Principal Areas of Practice
Intellectual Property & Technology
1994 LLB National Taiwan University
1999 LLM Peking University
1999 Diploma in Criminal Justice (HKU SPACE)
2004 PCLL City University of Hong Kong
2009 LLB Manchester Metropolitan University
2009 PhD in Laws, China University of Political Science and Law
2006 Solicitor, Hong Kong
Professional Activities & Organisations
Committee Member, Greater China Legal Affair Committee, Law Society of Hong Kong
Civil Celebrant of Marriages
Part-time Tutor, The Open University of Hong Kong (2004 to present)
Honorary Legal Advisor, Taiwan Business Association (2014)
Honorary Legal Advisor, Professional Dermatoglyphic Analysts Association (2014)
“Beijing Higher People’s Court considers evidence of use in non-use cancellation actions”, World Trademark Review, co-author, April 2015
“Supreme People’s Court decision highlights importance of trademark registration”, World Trademark Review, co-author, November 2012
Police and Human Rights Protection in Hong Kong, November 2013
Study on Prevention and Recognition Mechanism in relation to Confession Statements in Hong Kong SAR, Procedural Law Review, Law Press, China, March 2006
Human Dignity and Treatments to Suspects, the 5th China Lawyer Forum, October 2005
Speaker for Seminars/Forums
Risk Management Education (Litigation) – December 2017 – delivered a speech in Guangzhou – Organized by The Law Society of Hong Kong and Guangzhou Bar Association
Hong Kong IP System and Enforcement – November 2017 – gave a seminar organised by the Vocational Training Council of Hong Kong for a delegation of the Hunan Intellectual Property Office
The Importance of IP Due Diligence and its Risks – November 2017 – gave a speech at “The ZZH Legal Forum on Outbound Investment” organised by the Chongqing Municipal Government and Zhonghao Law Firm in Chongqing
Risks and Protocols of International Trade – October 2017 – gave a seminar jointly organised by the Liaoning Province Federation of Industry and Commerce and the Panjin City Federation of Industry and Commerce, Liaoning.
Clients and Cases Risk Management – September 2017 – delivered a speech in Taiwan – organized by The Hong Kong Law Society
“The Importance of Early Stage IP Due Diligence and Respective Risks” – June 2017 – delivered a speech in Chongqing and Chengdu – organized by The Hong Kong Law Society
IP Strategies for International Business – IP and Competition Law – ONC Lawyers CPD Seminar – May 2017
Nanjing Hong Kong Legal Services Forum – “The Importance of Proactive Approach – Intellectual Protection”, November 2016
Shenyang Hong Kong Legal Services Forum – “Going-out” and Intellectual Protection”, March 2016
Beijing – “Intellectual Property Management”, September 2015
Taiwan Business Association – “Protecting Intellectual Property Rights in China”, August 2013
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University – “The Importance of Intellectual Property Protection in manufacturing industries”, October 2013
Xi’an Hong Kong Legal Services – “Intellectual Property Protection and Transaction”, January 2007
The China Law Society of the Student Society of the Open University of Hong Kong – “PRC Trademark Law – Application and Protection”, March 2008
Lawrence’s niche areas of practice include intellectual property (IP) portfolio, IP asset management, worldwide IP protection strategies, copyright, patent (PCT) filings, trademark and licensing, domain names, design protection and enforcement/litigation in China and Hong Kong. Lawrence also advises on geographical indications and certification trademark applications.
Lawrence has been focusing on IP for more than 10 years, during which he rendered substantial IP advice to several FORTUNE 500 companies. His several prominent cases entailed successfully coordinating a raid action with a successful outcome against a trademark infringer in China for a well-known Japanese electric manufacturer, a successful raid action coordinated with Hong Kong Customs against two leading Karaoke chain stores in Hong Kong. Lawrence also assisted in handling a pre-eminent US based food and beverage manufacturer’s trademark portfolio in Asia.
Lawrence also manages two leading Hong Kong real estate agents’ trademark portfolios, including clearance check, filing strategies, filings, maintenance and applications and/or registrations, oppositions and infringement actions.
Before joining ONC, Lawrence previously worked as an Associate with a top tier IP practice of an International law firm for almost 3 years, during which he was subsequently promoted as a Managing Associate. Lawrence is also a part-time tutor and script marker at the Open University of Hong Kong, which augments Lawrence’s practical experience and enables him to stay ahead of the latest IP developments.