RICO V. DOMINGO, ESQUIRE
RICO V. DOMINGO, born in Manila, Philippines; Admission to Practice Law: Philippine Bar (with Rolls of Attorneys Number 27470); State of New York Bar, United States of America, and the U.S. Federal District Courts (1985, with Attorney Registration No. 2051449); Philippine Patent Office (now Intellectual Property Office) (1978); and United States Patent and Trademark Office (1985). Education: Bachelor of Arts (A.B.), University of the Philippines (October 1971); Bachelor of Laws (LI.B.), University of the Philippines (1976) (member, Editorial Board, Philippine Law Journal [Law Review of the U.P. College of Law]); Master of Laws (LI.M.) (1980), Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Bloomington, Indiana, U.S.A.; Master of Business Administration (MBA Units), Indiana University Kelly Business School; and Post-Graduate Studies on “Trade Practice of Trade Policy: Economics, Negotiations and Rules” conducted by combined Faculty of John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard Law School, Harvard Business School, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A. Academe: Professor, Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism, Communication Department, Loyola Schools, Ateneo de Manila University; Professor, School of Law, Ateneo de Manila University; Philippine Supreme Court- accredited Lecturer, Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE); Philippine Bar Reviewer; Lecturer and Faculty, Continuing Legal Education (CLE), New York State Bar Association; Team Leader, Stanford Research Institute (SRI) International-Washington, D.C. Research Group funded by the U.S. Agency on International Development; Scholar, Training Program on Industrial Property Rights (Industrial Property Rights Course for Management Association for Overseas Technical Scholarship [AOTS]), Japan Patent Office (JPO), Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) and Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation (JII) Tokyo, Japan, 1996; and Philippine Expert, Philippine Judicial Reform Programme on Access to Justice funded by the European Union. Government Service: First Chairman, Philippine Videogram Regulatory Board (now Optical Media Board ). Legal Practice and Experience: Research Assistant, University of the Philippines Law Center (1976-1979); Associate and Senior Associate (1977-1983) and Partner (1984 - 1986) in a major Makati City Law Office; Philippine Anti-Piracy Counsel and Executive Director of Operations, Motion Picture Export Association of America (MPEAA)/Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) (1987-1989); MPEAA/MPAA's Asia/Pacific Regional Counsel and Regional Director (1989-1992) with responsibility for 20 countries including Peoples Republic of China, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, India and the Philippines; Proprietor/Principal, the Law Firm of R. V. Domingo & Associates; and Managing Director, RVD Business Intelligence Consultancy, Inc. (RVDBic) (with international strategic partnership with International Risk Ltd. with offices in Hong Kong, the People’s Republic of China, Kingdom of Thailand, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, United States, United Kingdom, Canada and other key cities in the Asia/Pacific Region); and Arbitrator, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Commercial Arbitral Tribunal. Professional, Civic and Social Affiliations: President, Philippine Bar Association (PBA); member, Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP); Sustaining Member, New York State Bar Association (NYSBA); Faculty, Continuing Legal Education (CLE); Chairman, Philippine Chapter of NYSBA International Section; member, NYSBA Sections of Business Law, Intellectual Property Law, and International Law and Practice; member, American Bar Association (ABA); member, ABA Sections of Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law, International Law and Practice, Entertainment and Sports Industries, and Law Practice Management; member, Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriete Industrielle (AIPPI); member, International Trademark Association (INTA); member, Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA); member, International Pacific Bar Association (IPBA); Trustee, Intellectual Property Association of the Philippines (IPAP); Philippine Country Group Head and Councillor, ASEAN Intellectual Property Association; Past Secretary/Director, Rotary Club of Manila (Paul Harris Fellow); President, U.P. High School Alumni Association (1994-1996); President, Makati (Sports) Club, Inc. (1995- 1996); Vice President, U.P. Law Alumni Association, Inc.; member, American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines; President, University of the Philippines High School, Preparatory and Elementary School Alumni Association; member, U.P.R.O.T.C. Vanguard Corps of Officers and Vanguard Fraternity; member, Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP); member, American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS International), Virginia, U.S.A.; President, RVD Business Intelligence Consultancy, Inc. (RVDBic); President, RVD Business and Legal Outsourcing Group (RVDBlawg),Inc.; Team Co-Manager, U.P. UAAP Fighting Maroons Men’s Basketball Team; and Team Manager, University of the Philippines Integrated School (U.P.I.S.) UAAP Juniors Basketball Team.
He has litigated watershed and precedential cases up to the Philippine Supreme Court which are currently landmark jurisprudence in Intellectual Property, Corporation and Remedial Laws. He speaks in various domestic and international fora on international business transactions, commercial arbitration, multi-jurisdictional litigation and cross-border intellectual property rights enforcement and protection. He is currently finishing his unpublished book entitled Definitive Guide to Intellectual Property Protection and Enforcement in the Philippines..