EXPERIENCE

 
 

As a barrister, I have appeared in numerous cases involving intellectual property issues including patent infringement, trademark infringement and passing off trials, applying for and opposing interim injunctions and other interlocutory applications.  I also handled Trade Marks Registry hearings on registrability, oppositions and cancellations.  I have also represented clients in a number of defamation cases.

The strategic intellectual property and commercial law advice I provide is based on my experience handling over 2,000 patent, trade mark, copyright and passing off/unfair competition cases in Hong Kong and China. I have handled numerous patent infringement cases relating to pharmaceutical and telecommunications patents. I have also co-ordinated numerous cross border litigation cases across Asia. My non-contentious experience includes advising on technology transfer and conducting patent and other intellectual property audits as well as freedom to operate analyses.

I have also handled numerous general litigation cases in China and arbitrations relating to investment in or licensing to China.

 
 

PROFESSIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

 
 

FELLOW OF

Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators

CEDR accredited mediator

 

DOMAIN NAME PANELIST

World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)

Asia Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre (ADNDRC) 

 

MEMBER OF

WIPO's Legal Rights Objection (LRO) Panel

Asian Patent Attorney's Association (APAA)

 
 

I was previously co-chair of the European Chamber of Commerce IPR Working Group in China and am a member of the Asian Patent Attorney's Association (APAA).

As a WIPO panelist I have rendered over 150 decisions including approximately 30 decisions in Chinese and 1 in Japanese. I also rendered one of the first LRO decisions. 

Until 2010 I was based in Shanghai as managing partner of Hogan Lovells' Shanghai office; head of the firm's Mainland China Intellectual Property practice and co-head of the worldwide patent practice.  I was with Hogan Lovells for 18 years from 1993 when I joined the Hong Kong office. I moved to Shanghai in 2000 to establish the Lovells' intellectual property practice in Mainland China and became a partner in the firm in 2001.

I was responsible for setting the Shanghai office of Lovells in 2003.  From 2003 to 2010, I was managing partner of Lovells' Shanghai office. In that time the office grew in size to have over 40 fee earners and more than 70 staff in total. In 2008 and 2009, I was an elected member of Lovells' partnership council which oversaw the internal management of the firm's partnership.

 
 

QUALIFICATIONS

 
 

PROFESSIONAL

Fellow, Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators (FHKIArb), 2012

Barrister, Hong Kong, 2011

Barrister & Solicitor, Victoria, Australia, 1995

Solicitor, England & Wales, 1998

Solicitor, Hong Kong, 1996-2011

 

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies), Australian National University, 1992

Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Australian National University, 1992

Post Graduate Certificate (Chinese and Chinese Law), Fudan University, 1990

Post Graduate Certificate in Laws, City University of Hong Kong, 1994

 
 

LANGUAGES

English

Fluent Mandarin Chinese

Fluent Japanese

 

OTHERS

Japanese to English Translator

Chinese to English Translator

Accredited at professional level by National Accreditation Agency for Translators and Interpreters (Australia)