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Federis & Associates (FEDERIS) is a boutique law firm in the Philippines, one of only a handful of firms that practices exclusively in the field of intellectual property. Despite its small size, it has earned a reputation comparable to, and even exceeding, those of other top-tier firms in the country.

First-to-file takes centre stage in Philippines

By Mila Federis, Federis & Associates

Bright prospects for Philippines IP filings, enforcement

By Amanda Carlota, Federis & Associates
Despite challenges of the persisting pandemic, 2021 was a good year for IP in the Philippines, which bodes well for 2022.

Proposed provisional patent application in the Philippines

By Ramon Emil Olea, Federis & Associates
Lawmakers in the Philippines are pushing for the passage of a bill that seeks to modernise the country’s IP protection, called the “New Intellectual Property Act”

International recognition of Philippine IP strategies

By Ramon Emil Olea, Federis & Associates
As patent practitioners in Asia, the author is often asked whether or not our patent protection system provides legal protection to computer-implemented inventions

Kolin decision brings final relief to Philippine trademark confusion

By Mila Federis, Federis & Associates
The recent decision in Kolin Electronics (KECI) v Kolin Philippines International (2021) came as a relief to erase the confusion by the court decision that allowed two unrelated companies to register one identical trademark for clearly related goods

International recognition of Philippine IP strategies

By Amanda Carlota, Federis & Associates
For the eighth consecutive year, the Philippines remained off the Special 301 Report, an annual report published by the US Trade Representative on the state of IP rights protection and enforcement around the world

Philippines strikes back against counterfeits and piracy

By Amanda Carlota, Federis & Associates
In reports recently published on its official website, the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) revealed that filings in 2020 for all types of intellectual property (IP) were down from 2019, while reports and complaints of IP violations went up dramatically compared to previous years

Philippines steps up rules of procedure for IP rights cases

By Amanda Carlota, Federis & Associates
The Supreme Court’s Revised Rules of Procedure for Intellectual Property Rights Cases took effect on 16 November 2020, amending the rules that had been in place since 2011. The revised rules apply to all Regional Trial Courts designated by the Supreme Court as Special Commercial Courts, which have jurisdiction over intellectual property (IP) rights cases

NIPS gives teeth to Philippine IP protection regime

By Amanda Carlota, Federis & Associates
The National Intellectual Property Strategy aims to develop “an effective intellectual property system widely recognized and strategically utilized to benefit and uplift the lives of Filipinos”

Jumping the patent exam queue in the Philippines

By Ramon Emil T Olea, Federis & Associates
Depending on the technology of the invention sought for protection, it may take three to five years from filing or national-phase entry of the application to the patent being granted

Fame hard to attain in the Philippines

By Amanda Carlota, Federis & Associates
Over time, a trademark can achieve a level of public recognition and reputation that merits official acknowledgement. The key advantage of owning a famous mark is the expanded protection provided by article 6bis of the Paris Convention, which has been codified in sections 123(e) and (f) of the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines

Revised IRR for patents, utility models and designs

By Ramon Emil T Olea, Patent specialist, Federis & Associates
The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) in October 2019 released its proposed amendments to the revised implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for patents, utility models and industrial designs

Gin and the jam over ‘genericness’

By Mila Federis, Federis & Associates

Proposed changes to Philippine design application filings

By Mila Federis, Federis & Associates

Studies highlight challenges in Philippine pharma market

By Amanda Carlota, Federis & Associates

Looking back, moving forward: traditional knowledge & IP Code

By Mila Federis, Federis & Associates

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