ESTABLISHED IN 2005
Total number of professionals: 12 (8 partners and principals)
Principal office: Makati
Other offices: Las Piñas
Key practice areas
IP law, contentious and non-contentious, e.g., trademarks, patents, designs, copyright, searches, licensing, due diligence, litigation, mediation, arbitration, product, plant variety registration; corporate and commercial; tax advisory, compliance; estate planning and trusts, foreign investments, joint ventures; family law, adoption; employment and immigration
The Hechanova Group is composed of a consulting firm handling IP protection and other non-contentious IP work, Hechanova & Co Inc, and a law firm with extensive experience in contentious IP work, Hechanova Bugay Vilchez & Andaya-Racadio. Partners and principals Editha Hechanova, Brenda Rivera, Noemi Rivera, Gladys Vilchez, Chrissie Ann Barredo and Joy Marie Gabor-Tolentino concentrate on IP. All senior associate lawyers have led enforcement actions and have an average of eight years in IP litigation work. From four people in 2005, it grew to 54 manpower in 2022. Various publications have lauded the firm’s trademark, patent, and copyright work. During the 25th year anniversary of the IP Code, the IPOPHL issued Citation Awards to Hechanova & Co Inc for being the top agent for patents and industrial design from 2017 to 2021.