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Ortega Bacorro Odulio Calma & Carbonell

Philippines > Intellectual property Tier 1

Ortega Bacorro Odulio Calma & Carbonell‘s wide-ranging practice is equally strong in patent law and trademark law, with Roane Lopez specialising in patent work and Virna Emeline Caringal-Divino leading the trademark team. The team has grown substantially in recent years with three new associates joining to train as IP practitioners. The firm advises major multinationals in the Philippines such as Samsung and Bayer.

Key clients

Isuzu Japan

Isuzu Motors Philippines



Lincoln Electric

The Harris Group

Emperador Distillers


NBA Properties

President and Fellows of Harvard College

Work highlights

  • Advising Lincoln Electric and The Harris Group on the implementation of anti-counterfeiting measures.
  • Advising one Izuzu Japan and Izuzu Philippines on customs enforcement of its trademarks to bar entry of unauthorized products.
  • Advising NBA Properties on maintaining the registry of team names and trademarks and implementing anti-counterfeiting measures against infringers and unauthorized distributors.

Philippines > Shipping Tier 1

As one of the oldest active firms in the Philippines, Ortega Bacorro Odulio Calma & Carbonell has extensive experience in shipping and maritime law. A majority of the firm’s lawyers are specialised in this area. The firm handles cases involving collision, attachment or arrest of ships as well as smuggling and illegal importation charges against shipowners and charterers. Representing the Owner of MV “Bourbon” regarding the computation and collection of terminal fees in a dispute against Harbour Center Terminal, the firm was able to reduce the claim by almost half.  Gregorio Ortega is the managing partner of the firm and has expertise in admiralty law. Benjamin Bacorro and Pedro Carbonell lead the practice alongside Ortega.



Key clients

P & I Clubs

Eastern Mediterranean Manning Agency

Grace Marine Shipping Agencies

C-Man Maritime

TCM Tsakos Maritime Philippines

Fil-Star Maritime Corporation

88 Aces Maritime Services

Clio Shipping and Logistics Philippines

Orient Overseas Container Line

COSCO Shipping Lines

Heung-A Shipping

Benline Agencies Phils

Philhua Shipping

Wallem Philippines Shipping

One Stop Logistics Solutions

Lorenzo Shipping Corporation

Fil-Pride Shipping

Malayan Towage & Salvage Corporation

Work highlights

  • Represented the Owner of MV “Bourbon” in a dispute with Harbour Center Terminal regarding the computation and collection of terminal fees.
  • Assisted Clio Shipping with 9 cargo claims cases filed by Oriental Assurance amounting to a total of Php26m.
  • Defended Philhua Shipping Company in a US$1m case filed by a consignee for a total loss of a cargo.

Philippines > Dispute resolution Tier 3

Philippines > Corporate and M&A Tier 4

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.

Labour Gregorio F Ortegagregorio.ortega@ocbocc.com
Labour Elizer A Odulioelizer.odulio@ocbocc.com
Admiralty Gregorio F Ortegagregorio.ortega@ocbocc.com
Admiralty Benjamin T Bacorrobenjamin.bacorro@ocbocc.com
Admiralty Pedro M Carbonell IIpedro.carbonell@ocbocc.com
Admiralty Ferdinand G Domasingferdinand.domasing@ocbocc.com
Admiralty Fortunato C Pagdangananfortunato.pagdanganan@ocbocc.com
Intellectual property Renato G Calmarenato.calma@ocbocc.com
Intellectual property Roane Alfredo P Lopez IIIroane.lopez@ocbocc.com
Intellectual property Virna Emeline C Divinovirna.divino@ocbocc.com
Corporate Renato G Calmarenato.calma@ocbocc.com
Corporate Roane Alfredo P Lopez IIIroane.lopez@ocbocc.com
Corporate Aleli Militsala T Boniolaleli.boniol@ocbocc.com
Taxation, estates and trusts Gregorio F Ortegagregorio.ortega@ocbocc.com
Taxation, estates and trusts Renato G Calmarenato.calma@ocbocc.com
Taxation, estates and trusts Virna Emeline C Divinovirna.divino@ocbocc.com
Taxation, estates and trusts Aleli Militsala T Boniolaleli.boniol@ocbocc.com
Civil and criminal litigation Gregorio F Ortegagregorio.ortega@ocbocc.com
Civil and criminal litigation Pedro M Carbonell IIpedro.carbonell@ocbocc.com
Civil and criminal litigation Ferdinand G Domasingferdinand.domasing@ocbocc.com
Civil and criminal litigation Virna Emeline C Divinovirna.divino@ocbocc.com
Civil and criminal litigation Fortunato C Pagdangananfortunato.pagdanganan@ocbocc.com
Aviation Gregorio F Ortegagregorio.ortega@ocbocc.com
Aviation Pedro M Carbonell IIpedro.carbonell@ocbocc.com
Aviation Ferdinand G Domasingferdinand.domasing@ocbocc.com
Banking and finance Gregorio F Ortegagregorio.ortega@ocbocc.com
Banking and finance Renato G Calmarenato.calma@ocbocc.com
Mining Gregorio F Ortegagregorio.ortega@ocbocc.com
Mining Benjamin T Bacorrobenjamin.bacorro@ocbocc.com
Mining Renato G Calmarenato.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