Patsy Lau
Patsy Lau

Patsy Lau

Partner

LOCATION:
Hong Kong
DIRECT:
+852 2825 9500

Patsy Lau

Partner

LOCATION:
Hong Kong
DIRECT:
+852 2825 9500


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Patsy is qualified in Hong Kong and California.  She holds a JD and a BA from the University of San Francisco.

Patsy specialises in the protection of large multinational and regional trade mark portfolios.  She has extensive experience in conducting trade mark audits and, in advising on portfolio structure, brand management and filing strategy.  Patsy’s practice also concentrates on complex trade mark disputes and negotiations, opposition, invalidation and rectification matters including trade mark appeals before the High Court.

Patsy also advises on all forms of commercial transactions affecting trade marks from simple assignments to complex multinational licensing arrangements and conducting due diligence.

Managing the worldwide portfolio and advising on branding strategy for one of the world’s biggest jewellery retailers.

Acting for a well-known Italian fashion brand on a decade-long, multiparty, multi-jurisdictional dispute.

Acting for a multinational oil company in complex negotiation with a Chinese governmental body in regards to enforcement of the client’s trade mark rights.

Advising an international conglomerate on the strategic protection of its different brands and product lines in Asia.

Acting for local businesses of various industries, and advising on the protection and exploitation of their trade mark rights through global licensing and distribution networks.

Advising American and European brands on creation and protection of their Chinese character marks to strengthen their brand value in the Greater China region.

Acting for a global leader in media and entertainment in policing and safeguarding against squatters and bad faith registration of confusingly similar marks.

Patsy is a regular speaker on trade mark issues at international conferences and events including INTA and ECTA.  She has been a member of different INTA committees for over 10 years.  Patsy was also a course leader and lecturer teaching intellectual property law at the University of Hong Kong SPACE.  

Memberships

President, The Hong Kong Institute of Trade Mark Practitioners (2009 – 2011)

Council Member, The Hong Kong Institute of Trade Mark Practitioners (2005 – 2018)

Project Team Leader, International Trademark Association 140th Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington (2017 – 2018)

Council Member, Programming Advisory Council, International Trademark Association (2018 –2019)

Council Member, Asia-Pacific Global Advisory Council, International Trademark Association (2016 –2017)

Country Representative, Asia Roundtables Project Team, International Trademark Association (2012 – 2013)

Committee Member, International Trademark Association (2004 – 2019)

Committee Member, European Communities Trade Mark Association (2013 – 2019)

Member, The State Bar of California

Member, The American Bar Association

Member, The International Bar Association

Education

Dipl. in Intellectual Property Litigation, Nottingham Law School, UK 

Prog. on Negotiations, Harvard Law School, USA 

JD, University of San Francisco, USA 

BA, University of San Francisco, USA 

Accolades

Chambers & Partners

  • Leading IP Individual in Intellectual Property (International Firms), China (2021)
  • Recognised IP Practitioner in Intellectual Property (International Firms), China  (2018 - 2020)

Legal 500

  • Tier 1 Leading IP Individual in Hong Kong (2020)
  • Recommended IP Lawyer in Hong Kong (2019)

World Trademark Review 1000 (WTR 1000)

  • Silver Tier Individual in Prosecution and Strategy in Hong Kong (2019 - 2020)
  • Gold Tier Individual in Prosecution and Strategy in Hong Kong (2016 & 2018)
  • Silver Tier Individual in Hong Kong (2015)
  • Leading Individual in Hong Kong (2011 – 2014)

Managing IP

  • Trade Mark Star in Hong Kong (2016 - 2020)
  • IP Star in Hong Kong (2015)
  • IP Star in Hong Kong for various areas including Trade Mark Prosecution and Filing; Trade Mark Strategy & Counselling and Trade Mark Licensing (2014)

Asia IP Experts

  • Leading Trade Mark Lawyer (2014 – 2018)

 AsiaLaw Profiles

  • Leading IP Lawyer in Asia (2012 – 2014, 2016 – 2018)

Euromoney’s Asia Women in Business Law Awards

  • Best in Patent and Trade Mark Prosecution in Asia – Finalist (2018)
  • IP Rising Star in Asia (2013)

Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Expert Guides

  • Best in Itellectual Property in Asia - Finalist (2019)
  • Best of the Best Expert - Top 30 Trade Mark Lawyer in the World (2017, 2019)
  • Leading Women in Business Law in Hong Kong (2015 – 2017)
  • Leading Trade Mark Lawyer in Hong Kong (2012 – 2018)

Who's Who Legal

  • World's Leading Trade MarkLawyer (2020)
  • Leading Trade Mark Lawyer in Hong Kong (2013 – 2018)
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