IP; IP litigation; licensing; border control and corporate; employment law
Editha R Hechanova leads the Hechanova Group’s intellectual property law practice. The Hechanova Group is made up of Hechanova & Co, Inc an intellectual property consulting firm handling trademark and patent prosecution, copyright and domain name registrations, product registration, management, valuation, searches, and other non-contentious aspect of intellectual property, where she is President/CEO. The contentious IP practice is handled by the other member firm, Hechanova Bugay Vilchez & Andaya-Racadio law offices which specialize in enforcement, litigation, alternative dispute resolution, licensing, corporate, immigration law and taxation where she is the managing partner.
Editha graduated from the University of the East with a business degree, major in Accounting, magna cum laude. She is a Certified Public Accountant. She obtained her law degree from the Ateneo de Manila University, and a Certificate in Strategic Business Economics from the University of Asia and the Pacific.
Editha is an accredited mediator of the Court of Appeals, IPOPHL/WIPO, and arbitrator. She is a certified patent valuation analyst (CPVA) by the Business Development Academy based in New Jersey, USA. She passed the Patent Agent Qualifying Examination (PAQE) in 2008 conducted by the IPOPHL and is currently the president of the Association of PAQE Professionals, Inc consisting of PAQE passers (APP). She is an alumna of the South East Asia Patent Drafting Course (SEAD) conducted by the Federation des Conseils en Propriete Intellectuelle (FICPI), an international organization of patent and IP practitioners.
She has been cited as leading lawyer in the field of IP law in the Philippines by AsiaLaw Magazine, from 2002 to 2019, and Who’s Who Legal Trademarks 2012, to 2019, and an MIP IP Star. The law firm Hechanova Bugay Vilchez & Andaya-Racadio has been cited as winner of the 2017 ASIA IP in trademarks. She has been cited by Asia Business Law Journal as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in the Philippines for 2018.
She is the Philippines’ regular contributor to the following publications: (i) Managing Intellectual Property, International Briefings, (ii) Philippines Chapter of the Intellectual Property Review published by Law Business Research Ltd, London, (iii) Philippines Chapter of Trademark Litigation Guide of the World Trademark Review, (iv) Philippines’ Intellectual Property Column of Asia Business Law Journal, (iv) regular contributor of the ASIA IP magazine.