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Ortega Bacorro Odulio Calma & Carbonell

Philippines > Intellectual property Tier 1

Roane Lopez heads the patents practice, and Virna Caringal-Divino leads the trademark offering at Ortega Bacorro Odulio Calma & Carbonell. The team skilfully handles the full range of IP protection work. The group is adept at advising on franchising and licensing matters, and frequently works with foreign companies and institutions across the pharmaceutical, sport and entertainment sectors. In addition, the department is recommended for its work on cases involving copyright litigation in the publishing and music industries.

Practice head(s):

Roane Lopez; Virna Caringal-Divino

Key clients

Bayer Intellectual Property GmbH


Lincoln Electric

The Harris Group


NBA Properties, Inc.

President and Fellows of Harvard College

Isuzu Motors Philippines, Inc.


The Dow Chemical Company

Del Monte Philippines, Inc.

Corteva Agriscience LLC

Evonik Operations GmbH

Amgen Research Munich GmbH

General Mills, Inc. Patent Law Group

Merz Therapeutics GmbH

Hanesbrands Inc.

Chevron Global Downstream LLC

Schneider Electric Industries Sas

Avaya Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advising a German pharmaceutical company on actions to be taken against infringers of existing patents. The work included out-of-court negotiations with competitor pharmaceutical companies to forestall litigation while, at the same time, being ready to initiate the full range of legal remedies available to the client should negotiations be unsuccessful.
  • Registers and maintains the trademark portfolio of Harvard. The firm also provides and implements an anti-counterfeiting program of action against unauthorised use of the names and trademarks used by Harvard.
  • Litigating multiple patent infringement cases on behalf of a Japanese pharmaceutical company against pharmaceutical companies that launched generic versions of its client’s patented medicines.

Philippines > Shipping Tier 1

Philippines > Dispute resolution Tier 4

Philippines > Corporate and M&A Tier 5

The firm has the distinction of being the oldest law firm in continuous existence in the Philippines. It was established in the Philippines in 1901 by American law practitioners when the Philippines was ceded over to the United States by Spain.

The firm has a diversified general law practice and corresponds with leading law firms in major cities of the world.  It handles all aspects of corporate, commercial and international business transactions, protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights, licensing and technology transfers, civil and criminal litigation, admiralty, labor-management relations, and taxation.  It also acts as legal adviser to the American, British, German, Swedish, and Greek  Embassies in the Philippines.

The firm’s partners are supported by associates and assistants, technical consultants and administrative and secretarial staff.  Each case or assignment is handled by a team supervised by a partner.  If required by the nature, magnitude and complexity of the work, more than one partner or team may be involved.  Every client has access to a partner for advice on urgent matters.

Department Name Email Telephone
Labour Gregorio F Ortega gregorio.ortega@ocbocc.com
Labour Elizer A Odulio elizer.odulio@ocbocc.com
Admiralty Gregorio F Ortega gregorio.ortega@ocbocc.com
Admiralty Benjamin T Bacorro benjamin.bacorro@ocbocc.com
Admiralty Pedro M Carbonell II pedro.carbonell@ocbocc.com
Admiralty Ferdinand G Domasing ferdinand.domasing@ocbocc.com
Admiralty Fortunato C Pagdanganan fortunato.pagdanganan@ocbocc.com
Intellectual property Renato G Calma renato.calma@ocbocc.com
Intellectual property Roane Alfredo P Lopez III roane.lopez@ocbocc.com
Intellectual property Virna Emeline C Divino virna.divino@ocbocc.com
Corporate Renato G Calma renato.calma@ocbocc.com
Corporate Roane Alfredo P Lopez III roane.lopez@ocbocc.com
Corporate Aleli Militsala T Boniol aleli.boniol@ocbocc.com
Taxation, estates and trusts Gregorio F Ortega gregorio.ortega@ocbocc.com
Taxation, estates and trusts Renato G Calma renato.calma@ocbocc.com
Taxation, estates and trusts Virna Emeline C Divino virna.divino@ocbocc.com
Taxation, estates and trusts Aleli Militsala T Boniol aleli.boniol@ocbocc.com
Civil and criminal litigation Gregorio F Ortega gregorio.ortega@ocbocc.com
Civil and criminal litigation Pedro M Carbonell II pedro.carbonell@ocbocc.com
Civil and criminal litigation Ferdinand G Domasing ferdinand.domasing@ocbocc.com
Civil and criminal litigation Virna Emeline C Divino virna.divino@ocbocc.com
Civil and criminal litigation Fortunato C Pagdanganan fortunato.pagdanganan@ocbocc.com
Aviation Gregorio F Ortega gregorio.ortega@ocbocc.com
Aviation Pedro M Carbonell II pedro.carbonell@ocbocc.com
Aviation Ferdinand G Domasing ferdinand.domasing@ocbocc.com
Banking and finance Gregorio F Ortega gregorio.ortega@ocbocc.com
Banking and finance Renato G Calma renato.calma@ocbocc.com
Mining Gregorio F Ortega gregorio.ortega@ocbocc.com
Mining Benjamin T Bacorro benjamin.bacorro@ocbocc.com
Mining Renato G Calma renato.calma@ocbocc.com
Number of lawyers : 25
International Trade Mark Association
Association Internationale Pour la Protection de la Propri?t? Industrielle
Asian Patent Attorneys Association
Philippine-American Chamber of Commerce (New York)
Licensing Executives Society International
American and European Chambers of Commerce of the Philippines
Maritime Law Association of the Philippines