Edward Genocchio

Leaders in Law endorses Edward Genocchio as our exclusively recommended Patent Law expert in Australia. If you wish to get in touch with Edward, please use the contact information provided above.

Edward Genocchio is a Shareholder at GLMR, a leading independent intellectual property firm with offices in Sydney and Brisbane, providing a full range of services in relation to patent, design, and trade mark rights in Australia, New Zealand, South Pacific, and South East Asia. GLMR has had outstanding success and is fast becoming the IP Boutique of choice for complex strategy advice in Australia.

Edward is one of the most Senior Registered Australian and New Zealand Patent Attorneys and Registered Australian Trade Mark Attorneys with more than 25 years experience one of only a few such patent attorneys in Australia. He has been the Principal Manager of the Patent and Design Lodgements Group and a Lead Principal of the Engineering ICT Group of Australia’s largest IP firm.

His practice covers a broad range of industries, such as, consumer and medical products, power generation, AgTech, sanitary ware, food services, packaging, robotics, sports and fitness, construction, mining and the military.

Edward holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, a Masters of Industrial Property and a Masters of Legal Studies. His practice specializes in global portfolio management, branding, contentious matters, oppositions, enforcement and commercialization.

He is often called upon to apply his extensive experience in engineering, IP law, litigation and business mentoring to formulate local and international multi-country IP strategies for individuals, start-ups, SMEs, Universities, multi-national corporations and law firms.

Edward is a member of the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia (IPTA), Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand (IPSANZ), American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA), International Trademark Association (INTA) and the Institute of Managers and Leaders Australia and New Zealand (IML ANZ).

Intellectual Property Services:

GLMR provides a full range of services in relation to patent, design, and trade mark rights in Australia, New Zealand, South Pacific, and South East Asia.


  • Drafting of patent specifications
  • Preparation and filing of patent applications
  • Prosecution of patent applications
  • Enforcement of granted patents
  • Patentability, validity, and infringement advice
  • Management of patent portfolios
  • Patent searches and watches
  • Patent renewals

Registered Designs

  • Preparation and filing of design applications
  • Prosecution of design applications
  • Enforcement of registered designs
  • Registrability, validity, and infringement advice
  • Management of design portfolios
  • Design searches and watches
  • Design renewals

Trade Marks

  • Preparation and filing of trade mark applications
  • Prosecution of trade mark applications
  • Enforcement of registered trade marks
  • Management of trade mark portfolios
  • Trade mark searches and watches
  • Trade mark renewals


Founded in 2021, GLMR is a team of experienced senior patent attorneys that are passionate about providing personalised, value-added services in a broad range of technology areas. GLMR has had outstanding success and is fast becoming the IP Boutique of choice for complex strategy advice in Australia.

GLMR assists both local and international clients by taking the time to understand their needs and provide advice in practical and cost-effective ways to extract the most value out of their intellectual property rights. The attorneys at GLMR appreciate the importance of creating and growing long-standing relationships with our clients and to never compromise on our quality of care.

As an independent firm, run the old-school way, our mission is to put our clients first. Every time. We understand that mutually beneficial relationships outlast any short-term gains.


Nevin Jacob Koshy

Leaders in Law endorses Nevin Jacob Koshy as our exclusively recommended Patent Law expert in the UAE. If you wish to get in touch with Nevin, please use the contact information provided above.

Nevin Jacob Koshy is a partner and has been head of the patent and design department of United Trademark & Patent Services, a regional IP firm, since 2010. Prior to this position, he worked as a research scientist and an IP consultant for a number of reputable companies, including in a technology transfer department in the United Kingdom.

Nevin Jacob Koshy is a member of the Executive Board/Board of Directors of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Chapter of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI). His focus areas are patent, design and copyright protection locally, regionally and internationally. He is also involved in trademark filing and prosecution matters for his clients. He is actively involved in IP training sessions and is a sought-after speaker at regional and international conferences. He is active in various international intellectual property organizations including their sub and advisory committees such as INTA, AIPLA, AIPPI, FICPI, CIPA, and APAA.

Mr Koshy has successfully overseen the prosecution of over 15,000 IP rights worldwide for his clients ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. He counsels clients on both contentious and non-contentious issues and often uses his negotiation skills to resolve matters amicably.

His responsibilities as head of the department involve managing a global client portfolio which leads him to work across at least five time zones daily – a task made easier by knowledge and understanding of several languages and cultures.

He has been nominated by the Dubai Chamber for the Golden Visa for exceptional talents and his contribution to the IP community, which has been overseen by the UAE Prime Minister’s Office. He has been awarded numerous accolades including the recent recognition in the IAM Strategy 300 – The World’s Leading IP Strategists.

In his limited spare time, he loves to disconnect and reflect.

For more information please visit – www.linkedin.com/in/nevinjk

Firm Description:

United Trademark and Patent Services [UTPS] is a leading firm of intellectual property consultants specializing in trademark, patent, copyright and industrial design protection throughout the world.  With a heritage dating back to over 65 years, UTPS has emerged as a leading firm in the field of intellectual property law by persistently keeping pace with the complex world of new technologies and strategies required to protect knowledge, vision and ideas. The firm continues to be named as one of the best IP firms by various legal publications every year and strives to maintain legal excellence which clients have come to recognize in many jurisdictions.

The firm understands that the practice of intellectual property law requires extensive knowledge, outstanding skills, unwavering responsiveness and more than smart lawyering to cultivate and maintain lasting relationships, which is why over a 200 of the Fortune 500 companies trust United Trademark and Patent Services to represent them in various matters throughout the region.


Middle East & Africa: Bahrain | Djibouti | Ethiopia | Algeria |  Libya |  Egypt |  Jordan |  Lebanon |  Morocco |  Oman |  Qatar |  Kuwait | Tunisia |  Saudi Arabia | Tanzania [Tanganyika / Zanzibar] | United Arab Emirates |  Turkey | Iraq | Yemen | GCC | OAPI | ARIPO

South Asia: Pakistan | Afghanistan | Sri Lanka | Bangladesh | Nepal | Bhutan

Further details can be reviewed on our webpage: www.utmps.com

Aki Ryuka

Leaders in Law endorses Aki Ryuka as our exclusively recommended Patent Law expert in Japan. If you wish to get in touch with Aki, please use the contact information provided above.

In 1987, Mr. Ryuka began his career as an electrical engineer in the facsimile machines department of Canon Inc. Five years later, he joined Tani & Abe Patent Attorneys in Tokyo, Japan, where he prosecuted patent applications of foreign and domestic applicants including Canon Inc.

From 1995 to 1998, Mr. Ryuka worked in the Washington, DC office of US firm Cushman Darby & Cushman (now Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP), where he mainly prosecuted patent applications for Japanese clients. At the same time, he established a patent firm in Japan and a translation company in the US, the predecessors to RYUKA IP Law Firm, facilitating business for Cushman Darby & Cushman. While in the US he passed the US patent bar exam.

Since founding RYUKA IP Law Firm, he has lectured extensively in Japan and abroad on IP topics, has published numerous articles including recently detailing RYUKA’s invention consulting services (Patent Visualization), and visits clients and attends conferences in the US, Europe, and Asia. Recent work in 2012 includes representing a large US client in nullity trials before the Japan IP High Court and Supreme Court, together with colleagues Mr. Akashi and Mr. Takata in cooperation with Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, and representing a large Korean client in infringement and nullity trials in cooperation with Anderson Mori & Tomotsune.

Practice Areas

Prosecution, Licensing, Litigation, Opinions, and Customs Surveillance in the fields of Japanese Patent, Design, and Trademark law. Mr. Ryuka specializes in electronics, semiconductors, software, data communication, and radio communication.


  • Master of Engineering, The University of Tokyo, 1987
  • Bachelor of Engineering, Tohoku University, 1984


  • Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA)
  • Japan Intellectual Property Association (JIPA)
  • Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA)
  • International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)
  • Licensing Executives Society, Japan (LES, Japan)
  • Electrical Information and Communication Society (EICS)
  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA): Japan Committee
  • International Trademark Association (INTA)

Firm Overview:

The importance of patents is growing.

For example, a company acquiring the most patents for autonomous vehicles is a U.S. software company. The company may achieve more profits from cars in the future than car manufactures. This means that the time has come for the companies without manufacturing and selling sections to overwhelm the manufacturing companies by utilizing research-and-development and patents.

The patent system supports such changes in the social structure. More companies focus solely on research-and-development and provide their technologies, utilizing patent licenses. The license accelerates the improvements in the products and technologies in the world because the licensees can avoid the same research and focus on their strength.

As the social structure changes, patents will be even more important. In particular, making an investment for future technologies and building a patent portfolio for the future will be critically important. The role of patent law firms also changes. We must support the creation of inventions by searching relevant proposals from patent publications and discussing with the inventors.

The patent system facilitates not only to sell and purchase technologies and parts but also to outsource production and sales, thereby develops cooperative relations between companies and between nations.

To fulfill our responsibilities toward that time, RYUKA will continue to make steady efforts.


Jose de Pierola

Leaders in Law endorses Jose de Pierola as our exclusively recommended Patent Law expert in Peru. If you wish to get in touch with Jose, please use the contact information provided above.

Intellectual Property Attorney; admitted to Lima Bar Association (Peru) and Alava Bar Association (Spain)

Practice Areas

  • Patent and Trade Mark Prosecution
  • Oppositions
  • Appeals
  • Cancellation Actions
  • Nullity Actions
  • Infringement Actions at the Peruvian Trade Mark Office
  • Legal Actions at the Peruvian Courts
  • Intellectual Property
  • General and Procedural Law
  • Domain Name Dispute Resolution


  • Universidad de San Marcos (Bachelor at Law; Lawyer’s Degree; Doctor in Law)
  • McGill University, Montreal, Canada (Diploma in International Air and Space Law)
  • The Southwestern Legal Foundation, Dallas, Texas (Diploma in Comparative Law)


Spanish, English and French.

Bar Admissions


Volunteer Experience

Sovereign Military Order of Malta: Protection of the poor, weak and sick. Vice-President of the Peruvian Group and Head of Diplomatic Mission in Peru as Chargé d’ Affaires a.i. (February 11, 1999 until June 17, 2005).

Firm Description:

Pierola & Asociados was founded in 1975, specializing in intellectual property in all legal areas related to trade marks, slogans, trade names, well-known trade marks, patents, utility models, industrial designs, copyrights, unfair competition and litigation, as well as foreign investment and general practice. Currently we are actively involved in the fields of domain names dispute resolution and arbitration, licensing and infringement actions.

Pierola & Asociados is an important leading law firm in Peru with more than 45 years of experience in intellectual property, a high level of service in all areas of practice. The firm has correspondents and clients in many countries around the world.

Practice Areas

  • Intellectual Property.
  • Litigation.
  • Renewals.
  • Unfair Competition.
  • Infringement Actions.
  • Copyrights.
  • Domain Names Dispute Resolution.
  • Amendments Acts.
  • Licensing.


Editha R. Hechanova

Leaders in Law endorses Editha R. Hechanova as our exclusively recommended Patent Law expert in the Philippines. If you wish to get in touch Editha, please use the contact information provided above.

Editha is the President and CEO of the company who oversees and manages trademark and patent prosecution, copyright registration, trademark valuation, searches and other non-contentious IP matters. Recognised from 2010 to 2014, Hechanova & Co., Inc. was listed among the top filers for both patents and trademarks by the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL).

Editha is also the Managing Partner of Hechanova-Bugay-Vilchez & Andaya-Racadio, specialising in IP litigation, licensing, border control and corporate, and employment law. She is a lawyer, certified public accountant, and a certified patent agent after having passed the first patent agent qualifying examination done by the government for lawyers in 2008 administered by IPOPHL.

Editha graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Business Administration major in Accounting from the University of the East and is a Certified Public Accountant. She then obtained her law degree from Ateneo de Manila University and was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 1990. She is candidate for MBA in Ateneo de Manila.

Having known prolific writer, Editha regularly contributes articles on IP Asia Leading and Managing Intellectual Property on Philippine current legal IP decided cases and trends. She has been a member of various international organisations such as INTA, MARQUES, FICPI, ECTA, AIPLA and LES as well as local organisations like Japan Institute for promoting Invention/Innovation, Makati Business Club, Philippine Chamber of Business, American Chamber of Philippines, and Association of PAQUE Professionals.

Areas of Expertise

  • Patents,
  • Trademarks
  • Copyright
  • Enforcement
  • IP Litigation

Firm Overview:

Hechanova & Co., Inc. specialises in patents and trademarks prosecution and maintenance, search services, review of license agreements and other IP related-documents, renewals, intellectual property recordals, customs recordation, food and drug product registration, plant variety protection, copyright registration, domain name registration, and intellectual property consulting.


Franco Oriti

Leaders in Law endorses Franco Oriti as our exclusively recommended Patent Law expert in Switzerland. If you wish to get in touch with Franco please use the contact information provided above.

Practice Areas

Intellectual Property – Trademark, Patent and Design Representative, Renewal of Patents of Invention, Designs, Utility Models, Supplementary Protection of Certificates, Textile Designs, Plant Varieties and Trademarks.


University degree in International Political Science obtained at University of Milan.


  • English
  • Italian
  • French
  • German
  • Russian


  • Franco Oriti, born in Australia, lived in Sydney and has worked in safeguarding, filing and maintaining Intellectual Property (I. P.) since 1991.
  • Since 1998 Italian Red Cross Volonteer.
  • Since 1999 Franco takes also care of filings till the grant and maintenance of I. P. in Switzerland.
  • From March 2015 he is an “IPMA Certified Project Manager”, re-certified 2020 Level D, n. IPMA-D-2015-8025/1 (www.vzpm.ch).
  • From May 2016 “Business Partner for I. P.” of Qualicon, Camorino (www.qualiconsulenze.ch).
  • I. P. Coach for StartCup Ticino 2017 (www.startcup-ticino.ch)


He is currently working in this capacity in Lugano (CH) after having done so in Milan in Montedison Group and in Notarbartolo & Gervasi and in Lugano in N&G Patent Services.

Has many years’ experience, throughout the World, in the Renewal of Patents of Invention, Designs, Utility Models, Supplementary Protection of Certificates, Textile Designs, Plant Varieties and Trademarks.

He is registered as an Trademark, Patent and Design Representative before the Swiss Federal Patent Office, also as a European (n.4688) and Italian (n.793M) Trademark and Design Attorney and also as a San Marino Trademark Attorney (n.USBM-078R M).

Has very good skills for creating “ad hoc” I. P. Databases for handling Due Dates and Reports. Has an ability to establish plans, for the internal departments of Companies and Patent Firms, to manage costs and reduce expenses for all I. P. maintenance fees and renewals, Worldwide.

Firm Description:

Invention and Innovation

The invention is an idea, a device or a product that leads to a technological progress. The term derives from the Latin inventio that means finding .

In legal terms this means a new and original solution to a technical problem that may, therefore, be protected by a Patent of Invention. It may refer to a product or a process (method, procedure).

In accordance with a citation made by the Austrian economist Joseph Schumpeterinnovation is a discovery application or the commercialization of an invention. In the moment in which the invention becomes an integral part of economic activity, that is, when it begins to have economic consequences, it becomes an innovation. To transform an invention into innovation , a Person or a Company must combine knowledge, skills and abilities, and information about the market, sufficient financial resources, and so on.

One of the biggest Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of the twentieth century, Henry Ford, has condensed this concept in his most famous slogan stating that “there is real innovation only when a technology is accessible to everyone.


Tara A. Nealey

Leaders in Law endorses Tara Nealey as our exclusively recommended Patent Law expert in Missouri, USA. If you wish to get in touch with Tara please use the contact information provided above.

Dr. Tara Nealey is a member of the Science and Technology practice group, with a background in academic physiology research. She focuses on advising clients with intellectual property questions related to life science technologies. After completing her Ph.D. in neurophysiology followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in retinal research, she moved to the practice of patent law. Her experience encompasses a decade of providing patent counsel to clients ranging from individual inventor, to public and private universities and research institutions, start-up companies, mid-size firms and Fortune 500 companies including generic and branded pharmaceutical companies. She prepares and prosecutes U.S. and international patent applications, provides patentability reviews and opinions, freedom to operate and clearance opinions and product design arounds, does patent landscaping, and analyzes in- and out-licenses of patented technologies. She recently assisted a Fortune 500 company in analyzing the patent landscape relating to RNAi molecules and products in support of a complex multi-party licensing and business strategy. She has also recently assisted two start-up companies in securing the IP protection necessary for successful rounds of venture capital funding.

An important aspect of Tara’s practice involves advising clients on developing a comprehensive patenting and patent portfolio strategy, legal aspects of licensing and commercialization strategies, and also reviewing technology and “know-how” licenses, confidentiality agreements, and material transfer agreements. She also counsels clients on trade secret protection and unfair competition, and related copyright and trademark issues.

Tara’s areas of technological expertise include biotechnology and medical technologies including:

  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Nucleic acids including RNAi molecules and delivery technologies
  • Peptides and proteins
  • Cell membrane permeable molecules
  • Vectors including viral vectors
  • Protein-tagging methods and labels
  • Genetically modified organisms
  • Cell-based therapies including stem cell therapies
  • Medical imaging compositions and techniques
  • Neural therapies
  • Brain-computer devices
  • Antibodies
  • Vaccines
  • Smart catheters and stents
  • Low level laser therapy devices
  • Orthopedic devices
  • Functionalized biocompatible nanoparticles
  • Nano-engineered bioassay techniques
  • Cell cultures
  • Engineered tissues

Tara is also an active member of the firm’s multi-disciplinary practice which focuses on emerging technology companies having varied legal needs relating to their technology focus. Clients benefiting from this practice include those developing technologies in the life sciences, information technology and energy. In St. Louis, members of the group include corporate and IP attorneys with a wide range of experience, who also work closely with a variety of organizations to support programs fostering tech-based entrepreneurism in the region, including Arch Grants, Capital Innovators, Olin Cup, and the RCGA.


  • Part-Owner and Member of Biotactica, LLC
  • “Client Choice Award” winner for Patents in Missouri, 2017
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Patent Law, 2014-2016


  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • The American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Missouri Biotechnology Organization
  • Plant and Life Sciences Network of St. Louis Regional Commerce and Growth Association

Firm Description:

Polsinelli is an Am Law 100 firm with 900 attorneys in 21 offices nationwide. Recognized by legal research firm BTI Consulting as one of the top firms for excellent client service and client relationships, the firm’s attorneys provide value through practical legal counsel infused with business insight, and focus on health care, financial services, real estate, intellectual property, middle-market corporate, labor and employment and business litigation.

In 1972 Jim Polsinelli and colleagues formed the firm to serve business and real estate clients in a small office in the historic Country Club Plaza District in Kansas City, Missouri. The firm has continued to see impressive growth over its 45+ year history with expanding practice areas and office additions, most recently in Miami. The addition of these offices is part of our strategic plan to better serve the increasing needs of our clients.

We strive to align our services to our clients’ business goals. Doing so has allowed us to attract experienced attorneys across the country seeking a platform best suited to their clients’ priorities. With our firm’s concentration of presence in lower-overhead markets, we are able to offer more comprehensive services than local or regional firms and more competitive overall cost than national firms concentrated in higher cost markets.


Maria Athanasiadou

Leaders in Law endorses Maria Athanassiadou as our exclusively recommended Patent Law expert in Greece. If you wish to get in touch with Maria, please use the contact information provided above.

Practice Areas

  • Patents
  • Industrial Designs Department


  • Member of International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI)
  • Member of the Pharmaceutical Trademarks Group (PTMG)
  • Member of International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • Athens Bar Association, as from 1996


  • Masters’ degree in Spanish studies, University of Barcelona, 2018
  • Law Degree, University of Athens, Greece, 1994


Greek, English, Spanish, French, German


Maria Athanassiadou is an Attorney at Law and one of the founding partners of Dr. Helen G. Papaconstantinou and Partners, Law Firm (HP&P).  With more than 25 years’ experience in all intellectual property fields, she focuses her practise on IP litigation, prosecution and counselling, with a particular emphasis on patents, utility models, supplementary protection certificates, industrial designs and trademarks. Ms. Athanassiadou advises major international as well as local clients especially in the pharmaceutical sector, assisting them to build and develop effective strategies that suit their business objectives and purposes. She is admitted to practise before the Supreme Court and the Council of State.

Ms. Athanassiadou is a regular contributor to Wolters Kluwer Manual IP, Katzarov’s Manual on Industrial Property and in several INTA resources as well as to various significant trademark, designs and patent publications. Recent contributions include:

  • Business Brief: Greece, WIPR Annual 2020 (co-author)
  • Patents in Greece, Lexology GTDT, April 2020
  • Designs 2020 – A Global Guide: Greece, supplement to World Trademark Review, December 2019;
  • General Court provides guidance on proof of enhanced distinctiveness, WTR Daily, November 2019
  • Greece: Patent Litigation – Comparative Guide, The Legal 500 & The In-House Lawyer, November 2019 (co-author)
  • General Court confirms likelihood of confusion between H’UGO’S and HUGO’S BURGER BAR- WTR Daily, July 2019
  • 3rd Edition Intellectual Property Country Comparative Guide, The Legal 500 & The Legal 500 & The In-House Lawyer, June 2019 (co-author)
  • Patents in Greece, Lexology GTDT, May 2019
  • Business Brief: Greece, WIPR Annual 2019 (co-author)
  • Patents in Europe: Helping business compete in the global economy 2019/2020, supplement to IAM, April 2019
  • General Court rules on genuine use of figurative trademarks MEBLO – WTR Daily – March 2019, Designs 2019 A Global Guide.

Firm Description:

HP&P started as a solo practice, founded by Dr. Panagiotis Theodorides in 1920 and is one of the oldest Trademark and Patent Law Firms in Greece. The firm specialised from the very beginning in all aspects of Intellectual Property Law, primarily Patents, Trademarks, Industrial Designs, Copyright, Domain Names, Unfair Competition, Licensing and all related litigation. Over the past 99 years, the Firm has grown steadily to become the largest Firm in Greece to specialise exclusively in IP. Dr. Helen Papaconstantinou joined the firm in 1965, became a full partner in 1971, and has been heading the firm since 1986.

In order to better serve its clients and maintain a competitive practice covering the broad spectrum of Intellectual Property Law, the firm evolved into two distinct branches in 1996, the one under the old firm name LAW OFFICE DR. P.D. THEODORIDES – DR. H.G. PAPACONSTANTINOU covering Trademarks, Domain Names, Copyright, Customs Monitoring Procedures and all Intellectual Property related litigation and the other under the name DR. HELEN G. PAPACONSTANTINOU, JOHN V. FILIAS AND ASSOCIATES, Business Consultants, S.A. covering Patents, Industrial Designs, Utility Models and all related activities and consulting. Over the years, the firm extended its services to cover Supplementary Protection Certificates, Plant Breeders’ rights, Anti-Counterfeiting and Antipiracy law, New Media and Technology Law, Franchising, Commercial and Corporate Services, Internet, E-Commerce and Domain Names.

In 2015, 95th anniversary of the firm, Dr. Helen G. Papaconstantinou opened a new page in its history, announcing the founding of the Law Firm Dr. Helen G. Papaconstantinou and Partners (HP&P), which evolved from the two aforementioned branches, moving forward with all the existing staff, who bring with them their expertise, experience and knowledge.  After her retirement her legacy continues through the commitment of the partners of the firm to her high standards and the excellent quality of work of the whole crew of highly qualified lawyers and supporting staff.

The Managing Partner of HP&P is Eva Yazitzoglou and the other three partners are: Miranda Theodoridou, Maria Athanassiadou and Fotini Kardiopoulis. This move, adjusting the practice to the modern standards of the legal profession, aims at increasing the depth and breadth of services to our international superb client base and to fully secure the needs of our clients with portfolios of various IP rights. We are committed to continue working hard to deliver high quality tailored expert services in the IP sector and look forward to exploring opportunities to provide you with additional value in new areas.

International Experience

HP&P is home to 12 fully qualified Attorneys with considerable experience in intellectual property matters over many years of practice and 40 highly specialized technical counsellors-patent translators. Two of our Attorneys are European Patent Attorneys. Most of our Attorneys are active members of various national and international professional bodies and regularly contribute to several publications in the IP field, both Greek and International.

At HP&P we serve our foreign clients in English, French, German, Spanish and Italian. We closely collaborate with 40 technical counsellors, who have accredited degrees (the majority including post-graduate studies as well) in sciences, (e.g. physics, chemistry/biochemistry, biology and electrical/electronic, chemical and mechanical engineering). Most of them are or have been involved in academic research. They are competent translators for English, French and German and regularly provide consulting services of the highest quality, based on their technical expertise in patent matters.

Diverse clientele

Our client base covers a very broad spectrum including law firms and prestigious companies in the fields of pharmaceuticals, chemicals, cosmetics, constructions, telecommunications, energy, biotechnology, food, alcoholic and soft beverages, fashion, finance and banking, education, and many more. Our clients range from the trademark and patent departments of large and small international companies directly represented by HP&P, through to multi-national and small companies represented by HP&P indirectly through trademark and patent agents from all over the world. In addition to our intellectual property activities in Greece, HP&P maintains a close collaboration with outstanding Law Offices in Cyprus and the Arabic countries and has acquired experience in the handling of trademark and patent matters in these countries for many years. In addition to that, our broad network of carefully selected IP law firms, with whom we have built a strong relationship of trust and confidence over the years, permits us to manage our clients’ IP portfolios in each and every country of the world where their interests extend.


Jose Miguel de Leon, LL.M.

Leaders in Law endorses Jose Miguel de Leon as our exclusively recommended Patent Law expert in the Philippines  If you wish to get in touch with Jose please use the contact information provided above.

Jon is an IP lawyer based in the Philippines. He is the Managing Partner of De Leon IP Law Firm, a boutique intellectual property law firm in the Philippines that exclusively handles intellectual property work.

Jon obtained his B.S. Computer Science degree (major information technology) from De La Salle University (DLSU) and his Juris Doctor degree from the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) School of Law. After being admitted to the Philippine Bar, he pursued his graduate studies at the National University of Singapore (NUS) with a specialization in Intellectual Property and Technology Law. He received a certificate on CopyrightX from the distance-learning initiative of Harvard Law School and Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society; and a certificate on Patent Information Search from the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL).

Jon is a staunch supporter of intellectual property protection. He studied in Singapore, the IP Hub of Asia, to study how he can help improve the legal landscape of the Philippines with regard to IP law. Jon conducts talks and seminars about IP Law. He is passionate about this specific branch of law and believes that intellectual property is as important as physical property. He has extensive experience in various stems of IP law and has been winning cases in the IP battlefield for several years. He worked for a boutique IP firm based in Bonifacio Global City handling diverse cases for big brands and SMEs. He also provides assistance to start-up companies who are in the dark about how to protect their IP assets.

Jon specializes in responding to Registrability Reports and handling inter partes cases (i.e., filing and defending oppositions and petitions for cancellation), as he handled most of the inter partes cases of the local IP firm that he previously worked for. He gained in-depth knowledge in handling trademark prosecution matters through working for a foreign firm that handles the same. Jon also has experience in the franchising industry. He is proficient in drafting and reviewing Franchise Agreements and has provided legal advice to both franchisors and franchisees.

Firm Description:

De Leon IP Law Firm is a boutique intellectual property law firm based in the Philippines that exclusively handles intellectual property work. The IP firm provides a full range of IP services, including, among others, trademark prosecution; patent, utility model and industrial design prosecution; copyright registration and deposit; trademark opposition and cancellation (inter partes) cases; intellectual property violation (IPV) cases; drafting and reviewing franchise agreements; trademark clearance searches; due diligence studies; IP enforcement; and registration of IP rights with the Bureau of Customs (border control measures).

Great ideas should always be protected at all costs. To some, it might be intimidating to go through the intricate steps in ensuring that your IP rights are protected. We understand your hesitation and we are more than eager to help you in every step of the way. We aim to provide straightforward and cost-efficient solutions to answer your custom IP needs.

Our legal team is composed of lawyers and IP specialists who are adept in the field of Intellectual Property law. We work closely with the Intellectual Property of the Philippines (IPOPHL) and other relevant government agencies to ensure that your IP rights are protected.

Virtually all law firms take pride in being experts in their field. What defines us from the rest is our deep commitment to our client. We build a good rapport with them and we treat their concerns like our own. Having a unique sense of ownership makes us best in what we do.

De Leon IP Law Firm is your source for IP solutions in the Philippines.


Hajime Watanabe

Leaders in Law endorses Hajime Watanabe as our exclusively recommended Patent Law expert in Japan. If you wish to get in touch with Hajime please use the contact information provided above.

Hajime Watanabe is one of the founding partners of Shiomizaka (formerly STW & Partners). His main areas of practice are antitrust and competition laws, dispute resolution and intellectual property litigation. He has also assisted a number of clients with antitrust aspects in their commercial transactions and the establishment of compliance structures based on his extensive experience in cases in Japan and other jurisdictions. Peers and clients alike appreciate his commercial mindset, which appeals to business people. He has been recommended as a leading individual by Intellectual Asset Management’s IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Professionals for nine consecutive years (2012–2020), as a leading individual in the sector of intellectual property for 10 consecutive years (2010–2020) by Chambers Asia, as a best lawyer in the sector of intellectual property for 12 consecutive years by Best Lawyers (2009–2020), as one of the most highly acclaimed legal experts in Japan for dispute resolution by Asialaw Leading Lawyers for six consecutive years (2013–2018).

He obtained an LLB from the University of Tokyo in 1985 and was admitted in Japan to the Daini-Tokyo Bar Association in 1987. He obtained an LLM from the University of Illinois, College of Law, in 1993. Mr Watanabe joined Mori Sogo (now Mori Hamada & Matsumoto) in 1987. He worked at Jenner & Block in Chicago from 1993 to 1995 and at the US Federal Trade Commission in Washington, DC in 1995. In 1994 Mr Watanabe was admitted in Illinois (as a foreign consultant) at the Chicago Bar Association and in New York at the New York Bar Association, and he is a member of the American Bar Association and the American Intellectual Property Law Association. He established STW & Partners in 2007.

Firm Description:

Our principal goal is to obtain the best possible outcome for our clients. While that might sound obvious, it is easier said than done in today’s complex and constantly changing environment. We are not satisfied until we have realized the best interests of our clients by having a clear understanding of the background of each matter, clarifying and investigating the points at issue, making a convincing case, and succeeding in lawsuits or negotiations with the parties involved. We believe that the ability to provide the most effective legal advice is significantly enhanced by our flexible viewpoints, clear thinking, expertise, experience, mobility, communication skills, ability to respond to changes, and unbending sprit.

At Shiomizaka, we recognize the significance of teamwork. By combining the wealth of the highly specialized knowledge and experience that each attorney brings to the firm, we are able to provide innovative legal advice in a flexible and effective manner that is tailored to each individual matter while maintaining a broad perspective unfettered by any one particular field. We constantly strive to achieve extraordinary results for our clients as their most reliable advisor.

Practice Areas

Our firm offers a wide range of legal services, including provision of legal advices with respect to the management and organization of a company, multi-national and cross-border transactions, general corporate matters, IP, IT/IoT/AI, media/entertainment, M&A, anti-trust law matters, finance, complex domestic and international litigation and other dispute resolutions, insolvency, pharmaceuticals/healthcare and real estate.