On August 31, 2016, Zambrano Gruba Caganda & Advincula Law Offices, with the cooperation of the Ateneo Center for Continuing Legal Education, Bernas Center for Continuing Legal Education & Research, and the Teehankee Center for the Rule of Law, hosted the “Roundtable on Patent Litigation in the Philippines”, a symposium/roundtable discussion on patent litigation and enforcement in the Philippines. The event was held at the Ateneo Law School.
Spearheaded by the team of Associate Dean of the Ateneo Law School, Dean Lily Gruba, the event was a comprehensive and high-level discourse and exchange of views on the current trends and updates on the subject in the country.
Esteemed Filipino patent law practitioners and members of the academe Atty. Ferdinand Negre, Atty. Susan Villanueva, and Atty. Jonathan Perez were the main speakers of the event. Former Secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry and former Director General of the Intellectual Property Office Atty. Adrian Cristobal Jr. was one of the main reactors. Other members and participants in the discussion were Leslie Ware and Skip Scott of the Scott Law Group from the United States, former Assistant Secretary of the Department of Justice Atty. Geronimo Sy, and other select patent law practitioners. The host for the event was Atty. Jack Advincula of ZGLaw. Some chosen lawyers and students from the Ateneo Law School attended and observed the symposium as well.
For the benefit of the U.S. lawyers, the roundtable kicked off with a brief discussion on the Philippine legal system and the basics of the country’s patent law. Thereafter, the creation and powers of the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines were presented.
A detailed discussion on the rules and procedures in patent litigation and the pressing issues in patent enforcement in the Philippines ensued. Numerous questions were flagged on the topic of provisional remedies available in patent cases.
Giving the roundtable a unique touch, the symmetry of U.S. and Philippine patent law, litigation, and enforcement was presented and discussed.
The event was intended to provide a keen understanding among its participants of the state of patent law practice in the Philippines, in particular on the enforcement and litigation side, with an eye on the possibility of making the Philippines a destination forum for possible patent litigation involving US and international patents.
Before the end of the symposium, the participants were agreed that the outlook for Philippine patent practice shows great potential in view of a good legal framework and procedure already in place.
The roundtable was sponsored by U.S.-based law firm, Scott Law Group, PC.