IP Enforcement Breakthroughs

Our practice areas in Intellectual Property Rights are geared towards changes and targeting goals which ensure breakthroughs for Filipinos and the country as a whole.

Atty. Oscar M. Manahan is counsel for the inventor Edgardo G. Vazquez in the landmark invention patent infringement case, “Vazquez Building Systems Corporation and Edgardo G. Vazquez vs. Avida Land Corporation” Civil Case No. Q-99-39485 which was heard by Branch 90 of the Regional Trial Court of Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines. The court has issued a Decision in favor of inventor Vazquez and against Avida applying the Doctrine of Equivalents to support the finding of an invention patent infringement committed by Avida. (Yap-Jue, 12 Phil 519; Godines vs. Court of Appeals, et. al., G.R. No. 97343 [September 13, 1993]) which cited two (2) US cases: 1) Studiengesellschaft Kohle mbH v. Eastman Kodak Company, 616 F. 2d 1315, at 1324 (1980); 2) Continental Oil Company v. Cole, 634 F. 2d 188 at 191 (1981).

He won a landmark case (Yu vs. Court of Appeals 217 SCRA 328).

He just recently won for a Filipino publisher and copyright owner the landmark copyright infringement case against a Chinese company and three local defendants in the Decision rendered last December 8, 2017 by the Regional Trial Court of Manila (Branch 24) in Civil Case No. 13-12963, entitled: “St. Mary’s Publishing Corporation and Jerry Vicente S. Catabijan v. M.Y.  Intercontinental Trading Corporation, Tedwin T. Uy, Fujian New Technology Color Making and Printing Company, Ltd. and Allianz Marketing and Publishing Corporation” for Copyright Infringement and Damages in which Decision the Court had upheld the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines (R.A. No. 8293) and the Berne Convention. The Decision was affirmed in toto by the Court of Appeals (CA) Eleventh Division in CA G.R. SP No. 154035.