Intellectual Property

In the field of intellectual property our team is deeply experienced and has done innovative work for our clients. Practice head Hans Lee formerly led the intellectual property team at Nixon Peabody CWL, Darren FitzGerald was head of Asia Dispute Resolution at Bird & Bird and Suzanne Kendall long term expert adviser at the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

Across our offices in Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Sydney and network of regional firms and contacts, we cover the full range of contentious and non-contentious intellectual property work.  Our practice runs from patent prosecution and intellectual property registration through commercialisation of intellectual property and enforcement.  We also advise in the related areas of data privacy and domain names.  In Hong Kong we work closely with You Yi IP, a leading intellectual property services firm.  For Mainland Chinese intellectual property matters we offer seamless services with our associated firm Watson & Band.  They are in the top flight of intellectual property firms on the Mainland as recognised by leading legal publications IAM Patent 1000, Chambers and WTR 1000.

Our team members' experience in patents is strong and includes drafting LAN technology patent specifications for one of the world's largest personal computer companies and representing a renowned brand of high end acoustic products deal with issues around WI-FI standard essential patents.  Recently we helped a Europe-based supplier of a generic cancer drug win a tender for supply to the Hong Kong Hospital Authority managing clearance searches and securing a freedom to operate opinion.  At the same time we fended off a claim for secondary medical use infringement by the original Swiss patent holder. 

Our corporate team advises on a broad range of transactional intellectual property such as assignments, licences and website agreements.  Recently we advised an international music rights management company on a subpublishing agreement in Hong Kong.

We are also one of the few firms in Hong Kong and regionally that are regularly involved in substantial intellectual property arbitration.  Recent arbitrations include acting for the subsidiary of a German-listed company in a substantial technology licensing dispute with its Mainland Chinese joint venture and for a Singapore-based intellectual property rights holder (part of a Thai-listed hotel management group) against the owner of a hotel in Mainland China.  We also act for international brands in crossborder litigation, a recent example case being for an Australia-based hotel management group in trademark opposition proceedings in Hong Kong brought by a well-known US-based hotel management chain.


Hans Lee

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