Saludo Taleon and Associates Law Offices
SALUDO TALEON & ASSOCIATES LAW OFFICES is a full-service Philippine law firm
that has served the expanding litigation and transaction needs of the business
community for more than five decades.
The Firm’s attorneys are known for the business perspective they bring to solving
complex legal issues, both in the courts and around the negotiating table.
OUR TOTAL INTEGRATED SERVICE APPROACE
Our attorneys have successfully handled thousands of transactions and won thousands
of cases. SALUDO TALEON & ASSOCIATES LAW OFFICES’ lawyers are respected
by the courts and our peers for our solid understanding of the law and aggressive
advocacy for our clients.
We have an outstanding track record. We are proud to have represented many of our
clients for decades through changes in management and ownership, from early-stage
growth to mature expansion.
Having SALUDO TALEON & ASSOCIATES LAW OFFICES on your side tells your
opponent you are prepared to take a dispute to trial and present a winning case.
50-YEAR TRACK RECORD
We remain in a one-office, Philippine firm. The attorneys that you start with stay with
you throughout the process, continuity that translates into greater efficiency, deeper
understanding of the issues and success after success for our clients.
SALUDO TALEON & ASSOCIATES LAW OFFICES is one of the leading law firms
providing a full range of both general and specialized legal services to major
stakeholders in Philippine business and industry. Its wealth of experience in the
protection of intellectual property rights, its technical background in privatization work,
and its record of legal counselling assistance to transnational corporations representing
distinct business and corporate cultures defines its role as a legal service provider in the
new global economy.
The Firm operates in a landscape that invites the free flow of capital, technology, skills,
and products across economic zones. Its values, structure and core competencies
address the demands of the emerging borderless world.
Organized in 1963, the Firm had the original partnership name of DAZA, LEDESMA,
SALUDO & ASSOCIATES LAW OFFICES. Mr. Raul A. Daza resigned from the
partnership in 1969 upon his election as member of the House of Representatives of the
Philippines, thereby requiring a change in the partnership name to LEDESMA SALUDO
& ASSOCIATES. In 1997, the Firm’s name was changed to SALUDO AGPALO
FERNANDEZ & AQUINO. Thereafter, in 2009, the Firm’s name was changed to
SALUDO FERNANDEZ AQUINO & TALEON. With the death of RUBEN E. AGPALO
and AMADO D. AQUINO, the firm assumed its present partnership name, SALUDO
TALEON & ASSOCIATES LAW OFFICES in 2018.
Over the years, the Firm has done extensive counselling in such specialized areas of
commercial law, foreign investments, intellectual property (patents, trademark,
copyright, franchising and technology transfer), family relations, estate planning, labor,
immigration, special projects and litigation, among others. It maintains correspondent
relations with leading law offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia.
Some of the country’s ablest lawyers who now occupy senior positions in the Philippine
government and in private corporations are “alumni” of the Firm. The incumbent Senate
President, the Hon. Franklin Drilon, of the Philippine Senate is one of them.
The Firm is also known for winning landmark cases in political and immigration laws
before the Supreme Court. Its senior partners are some of the country’s noted litigation
lawyers and are recognized by their peers in the profession for their legal scholarship.
Under its total and integrated service approach, the Firm maintains a simplified
organizational structure giving it the flexibility to design and provide a package of legal
services suited to the particular needs of any client. The Firm-client relationship is
premised on absolute confidentiality and a firm commitment to deliver the best the Firm
is capable of giving. A client is, therefore, assured of a highly personalized attention
and ready access to an up-to-date report on the status of a case as well as its every
aspect and facet.
To the lawyers of the Firm, to give every client the full measure of their professional
devotion is an article of faith.
SERVICES & PRACTICE AREA
The Firm provides services in such fields where it has established expertise as
general legal practice; intellectual property, trademarks and patents; corporate and
commercial practices; civil and criminal litigations; labor and employment; investments.
The Firm is one of the pioneering and leading practitioners in the field of
intellectual property (trademark, patent, copyright, licensing and franchising and
technology transfer). It has an international network of correspondents in almost every
country of the world.
The Firm’s services in this field include, among others, the following:
1. Trademark and Service Marks
Our lawyers and specialized staff are skilled in responding to our
client’s trademark-related needs including undertaking database
research of registered trademarks, trademark analysis, strategic
selection, cost-effective registration and prosecutions with Intellectual
Property Offices managing renewal of trademark rights, conducting
licensing negotiations and demanding trials and litigation to enforce
trademark, trade dress, and domain name rights.
Searches, Consultation and Oppositions
Suitable Responses to Official Actions
Maintenance and Renewal Management
Trademark license and User Agreements
Suitable actions against infringement.
2. Patents, Industrial Design and Utility Models
The Firm provides a wide variety of patent protection and enforcement
services. Our diverse technical backgrounds and experiences include
all aspects of patent and patent law, from drafting and prosecuting
patent applications in the Philippines to technology transfer licensing,
managing patent portfolios, preparation of industrial and utility model
drawings. We also offer opinions and counseling on issues pertaining
to patent infringement and validity.
3. Copyrights, Unfair Competition
The Firm handles matters relating to the ownership of copyrights in
industries ranging from software to artwork and written materials to
internet-related matters; strategic counseling on copyright clearance,
use and registration; acquisition, assignment, and sale of copyright
rights; software copyright licensing and royalty issues; counsel on
literary, personal, and syndication rights; and copyright enforcement,
litigation, and dispute resolution.
4. Consultation and Due Diligence
The Firm likewise offers advice on and implementation of due diligence
review/audit of intellectual property rights relative to partnerships, joint
ventures, mergers and acquisitions and strategic alliances.
5. Exercise of Intellectual Property Rights
The Firm also handles intellectual property rights enforcement
including pre-litigation, negotiation and litigation of trademarks,
patents, copyrights and other intellectual property matters before
administrative authorities and courts. Alongside litigation we likewise
assist our clients in obtaining all remedies against infringement and
intellectual property rights violation allowed by law including
coordinating with local law enforcement in procuring and executing
warrants for searches and seizures of infringing products.
CORPORATE AND COMMERCIAL PRACTICE
The Firm acts as legal adviser for companies on their investments in the
Philippines. This role involves drafting and negotiating of contracts, assisting the
companies in corporate formation and registration, corporate governance,
corporate finance, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcy and
liquidation, transfer of shares and shareholders agreements and providing legal
services in commercial administration, taxation and labor issues and other
A few partners of the Firm had been consultants in agencies, such as but
not limited to the Central Bank of the Philippines and Securities and Exchange
Many of the Firm’s foreign clients have engaged its services to pursue their
investment goals in the Philippines. The Firm has had on many opportunities
successfully set up joint-venture companies under existing corporate and investments
laws and secured for these companies the benefits, incentives and privileges they are
Prospective investors, local and foreign, will have the convenience of receiving
first hand advises and direct and detailed presentation on how to structure their
corporate objectives in order to avail the maximum privileges and incentives under
existing investment laws of the country. Our Firm’s track record in this regard is
established through long and satisfactory relationship with the Philippines Board of
Investments and other government agencies whose functions are to promote business
activities, entice foreign investors and provide the necessary atmosphere conducive to
setting up businesses in the Philippines.
The Firm’s Litigation Department initiates, prosecutes and/or defends civil and
criminal suites as well as class actions filed before the various courts and administrative
tribunals and quasi-judicial bodies. Cases appealed to the appellate courts and the
Supreme Court are handled by teams composed of highly experienced litigators
personally supervised by the Senior Partners.
LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT
As a strong believer in industrial harmony, the Firm has successfully negotiated a
number of CBA’s (Collective Bargaining Agreements) for its corporate clients. Where
constructive negotiations fail, the firm either prosecutes or defends labor cases with the
Department of Labor and Employment. Advises management of corporate clients on the
intricacies of Philippine Labor Laws to avoid possible complications in the interpretation
and applications in the operation of their businesses.
Discrimination Health & Safety Regulations
Employee Benefits Management Regulations
Employment Policies & Agreements Union & Employee Relations
Handbooks & Personal Manuals Wage & Hour Regulations
Harassment Investigation & Training Wrongful Termination Defense
INTERNATIONAL AFFILIATIONS AND LISTINGS
The General Bar
Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriete Intellectuelle (AIPPI)
International Trademark Association (INTA)
Licensing Executive Society International (LESI)
Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA)
Asia-Pacific Lawyers Association (APLA)
Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA)
ASEAN Intellectual Property Association (ASEAN-IPA)
SALUDO TALEON & ASSOCIATES LAW OFFICES
SAFA Building, 5858 Alfonso cor. Fermina Streets
Poblacion, Makati City 1210
Metro Manila, Philippines
Telephones: (632) 8897-0527 to 30
Fax: (632) 8890-5203/8890-5079
E-mail Addresses: [email protected]; [email protected]