Ian Liu
Ian Liu

Ian Liu


Hong Kong
+852 2826 5360

Ian Liu


Hong Kong
+852 2826 5360

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Ian is a Partner in the intellectual property practice. He is admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong and is a UK Chartered patent attorney and Chinese patent attorney. 

With his computer science and electronic engineering background, Ian worked in the hi-tech software industry with TIBCO Finance Technology, a Silicon Valley-based company, and was a financial software consultant with Reuters before he started his career in law with Deacons.

Ian’s main practice areas are IP litigation and enforcement and commercial IP focusing on China and technology. Ian’s specialisations include software, media content protection, anti-counterfeiting, Internet-related regulations, technology transfer, IP due diligence on hi-tech M&A, technology licensing negotiation and acquisition, personal data protection and cross-border IP litigation involving China.

Ian is a frequent speaker at various events, including seminars organised by HKTDC, HKIPD, FHKI and Managing IP. He has been quoted in a number of articles by Bloomberg Law and Managing IP.

Assisting an UK nanotech company in patent infringement before PRC court and local Intellectual Property Office against infringers in China

Advising a Chinese private equity fund in acquisition of the RF power chip business and technologies, which valued at US$1.86 from a well-known Netherlands semi-conductor company

Advising a well-known UK car manufacturer in a landmark design invalidation matter in China

Advising various technology start-ups on IP protection and commercial IP strategy in Hong Kong and China

Memberships and Appointments

Member, The International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)

Member, The Law Society of Hong Kong

Fellow, Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA)

Member, All-China Patent Attorneys Association (中华全国专利代理人协会) (ACPAA)

Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)

Member, The Institution of Engineering and Technology (The IET)


PCLL, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

LL. B (Hons), The University of London, UK

PG Cert. Intellectual Property, Bournemouth University, UK

M.Sc. Degree in Technology and Policy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US

M. Sc. Degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US

B. Eng. (1st Hons), The Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, UK


  • IAM Patent 1000
    • Silver Tier Individual in Patent Litigation in Hong Kong (2018-2019)
  • Legal 500
    • Next Generation IP Lawyer in China (2017-2019)
  • ManagingIP
    • Rising Star in China (2018)
  • Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Expert Guide
    • Patents Rising Star in Hong Kong (2017 & 2018)