Manila, Philippines, 1 October 2023 - Quisumbing Torres' Intellectual Property, Data, and Technology (IPDT) partners, Bienvenido Marquez III and Divina Ilas-Panganiban, have been distinguished as Global Leaders by WTR Global Leader: Private Practice 2023.

This citation is selectively awarded to only ten distinguished lawyers in the country this year, and Quisumbing Torres is the only Philippine law firm with two partners honored with the distinction.

Bien, a respected figure in the industry, has consistently been WTR's Global Leader since 2021. His expertise is backed by his accolades from various prestigious award-giving bodies. Most notably, he is The Legal 500 Asia Pacific Leading Individual since 2014 and a Band 1 Leading Lawyer of Chambers Asia Pacific since 2020.

Meanwhile, current IPDT head Vina earned her inaugural recognition from WTR Global Leader: Private Practice this year, underscoring her significant contributions and deep expertise in the field. She, too, has been consistently acknowledged as a Leading Individual by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific since 2017 and an Up and Coming Individual by The Chambers Asia Pacific in 2020.

"We are deeply honored to receive this recognition from WTR. At Quisumbing Torres, we are committed to excellence in every facet of our practice. This acknowledgment celebrates our individual achievements and underscores the collective dedication and expertise of each member of our IPDT team," Vina said. "We remain steadfast in our mission to provide unparalleled service to our clients and to contribute positively to the development of intellectual property, data, and technology law."

Quisumbing Torres' IPDT Practice Group has been awarded the Gold rank in the WTR 1000 Survey this year. Quisumbing Torres partners Bien and Vina have also been distinguished with Gold rankings. Meanwhile, Reena Mitra-Ventanilla, another esteemed partner at the firm, has been honored with a Silver rank.

The WTR Global Leaders recognizes top law and corporate trademark professionals worldwide annually. The selection for WTR Global Leaders is based on thorough research from WTR 1000 and WTR 300, highlighting top performers in trademark practice. The selection process is rigorous, with only those achieving a gold-tier ranking in the WTR 1000 being considered.

About Quisumbing Torres' Intellectual Property, Data and Technology Practice Group

With groundbreaking tools and systems specially designed for IP portfolio management, our Intellectual Property, Data and Technology Practice Group can help ensure effective registration and protection of your trademarks, copyrights, patents, and other IP rights. Calling on extensive experience in IP rights enforcement, we help our clients obtain successful results — and make cost-efficient decisions — in even the most complex IP disputes. Our lawyers deliver proficient and legally practicable advice in licensing and franchising, technology transfer, IP prosecution, IP litigation, border control measures, and enforcement actions.

We also handle emerging issues involving data privacy, data security, and cybercrime. Moreover, we help companies preserve a competitive edge as they use technology innovations as a strategy to reach new markets and deliver solutions to customers. We help clients manage risks and protect business interests arising from changes brought about by technology. We assist clients with technology-related contracts and transactions. Our team stays abreast of the regulators' initiatives, which may impact our clients’ operations and enable us to pursue the appropriate remedies before the authorities.

About Quisumbing Torres

Quisumbing Torres offers clients integrated solutions to complex legal challenges.

Our culture, developed nearly 60 years as a member firm of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein, enables us to collaborate across borders and practice areas. We provide seamless advice underpinned by local market knowledge and deep sector expertise so that business leaders can feel confident in driving growth that is both sustainable and inclusive.