Atty. Ma. Theresa C. Gonzales — A Recommended Expert in this year’s World Trademark Review

This year, World Trademark Review (WTR) has recognized our very own Atty. Ma. Theresa C. Gonzales as a recommended expert in the WTR 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals ...
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SEC Allows the Attendance and Participation of Directors, Trustees, Stockholders, and Members in Regular or Special Meetings Through Teleconferencing

The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (“COVID-19”) has deeply affected the operations of businesses. In order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, most businesses have adopted alternative work arrangements including operating at ...
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Electronic Filing and Videoconferencing

In generalIn view of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Supreme Court authorized the electronic filing of pleadings and the use of videoconferencing in conducting hearings. This applies to all matters pending ...
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COVID-19: BUSINESS UNUSUAL

DOING BUSINESS IN THE PHILIPPINES IN THE TIME OF COVID-19The novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic does not just pose a threat to the health and security of the Philippine ...
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The Supreme Court of the Philippines approves Administrative Matter No. 19-08-14-SC, otherwise known as “The Rules of Procedure for Admiralty Cases”

The Philippines is a country surrounded by water and, naturally, operates several ports, both intended for passenger and cargo use. As such, the Philippines has a multitude of shipping-related business, which ...
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Bayanihan to Heal as One Act (RA 11469); Philippine Government’s response to the adverse effects of Covid19 pandemic

On 3/16/20, President Duterte declared a state of calamity throughout the country and imposed a Community Quarantine (lockdown) throughout Luzon due to the increasing number of Covid19 patients. The lockdown ...
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The Global Pandemic Covid-19 and its Legal Implications

The whole world is in the midst of the worst health crisis in modern history. The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) itself poses a grave threat to public health but the ...
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The Supreme Court of the Philippines enacts new amendments to the 1997 Rules of Court effective 01 May 2020

The Supreme Court of the Philippines, through its Sub-Committee for the Revision of the 1997 Rules of Procedure, issued Administrative Matter No. 19-10-20-SC entitled “2019 Proposed Amendments to the 1997 ...
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COSTA LIMITED SUCCESSFULLY TURN DOWN THIRD PARTY

COSTA VS. LIBRARY CAFÉ BY COSTACOSTA LIMITED, the owner of the internationally well-known “COSTA” marks, opposed the trademark application of a Philippine company, SEA AND SIERRA VISTA, INC., for the ...
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Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine from 4-18 August 2020 

Dear Colleagues and Clients,

On 2 August 2020, the President of the Philippines has declared a “Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine” (MECQ) in Metro Manila as Covid-19 cases have continued to rise. We assure you that we are still able to attend to all your matters as efficiently as before, with our lawyers working from home and supported by a skeleton staff in our office. You may contact any of our lawyers for any questions and clarifications on your pending matters with us. Below is a summary of the relevant deadlines during the MECQ.

Court deadlines falling from 4 to 18 August 2020 in areas affected by the MECQ are extended until 19 August 2020. Court hearings will be held through videoconferencing.

Intellectual Property Office deadlines falling from 20 July to 07 August 2020 are extended until 10 August 2020.

Securities and Exchange Commission:

  • General Information Sheet – if the annual stockholders’ meeting was held during ECQ or MECQ, the GIS is due on 31 August 2020 without penalties.
  • All transactions will be through online submission.
  • SEC payment facilities located in its Main Office (9:00 AM to 3:00 PM) and in SEC Ortigas (8:00 AM to 2:00 PM) will remain open during the MECQ.

We hope that you and your teams have been staying safe and healthy throughout these trying times.

Thank you for your continuing trust in our firm.