Jones Day adds three partners

The international law firm expands its intellectual property practice in Greater China with new blood from Baker & McKenzie.
Jones Day has added three partners and a one-of-counsel to its intellectual property (IP) practice in Hong Kong. The firm employs 265 IP lawyers and patent agents around the world, and 20 of these are based in Greater China - in offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Taipei.

The three new partners will come on board over the next few months. They are Peggy Cheung, Anita Leung and Chiang Ling Li. Helen Tang, meanwhile, will join as a new one-of-counsel. Previously they all worked with Baker & McKenzieÆs Hong Kong/China intellectual property group.

ôThe addition of these four veteran IP lawyers marks a pivotal point in the growth of our Hong Kong IP team and adds to our already strong IP practice in Greater China,ö says Barbara Mok, partner-in-charge of Jones DayÆs Hong Kong office, in a written statement. ôTheir expertise will significantly boost our full-service IP offerings in the areas of contentious, transactional and trademark IP law.ö

Cheung specialises in trademark registration and portfolio management, patent registration and general IP advisory. She played an active role in lobbying the Hong Kong government when the Trade Marks Ordinance and the Trade Marks Rules were amended in 2003.

Leung advises on Hong Kong IP enforcement and litigation, product regulatory issues and commercial IP, with a focus on licensing, franchising, distribution, advertising, sponsorship and transactional support and due diligence. She has been involved in lobbying the Hong Kong government on the Copyright (Amendment) Ordinance, the Unsolicited Electronic Messages Ordinance and the Companies Ordinance (company name registration issues).

Li advises on China intellectual property, technology and pharmaceutical law, portfolio management, enforcement and litigation, and licensing, franchising, distribution, advertising, sponsorship and transaction support. Over the past 13 years, she has worked closely with various intellectual property and pharmaceutical industry organisations. Li has also been active in lobbying for reforms of a number of IPO laws and regulations in China.

Tang concentrates on regional trade mark registration, strategic planning and management of international trade mark portfolio. Before she joined Baker & McKenzie's Hong Kong office in 1999, she practiced commercial law for many years, including the two years with the Intellectual Property Department of the Hong Kong Government (HKIPD). While at the HKIPD, she was a hearing officer and also worked closely with the drafting committee on the current Trade Marks Ordinance and the Trade Marks Rules. In the annual Asia Law Leading Lawyers Survey 2007, she was elected as one of Asian leading lawyers in the IP area.
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