Bienvenido I Somera, Jr
is head of the IP department and a senior partner who is well recognised as an IP authority in the Philippines, with over thirty years of experience in handling all facets of IP law, from prosecution to the enforcement, litigation and commercialisation of traditional as well as novel IP matters. Following the end of his term as the firm’s managing partner in 2015, Mr Somera has focused on broadening the firm’s already diverse patent and trade mark portfolio. He has held and continues to occupy key positions in local and international IP organisations, as well as in the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP), the mandatory national organization of Philippine lawyers. Mr Somera is a member of the Asian Patent Attorneys Association, the Asean Intellectual Property Association, the International Trademark Association, the International Association for the Protection of Industrial Property, the Intellectual Property Association of the Philippines (IPAP), the Licensing Executives Society, the Philippine Bar Association, the Integrated Bar of the Philippines and the Sigma Rho Council.