Ma. Sophia Editha Cruz-Abrenica is a Junior Partner of V&A Law with over twelve (12) years of experience in intellectual property prosecution for both trademarks and patents. She earned her JD (with honours) from the Ateneo Law School where she graduated eighth in her batch. She holds a Master’s degree in Molecular Biology and has solid scientific research experience as a result of her six (6) years of research studies in Belgium and Japan, specifically in the fields of Biotechnology, Immunology and Virology. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of the Philippines, cum laude.
Atty. Cruz-Abrenica is among the few registered patent agents in the Philippines and is a member of the Patent Committee of the Asian Patent Attorneys’ Association and the Pharmaceuticals Committee of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property. She is also a member of the Intellectual Property Association of the Philippines and the ASEAN Intellectual Property Association, as well as the Integrated Bar of the Philippines.
Atty. Cruz-Abrenica has attended numerous conferences locally and internationally, and has been invited to speak at conferences and various scientific and legal fora. She has delivered lectures on topics as diverse as polymerase chain reaction to updates on Philippine patent laws. Likewise, she has co-authored papers on topics ranging from targeting of cytotoxic lymphocytes to viral proteins and patent litigation practice. She formerly taught Biology, Genetics, Microbiology and Parasitology in the University of the Philippines and Ateneo de Manila University.
With her strong technical background and unwavering attention to details, Atty. Cruz-Abrenica easily handles the bulk of V&A Law’s patent applications and patent cancellation cases thereby putting to good use her extensive background in biochemistry and molecular biology. Atty. Cruz-Abrenica has extensive experience in conducting freedom-to-operate, validity and patentability searches for V&A Law’s pharmaceutical clients as a precursor to commercialization of their products in the country. She also handles the trademark portfolios of widely known brands such as Kia, Kawasaki, Samsung and BTS.