Intellectual property in Hong Kong Bar
Andrew Liao SC's Chambers
Andrew Liao SC's Chambers is regarded as having 'the go-to IP counsel in Hong Kong'. Head of chambers Andrew Liao SC (also a door tenant at 8 New Square Intellectual Property in London) and John Yan SC are regarded as elite senior practitioners. The set's junior ranks include star senior juniors Philips Wong and Dominic Pun. William Tse, in a Court of First instance appeal from the Registrar of Trademarks, successfully represented a bubble tea company that sought to register "Ice Monster" as a trade mark, which was objected to by the company that produces the Monster energy drink (represented by Wong).
Denis Chang’s Chambers
Denis Chang’s Chambers' Earl Deng represented Passion Marketing Company in a sports agency dispute with snooker player Marco Fu, over control of the player's Facebook fan page with issues of copyright and passing-off, and in a separate case represented the defendant in Nagravision v Zhuhai Gotech Intelligent Technology Company, concerning the enforcement of an American default judgment under the Digital Millenium Copyright Act.
Des Voeux Chambers' head of chambers Winnie Tam SC is 'one of the leading practitioners in the field' according to solicitors. She and Ling Chun Wai represented LVMH in a dispute with persons selling red wine under the name "Xavier-Louis Vuitton", the defendants, who were representing themselves, unsuccessfully argued that as this was the real name of the winemaker (a member of the Vuitton family) and it was a requirement of EU labelling law to include it. Tam SC is also a door tenant of elite London IP set 8 New Square.
Prince's Chambers' Sebastian Hughes represents the claimant Swiss encryption company in Nagravision v Zhuhai Gotech Intelligent Technology, a case concerning the enforcement of a US default judgment under the Digital Millenium Copyright Act concerning the alleged sale of unauthorised pay-TV set-top boxes. He also has web domain expertise, and sits as an Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre arbitrator.