Luke Minford

Chief Executive

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Luke was appointed Chief Executive as of 1 May 2013, having been UK Country Manager. Before moving to the UK, he spent 14 years working as an IP specialist in China, the last six as head of our China practice.

Luke has a wide range of experience dealing with IP protection and enforcement in the Peoples Republic of China. This includes IP portfolio management on behalf of a number of multi-national brand owners; setting up and supervising regional protection programmes; establishing and managing an internal IP department on behalf of one of China's biggest consumer goods companies; establishing and managing coalitions of brand owners; advising and assisting in set up of comprehensive licensing programmes; and advising on a number of IP and non-IP related commercial issues in relation to foreign direct and indirect investment in China.

Professional Qualifications

  • BA (English)/LLB, University of Otago, New Zealand

  • Beijing Foreign Languages University Scholarship 1995


  • IAM Strategy 300, 2013: Listed as a 'Leading individual'

  • Chambers Global, 2013: Listed as a 'Leader in their field'

  • IAM Strategy 300, 2012: Listed as a 'Leading individual'

  • Chambers Global, 2012: Listed as 'Leader in their field'

Personal Interests

  • Sports especially rugby and golf, Chinese literature and culture