Loke-Khoon Tan leads the China and Hong Kong IP team at Baker & McKenzie. The firm has offices in Beijing and Shanghai, with a team of seven partners, one special counsel and 18 associates. Prominent clients include Applied Materials, Bausch & Lomb, Pernod Ricard and Starbucks. One of the staple IP international law firms established in China, it is also has a highly praised anti-counterfeiting practice.
Chris Smith is highlighted by clients for his accomplishments in trade mark and brand protection. One client commends the partner: "He is very responsive; he understands our business and gives well-reasoned practical advice."
Partner Shih Yann Loo led the group in representing Schneider Electric subsidiaries in China in trade secrets and trade mark litigation that progressed to the Supreme People's Court. Opposing party Zhongkong accused Schneider Electric's subsidiaries of trade mark infringement, asking for a permanent injunction, public apology and monetary damages. Schneider saw unfavourable judgments until it reached the highest court that overturned trial and appeal court decisions. The case reaffirmed the standard of determination of similarity of goods and the likelihood of confusion.
Isabella Liu handles various patent portfolios for numerous global clients, offering clients technical and legal advice on IP ownership and inventorship issues under Hong Kong and PRC law. The firm handles both inbound and outbound patent work that includes initial drafting, patent counselling and prosecution management.
Tan and special counsel Andrew Sim acted for Hasbro, the American toy company, in its first trade mark enforcement litigation in China before the Guangzhou Intermediate People's Court. Tan and Sim presented convincing evidence of widespread infringement where infringing toys were found on sale around China. The court decided in Hasbro's favour, resulting in damage awards of Rmb 160,000 ($26,000).