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Deacons wins gold in World Trademark Review 1000 (2018 edition)

We are delighted to announce that Deacons has been highly ranked in the eighth edition of The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals, published by the World Trademark Review 1000.

Deacons is again ranked as a Gold Tier law firm in Hong Kong for both categories: Enforcement & Litigation and Prosecution & Strategy, one of only four firms to achieve this feat. Moreover, six of our partners are selected as leading individuals for “Enforcement and Litigation”, “Prosecution and Strategy” and the newly-created ‘Transactions’ category, which is the highest proportion of partners ranked by firm in Hong Kong.

Enforcement and litigation individuals:

  • Annie Tsoi
  • Charmaine Koo

Prosecution and strategy individuals:

  • Catherine Zheng
  • Rodney Goh
  • Patsy Lau
  • Vivian Poon

Transactions individual:

  • Charmaine Koo

The editorial says,

“The most famous Hong Kong law firm, full-service Deacons is a major player in the IP arena. Its large, highly specialised, seven-partner, 24-lawyer team keeps the firm at the top of the local filing charts and well able to handle conflicts, whenever they flare up. The market feedback speaks for itself: “In prosecution, the team reliably secures the broadest protection and provides deeply strategic advice that helps you avoid problems down the road.” Clients seeking IP protection are spoilt for choice in terms of experienced partners; the “highly responsive and commercial” Vivian Poon is a top choice when it comes to registering non-traditional marks; “top notch” Rodney Goh is the person to call for “strategic, practical and clear advice” on pan-continental trademark briefs and is “extremely knowledgeable”; Patsy Lau works miracles when devising portfolio structures that maximise IP value. The litigation section of the firm is also top class, but Catherine Zheng and Charmaine Koo are the standout stars. “Zheng is an elite expert on trademark and domain name matters in China and can be relied on completely. She is highly responsive and produces work and results that are consistently excellent.” Koo scores highly for “advice that goes straight to the heart of the matter”. A master litigator who has fought IP battles all the way up to the Court of Final Appeal, she is also an authority on entertainment law. She co-heads the IP department with Annie Tsoi, who is the main Deacons expert on China IP issues.”

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