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World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000 Recognizes Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia as a Gold-Tier Firm in the Philippines for 2022

Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia is recognized as a Gold-Tier Firm in the Philippines by World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000 for 2022.


WTR described the firm as follows in its website, “Hailed as ‘one of the best legal establishments in the Philippines not only for IP matters but also in many other disciplines’, the reputed Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia is among some of the pre-eminent legal outfits to offer an equally outstanding IP practice. No newcomer to the gold tier, the trademark team has all bases covered for both local and international brand owners, from trademark search and prosecution to enforcement and courtroom litigation.”


The WTR 1000 focuses exclusively on trademark practice and has firmly established itself as the definitive ‘go-to’ resource for those seeking world-class legal trademark expertise and a unique guide that identifies the top trademark professionals in key jurisdictions around the globe.


Senior Partners Susan D. Villanueva and Patricia A. O. Bunye were also cited in the Silver Tier, while Senior Partner Divina Gracia E. Pedron is in the Bronze Tier.


In an excerpt on the site, the firm’s IP department is described, “Spearheading the group is litigator Susan Villanueva who has made regular appearances before the Supreme Court in a number of landmark IP cases. Fellow senior trademark practitioners working alongside her include Patricia Bunye and Divina Gracia Pedron. An IP licensing and franchising wizard, Bunye served as the president of the Licensing Executives Society International and has published numerous publications on IP licensing in the Philippines. Pedron specializes in brand protection, trademarks and copyright enforcement.”


Read more about it at the WTR 1000 Website. (Hyperlink: