Media & Entertainment

ONC has advised a wide range of clients in the media and entertainment industries, in obtaining, maintaining and protecting their intellectual property rights, including the portrait right of celebrities, copyright in songs and lyrics, artworks, photography and video works, titles, distribution rights, etc., to ensure that their original creations and new technological advancements are safely protected.

Some of our work include:

  • assisting a major film development and production company in its intellectual property enforcement in Hong Kong;
  • assisting and advising a world recognized actor and director in protection of intellectual property rights; and
  • managing the trade mark portfolio of one of the most influential Chinese pop singers, and advising and handling enforcement action and preparing agreements.

If you would like to know more about our intellectual property practice or how we can help your business, please contact us at (852) 2810 1212 or at

Please refer to our articles in ‘Knowledge’

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