News Update


Hong Kong, 15 October 2007 - Baker & McKenzie bolsters its Intellectual Property practice in Hong Kong and China with the addition of six new experienced IP lawyers. Together they add substantially to the team in terms of international and local expertise in handling the full spectrum of IP matters in the region, including commercial IP, anti-piracy, trademark and patent. This move also enlarges Baker & McKenzie's extensive network of relationships with a number of key industry and regulatory bodies in Asia.

In addition, as part of the Firm's strategic focus of expanding its commercial IP practice in China, Winston Zee, a senior Partner with extensive China experience, will also join the IP practice to further bolster the team. This will bring the number of IP practitioners and professional staff in the Firm's Hong Kong and China offices to 90 people, making Baker & McKenzie one of the largest IP practices in Hong Kong and China.

Tan Loke Khoon, Head of the IP practice in Hong Kong and China at Baker & McKenzie said, "Protection of IP rights has been one of the key concerns of multinational companies in China - an area in which we have been at the forefront for a number of years now. The addition of these new team members will ensure that Baker & McKenzie has the necessary resources and talent to manage the growing volume of trademark and commercial IP work. Our new team members will work closely with our existing IP team to continue to provide our clients with quality legal advice and insightful analysis of the China market. We are also grateful to the IP community for recognising our expertise and bestowing us with the ‘China IP Firm of the Year' award (by Managing Intellectual Property and Asian Counsel)."

Brief biographies of the new IP lawyers are set out below:

Maria Smith joined the Firm's Hong Kong office as a senior associate, primarily focusing on IP trademark registration work for Hong Kong and assist in general IP advisory matters. She has 15 years' experience as a trademark attorney, advising on all aspects of trademark applications across Asia Pacific, Europe and the USA. Maria was Head of the Trade Marks Department in a major Hong Kong and regional law firm. Maria holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of South Africa and a Bachelor of Arts from University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. She is a member of the Hong Kong Institute of Trademark since 1992.

Angeline Lee joined the Firm's Hong Kong office as a senior associate. She has over 8 years' experience, with a particular focus on commercial IP, trademark registration and patent work. Prior to joining Baker & McKenzie, she was the Regional Anti-money Laundering Compliance Manager at Western Union Financial Services . She has also worked with top-tier Singaporean law firms with strong IP practices. Angeline holds a Bachelor of Law with Honours from the National University of Singapore and is admitted to the Singapore Bar.

Sian Bowen will join the Firm's Hong Kong office as a senior associate, primarily focusing on IP trademark registration work for Hong Kong and IP advisory matters. She has extensive experience as senior in-house counsel at a leading energy company, handling contentious and non-contentious matters. Sian completed her Post Graduate Diploma in Law in 1997 and the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law London in 1998. She is admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales.

Clement Ngai joined the Firm as a senior associate in our Shanghai office, primarily focusing on IP enforcement work for China. He has extensive knowledge of the legal system in the region including procedural laws in relation to civil and criminal remedies for IP infringement and ex parte search actions. Prior to joining Baker & McKenzie, Clement was with Honeywell as its Asia IP Counsel covering all IP matters in the region. He has also worked for Autodesk as a Legal Counsel for seven years, in charge of in-house anti-piracy programs in all major markets in the Asia Pacific Region. Clement has been involved in a number of industry bodies, including acting as the Chair of the Business Software Alliance Committee for China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan and India. Clement holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Hong Kong, a Master of Philosophy in Biochemistry from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and an LLB from the University of London. He is admitted as a Solicitor in Hong Kong.

Gloria Poon and Annie Tsoi with join the Firm as associates in our Hong Kong office. Gloria has wide ranging experience of trademark registration and related commercial advisory work. Annie has experience in handling commercial and regulatory IP work, including both contentious and non-contentious matters.

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