Next Generation Partners

Intellectual property in Hong Kong

Baker McKenzie

Serving as a hub for IP matters throughout APAC and also able to leverage resources throughout its broader global network of offices on multijurisdictional matters, Baker McKenzie’s ‘friendly and professional’ team is a popular choice among many leading brands to manage, protect and enforce their intellectual property rights (IPR) irrespective of geographical boundaries. The firm’s extensive knowledge as a result of many years’ experience in the market ensures that clients benefit from best practices gleaned from previous cases, consequently ensuring that ‘advice is optimised to best suit the client’. Team head Isabella Liu is well-versed in handling IP matters in the life sciences sector, in particular, including as it relates to patent protection/filing, commercialisation and in the context of due diligence associated with broader M&A transactions handled by the firm. Ruby Chan is ‘extremely hands on and responsive’ for major international companies on their brand protection strategies (particularly in the context of trade mark matters) throughout the region and ‘always provides the best strategies and solutions’. Senior partner Loke-Khoon Tan has excellent traction among leading consumer goods and retail brands on the protection and enforcement of their IPR and is particularly acclaimed for his work seeking to protect against counterfeiters in Mainland China.

Practice head(s):

Isabella Liu

Other key lawyers:

Loke-Khoon Tan; Maria Smith; Andrew Sim; Ruby Chan


‘The team not only has abundant expertise and experience in IP management in Hong Kong and in nearby jurisdictions like Mainland China and Asian countries, but they also have a widespread network all over the world with local law firms, which made them very capable of handling worldwide IP projects.’

They always provide the best strategies and solutions to our trademark registrations.’

‘They are friendly, professional and easy to work with.’

Key clients

Accel-KKR Holdings GP, LLC

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)


Work highlights

  • Advised Nike on Employee Invention and Non- Disclosure Agreements in conjunction with reorganization and consolidation in corporate group structure in Hong Kong and Macau.
  • Conducted IP due diligence on behalf of a US-based private equity fund for the proposed acquisition of a 50% interest in the provider of labelling and artwork management services via software.

Bird & Bird

Often working closely with practitioners on the Mainland, Bird & Bird's Hong Kong team provides a comprehensive non-contentious and contentious IP offering to both large and smaller retail and consumer, life sciences and technology companies on the protection and enforcement of their IPR. Hank Leung is well-versed in advising on trade mark and copyright matters, including portfolio management and the effective commercialisation of IPR through licensing and other contractual agreements. Leung is particularly adept at advising gaming clients on IP matters, work which has recently included innovative issues relating to non-fungible tokens (NFTs) in the space. Ted Chwu has also been at the vanguard of new technologies and business models, handling a considerable volume of work as it relates to NFTs, the blockchain and AI. In her role as head of life sciences and healthcare throughout APAC, Alison Wong handles a range of IP and regulatory issues for clients in the sector, including in the context of commercial contracts and patent litigation. Matthew Laight, who heads up the firm’s overarching APAC IP offering, is also very adept at handling patent litigation, and is regularly involved for technology clients bringing infringement claims throughout China, as well as internationally. Victor Tse, who was promoted to partner in May 2023, effectively parlays his technical background in science to good effect when handling complex IP litigation.

Practice head(s):

Hank Leung

Other key lawyers:

Alison Wong; Matthew Laight; Ted Chwu; Victor Tse

Key clients

Riot Games

Helen of Troy

Water21 Holdings Limited

International Olympic Committee

Edwards Lifesciences

Anker Innovations Limited

Merck KGaA

Chinachem Group Corporation Limited




Knorr-Bremse Asia Pacific

Hong Kong Centre for Cerebro-cardiovascular Health Engineering Limited

Computime Group Limited

Beckmann AS


Drawing upon a deep understanding of the law and the relevant commercial drivers, Deacons provides a ‘market-leading service’ to global, Asian and Hong Kong-based IP-rich companies across a broad swathe of their contentious and non-contentious IP requirements. Patsy Lau excels in maintaining, developing and enforcing extensive IP portfolios throughout the region and is recognised for her exceptional trade mark expertise both by clients across a range of sectors, and by peers, for example, through her former role as President of the Hong Kong Institute of Trade Mark Practitioners. Drawing on strong legal and technical knowledge, Jeffrey McLean is at the forefront of the firm’s patent prosecution work, helping to proactively manage multinational portfolios in consumer, electronic, biochemical and mechanical technologies in China and around the Asian region, particularly South East Asia. Theresa Luk was recently promoted to partner in recognition of her multi-faceted practice, which includes IP litigation and commercial expertise, including for clients in the media and entertainment space. The vastly experienced Charmaine Koo also maintains a vibrant practice in her role as a consultant, handling trade mark infringement matters, commercial and data privacy issues, as well as compliance and regulatory issues relating to marketing and advertising. Annie Tsoi and Catherine Zheng co-head the team.

Practice head(s):

Annie Tsoi; Catherine Zheng

Other key lawyers:

Charmaine Koo; Patsy Lau; Jeffrey McLean; Kelley Loo; Theresa Luk


‘They provide a market-leading service.’

Key clients


Ping An

Work highlights

  • Acted for Alibaba/Taobao in IP infringement proceedings commenced in Hong Kong by cosmetics supplier Mary Kay against three Alibaba companies, Zhejiang Tmall Network Co., Ltd, Zhejiang Tmall Technology Co., Ltd and Taobao China Holding Limited and two Mainland China third-party sellers on the and platform.
  • Representing Ping An Insurance of China group of companies in relation to various IP disputes.

Rouse & Co. International (Overseas) Limited

From its Hong Kong office, IP boutique Rouse & Co. International (Overseas) Limited works alone, as well as in conjunction with offices on the mainland, as well as throughout the region, to assist IP-rich companies from a range of sectors to manage and protect their IPR, including in difficult emerging markets in Asia. Led by the vastly experienced Rachel Tan, the team is best-known for its trade mark expertise, including helping technology, consumer and pharmaceuticals multinationals in relation to brand clearance, protection, and in the context of strategic advice to clients introducing new brands to the Chinese market.  On the contentious front, Adelaide Yu is adept at helping clients to enforce their IPR, including patents, trade marks and copyright, regularly working alongside Hong Kong Customs in relation to border seizures and conducting inland raids for clients. Other key practitioners include Theresa Mak, who leads the firm’s Hong Kong trade marks team; Chad Dowle, in relation to international portfolio management; Chris Vale for IP litigation, including on matters with a nexus to South East Asia; and Mary Man, who also manages Rouse Hub, a centralised portfolio management service providing clients streamlined offerings of managing complex global portfolios.

Practice head(s):

Rachel Tan; Chad Dowle; Chris Vale; Adelaide Yu; Theresa Mak; Mary Man

Other key lawyers:

Carrie Yu; Mina Li

Mayer Brown

Leveraging its strong credentials in Hong Kong and on Mainland China, Mayer Brown is accomplished at advising clients from a range of sectors including financial services, construction, manufacturing, retail, luxury and fashion, in relation to both regional and global IPR protection. On the litigation front, a particular strength is the firm’s ability to effectively mobilise local law and US law advice for Chinese clients on cross-border IP litigation, including as it relates to Section 337 of the International Trade Commission (ITC). Combining strong broad-based TMT knowledge with core IP experience, ‘very professional’ team head Gabriela Kennedy provides ‘sound advice’ to clients seeking to protect, enforce and commercialise their brands throughout Asia and beyond. In addition, Kennedy is well-versed in domain name disputes and has niche data privacy expertise. Amita Haylock is particularly adept at advising on IP issues arising within the software and technology sectors, including arbitration of copyright infringement and disputes arising out of licensing agreements. Counsel Michelle Yee has strong credentials advising on brand management matters.

Practice head(s):

Gabriela Kennedy

Other key lawyers:

Amita Haylock; Michelle Yee


‘The firm offers comprehensive services and coordinates with offices in other areas, so we only need to contact one single point.’

Gabriela Kennedy is very professional and provides sound advice.’

Key clients


Hong Kong Cyberport Development Holdings Limited


Anhui Jinhe Industrial Co., Ltd. And Jinhe USA LLC

Beijing Gingko Group, along with Jiangsu Xixin Vitamin Co., Ltd. and Jinke Group USA Inc


EverPro Technologies Co., Ltd

Nvidia & Mellanox

South China Morning Post

Various universities

Sun Hung Kai Group

Clifford Chance

Acting on its own as well as frequently forming part of a multidisciplinary offering drawing upon broader corporate, litigation, employment and commercial expertise, Clifford Chance’s Hong Kong-based team provides broad ranging IP expertise for clients within the healthcare, financial services, telecommunications media and technology sectors, among others, both in local and multi-jurisdictional matters. As well as having core knowledge in trade mark, copyright and patent issues, team head Ling Ho is also adept at advising on tangential matters including, IT outsourcing cyber, data privacy and defamation. Ho’s breadth of knowledge ensures that clients have access to one point of contact on often complex matters which involve multi-faceted issues. Thomas Walsh also handles some technology and IP-related disputes for clients as a function of his wide-ranging arbitration practice.

Practice head(s):

Ling Ho

Other key lawyers:

Shi Lei; Thomas Walsh; Brian Harley; Jeannie Lam; Dianna Shao; Haoyang Zhang; Justin Luo

Key clients




Aston Martin

DLA Piper

Led from Hong Kong by Edward Chatterton and also drawing upon significant resources on the Mainland and globally, DLA Piper provides ‘commercially and legally exceptional advice’ to clients from a range of sectors seeking to protect and enforce their IPR throughout Asia and beyond. As part of his brand protection expertise, Chatterton has ‘excellent skills in handling IP protection and disputes in China’, particularly as it relates to trade mark matters. Elizabeth Wong, who was promoted to partner in May 2023, is also key to the office’s brand protection expertise and heads up the office’s trade mark prosecution team. Senior associate Olivia Huang is ‘very service minded and delivers clear and high-quality advice on IP protection and disputes in China’. 

Practice head(s):

Edward Chatterton

Other key lawyers:

Elizabeth Wong; Wilson Lung; Joanne Zhang; Olivia Huang


They provide commercially and legally exceptional advice.’

The IP team of DLA Piper Hong Kong is very adept at handling trade mark application processes and disputes in China.’

Edward Chatterton has excellent skills in handling IP protection and disputes in China.’

Olivia Huang is very service minded and delivers clear and high-quality advice on IP protection and disputes in China.’

Key clients

Manolo Blahnik



Avon Products


Hillhouse Group


Corinthia Hotels Limited

Snap-On Incorporated

Verizon Media

Work highlights

  • Exclusively advising Manolo Blahnik, the world-famous shoe designer and founder of the eponymous luxury brand, on all its IP matters globally. Work includes identifying, invalidating, and opposing pirate marks and registrations.
  • Advising HSBC on the full range of trade mark and brand protection matters across Asia, including but not limited to trade mark filing, prosecution, portfolio management, oppositions, enforcement, and disputes across Asia, regarding new and established brands.
  • Advising Gweilo, the largest craft brewer in Hong Kong on IP and brand protection issues in Hong Kong and globally.

Jones Day

Led by the ‘proactive, experienced and knowledgeable’ Haifeng HuangJones Day’s Hong Kong IP team is ‘exceptionally good at engaging and interacting with clients’, including multinationals and local entities within the tech and life sciences sectors seeking to commercialise, protect and enforce their IPR. As well as advising local and international corporates on Hong Kong and Asia-based matters, Huang also regularly liaises with the firm’s US offices to advise Chinese corporates on outbound litigation, including as respondents in Section 337 ITC investigations.

Practice head(s):

Haifeng Huang


They are exceptionally good at engaging and interacting with clients.’

‘Haifeng Huang is proactive, very experienced and knowledgeable.’

Key clients

Tineco Intelligent Technology Co., Ltd.

Wybotics Co., Ltd.

Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co., Ltd.

East Penn Manufacturing Co.

Wikimedia Foundation

PJSC Oil Company “LUKOIL”

Incyte Corporation

GAW Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Represented Tineco as respondent in an investigation filed by complainants Bissell Inc. and Bissell Homecare Inc. relating to five asserted patents of wet-dry surface cleaning devices.
  • Successfully represented Wybotics in a Section 337 patent infringement investigation before the US ITC.
  • Defending Hikvision and its affiliates in several patent infringement lawsuits in the US. The firm also assists Hikvision with the management of its global trade mark portfolios and has been handling trade mark prosecution and enforcement actions in China, US and EU.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Led by ‘consummate professional’ Justin Davidson, Norton Rose Fulbright’s Hong Kong-based team is particularly skilled at managing and enforcing large-scale IP portfolios for major local and international brands within the financial services, technology and life sciences sectors. In this context, as well as drawing upon deep local expertise, clients also benefit from the ability to leverage vast international resources from across its global network of offices. Other work includes advice on IP due diligence associated with corporate transactions handled by the firm, as well as an increasing volume of tech-related patent litigation in the PRC.

Practice head(s):

Justin Davidson

Other key lawyers:

Stanley Ng; James Kwong


Justin Davidson is a consummate professional who delivers practical advice.’

Key clients

BNP Paribas

A.Y. Laboratories Ltd

Antisense Therapeutics Limited

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

De Motu Cordis Pty Ltd

Endogene Limited

Genus plc

Integrated Protein Technologies, Inc.

Neuren Pharmaceuticals Limited

Stembiosys. Inc.

University of Louisville Research Foundation Inc.

Crown Worldwide Holdings Ltd.

Global Futures & Options

ASTRI (Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology


City University of Hong Kong

WaveTouch Limited

Stella McCartney Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising Global Future & Options on the rollout and management of their global trade mark portfolio.
  • Advising the Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) on the management, protection and commercialisation of their valuable IP portfolio assets.
  • Advising BNP Paribas on the management and enforcement of its global trade mark portfolio.

Wilkinson & Grist

Longstanding independent Hong Kong-based firm Wilkinson & Grist remains a popular choice among domestic and China-based multinational companies across a range of industry sectors for its ability to provide ‘practical and creative’ advice regarding the management and enforcement of their IP portfolios. In this context, the team, which is able to draw upon significant firepower both domestically and in Beijing (including trade mark and patent attorneys), has a particularly strong reputation advising on trade mark filing work. Other strengths include advice on domain name registrations/disputes, actions against cyber squatters, and internet-related infringements. Mena Lo heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Mena Lo

Other key lawyers:

Annie Tsoi; Florence Lam; Shireen So; Venus Lee; Priscilla Chan; Andrea Fong


They provide consistently high levels of service and advice.’

‘The advice is practical and creative.’

Key clients

Inter IKEA Systems B.V.


Johnson & Johnson

Adidas International Marketing B.V.

The Coca-Cola Company

Dyson Limited

CK Asset Holdings Limited


Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Galaxy Entertainment Group

Richemont International

Universal Music Limited

Mercedes-Benz Intellectual Property GmbH & Co. KG

Kao Corporation


Kraft Foods

Dr. Ing. h.c.F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft

Genting Hong Kong Limited


Exxon Mobile Corporation

Yahoo Inc.


L’Occitane International (Suisse) SA



Under the leadership of Jonathan Chu, CMS has developed excellent market traction for existing clients brought over with him from his previous firm, as well as increasingly for core firm-wide institutional clients. As well as handling portfolio management work for brand owners, Chu has also started (particularly in light of the re-opening of the Chinese economy following Covid-19 restrictions) to grow the firm’s reputation on the litigation front, including handling piracy infringement enforcement work. Candy Tong is also a key member of the team and has been instrumental in developing the office’s trade mark prosecution and filing offering.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Chu

Other key lawyers:

Nick Beckett; Mengyi Chen; Candy Tong


The CMS HK IP team covers a wide range of IP capabilities. Our experience with them has primarily been with trade marks, both prosecution and enforcement, and they have always been able to deliver us results at a reasonable cost.’

‘The team is responsive and cost-effective.’

Key clients

APM Monaco

4M Industrial Development Limited

American Express


Bank of England (BOE) Hong Kong

The Crown Estate Commissioner (UK)

Dah Chong Hong Holdings Limited


National Westminster Bank (NatWest)


University of Cambridge

Value Retail (Bicester Village)


Yunnan Baiyao Group Co. Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Gala Films Distribution Limited in a claim against AllRightsReserved for copyright and passing off infringement.
  • Advised a British broadcaster and telecommunications company in a dispute for its house mark against a well-known Hong Kong listed PRC company.
  • Advised an e-commerce platform in relation to its IP protection strategy  and provided legal opinion as part of its listing project.

Dorsey & Whitney

Led by Janet Wong, Dorsey & Whitney's Hong Kong-based IP offering excels in providing patent and trade mark portfolio management work for large brand owners, where it adds value by virtue of its international network, as well as the firm’s core underlying primary focus on work in the space. As well as its core brand management focus, the team also handles ad-hoc IP due diligence-related to firm-wide transactional work, as well as a considerable volume of IP enforcement work, often with a nexus to the US.

Practice head(s):

Janet Wong

Other key lawyers:

Lilian Shi


Dorsey & Whitney has continuously provided us with invaluable insight and knowledge when we have had to deal with complex international litigation matters in recent years, especially in Hong Kong and China.’

They provide advice in a creative and cost-effective manner.’

Janet Wong and Lilian Shi have done an excellent job advising us on how to handle and respond to numerous trade mark enforcement and prosecution matters.’

Key clients

Mayo Clinic

Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Co., Ltd.

Hearts on Fire Company, LLC

World Trade Centers Association, Inc.

Samsonite IP Holdings Sarl / Samsonite Asia Limited / Tumi, Inc.

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.

Sangraf International Hong Kong Limited

LKK Health Products Group Limited

Novalearn Limited

Lee Kum Kee Company Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing long-term client Mayo Clinic in successful trade mark opposition/invalidation actions brought against a group that manufactures and sells healthy drinks bearing its mark with operations in multiple cities in Mainland China.
  • Represented Hearts On Fire Company, LLC, the US subsidiary of Chow Tai Fook Jewellery in maintaining its global trade mark portfolio in over 30 jurisdictions since 2016 and in co-ordinating extensive trade mark searches and successfully obtaining trademark registrations for a new sub-brand and a new house logo in various jurisdictions.
  • Advised a worldwide trade association in successfully preventing the dilution of its brand in the logistics business in multiple jurisdictions by pursuing oppositions across multiple jurisdictions and ultimately reaching a very favourable settlement that the logistics group agreed to cease using the disputed mark.

Hogan Lovells

Acting on its own as well as frequently collaborating with Beijing and Shanghai-based practitioners, Hogan Lovells' Hong Kong office provides a strong service to large international corporates from a range of sectors, including pharmaceuticals, technology and gaming, on the management, enforcement and commercialisation of their IPR throughout Greater China and the wider APAC region. Team head Eugene Low has strong trade mark, copyright and patent knowledge and as well as his advisory and litigation expertise, also provides IP due diligence associated with transactional work handled by the broader M&A and capital markets teams at the firm.

Practice head(s):

Eugene Low

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Cobden; PJ Kaur

Key clients

Merck & Co. Inc.



Spray Moret

The LEGO Group

SIPS – Simone Intellectual Property Services

Working in a very integrated fashion between its Hong Kong and Shanghai offices, IP boutique SIPS – Simone Intellectual Property Services maintains a strong reputation advising multinational clients (with business interests throughout Greater China) and China corporates on the management of their IP portfolios. Head of the Hong Kong practice, Helen Tang excels in handling trade mark prosecution and filing work, with clients spanning a range of industry sectors. Other recommended practitioners include ‘influential and very experienced’ founding partner Joe Simone, who excels at PRC-related IP work, and Dan Plane, who has a strong reputation handing anti-counterfeit work throughout APAC.

Practice head(s):

Helen Tang; Dan Plane; Joe Simone

Other key lawyers:

Grace Chen; Mia Chen


Joe Simone is very experienced and influential.’

Eversheds Sutherland

Led by Cedric Lam, Eversheds Sutherland provides an all-encompassing offering to clients seeking to protect and commercialise their IPR, as well as advising on IP issues adjacent to M&A transactions handled by the broader corporate practice. On the litigation front, the team has expertise in relation to copyright and patent disputes, areas that China-qualified patent attorney (and UK solicitor/advocate) Sum Lam is particularly adept.

Practice head(s):

Cedric Lam

Other key lawyers:

Sum Lam; Winnie Ho; Koon-yiu Tse

Key clients

Cardiologs Technologies

CDE Global


Emerson Electric

Entertainment One

Jordan Outdoor Enterprises dba Realtree

Microchip Technology

Slowood International

Store Friendly Self Storage Group Asia

UK Secretary of State for Defence

Work highlights

  • Advised a Nasdaq-listed global pioneer in active immunotherapies as global lead counsel in a high-stake and bespoke licensing and global strategic collaboration transaction with a leading Chinese biopharmaceutical company involving two investigational antibody-drug conjugate assets with potential payments totalling over $1.5bn.
  • Counselled a global top-50 apparel brand on all IP and franchising issues in a high-value and complex joint-venture transaction involving multiple public companies and operations in a handful of jurisdictions and on post-completion non-contentious and contentious trade mark and copyright matters in various jurisdictions including Greater China.
  • Served as the lead IP litigation strategist to a global e-scooter manufacturing and distribution group listed on the ASX in series of bet-the-business multi-party global IP and distribution disputes with its Chinese joint-venture partners and their investors in various EU, Southeast Asian and Central American jurisdictions.


Combining strong local knowledge with deep substantive law expertise, Gallant is a popular choice among domestic and multinational corporates seeking to protect, commercialise and enforce IPR throughout the region. In this context, as well as a considerable volume of work for private sector companies, the team has niche strength acting for Hong Kong-based education institutions. Head of litigation Emily Chick handles a considerable volume of contentious IP work and is a pivotal member of the team that also includes consultant Rebecca Lo.

Practice head(s):

Emily Chick; Clement Lam; Rebecca Lo

Key clients

Apple Inc


British Telecommunications plc

HKEX Group

Hongkong Land Group

Salvatore Ferragamo

De Beers

Parfums Christian Dior

LVMH Fragrance Brands


Masimo Corporation

ICU Medical, Inc.

Snap Inc.

National Basket Association (NBA)

United States Polo Association (USPA)




Mitsubishi Electric

Transamerica Corporation

Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group

John Hancock Insurance

Monster Energy Company

Monster Brewing LLC

Reign Beverage LLC

Keurig Green Mountain


Emmi Switzerland


Work highlights

  • Managing the IP portfolio of a large number of famous brands, registering their trade marks in Hong Kong as well as in other jurisdictions, handling opposition, revocation and invalidation proceedings as well as infringement and passing off proceedings and handling customs enforcement.
  • Represented The Hongkong Land Company, Limited in its High Court action against Hong Kong TV Shopping Network Company Limited, the operator of “hktvmall”, for infringement of its registered and unregistered trade mark rights.
  • Advised a large China-based online game company on regulatory issues relating to Web 3.0, Metaverse, NFT, digital asset and crypto currency.

Lewis Silkin

Led by the ‘decisive and thoughtful’ Jezamine Fewins, Lewis Silkin provides ‘very sharp, practical and innovative’ advice to clients from a range of sectors on brand protection and the commercialisation of their IPR in both Hong Kong and across the Asia-Pacific region. Fewins is a noted litigator with ‘rich experience in local IP laws and regulation’. She regularly handles trade mark, design and copyright infringement actions, often handling the advocacy herself.

Practice head(s):

Jezamine Fewins

Other key lawyers:

Karen Chu; Emily Chow


‘The team is very sharp, practical and innovative in their handling of matters.’

The responsive Jezamine Fewins has rich experience in local IP laws and regulation.’

‘The decisive and insightful Jezamine Fewins is an excellent litigator.’

Key clients

Double Lion Global Limited

Venchi HK Limited and Venchi S.P.A

The Arsenal Football Club Public Limited Company

A Hong Kong NGO


The Insights Group Limited

Sustainable Office Solutions Ltd.

Cleverdent Limited

RENAULT s.a.s.

Utmost International Isle of Man Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisted a content provider with preparing commission letters for a campaign to ensure licences are in place for the duration of an airline campaign, where the airline contracted with local artists for original artworks to be used in airline lounges and on their planes.
  • Assisted a high-end confectionary manufacturer to issue cease and desist letters to a competing business which was using an identical display stand in the shop premises which was an infringement of our client’s registered design and copyright.
  • Represented minority interests of a JV focusing on the oil and gas industry in a case where the client discovered the IP rights had not been transferred to the JV and new patents had been applied for by the inventor who was one of the majority shareholders.

Minter Ellison

At Minter Ellison, team head Steven Birt has a broad-based IP practice which includes portfolio management for numerous large brands, advice on commercialisation strategies, and litigation relating to copyright, trade mark, patent and design right infringements.

Practice head(s):

Steven Birt

Key clients


Natural Insulation Products Incorporation (NIPI)

CYC Design Corporation (Aritzia Group)

Work highlights

  • Acting for Duracell in relation to an Internet monitoring program to identify and act against illicit counterfeiting activities on the Internet, particularly in relation to online marketing of counterfeit goods and unauthorized product postings on online trading websites.
  • Advising on and pursuing oppositions and invalidation applications against trade marks which are identical or confusingly similar to the client’s THINDOWN marks, and some of which were apparently copied from the client’s marks deliberately and filed in bad faith.
  • Acting for CYC Design Corporation in the protection of its famous trade mark rights through pursuing invalidation action in the Hong Kong High Court against four identical and/or confusing similar trade marks registered and one trade mark application filed by a PRC-incorporated company in Hong Kong.

OLN IP Services Limited

OLN IP Services Limited advises international and local clients from the publishing, clothing, jewellery, catering and travel industry sectors across a broad range of contentious and non-contentious IP matters spanning trade marks, copyright, patents and design rights. The ‘responsive’ Vera Sung provides ‘exceptional trade mark prosecution advice’ and co-heads the team alongside Benjamin Choi.

Practice head(s):

Benjamin Choi; Vera Sung

Other key lawyers:

Evelyne Yeung


They display a practical and innovative approach to work in the space.’

The responsive Vera Sung provides exceptional trade mark prosecution advice.’