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IP STARS Reviews

Patent
Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie's IP team in Hong Kong handles contentious and non-contentious IP matters. The team is best known for its expertise in litigation. The team has experience in sectors such as chemical, pharmaceutical, consumer products and electronics. Loke-Khoon Tan leads the firm's IP group in Hong Kong and China. Isabella Liu, who heads the firm's Asia-Pacific healthcare department, is responsible for the group's China and Hong Kong patent prosecution practice. Liu deals with protection and disputes work. Case studies include Liu representing a US sportswear company in the Patent Re-examination Board (PRB).

Barron & Young Intellectual Property

Barron & Young Intellectual Property provides patent services, particularly filing and prosecution. It has patent attorneys and technical assistants. Director Charles Ho is a US and Chinese patent attorney. Ho specialises in engineering, software and electronics and has several years of experience in patent prosecution. Another notable patent practitioner is Lesley Wang who has a technical background in computer science and engineering.

Deacons

Deacons is one the leading firms for IP in Hong Kong. The firm has a large team of patent attorneys and lawyers who collaborate on patent filing/prosecution and litigation in Hong Kong and China. Charmaine Koo, who has a science background, leads the firm's IP litigation department. Koo specialises in IP enforcement. Catherine Zhang is head of the patents and designs group. Zhang has extensive experience in IP litigation in China, with a particular focus on patent validity and infringement issues. Work highlights show Koo and Zhang represented Gmedia in a patent infringement action in Hong Kong. Patent attorney Dan Holt joined the firm in 2018.

Hogan Lovells

Hogan Lovells' IP team in Hong Kong is recommended for patent protection and disputes work. Life sciences, telecommunications and automotive are some of the firm's key industries. A key practitioner in the team is Eugene Low, who has a broad IP practice in the TMT space in Hong Kong and China. Another notable IP practitioner is Andrew Cobden. Cobden is experienced in handling multi-jurisdictional disputes and transactions involving complex technology in Hong Kong and China.

Marks & Clerk

Top tier IP firm Marks & Clerk specialises in patent drafting and prosecution. The firm has a large team in its Hong Kong office who deal with patent protection matters in technical fields such as life sciences, electrical, software, mechanical and chemical. Patent attorney Michael Lin manages the life sciences practice in Hong Kong and Beijing. Another notable patent practitioner is Eric Lam, who specialises in electronics and telecommunications.

Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown has an IP team that can advise on IP disputes and transactions. Head of Asia IP and TMT group Gabriela Kennedy is a lawyer with litigation and transactions experience in the technology sector.

Robin Bridge & John Liu

Robin Bridge & John Liu is recommended for patent filing and patent disputes. Managing partner Anthony Tong leads the firm's IP department. Tong deals with IP litigation work, including cross-border litigation management. Another notable practitioner in the firm is consultant Phoebe Chui, who is experienced in both contentious and non-contentious IP matters including patent portfolio management.

Spruson & Ferguson

Spruson & Ferguson is best known in the Asia-Pacific region for patent filing and prosecution work. The firm's patent team in Hong Kong has technical expertise in the ICT, life sciences, engineering and chemical sectors. Notable patent practitioners include Robert Jackson and Stanley Yip.

Vivien Chan & Co

Vivien Chan & Co can advise on patent protection and disputes work in Hong Kong and China. Vivien Chan and Anna Maw Koo are key contacts in the firm for patent work. Koo deals with non-contentious and contentious IP work. Work highlights show the team advising a pharmaceutical company on patent filing and prosecution.

Wilkinson & Grist

Wilkinson & Grist advises on patent filing and dispute resolution in Hong Kong and China. Andrea Fong leads the firm's intellectual property group and she is experienced in IP portfolio management and related legal work such as disputes. Another notable IP practitioner in the firm is Mena Lo. Case studies show the firm advised Apple on patent filing and prosecution.

Trade mark
Baker McKenzie
Baker McKenzie is among the top law firms in Hong Kong. The firm's full-service IP department has an extensive track record in advising its clients across a wide range of industry sectors and has strong expertise in portfolio management, technology transfer and licensing transactions. Partner Loke-Khoon Tan heads the firm's IP group in Hong Kong and China. His practice focuses on IP law in the People's Republic of China and he is experienced in representing brands and corporations in various industries. Partner Maria Smith heads the firm's Hong Kong and regional brand protection and enforcement team, which handles contentious, non-contentious and commercial IP matters, with a focus on trade mark and copyright. Work highlights feature partner Shih Yann Loo representing a leading French personal care company in relation to the infringement of its licensed trade mark by a third-party cosmetics manufacturer and retailer in Hong Kong.
Deacons
With eight partners and around 110 staff in total, Deacons advises on contentious and non-contentious IP matters in Hong Kong, as well as coordinating global instructions. Consumer goods, financial services, TMT, manufacturing, life sciences, and hospitality are some of the firm's key industries. Partner Charmaine Koo is co-head of Deacons IP department and head of the IP litigation and enforcement, commercial IP and entertainment and media practice groups.

Partner Rodney Goh heads the firm's Hong Kong and international trade mark group and he advises on trade mark prosecution, drafting evidence and contentious trade mark matters. Partner Patsy Lau has extensive experience in conducting trade mark audits and advising on portfolio structure, brand management and filing strategy. Work highlights show Koo acting for leading Hong Kong-listed, China-based insurance company Ping An Insurance in a court action for passing off against another company listed in Hong Kong which changed its name to a similar company name and stock short name.
DLA Piper

DLA Piper's IP team provides both contentious and strategic commercial advice to its clients. The firm's IP practice specialises in sector-focused services, helping clients from emerging technology and pharmaceutical companies to established banks and financial institutions. Partner Edward Chatterton is co-head of DLA Piper's Intellectual Property & Technology (IPT) practice, while Scott Thiel is Asia head of DLA's global technology practice and he is experienced in working on cutting edge information technology and outsourcing projects for blue chip clients, and works primarily within the non-contentious IP side. During the research period Chatterton and partner May Ng acted for a Hong Kong-based telecommunication company in a trade mark infringement case.

ELLALAN

With a team of 27 individuals who are specialised in IP, media and technology matters, boutique IP firm Ella Cheong & Alan Chiu Solicitors & Notaries handles IP licensing, franchising and transactional matters.

Key figures include senior partner and founder Ella Cheong and managing partner Alan Chiu who is renowned for his anti-counterfeiting, IP litigation and advisory practices.

Case studies show Chiu and his team acting for international Danish jewellery manufacturer and retailer Pandora in a litigation at the Hong Kong High Court concerning trade mark infringement, copyright infringement and passing off.

Hogan Lovells

The IP team of full-service international law firm Hogan Lovells provides clients with integrated legal advice on contentious and non-contentious IP matters.

Partner Eugene Low's practice covers the full spectrum of contentious, advisory IP and TMT work in Hong Kong and China.

During the research period Low, together with associates PJ Kaur and Arthur Ng, acted for the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry in an opposition involving the "Swiss" certification mark and established important procedural and substantive points in trade mark oppositions.

Jones Day

Peggy Cheung left the firm in July 2019, leaving Chiang Ling Li as the key contact in the Hong Kong office for soft IP work.

Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown has one of the largest IP and TMT practices in Asia with over 50 team members, handling IP litigation, due diligence and transactions, data privacy, franchising and technology cases. The firm's IP team is active in industry sectors such as financial services, construction, manufacturing, real estate, hospitality, media and technology and telecommunications.

Based in Hong Kong, Gabriela Kennedy heads the Asia IP and TMT group. Her practice covers IP, media, information technology and telecommunications law. She handles the full spectrum of IP work from litigation to licensing, strategic advice and portfolio management. Rosita Li is another notable partner of the firm and she acts on both contentious and non-contentious IP and information technology matters in Hong Kong and the PRC.

During the research period Kennedy and her team acted for a listed property developer in a dispute with one of its licensors in relation to the opening of restaurants in Hong Kong.

Reed Smith Richards Butler

Reed Smith Richards Butler was recommended in the 2019 edition for contentious and non-contentious soft IP work thanks to Steven Birt, who led its IP practice. Birt and associate Andrew Chan have now left the firm for MinterEllison. The firm hired commercial litigation lawyer Stephen Chan as a partner in May 2019.

Robin Bridge & John Liu

Robin Bridge & John Liu assists clients on IP acquisition, exploitation and enforcement, with a strong focus in the areas of fashion, entertainment and toys.

Key figures include managing partner Anthony Tong who leads the firm's IP department. He has a substantial litigation practice in different areas of IP in Hong Kong and China. Partner Anthea Loo's practice covers trade mark clearance, prosecution, opposition, cancellation and revocation proceedings in Hong Kong, China and overseas.

Case studies show Tong representing Switzerland-based luxury goods holding company Richemont in the trade mark infringement, copyright infringement and passing off proceedings of more than 50 designs of Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels and Piaget.

Rouse

Case studies show the firm advised Mars on both contentious and non-contentious trade mark issues in Hong Kong. Karen Sit left the firm in June 2019.

Simmons & Simmons

Simmons & Simmons' IP team in Hong Kong has a full-service trade mark and designs practice, advising on trade mark portfolio prosecution and enforcement as well as complex contentious and commercial matters. The team focuses on four key core sectors: life sciences, TMT, asset management and investment funds and financial institutions.

Partner and head of the firm's Hong Kong IP team John Slater has expertise in IP litigation and prosecution, particularly in relation to trade mark and copyright, as well as IP transactional work.

Slater and his team are assisting Australia-based skincare, bath and body products company Milk & Co regarding its worldwide trade mark filing program.

Vivien Chan & Co

Vivien Chan & Co is a full-service law firm with established law offices in Hong Kong and Beijing. The firm's IP team is experienced in representing brands in IP rights and cross-border infringement litigation, as well as invalidation proceedings.

With over 30 years of experience in IP, founding and senior partner Vivien Chan is one of the most respected practitioners in Hong Kong. Partner Anna Mae Koo practices non-contentious, contentious and transactional IP law. She regularly advises on IP licensing, franchising and other transactional matters in China and Hong Kong.

Work highlights show Koo representing a leading electronics company to enforce against infringers in Hong Kong who have been exporting counterfeit products to overseas buyers.

Wilkinson & Grist

Wilkinson & Grist is one of the top e-filers in Hong Kong for trade marks. The firm's IP team manages the IP portfolio of many multinational corporations for Hong Kong, China and other jurisdictions.

Head of the firm's IP department Andrea Fong has experience in handling a wide range of IP work, with a focus in IP portfolio management and strategy, litigation and commercial IP matters.

Partners Mena Lo and Florence Lam have acted for Bloomberg in filing and maintaining over 250 trade mark applications in Hong Kong and China.

Audrey Sze and Venus Yim joined the firm as associates in 2018, both specialised in prosecution and contentious trade mark work.