Philippines

Please contact our partner office for more information about our services in the Philippines:

BETITA CABILAO CASUELA SARMIENTO
Suite 1104 Page One Bldg., 1215 Acacia Ave.
Madrigal Business Park, Ayala Alabang
Muntinlupa City, Philippines
Contact: Mr John Paul R. Cabilao 
T: +63 2 555 1750
john.cabilao@bccslaw.com


Since its inception in 2011, React partner BETITA CABILAO CASUELA SARMIENTO has established itself as a major player in the IP market and has been consistently rated as a top IP firm in the prestigious World Trademark Review and Legal 500 rankings.  The firm manages a sizeable trademarks and patents portfolio, and is active in the enforcement of IP rights for its clients, most of which are Fortune 500 companies, belonging to a wide range of industries from consumer products, sports, entertainment, apparel, cosmetics, food, beverage and automotive products, among others.  

Our services in Philippines

  • Amicable settlements and/or negotiation settlement following Customs actions
  • Appearing in court hearings in criminal proceedings as witnesses or experts
  • Attending personal hearing
  • Desk research
  • Drafting and filing of administrative complaints
  • Drafting and filing of criminal complaints
  • Drafting and filing of expert reports, affidavits and written witness statements
  • Filing a demand for a raid
  • Filing Customs applications
  • Follow up Customs/Police cases (C&D letters, negotiations, settlement drafting)
  • Informing Customs officers on brand details
  • Organize and assist the police and relevant authorities in market raids
  • Organize test purchases
  • Organizing the transportation, storage, destruction and, wherever possible, the recycling of counterfeit products
  • Organizing training sessions and information meetings for Police, Customs and/or Trade Inspection authorities
  • Preparing and submitting civil actions (including C&D letters)
  • Simplified procedure

Country Procedures

  • Customs application not mandatory but highly recommended
  • Customs application is valid for 2 years
  • Simplified procedure
  • Deadline for response to Customs notification of detention is 5 to 15 days
  • Timeframe for importer to respond to seizure is 5 to 15 days
  • Police, National Bureau of Investigation and Customs officers are tasked with taking criminal action against infringers
  • Criminal prosecution punishable by imprisonment and/or fine
  • Proof of knowlegde of counterfeiting not required
  • Ex parte orders are available
  • Interim injunctions are available in civil cases
  • Damages and costs are available in criminal and civil cases
  • Contributory liability remedy is available if copyrights are involved