Ignacio S Sapalo
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Ignacio S. Sapalo obtained his Bachelor of Science (major in engineering) in 1963 from Ateneo de Manila and his Bachelor of Laws in 1967 from the same school.
He was appointed Director of the Bureau of Patents, Trademarks and Technology Transfer (1987-1996), during which he led the group that crafted the 1998 Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines,Author of "Brckground Reading Material on the Intellectual Property System of the Philippines" (WIPO, 1994). He is a Professor of Intellectual Property at the Ateneo School of Law since 1991 up to the present and at the Jose RIzal University since 2016. He is the Pre-Bar Reviewer of Intellectual Property Law since 1994 and also the Ateneo School of Law.
He is the founder and President of the Intellectual Property Foundation, President of IPROBE, INC. (an intellectual property investigation and consulting firm). He is a member of the Associacion de Internationale Pour la Protection De La Propriete Industrielle, the Asian Patent Attorney's Association, and the Intellectual Property Association of the Philippines.
Together with Eugene A. Tan, he established Tan & Sapalo Law Offices in 1976. At present, he is the Managing Partner of Sapalo Velez Budang and Bulilan Law Offices (SVBB).