David Swain
David Swain

David Swain

Senior Associate

LOCATION:
Hong Kong
DIRECT:
+852 2825 9666

David Swain

Senior Associate

LOCATION:
Hong Kong
DIRECT:
+852 2825 9666


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David is a Senior Associate in Deacons’ Intellectual Property practice.

He joined Deacons in June 2014, having previously trained and qualified at a large city firm in London, and is qualified as a solicitor in both Hong Kong (2016) and England & Wales (2010). 

David holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree in Biochemistry from Imperial College of University of London, England, a Master of Science degree in Entrepreneurship, Science & Technology, University of Nottingham, England and an LLB from The College of Law, London, England. He also holds a Postgraduate diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice from Oxford University, England.

His practice involves working with clients on a range of non-contentious IP issues.  His main focus is advising clients in relation to commercial IP matters including complex licensing, assignment, service, and distribution agreements, and the IP aspects of corporate transactions (including IP due diligence).  He has advised both public and private sector clients on the IP aspects of a wide range of corporate and commercial projects.  He has worked with many of Hong Kong’s top universities on various commercial IP matters, including advising on a complete overhaul of a university’s IP policy.  David is also experienced in general commercial IP matters such as software, e-commerce, and personal data (including general privacy matters, privacy policy documents and terms of business), as well as entertainment law.

He is the author of a number of articles on data protection, including for LexMundi’s Newsletter on Data Protection.  He is also the co-author of the Hong Kong chapter of LexMundi’s Data Privacy Guide (2016), and the co-author of the Hong Kong Chapter of “Data Protection & Privacy – International Series (Third Edition)” published by Thomson Reuters (2016).

David is the Legal Committee Chair and a Council Member the Licensing Executives Society (LES) Hong Kong (2017 & 2018), the co-chair of Long Range Planning Committee of the LES, and also the Chair of the Organising Committee for LES’ inaugural Pan-Asian Young Members Congress in Hong Kong (2018).

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