Intellectual Property

First foreign IP Agency approved by China

Being a forerunner in the practice since its inception more than 100 years ago, our IP Practice Group has continued its leadering status through our commitment to providing first class legal work. With the opening of our Beijing office in 2000 and our wholly owned PRC IP Agency established in 2004, our practice has expanded substantially to the Greater China region. Our group now has a headcount of about 100, with over 26 professionals including Hong Kong and PRC legal counsel, PRC patent agents and PRC trademark agents, and executives, technical specialists, translators and other support staff serving our office in Hong Kong and working on the ground at our office in Beijing.

Our members are at the forefront of legislation making and are very active both in the international and local IP fields. We are thankful for the continuous high recognition given to our Practice Group and our individual lawyers by many international publications, including:

“The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners” by iam 1000
“The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals” by World Trademark Review 1000
“IP Stars Handbook - The Definitive Guide to Leading IP Firms and Lawyers” by Managing Intellectual Property
“Annual IP Survey” by Managing Intellectual Property
“Asia Pacific Top Tier Firm and Leading Individual – The Client’s Guide to the Asia Pacific Legal Profession” by The Legal 500
“Chambers Asia Pacific Guide”
“Chambers Global Guide”
“Asia IP Copyright/Trademark/Patent Survey” by Asia IP
“AsiaLaw Leading Lawyers”
“The Guide to Asia Pacific’s Leading Domestic Law Firms” by Asialaw Profiles
“Guide to the World’s Leading Trade Mark Lawyers” by Expert Guides
“Expert Guides Patent The World’s Leading Practitioners” chosen by their Peers by the Legal Media Group Expert Guide
“50 Patent Lawyers You Should Know” by Asia IP
“The Best of the Best Expert Guides” by Legal Media Group
“Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, Patent and Trademarks” by WHO’s WHO LEGAL
“China Business Law Journal”
“Legal Awards for Top Tier Trade Mark Law” by Corporate LiveWire
“Global Awards for Intellectual Property – Hong Kong” by Corporate LiveWire

Wilkinson & Grist (Beijing) Intellectual Property Agency Ltd., setup in 2004, was the first IP agency approved by the State authorities to a foreign party, we have been filing and working directly with the China Trade Mark Office as well as the Copyright Bureaus and also handling all other areas of IP work from protection and enforcement to commercialization of IP. With our PRC professionals joining forces with our HK lawyers, we are pleased to have been able to attain numerous notable successes with many being unprecedented.

Our expertise covers all areas of intellectual property law in particular cross border protection, with different teams specializing in different areas.

Portfolio management

  • brand/ trademark creation and clearance
  • design and patent search and analysis
  • registration and maintenance of trademark, copyright, design and patent
  • investigation of and obection to unauthorized third-party IP rights; defending third-party attacks
  • negotiation, acquisition and transfer of IP rights
  • IP audit and due diligence
  • registration of licence, assignment etc. of trademark, copyright, design and patent
  • recordal of IP rights and liaison with Customs

Enforcement and dispute resolution of IP rights

  • civil actions on infringement of IP rights and passing-off in Hong Kong
  • working with Hong Kong Customs in copyright and trademark infringements and trade description offences
  • civil, administrative, criminal and Customs actions against trademark, copyright, patent infringement and unfair competition in the PRC
  • mediation of IP disputes

Transactional and commercial IP

  • trademark, copyright, design and patent licensing
  • research, development, manufacturing, distributorship and other commercial IP agreements
  • franchising
  • technology transfer and know-how
  • trade secrets and confidential information
  • strategizing on IP structure in commercial deals

Domain name, information technology and Internet-related issues

  • clearance, registration and maintenance of domain names, internet keywords
  • acquisition and transfer of domain names, internet keywords
  • domain name dispute resolution
  • IP issues emerging from online, digital and mobile usage
  • cyber security

Regulatory issues

  • advertising
  • product labelling
  • product compliance and liability
  • trade descriptions
  • competition law
  • data privacy

PARTNERS

FONG, Andrea Sui Yi
TSANG, Howard How Leung
LO, Mena Shuk Man
HO, Esther Wai Ling
CHEUNG, Lily
LAM, Florence Ka Yee
TSOI, Annie
SO, Shireen Lok Ka

CONSULTANT

CHUA, Yvonne

SENIOR ASSOCIATES

LEUNG, Jessica Man Chi 
SO, Kwok Yue

ASSOCIATES

CHAN, Priscilla Ka Po

PRC LEGAL COUNSEL

FANG, Templar Dong
LI, Helen Qian
WANG, Jean Zi Jin
ZHANG, Sophia Miao Miao

PRC PATENT AGENTS

XIANG. Bruce Ying Jun
ZHANG, Sharon Xiao Hong

PRC TRADEMARK AGENTS

GAO, Sandy Shan
XUE, Greta Yan
YANG, Liv Xiao Li
YUAN, Yedda Xiao Na