Attorney Editha R Hechanova is the managing partner of Hechanova Bugay Vilchez & Andaya-Racadio law offices, which specialises in intellectual property, corporate, immigration law and taxation. She is also the chief executive officer of Hechanova & Co, Inc, a corporation handling trademark and patent prosecution, copyright and domain name registrations, trademark valuation, searches and other non-contentious intellectual property matters. Hechanova & Co, Inc was awarded by the IPOPHL ‘Top Patent Filer’ for the period 2010–2014, ranking No. 2, and ‘Top Trademark Filer’ for the same period.
Ms Hechanova graduated from the University of the East with a business degree, majoring in accounting, magna cum laude. She is a certified public accountant. She obtained her law degree from the Ateneo de Manila University, and has a certificate in business economics from the University of Asia and the Pacific. She passed the Intellectual Property Office’s Patent Agent Qualifying Examination in 2008 and is an alumna of SEAD, the Southeast Asian patent drafting course run by the FICPI. Her experience covers both contentious and non-contentious intellectual property matters, including border control, intellectual property enforcement, due diligence, licensing, trademarks and patents prosecution and copyright, patent and trademark litigation. Hechanova is an accredited court-annexed mediator at the Court of Appeals, and is an accredited IPOPHL mediator and arbitrator. She has been cited as a leading lawyer in the field of intellectual property law in the Philippines (2002–2015) by international publication Asialaw.