Rogelio Nicandro

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

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 of Tañada Carreon Tañada, to be his legal assistant. He handled civil and commercial litigation 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 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 University and is a graduate of the Ateneo de Manila School of Law.

Firm Description:

Our mission is to pursue at all times the path of excellence, to develop our capabilities to the fullest, and to extend ourselves to the limit.

Our vision is to faithfully adhere to the principles of dedicated service in the finest traditions and highest ideals of a learned and noble profession.

From a modest commercial law practice in downtown Manila at the turn of the 20th century, today we are one of the largest and most highly regarded law firms in the Philippines with a full offering of legal services, including advice and representation in banking and finance, capital market and securities, energy and infrastructure, immigration, intellectual property, labor and employment, litigation and arbitration, real estate and natural resources, taxation, and technology, media, and telecommunications.

We are composed of more than 100 lawyers – all of whom speak English fluently and a good number of whom have received training and graduate degrees from universities abroad. Our lawyers are also active officers and members of professional business and civic associations in the Philippines and around the world.

We are the sole Philippine member of Lex Mundi, a global network of about 160 independent law firms, with a combined total of more than 21,000 lawyers in all commercially significant jurisdictions throughout the world. We are also the TRACE partner firm in the Philippines and join other TRACE firms around the world in providing practical and cost-effective anti-bribery compliance to global businesses.

“First, we are lawyers above all else and, as such, we must be votaries of the law, and as integral parts of the legal system, we are committed to make it work. Second, we are advocates and, as such, we must within reason defend and protect the legitimate interests of our clients. Third, we are professionals and, as such, we owe it to ourselves and the clientele we serve to pursue at all times the path of excellence, to develop our capabilities to the fullest, and to extend ourselves to the limit. We must bear in mind that every right implies a responsibility, every opportunity an obligation, every possession a duty.

“I would like our firm to exemplify one of my favorite passages from Justice Holmes:

‘They carry no banners, they beat no drums; but where they are, men learn that bustle and push are not equal of quiet genius and serene mastery.’”

(Excerpt from remarks of Mr. Ricardo J. Romulo, Senior Partner, on the occasion of the firm’s Anniversary in 1982.)

History

ROMULO traces its roots to the law firm which Allison D. Gibbs and William Kincaid established in 1902. At the outbreak of the Spanish-American War in 1898, Allison D. Gibbs and William Kincaid arrived in the Philippines as part of the Colorado and Nebraska volunteers, respectively. After the war, they decided to settle in the Philippines and engage in the practice of law. They hung their shingle in the business center of Manila in No. 9 Plaza Moraga.

The firm was reorganized several times until Charles McDonough was admitted into the partnership. Allison D. Gibbs’ sons, Findley and Allison J., would later join the firm as assistant attorneys while an upstart Filipino lawyer by the name of Roman Ozaeta was admitted as partner in 1931.

The firm, then known as Gibbs McDonough and Ozaeta, had an extensive practice in commercial law. It handled cases involving banking, corporation law, insurance, and public utilities. It pioneered in the law on intellectual property and successfully handled cases involving infringement of trademarks and copyright.

While Allison D. Gibbs became a well-known corporate lawyer, the firm also developed a reputation for outstanding trial work and appellate practice. Charles McDonough earned a name for himself as an outstanding trial lawyer while Roman Ozaeta earned renown for his meticulous and excellently composed pleadings and briefs.

In 1936, Roman Ozaeta resigned from the firm to become judge of the then Court of First Instance. He went on to become Solicitor General in 1938, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court in 1941, Secretary of Justice in 1946, and again an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court from 1948 to 1950.

After retiring from public service, Roman Ozaeta joined his son Herminio, Allan O’Gorman, and Carlos Romulo, Jr. in private practice. Following the plane crash that claimed the lives of Alan O’Gorman and Carlos Romulo, Jr. in 1957, Allison J. Gibbs joined the Ozaetas and formed the firm Ozaeta Gibbs and Ozaeta.

Carlos Romulo Jr.’s brother, Ricardo J. Romulo, would later become Senior Partner himself and, following a previous rule of practice which limited the name of a law office to those of its active and living partners, the firm was renamed Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles.

In October 2002, ROMULO celebrated the 100th anniversary of its founding with the descendants of Allison D. Gibbs.

 

Peter Franke

Peter Franke has the depth and breadth of experience to bring a clear focus to your IP strategies.

Peter holds the degrees of Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Science, with a major in physics, from the University of Melbourne. He qualified as an Australian Patent and Trade Mark Attorney in 1990, and is also registered to practice in New Zealand. Peter has previously held senior roles, including as Chairman, in a major Australian patent attorney firm. Peter’s patent practice has encompassed a wide range of technologies and industries, including: medical devices, including mechanical, electrical, software and materials aspects of implantable, surgical and external devices, imaging and diagnostic methods; software and internet services; sustainable technologies, including power storage, hydrogen generation, water treatment, solar thermal systems, and photovoltaics; electronic and mechanical devices; building products; computer hardware; telecommunications systems and services; gaming systems including slot games and table games; and optical systems including fibre optics. Peter also has an active trade mark practice, having acted for major Australian and international companies.

PATENTS PRACTICE:

You invest a lot of time, money and effort into the development of new technologies that represent a competitive advantage for your products or services. You need to prevent competitors from gaining an income at your expense by copying.

Franke Hyland drafts patents for a wide range of technologies and then manages the entire application process in Australia, New Zealand and internationally to achieve the best protection for your invention.

Our services include conducting searches of patent and other publications to determine and advise on the patentability of new technologies, and can also advise on whether your new project might infringe other people’s patent rights.

Patents form a very important part of an overall Intellectual Property strategy that allows you the achieve the most useful protection available within the constraints of your budget.

IP strategy, and balancing the intersection of IP law, business and technology underpin all of Peter’s work.  Peter has extensive experience in drafting and prosecuting to grant patents in Australia, and taking them to grant around the world.  He is also experienced in pre and post grant procedure in Australia, including oppositions, re-examination and amendment processes.  He regularly provides expert reports to assist due diligence, IPO and related activities.  Peter also counsels clients and provides opinions on infringement and validity issues.

 

Yu-Li Tsai

Mr. Tsai, a patent attorney graduated from Department of Electrical Engineering of National Taiwan University (NTUEE), which is the best engineering school in Taiwan. Out of the interest of communication system, he immediately had attended in the Graduate Institute of Communication Engineering (GICE) of NTU since his graduation from NTUEE and has received his master’s degree after 2-year’s research. During his research life in GICE, he also started to get involved in knowledge and skills of patent-related matters for taking the bar examination for Patent Attorneys. He has passed the exam having a pass rate lower than 4%, and received the qualification of patent attorney.

Mr. Tsai also attended and gained an IP master degree from Law School of University of New Hampshire, also known as Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property. Right after the graduation, he had an opportunity to work for InterDigital, Inc. in Delaware for a short period, and then passed the U.S. Patent Registration Examination. He also passed China Patent Agent Examination recently.

Currently, Mr. Tsai is working for Deep & Far Attorneys-at-Law as a patent attorney and concurrently majoring a law master in National Chiao Tong University.

Mr. Tsai is quite proud of the fact that more than one fifth of the top 100 corporations have been clients of Deep & Far, and that more than 50% of the patent-experienced companies in the Hsinchu Science Industrial Park have entrusted their IPR work to this firm. It is Mr. Tsai’s firm belief that in the competition market, clients will only entrust their

Education

Mr. Tsai, a patent attorney graduated from Department of Electrical Engineering of National Taiwan University (NTUEE). He immediately had attended in the Graduate Institute of Communication Engineering (GICE) of NTU since his graduation from NTUEE and has received his master’s degree after 2-year’s research. Mr. Tsai also attended and gained an IP master degree from Law School of University of New Hampshire, also known as Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property. Currently, Mr. Tsai is majoring a law master in National Chiao Tong University

Admission

  • Taiwan Patent Attorney
  • U.S. Patent Agent
  • China Patent Agent

Deep & Far – Firm Overview:

Deep & Far attorneys-at-law was founded in 1992 and is dealing with all phases of laws with a focus on the practice in separate or in combination of all aspects of intellectual property rights (IPRs) including patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, unfair competition, and/or licensing, counseling, litigation and/or transaction thereof.

It is our philosophy to provide competent legal services that other firm cannot comparably provide. The necessitated ensuing problem is how we can so provide? Deep & Far so achieve by selecting, edifying and nurturing peoples who have the following personalities: learned in expertise, morally earnest and sincerely behaved in mind and strictly disciplined between give and take. It is well-believed that such properties are key factors for peoples to properly and competently behave themselves.

 

Valérie Mellet

Patent 42 is a law firm acting in Industrial Property. Our job is to help and assist companies and entrepreneurs in protecting and defending their investments in innovation and creation.
If innovation is first of all a state of mind, it is also a necessity and a source of development and growth for your company. Investments carried out to develop new products or new activities deserve to be protected.
Is your innovation technological? Have you invented or improved a product or a process? Its protection is done by the deposit of patent.
Is your innovation a business? Have you invested in new products or new activities? Your work in marketing and development of the market can be protected by registering a trademark.
Is your innovation aesthetic? Have you invested in designing your products? Their protection go through the registration of the design.
Patent 42 provides concrete and careful solutions in the area of patents, trademarks and designs. We support you in all stages of elaboration and implementation of an industrial property strategy adapted to your needs at both national and international level.
Patent 42 can represent you before the Intellectual Property Offices of Luxembourg, Belgium and France but also before international offices such as the European Patent Office (EPO), the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), the Benelux Office for the Intellectual Property (BOIP) and the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO).
Moreover, Patent 42 benefits from a European and international network of foreign correspondents, selected for their professionalism and expertise.

Andreas Wildhack

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

Andreas Wildhack (Dr techn, Dipl-Ing) is admitted as an Austrian and European patent and trademark attorney.

He graduated from the Technical University of Vienna and Lunds Tekniska Högskola in Sweden.

He is a senior partner at Wildhack & Jellinek Patentanwälte and advises on all aspects of IP matters, including proceedings before the European Patent Office (EPO), the Austrian Patent and Trademark Office, the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM) and the World Intellectual Property Organisation.

Mr Wildhack’s practice focuses both on prosecution and on related litigation matters of patents, utility models and supplementary protection certificates, as well as trademarks and designs. This includes opposition and appeal proceedings before the EPO and nullity and opposition proceedings before the Austrian Patent Office and the Austrian Regional High Court Vienna, and before OHIM.

Mr Wildhack is experienced in the fields of chemistry, chemical engineering, pharmaceutical chemistry and life sciences.

He is regularly involved in patent infringement proceedings, especially pharma litigation, mostly representing generic companies, and has acted as international coordinator in pharma cross-border patent litigation.

CURRICULUM VITAE AND EDUCATION

Andreas Wildhack

– Austrian Patent and Trademark Attorney

– European Patent Attorney

– Representative to the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market in Alicante (European Trademark and Design Attorney)

– 1999 Diploma Degree in Technical Chemistry, Technische Universität Wien and Technische Universität Lund (Lunds Tekniska Högskola LTH, Sweden)

– 2002 Doctoral Degree in Technical Chemistry, Technische Universität Wien

– 2002-07 Patent Attorney candidate at Wildhack & Jellinek

– 2006 European Patent Attorney

– 2007 Austrian Patent Attorney

– 2008 Partner at Wildhack & Jellinek

 

TECHNICAL FOCUS

– Technical Chemistry

– Pharmaceutical Chemistry

– Plastics and Polymer Chemistry

– Biotechnology

– Food Chemistry

LANGUAGES

German, English, French, Swedish, Italian

MEMBERSHIPS

– Executive board member of the Austrian Chamber of Patent Attorneys

– EPI

– FICPI

– AIPPI

– LIDC

– Austrian Intellectual Property Law Association (ÖV)

 

David Aylen

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

David Aylen is an internationally renowned intellectual property lawyer with extensive experience advising foreign nationals on doing business in Russia and the CIS, as well as helping emerging Russian companies establish and protect their IP rights around the world. David is known for providing timely, responsive service and delivering innovative solutions that achieve results — whenever and wherever a problem arises. As managing partner of the firm’s Russia/CIS practice, David is a client’s first point of contact to the Russian market. He provides strategic, practical legal advice to help clients understand and access the significant business opportunities available in Russia, as well as overcome any difficulties. Under David’s management, Gowling WLG’s Russia/CIS practice brings a Western-style approach to legal issues and is consistently ranked as a top-tier IP practice. From IP litigation, patent and trademark prosecution to licensing, domain names, and advertising and marketing law, David makes sure clients receive the best possible service and results. Repeatedly recognised as a leading IP lawyer by Who’s Who Legal, IAM Patent, Managing Intellectual Property and World Trademark Review, David has garnered significant litigation experience over the years, which includes an infringement action upheld in favour of his client Dimplex by the Federal Court of Appeal, in respect of electric fireplace technology; acting as co-counsel in the well-known “patent diaper wars” between Kimberly-Clark and Procter & Gamble; and acting as co-counsel in the “telecommunications wars” in Canada and the United States between AT&T, MCI and others on the subject of the pioneer patents for 800 and calling-card services.

GOWLING WLG RUSSIA:

Russia is a crucial market for many companies, due both to its size and influence over the surrounding region. Doing business in Russia requires careful planning and in-depth knowledge of the country’s legal system in order to overcome challenges and make the most of the opportunities involved.

Through the strength of our Moscow office, Gowling WLG delivers a wide range of intellectual property law services across Russia and the CIS. Our highly recognised trademark, copyright and patent professionals work with European, Canadian and global companies to manage and defend their IP rights.

Given our extensive knowledge of the Russian market, we can also help you facilitate business transactions in other key legal areas.

 

Liga Fjodorova

At Attorneys at Law Borenius, Līga specialises in the field of intellectual property law, commercial law, proceedings, arbitrage court and international cargo shipment law. Līga is a Latvian Trade Mark Attorney and European Trade Mark Attorney. She is one of the leading experts in Latvia in the field of intellectual property law, and she represents customers in complicated trademark patent and copyright litigations.

Borenius:

The attorneys at law office Borenius is a full service commercial law office. The office has three partners – Lauris Liepa, Indrikis Liepa and Gatis Flinters, as well as two specialised partners – Edgars Lodzins and Sergejs Rudans. After more than 10 years of activity, 22 lawyers currently practise at the office, many of them recognised experts in their field, who make Borenius one of the leading offices of attorneys at law in Latvia.

Borenius lawyers’ competence is characterised by their experience, perfect knowledge of their field and courage to search for creative solutions to problematic situations. The competence, openness and consideration of the office’s lawyers in relation to our clients allow them to effect the desired results. The office is one of the largest in Latvia that offers clients a comprehensive range of legal services – from legal advice and transactions to complex legal proceedings. This is welcomed by previous Borenius clients: having trusted Borenius to solve their legal issues, they can be confident in the most favourable result.

An important aspect of the office’s work is cooperation with the other law offices of the Borenius group which are represented in Finland, Russia, USA, Estonia and Lithuania, where professional advice in legal matters is provided to clients by more than 200 lawyers. When cooperating with Borenius in Latvia, clients may be confident that their interests will be represented by professional and recognised lawyers in the region.

 

Sabine Agé

Admitted to the Paris Bar in 1994, Sabine Agé gained experience in the various intellectual property fields (patents, trademarks, designs), before dedicating herself exclusively to patent litigation when she became a partner of Véron & Associés at the creation of the firm in 2001.

Véron & Associés is a law firm of 14 lawyers, assisted by two scientific consultants, an economic litigation consultant, a graphic designer and translators, dealing exclusively with patent litigation for French and international clients.

Sabine handles standard related cases in the multimedia systems and telecommunications fields and has acted on behalf of an international telecommunications manufacturer for the French part of a worldwide cross-border patent litigation. She is also active in cases relating to pharmaceuticals, chemicals and medical instruments, for international and domestic industry-based clients as well as research organisations. She deals with legal issues extending from contractual disputes, patent ownership (and co-ownership) to validity and infringement.

Sabine lectures on patent litigation at the International Centre of Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI) in Strasbourg and at the universities of Lyon and Montpellier, in addition to her speaking engagements for conferences.

Sabine Agé is an active member of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) and secretary to the European Patent Lawyers Association (EPLAW). She is also a member of IPO and AIPLA, through Véron & Associés.

Véron & Associés maintains close relationship with top-tier independent law firms in other jurisdictions, which can handle parallel proceedings in multi-jurisdictional cases.

She is co-author of Saisie-contrefaçon, published by the leading French publisher Dalloz and edited by Pierre Véron (third edition, 2012).