ group. He is past president of the Legal Management Association of the Philippines.

Roger received his A.B. Philosophy degree from San Beda College and is a graduate of the Ateneo de Manila School of Law.

 

Rosella Puno Mapa

Managing Partner

BAR QUALIFICATIONS: 1987, Philippines.

EDUCATION: Ateneo de Manila University (B.A. Communication Arts, 1982; LL.B., with honors, 1986).

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS: Integrated Bar of the Philippines; Federacion Internationale de Abogadas.

LANGUAGES: English and Filipino.

PRACTICE AREAS: Family Law (Nullity of Marriage, Annulment, Legal Separation, Adoption / Guardianship, Custody & Support, Anti-Violence Against Women & Children, Marital Property Relations)

 

Patricia Bunye

Ms. Bunye heads the Mining & Natural Resources Department and the Energy practice group, and is also a Partner in the Intellectual Property Department.

Her Intellectual Property practice is focused on trademarks and IP commercialization, including licensing and franchising, and the registration of food, cosmetics, and pharmaceutical products with the Food & Drug Administration.

She is currently a Vice President of the Licensing Executives Society International (LESI). Previous to her appointment to the LESI Board, she held positions in the Asia Pacific Committee of LES International, the most recent of which was as Chair for two consecutive terms. She is also a past President of LES Philippines. She has spoken in many countries on IP licensing in the Philippines.

In her Mining & Natural Resources practice, she is recognized among the foremost mining lawyers in the Philippines. In the 2012 edition of the Chambers directory, Patricia is cited as “an excellent strategist with a solid understanding of the industry.”

She is an active member of the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines’ Legal Committee and is a regular speaker in the Mining 101 course of the University of the Philippines lecture series. She is the current President of Diwata-Women in Resource Development, Inc., a non-government organization advocating the responsible development of the Philippines’ wealth in resources, principally, through industries such as mining, oil and gas, quarrying, and other mineral resources from the earth for processing.

Patricia has likewise served in the Integrated Bar of the Philippines in various capacities, including as Chapter President. She obtained her Juris Doctor degree from the Ateneo de Manila University School of Law in 1993. She also holds a degree in Bachelor of Science, Major in Legal Management from the same University.

Her socio-civic involvements include her work as a Director of the Catholic Mass Media Awards. She is also a member of Zonta International.

Mining & Natural Resources Law Practice:

The firm is recognized for its conscientious, proactive, and highly skilled mining and energy team.

In our mining practice, we provide counsel to leading mining and exploration companies on a broad range of matters, including compliance with nationality and capitalization requirements, obtaining government approvals, licenses and registrations required for the commencement of mining activities, preparing and reviewing applications for mineral agreements and exploration permits, and drafting, negotiating and reviewing contracts pertinent to the mining industry, such as joint ventures, operating agreements and other suitable business arrangements. We also have experience in rendering title opinions, advice on land tenure and ancestral domain issues, and mining litigation, among others.

In our energy practice, we advise investors, private equity funds, lenders, contractors and suppliers on the appropriate transaction and governance structures of mergers and acquisitions, including development, financing, operation, sale and distribution projects in the power and energy sector. Our lawyers have represented various clients in successfully obtaining required government accreditation and permits and also routinely negotiate, draft and review agreements and contracts necessary to implement complex transactions in this field.

With a sustainable environment in mind, our lawyers have rendered advice on investments and laws governing renewable sources of energy, including hydro, wind, geothermal, solar and biofuels.

A multi-disciplinary approach, often involving collaboration with the firm’s other departments, allows the team to effectively service all its clients’ business needs.

The team has been consistently commended for offering concise, relevant and insightful advice born from a precise understanding of the needs of foreign companies doing business in the Philippines. The group also possesses distinct competencies and resources that give it the ability to forge strategic partnerships with relevant agencies and organizations.

Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia:

Building upon the founding principles that brought success to a partnership that spanned over 33 years, a group of 15 partners led by Avelino J. Cruz, Jr., former Secretary of National Defense and Simeon V. Marcelo, former Ombudsman and Solicitor General – exceptional lawyers with impeccable professional reputations – founded Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia.

United by common ideals and shared values, ours is a true partnership of accomplished professionals dedicated to building a legal institution that will carry on the torch of professionalism, meritocracy and mutual respect that transcend individual interests – principles befitting true practitioners of the noble profession of law.

Our core partnership values translate into our governance principles and are both integral to ensuring that our lawyers are able to deliver the highest quality of service to help our clients attain success.