IP; IP litigation; licensing; border control & corporate; employment law
Editha Hechanova leads the Hechanova Group’s IP law practice. The Hechanova Group is made up of Hechanova & Co, an IP consulting firm handling trademark and patent prosecution, copyright and domain name registrations, product registration, management, valuation, searches, and other non-contentious aspects of IP, where she is president and CEO. The contentious IP practice is handled by the other member firm, Hechanova Bugay Vilchez & Andaya-Racadio, which specialise in enforcement, litigation, alternative dispute resolution, licensing, corporate, immigration law and taxation. Editha graduated from the University of the East in Manila with a business degree, major in accounting, magna cum laude. She is a certified public accountant. She obtained her law degree from the Ateneo de Manila University and a certificate in strategic business economics from the University of Asia and the Pacific in the Manila.
Editha is an accredited mediator of the court of appeals and the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL), the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), and an arbitrator. She is currently the president of the Association of Patent Agent Qualifying Examination (PAQE) Professionals, consisting of certified patent agents. She is also the vice-president of the IP Collegium, an organisation of IP experts mainly in ASEAN, India and Brazil, sponsored by the Japan Institute for Promoting Invention and Innovation (JIPII).
She has been cited as a leading lawyer in IP law in the Philippines by the AsiaLaw Magazine, from 2002 to 2021, Who’s Who Legal Trademarks 2012 to 2021, and a Managing IP’s IP Star. She has been cited by the Asia Business Law Journal as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in the Philippines from 2018-2021. The Hechanova Group has been recognised as the Philippines Patent Firm of the Year at the 2020 Asia IP Awards. In 2019, it was awarded the Philippines Copyright Firm of the Year, and in 2017, the Philippines Trademark Firm of the Year.