Name: Mila Federis
Firm Name: FEDERIS & ASSOCIATES LAW OFFICES
Jurisdiction: Philippines
Practice Area: IP Law


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Professional Biography:

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.

 

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