International law firm CMS is continuing its Hong Kong expansion with the appointment of a 3-strong Intellectual Property (IP) team. Partner Jonathan Chu joins associated Hong Kong firm Lau, Horton & Wise LLP, together with senior associates Mengyi Chen and Candy Tong, strengthening CMS’ IP offering across Asia-Pacific. Jonathan and his team join from Stephenson Harwood.
Jonathan is a highly experienced intellectual property lawyer with a complete IP practice ranging from advising on transactions, to worldwide prosecution of IP rights, to IP litigation and enforcement strategies in Hong Kong and China. He regularly advises clients in local and cross-border IP strategies and is recognised for his work across life sciences, fashion, toys and games, consumer goods, hospitality, TMT, entertainment, aviation, and energy. Jonathan, Mengyi and Candy are all Hong Kong qualified.
Nick Beckett, CMS’ Head of Asia-Pacific IP and Global Co-Head of CMS Life Sciences & Healthcare Sector Group, comments: “The appointment of Jonathan and his team is a key part of our strategy to develop our IP practice in Asia-Pacific, with a particular focus in Hong Kong, Singapore and Beijing. Through these additions, we are setting up a whole new practice in Hong Kong, where we will now have full IP capability at both a local and international level. In this way, we are responding to the growing need from clients for IP expertise on the ground.”
Iain Stansfield, Practice Group Leader of the Technology, Media, Intellectual Property and Competition practice adds: “Jonathan is an excellent lawyer. His significant local and international experience is complementary to our offering and will build on the firm’s strong sector focus in the region, particularly in life sciences & healthcare, TMT and consumer products. We look forward to working with our new team in Hong Kong to develop our offering and respond to the many exciting opportunities across the region.”