MIP Handbook 2015 Rankings

We are pleased to announce that 14 of our people have been named as 'IP Stars' for 2015. 




"With over 260 staff members in four offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong, Rouse's China practice is able to assist with all forms of IP needs. The firm assists clients with contentious and non-contentious advice by working in association with Beijing Lusheng Lawyers. Rouse also provides IP enforcement services supported by a group of in-house investigators.

Partners Elliot Papageorgiou and Sharon Qiao are acting on behalf of Fumex to file a case before the Beijing Intermediate Court and later the Beijing High Court alleging infringement.

Rouse is also involved in a global patent war between two listed companies. Plaintiff Honeywell entrusted the firm to represent them on this patent infringement matter before the Shanghai Intermediate Court, demanding compensation of RMB 10 million ($1.7 million)."

Copyright - foreign firms - Tier 1

Patent - foreign firms - Tier 1

Trade Mark foreign firms - Tier 1

IP Stars - Linda Chang and Elliot Papageorgiou


Hong Kong


Copyright - Tier 3

Patent contentious - Tier 3

Patent prosecution - Tier 3

Trade mark contentious - Tier 3

Trade mark prosecution - Tier 3

IP Stars - Chris Vale and Adelaide Yu


India (Ranjan Narula in association with Rouse)


Trade mark /copyright contentious - Tier 3

Trade mark prosecution - Tier 4

IP Star - Ranjan Narula


Indonesia (Rouse in association with Suryomurcito & Co)


"Rouse, in association with Suryomurcito & Co, is best known for its anti-piracy and trade mark enforcement work. The group of local and foreign specialists also offers advice on non-contentious matters, including patent filing and prosecution, as well as licensing. Both Rouse and Suryomurcito & Co are keen to put more focus on their growing patent practice. Technically qualified attorneys handle matters relating to chemicals, mechanical engineering, pharmaceuticals, polymers, and regularly cooperates with the Indonesian Institute of Sciences.

Lisa Yong leads the Jakarta-based team of Rouse, while Gunawan Suryomurcito, well regarded for his capabilities in IP disputes, oversees Suryomurcito & Co. Major multinational clients include GSK, Google, BP, Starbucks and Diageo.

Recent highlights include representing Cintas Sentul Raya in a Commercial Court matter involving the invalidation of a patent for heat insulation held by another company, Toilon Indonesia. The Commercial Court found that Toilon's patent lacked novelty and inventive step. Toilon filed an appeal to Supreme Court in September 2014. One peer says that she "highly recommends Suryomurcito for contentious matters".

Rouse has particular experience in managing regional IP enforcement programmes, commercial IP deals and compliance exercises, as well as regional IP filings. The firm's clients come from Europe, Japan, Korea, and include GSK, Google, BP, Starbucks, Diageo and Procter & Gamble.

Notably, the team took enforcement actions against several Jogjakarta batik (a traditional textile) retailers that had been selling batik pieces associated with trade marks of Harley-Davidson. Subsequently, the infringers published a string of apologies in newspapers.

In addition, Rouse managed to cancel a third party registration for the mark BMW Body Man Wear on behalf of the German carmaker. The defendant used pictures of BMW's premium cars to market its products. The court sided with BMW, finding that the mark was filed in bad faith.

"Rouse is very good at trade mark litigation," a peer says, while another Jakarta-based practitioner notes: "Gunawan Suryomurcito is the godfather of IP in Indonesia."

Clients also recommend the team: "I value them for the quality of their work and their efficiency."

Patent contentious - Tier 1

Trade mark /copyright contentious - Tier 1

Trade mark prosecution - Tier 2

IP Stars - Nick Redfearn and Gunawan Suryomurcito


Philippines (Baranda & Associates, an affiliate of Rouse)


"Baranda & Associates is the Philippines' affiliated firm of Rouse. Established in 2009 as a boutique IP firm providing IP services to a wide range of clients, many of its clients are from Rouse's global network. The practice is strong in both trade mark contentious and non-contentious matters. Its lawyers regularly work with enforcement agencies as well as address cases before the Supreme Court, where the firm acts for the Motion Picture Association to tackle online piracy. The prosecution practice manages the portfolio for many multinational firms including Reckitt Benckiser, Shell, Goodyear and Harley-Davidson.

Managing partner Edmund Baranda is an IP lawyer and patent agent who is involved in patent drafting and IP litigation. He acted in simultaneous anti-counterfeiting raids across the Manila metropolitan area on behalf of Adidas. On the litigation side, he and Rouse's regional consultant Lisa Yong are acting for The H D Lee Company in an appeal at the Supreme Court regarding unfair competition, a case which will revisit the Supreme Court's ruling in 1997 on the Mr Lee and Lee mark." 

Trade mark /copyright contentious - Tier 2

Trade mark prosecution - Tier 2

IP Stars - Edmund Baranda


Saudi Arabia (Nassir Kadasa & Partners in association with Rouse)


Patent contentious - Recommended

Trade mark/copyright contentious - Tier 1




"Rouse's Thailand and Myanmar office is managed by Fabrice Mattei, who opened up the offices in 2000 and 2013 respectively. As part of the Rouse network, the Bangkok office offers patent, trade mark and geographical indication services focusing on the consumer, energy, life sciences and manufacturing and industrials sector.

Mattei's Bangkok practice covers patent prosecution, litigation, bioprospecting and bio-piracy, and genetic resources. He is experienced in handling IP litigation cases before the IP Court of Thailand where he has acted for Eli Lilly, Sanofi and Honda Japan.

He is the co-founder of the BioEconomy Academy, a partnership between the Biodiversity Economy Development Organisation of Thailand and Rouse Thailand." 

Patent contentious - Tier 2

Trade mark /copyright contentious - Tier 2

Trade mark prosecution - Tier 2

IP Stars - Fabrice Mattei




"International heavyweight Rouse has a team of 23 professionals working out of its Dubai office. This dedicated IP team manages prosecution and contentious work and is led by the talented Sara Holder. The firm handles work not only in the UAE, but throughout the Middle East with an additional base in Riyadh. The firm is handling increasingly complex IP work and transactions as a result of a burgeoning technology arena, especially in the alternative energy sector and the resulting commercialisation opportunities. The firm has acted for BMW, BP, Google, Sony, GlaxoSmithKline and Honeywell.

"This is the only firm I would refer work to. They know how to litigate," says one peer. Similar to its reputation in other regions, Rouse is renowned in the UAE and neighbouring nations for its IP services. The group has 26 IP professionals based in its Dubai office. Patent attorney Deepak Bhandari heads up the firm's patent practice. IP Star Sara Holder and Bassel El Turk are commended by peers. 

Patent contentious - Tier 1

Trade mark/copyright contentious - Tier 1

Trade mark prosecution - Tier 1

IP Stars - Sara Holder


United Kingdom


"Rouse is an international IP group with 16 offices across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. It is renowned for soft IP – particularly in anti-counterfeiting where it represents brand owners such as Sony Mobile and Reckitt Benckiser. The group is becoming a formidable name in the world of litigation through its associated law firm Rouse Legal. IP Star Jeremy Newman is the managing partner at Rouse Legal in the UK.

Its impressive case studies have a collegiate feel to it. They feature partners Arty Rajendra, Stuart Adams and Mark Foreman working alongside a team of associates and paralegals to great effect. Contentious IP instructions have come from clients such as Harley-Davidson and Ford Motor Company. Rouse IP, the group's prosecution arm, recently took over Elizabeth Arden's trade mark portfolio."

Copyright - Tier 2

Patent contentious - Tier 4

Trade mark contentious - Tier 2

Trade mark prosecution - Tier 3

IP Stars - Mark ForemanJason RuttJeremy Newman and Diana Sternfeld




"Rouse has been operating in Vietnam since 1993 and opened its first office in 1997. Its two offices in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are managed by Hong Kong and Vietnam country manager Chris Vale. Based in Hong Kong, Vale has extensive Asia experience having worked in Indonesia, China and Thailand. The firm has a close working relationship with local Vietnamese IP consultancy firm Sao Bac Dau IP, which enables Rouse to provide filing services in Vietnam. Possessing a solid reputation for both patent and trade mark work, Rouse works on prosecution and contentious matters with a strong focus on the consumer, life sciences, manufacturing and TMT sectors.

Rouse's Vietnam and Thailand offices were appointed by the Queen Sirikit Department of Sericulture and Department of Intellectual Property of Thailand to draft and file the Isan Indigenous Thai Silk Yarn geographical indication in Vietnam. The registration was granted by the National Office of Intellectual Property of Vietnam on September 18 2014, the first in the country."

Patent contentious - Tier 2

Patent prosecution - Tier 3

Trade mark /copyright contentious - Tier 2

Trade mark prosecution - Tier 2

IP Star - Chris Vale