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Rouse

Intellectual Property

4 ranked lawyersBand 2ChinaGlobal 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Substantial group with practitioners working from Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong. Active across all aspects of IP issues, with an especially good reputation for trade mark enforcement and protection work. Benefits from a growing patent litigation offering. High-profile clientele includes a number of leading technology companies. Advises international businesses on transactional IP matters and IP issues related to entry into China, as well as acting for domestic companies on outbound matters in South-East Asia. Leverages the support of its close association with PRC firm and patent agency Lusheng Law Firm.

Strengths

"We have been extremely happy with the work provided by Rouse. They are very responsive, provide practical advice, and send communication that is easy to read and understand, with a clear request for our input when needed," one appreciative client comments.

"I've been very impressed with Rouse's expertise in dealing with complicated and tricky matters," reveals another client, adding: "We rely them on their in-depth analysis of trade mark matters, and I've been impressed with their responsiveness and willingness to drop everything to get on the phone and walk us through issues."

Notable practitioners

Director Chris Vale maintains a healthy practice in the Asia Pacific region, with a strong focus in South-East Asia, particularly Vietnam and Cambodia. He specialises in patent and trade mark litigation as he frequently deals with cross-border disputes. A client comments that he "really stood out," adding that "he was great at using his team in an efficient way to thoroughly investigate our issues and help problem-solve."

Douglas Clark is held in high esteem for his depth of experience in IP litigation and arbitration, most notably in cross-border patent infringement matters. Sources highlight him as a "very, very strong lawyer," reporting that "he knows his stuff" and "you cannot fault him on anything." Having spent almost a decade practising as an intellectual property barrister, he joined Rouse in early 2020 to lead the firm's global dispute resolution practice.

Linda Chang has noteworthy expertise handling contentious cases relating to bad faith trade mark registration, in addition to invalidation actions and infringement cases. One commentator confirms she is "very solid in trade mark work," with another reporting: "Linda has won some remarkable trade mark and copyright judgments."

Rachel Tan has extensive experience advising on trade mark clearance, protection and enforcement matters, as well as advising companies on the overall management of their IP portfolios. Interviewees comment on her strong reputation among clients, explaining that "she always thinks one step ahead when providing trade mark advice for clients" and is "quick to respond with guidance when needed."

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China

Intellectual Property (International Firms)


Chris Vale
Foreign expert for Vietnam
Douglas Clark
Band 2
Linda Chang
Band 4
Rachel Tan
Band 3