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In today’s knowledge economy, a large part of the value of your business is based on intangible assets and goodwill. Your intellectual property plays a key role in obtaining a competitive advantage. A cohesive IP strategy, including both commercialisation and enforcement, will ensure you get maximum value from your portfolio. We understand your business needs and have worked with some of the best-known brands, from banks to tech and media companies, pharmaceuticals and FMCG companies. This industry-specific approach can help you realise your commercial goals.

The right brands will win the hearts and minds of your customers. The right patents will prevent others exploiting your ideas or provide a substantial barrier to market access. Copyright, databases, know-how, domain names, trade secrets and designs also play a vital role. We focus on key sectors relevant to you such as life sciences, consumer products, financial services and TMT. This means you get in-depth industry knowledge as well as legal expertise for the protection of your IP. If you are involved in a dispute, we can guide you through the litigation process.

Our diverse team, who are fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese, are also qualified to manage and enforce portfolios for some of the world’s biggest brand owners in Hong Kong and across the Asia-Pacific region; and handles the most complex and technically demanding IP disputes.  Costs can quickly escalate in contentious proceedings, so project management is key to our service, driving forward cases, narrowing issues, and managing other service providers.

"The team covers a wide range of IP capabilities. Our experience with them has primarily been with trade marks, both prosecution and enforcement, and they have always been able to deliver us results at a reasonable cost."

Legal 500, 2024


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CMS Next
What’s next? In a world of ever-ac­cel­er­at­ing change, staying ahead of the curve and knowing what’s next for your business or sector is essential.At CMS, we see ourselves not only as your legal advisers but also as your business partners. We work together with you to not only resolve current issues but to anticipate future challenges and innovate to meet them.With our latest publication, CMS Next, our experts will regularly offer you insights into and fresh perspectives on a range of issues that businesses have to deal with – from ESG agendas to restructuring after the pandemic or facing the digital transformation. We will also share with you more about the work that we are doing for our clients, helping them innovate, grow and mitigate risk.To be able to provide you with the best support, we immerse ourselves in your world to understand your legal needs and challenges. However, it is equally important that you know who we are and how we can work with you. So, we invite you to meet our experts and catch a glimpse of what is happening inside CMS.Enjoy reading this publication, which we will update regularly with new content.CMS Executive Team
APAC IP Update – Winter 2021-2022
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