MIP IP Stars 2018: Trade Mark & Copyright

We are very pleased to share the feedback we have received from this year's IP Stars for Trade Mark and Copyright. The patent analysis is published next month.

China

Rouse works in close collaboration with Lusheng Law Firm, which handles all activities reserved for lawyers qualified in China. A client says the firm's IP team is "the best in the Asia region for trade mark enforcement work" with "excellent expertise and good communicators". Another client also notes: "This firm is knowledgeable and understands the complexities of the country's legal conditions and system and helps us navigate those waters expertly." The client adds: "The Rouse China team is amazing. They are quick and efficient and always strive to get us the best result." Partner Carol Wang has been acting for leading sports company New Balance Athletics in an infringement case. This complicated case has gone through multiple jurisdictions, a prohibition of proceedings and two trials. In February 2017, the firm launched Rouse Consultancy, providing strategic international IP consulting services for its clients based in the UK, China and Dubai.

Hong Kong

Rouse's Hong Kong team works closely with the firm's team in China to provide support to its clients. One of the firm's clients notes: "The Rouse team is excellent at working with us to provide creative, strategic solutions to challenging IP issues in Hong Kong and China." In 2017, the firm promoted 24 new equity executives following its strong performance in the financial year. Theresa Mak was promoted to partner and executive in the Hong Kong office. "Theresa provides an excellent service on contentious and non-contentious matters in Hong Kong," says a client. The client also picks out Adelaide Yu: "Adelaide is an experienced litigator and this informs her strategic advice and her transactional work. She and her team are creative and collaborative and help us achieve our client's goals in Hong Kong."

United Arab Emirates

Rouse is one of the best in the Middle East for IP protection and enforcement matters. Chad Dowle leads its UAE IP team, with assistance from Bassel El Turk and managing partner Sara Holder. Other notable soft IP practitioners in the firm are Edward Hardcastle and Samantha Grainger. Its experienced IP practitioners for patent filing work include Paul Muscat and Rami Filfil. The team also advises on technology and IP-related agreements. Amazon, Visa, Honeywell and Starbucks are among the clients on the firm's roster.

Vietnam

IP owners use international IP firm Rouse because of its "high-quality work, reliability and ability to propose creative solutions". The firm is among the best in the Asia-Pacific region for trade mark enforcement and protection work. Hai Nguyen, promoted to executive in September 2017, leads the trade mark prosecution team. Hong Kong-based Chris Vale, leader of the IP practice, is "experienced, business-oriented and a good communicator", according to a clientYen Vu is active in soft IP litigation including domain name actions. Tu Nguyen is another notable practitioner in the team who deals with enforcement matters. One client says the team provides "detailed and pragmatic solutions". ​