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Divina Ilas-Panganiban is a partner in Quisumbing Torres’ Intellectual Property Practice Group and Information Technology & Communications Industry Group.


Divina's practice focuses on the protection of trademarks, copyright, patents and other intellectual property rights. She also assists clients in licensing and IP commercialization transactions, including franchising arrangements. She has advised various clients on regulatory and compliance matters, and has extensive experience in IP litigation cases. She is an accredited arbitrator of the Philippine Intellectual Property Office and often serves as resource speaker in local and international seminars on IP and IT laws. Representative Legal Matters: 1) Successfully represent an American coffee company and coffeehouse chain in an enforcement action against a franchisor and several franchisees using the client's mark as a name of one of its products. 2) Successfully represent an international fast-food chain in a Supreme Court case involving the opposition to the registration of a mark which is confusingly similar to the client's well-known mark. 3) Advise a franchisor of an international fast-food chain on its franchising arrangements to determine compliance with Philippine IP and licensing laws. 4) Conduct for the world's largest research-based pharmaceutical company a due diligence review of the day-to-day procedure and examination of standard business forms and documents for compliance with the data privacy laws and regulations, and training the company's key officers in the area of data privacy and social media. 5) Advise a leading U.S. supplier of industrial gases, specialty gases, and related technologies and services for industry and healthcare client connection with its compliance with Philippine Personal Data Protection Laws. Conducted training to the client's management, HR, IT, and Sales and Marketing team on data privacy and due diligence. 6) Advise an Asian information technology provider and electronics manufacturer on Philippine laws, including those on intellectual property, telecommunications, and data privacy, for its Philippine operations. 7) Assist a multinational remittance company to provide guidance on the novel requirement of Philippine data privacy law to notify the National Privacy Commission (NPC) and data subjects of a data breach. Advise client on the specific requirements of the law as regards breach notification, the mandatory contents of the notice, and the procedure for filing the same with the NPC. 8) Assist one of the world’s largest e-tailing companies to provide advice on the application and requirements of the Data Privacy Act of 2012 to the client’s proposed customer program which will entail the exchange of personal information between the client and banks.   


Trained Philippines; qualified 2000; consultant at the Asian Development Bank for the Environment and Social Development Legal Action Plan 2000-04 before entering law firms; associate Narciso Jimenez Gonzales Liwanag Bello Valdez and Caluya Law Offices; partner Angara Abello Concepcion Regala and Cruz Law Offices 2004-14; partner Quisumbing Torres 2014. Publications of note: Co-author, Online Piracy, AmCham Journal, 2017; Co-author, Inform-Legal Insights in Data & Technology Trends, 2016; Co-author, Philippine Chapter, Baker McKenzie Global Privacy Handbook 2016;       Co-author, Biosimilars, Baker McKenzie Asia Pacific Healthcare MapApp, 2015


English; Filipino.


Member, Integrated Bar of the Philippines; Vice President and Director, Philippines Chapter, Licensing Executives Society International; Chairperson of the IP Rights Committee, American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines; Member,  ASEAN Intellectual Property Association;  Member, Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA); International Trademark Association; Member, U.P. Women Lawyers Circle; Member, Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society for Social Sciences; Member, International Bar Association


Lund University (Master of Laws Intellectual Property and International Human Rights with Distinction) (2003); University of Philippines (Bachelor of Laws) (2000); University of Philippines (B.A. Public Administration cum laude) (1995)


Intellectual property

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Divina Ilas-Panganiban - Quisumbing Torres

Within: Intellectual property

The IP group at Quisumbing Torres is headed by Bienvenido Marquez III, who is strongly supported by Divina Ilas-Panganiban. The firm advises clients such as Uber International B.V. on protection of IP rights, registration and maintenance of domain names, transactional IT, privacy and data protection, and regulatory compliance matters.

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Divina Ilas-Panganiban - Quisumbing Torres

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Quisumbing Torres‚Äô TMT practice has ‚Äėcommendable knowledge‚Äô of the sector, with particular expertise in matters involving privacy, cybercrime, e-commerce and information security. It also advises on regulatory issues affecting the provision of telecoms services in the Philippines, including managed network services, co-branding, interconnection and IT outsourcing. Partners Bienvenido Marquez III and Divina Ilas-Panganiban regularly act for notable clients, such as Johnson & Johnson and Uber International.

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