John Paul M. Gaba
Partner
Education/Academic Attainments: 
Mr. Gaba graduated from the University of the Philippines with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration, cum laude, in 1998. He completed his Bachelor of Laws degree from the same university in 2002.
Law Professorial Positions & Legal Publications: 
Mr. Gaba has published several articles, including: the Philippine chapter of the book “International Copyright Law; A Practical Global Guide” published by Global Law and Business of U.K. (2013); the “Philippine Chapter of the PLC Cross-Border Data Protection Handbook 2010/2011” published by Practical Law PLC (U.K.); “A Survey Of Philippine Copyright Cases” featured in the Philippine Star; “A Survey of Philippine Supreme Court Cases On Electronic Evidence” featured in CHIMO Magazine of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines; and the articles “Factoring Facts: The Debate on Database Protection” and “Of Crimes and Computers: Cybercrime and the Electronic Commerce Act” all featured in Digest of Information Technology and the Law (DIGITAL), the official publication of the U.P. College of Law’s Internet & Society Program. Mr. Gaba also co-authored a legal research study entitled “Old Laws, New Crimes?: A Framework For Cybercrime Legislation In The Philippines” which won the 2002 Prof. Maria Clara L. Campos Award for Best Paper in Commercial Law (University of the Philippines, College of Law). Mr. Gaba has also given lectures on “Review of Special Laws Relating to Cybercrime” at the Seminar-Workshop on Combating Cybercrime in the Philippines for Judges in the National Capital Judicial Region organized by the Supreme Court of the Philippines, the Philippine Judicial Academy, and the U.S. Department of Justice (2012) and at the seminar sponsored by the University of the Philippines Law Center (2012); on “Challenges to Philippine MSMEs: Maximizing the Functions of Trademarks” during the IP Seminar sponsored by the Japan Patent Office and the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (2012); on “Copyright in the Internet” at the Intellectual Property Rights Training for Arbitrators on Copyright (2010) and on “Emerging Issues in Copyright and Copyright in the Internet” at the Intensive Program for IP Mediation (2011), both organized by Intellectual Property Office; and on “Intellectual Property Issues in Broadcasting, Cable TV, and the Internet” during the founding anniversary of the National Telecommunications Commission (2005). He has also served as Panelist and Moderator in a number of seminars and workshops for various topics concerning software protection (2007), IP best practices (2007), technology commercialization strategies (2009), and intellectual property protection (2010), and served as Lecturer in various seminars for corporate clients on data protection and data privacy (2012 and 2013).
Professional Membership & Affiliations: 
Mr. Gaba is the current Secretary and Member of the Board of Trustees of the Intellectual Property Alumni Association, Inc., and the current Assistant Treasurer of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines – Makati City Chapter. He is currently a member of the Asian Patent Attorneys Association, the ASEAN Intellectual Property Association, and the Intellectual Property Association of the Philippines. Mr. Gaba is currently a Regular Member of the Philippine Supreme Court Subcommittee on E-Commerce and a Regular Resource Person of the Philippine Supreme Court Subcommittee on Notaries Public. He is the current Chairperson of the Philippine Supreme Court’s Technical Working Group on the Electronic Filing Project.

Mr. Gaba studied French at Alliance Francaise de Manille. His interests include tennis, cycling, running, boxing, swimming, films, and foreign languages.