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Horace Lam

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Horace Lam practices in all aspects of intellectual property. He advises multinational companies on all types of intellectual property issues in China, and regularly assists Fortune 500 companies in developing and executing their IP strategies tailored to their Asian business. He has extensive experience advising on complex IP matters, including pan-Asia brand protection strategies, cross-border IP litigations, infringement, and enforcement, and multi-jurisdictions technology and know-how transfer and licensing matters. Horace has handled numerous IP disputes in China and other parts of Asia, including licensing, trademark, copyright, patent, confidential information, trade secrets and design rights matters. Horace also advises clients on IP issues relating to R&D collaborations including technology and know-how licensing and transfer, and inventor remuneration issues. Horace's IP experience ranges across various industries, including; consumer products; luxury goods; aerospace; automobiles; tobacco; spirits and beverages; oil and gas; high-technology; computer and software products; and telecommunications. Horace is the former Chair of the China Sub-committee, Anti-Counterfeiting and Enforcement Committee of the International Trademark Association (INTA). He is a member of INTA and the Asia Patent Practitioners Association (APPA). He regularly contributes to publications on the development of intellectual property law.

China: Intellectual property

Intellectual property: foreign firms

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Horace Lam - DLA Piper

Within: Intellectual property: foreign firms

DLA Piper is particularly noted for its brand management and patent expertise, advising on a mix of transactional IP matters, anti-counterfeiting programmes, IP licensing transactions as well as contentious IP matters. The team assisted an investment management company with the IP aspects of its strategic investment and represented a manufacturing company in a series of patent infringement matters against a Chinese company. Trade secrets disputes also feature in its recent highlights. The four-partner team is jointly led by Horace Lam and William Fisher, who are based in Beijing and Shanghai respectively, and further expanded with the hire of Ting Xiao from Hogan Lovells International LLP, who is particularly experienced in the life sciences sector.

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China: TMT

TMT: foreign firms

Within: TMT: foreign firms

Highlights for DLA Piper saw a global team advising a large media company on a multi-jurisdictional data protection compliance mandate. It also advised a US software company on the establishment of a joint venture in China and assisted with its content purchase arrangement with third-party service and technology provider as well as content licensing and onwards distribution. Qiang Li and Horace Lam are names to note, based in Shanghai and Beijing respectively. Hong Kong-based Scott Thiel and of counsel Carolyn Bigg are also recommended.

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