Andrew Cobden > Hogan Lovells > Hong Kong, Hong Kong > Lawyer Profile

Hogan Lovells
Hong Kong

Work Department

Intellectual Property


For more than 25 years, Andrew Cobden has been helping companies understand and deal with intellectual property issues. In that time, he has dealt with all types of matters involving a wide range of technology including artificial intelligence, mobile telephones, light-emitting diode lights, car spare parts, oil well valves, car navigation systems, many types of pharmaceuticals, and biological products. He enjoys the challenge of understanding how leading-edge, complex science and technology works.

He often works with leading technical experts and has helped design experiments to produce evidence of patent infringement. His goal is to find practical and, if necessary, innovative solutions to legal problems so clients can focus on their businesses.

Andrew studied in Australia and joined the firm in 1985, first working in London, then in Tokyo, and now in Hong Kong. Having lived and worked on three continents, he appreciates the legal, commercial, and cultural issues and differences that impact businesses operating globally, both in the East and the West.

Andrew advises global technology companies on licensing their intellectual property (IP) into mainland China, through joint ventures and other licensing arrangements. He regularly helps multinational companies understand the patent enforcement landscape in China and other countries in Asia to achieve their commercial objectives.

He has worked on all types of IP litigation, for plaintiffs and defendants, in both trials and appeals in England, France, Japan, Mainland China, and Hong Kong. Andrew is one of the few solicitor advocates with higher rights of audience before the Hong Kong Courts for civil proceedings. Andrew frequently represents clients in the superior courts in Hong Kong. He also has substantial experience in other forms of dispute resolution, including arbitrations and mediations.

Apart from IP disputes, Andrew has acted for clients across a broad spectrum of matters from competition law (antitrust) to pharmaceutical regulations and clinical trials, international fraud and defamation cases (including obtaining a judgment from a jury worth several million dollars), and a multibillion-dollar transaction involving the sale of a mobile telephone network in Japan.




Asia Patent Attorneys Association (Hong Kong Group Council member)

Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Fellow)

Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (Associate Member)


B. Ec., LL. B., University of Sydney

Lawyer Rankings

Hong Kong > Intellectual property

Headed by the ‘extremely helpful and accesible‘ Eugene Low  from Hong Kong, and also benefiting from a significant presence in Beijing and Shanghai, Hogan Lovells is able to provide a coordinated and efficient service to international and Asian clients on the protection, exploitation and enforcement of their IPR. On the contentious front, the firm is well-versed in handling trade mark and copyright litigation, and as a result of the firm’s establishment of Hogan Lovells Fidelity in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone, is one of the few foreign law firms that can provide direct IP litigation representation in China. Counsel Andrew Cobden has vast contentious experience in the market (he has higher rights of audience before the Hong Kong courts), and is particularly noted for his expertise handling patent litigation within the pharmaceutical sector.