Andre Philippe G. Betita
Intellectual Property Law, Information Technology Law, Corporate/Commercial Law, Pharmaceuticals Law, Privacy Law, Telecommunications and Mass Media Law, Advertising and Consumer Protection Law, Dispute Resolution
Andre advises on issues involving intellectual property and assists clients in protecting and enforcing their rights. Additionally, he counsels clients on licensing, technology transfer, privacy, as well as food, drugs and cosmetics regulatory issues. He has given various presentations and trainings on anti-counterfeiting and software piracy to judges, prosecutors, government enforcement and hearing officers, industry groups, and the academe. He advises on the rights and remedies of intellectual property owners and in the prosecution of trademark applications before the Philippine Intellectual Property Office (IPO). He defends these trademark rights through administrative actions in the IPO and the Department of Trade and Industry. He conducts search and seizure operations and other enforcement actions, including criminal and civil litigation against trademark and copyright infringers.
He has represented numerous clients in the computer, consumer products, sports, entertainment, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, telecommunications, food, beverage and automotive industries, among others. He has a wealth of experience, having spent 24 years in the practice of intellectual property law. He participated in the drafting of the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines and served as Chairman of the Intellectual Property Rights Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines. He previously headed the Intellectual Property and Information Technology Practice Group of Quisumbing Torres, a member firm of Baker & McKenzie International. His leadership garnered for his practice group top ranking and numerous group and individual awards and citations from major legal directories such as Chambers Asia, Asia Pacific Legal 500, PLC Which Lawyer?, Asia IP, Asian Counsel and World Trademark Review, among others.
Andre is a member of the Enforcement Committee of the International Trademark Association.
Ateneo de Manila University Law School (1992, J.D., with honors)
Ateneo de Manila University (1988, B.S. Management Engineering)
Andre is consistently recognised as a leading IP practitioner by reputable legal directories including The Legal 500, Chambers & Partners, World Trade Mark Review, Managing IP and PLC Which Lawyer?.