Firm Profile


From registering Hong Kong’s oldest trade mark in 1874, to making the first ever e-filings, Deacons has the largest and longest-established intellectual property practice in Hong Kong.   Deacons has its main office in Hong Kong, as well as offices in Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai and a network of affiliated
firms throughout Asia.  The mixture of local and expatriate lawyers provides a combination of international experience and standards with on the ground knowledge of local languages, customs and
culture as well as legal and business systems. 

The Deacons Intellectual Property Department is one of the firm’s most significant practice areas and offers comprehensive legal services in relation to intellectual property issues.  

Deacons Intellectual Property Department has six core service areas:

  • Litigation/Enforcement: Deacons advises on anti-counterfeiting strategies and the enforcement and defence of intellectual property rights through the civil or criminal courts, customs or other administrative agencies. Attorneys within this group have played a leading role in the development of jurisprudence and procedures in the enforcement of intellectual property rights in Hong Kong and have won a number of high profile, ground-breaking cases.
  • Trade Marks:  Attorneys in this group specialise in the protection of large multinational and regional trade mark portfolios and have extensive experience in searching and registration, conducting trade mark audits and advising on complex portfolio structure, brand management and filing strategy.  They also advise on trade mark disputes, opposition, invalidation and rectification matters.
  • Patents & Designs:  Deacons has one of the largest patent practices in Hong Kong and the Patents Group offers a full range of patent and registered design services including searching, drafting, filing and maintenance. Deacons is consistently rated as one of Hong Kong’s leading firms for both patent prosecution and patent litigation.
  • China Intellectual Property: Our China Intellectual Property Group has extensive experience in advising on strategic issues arising from doing business in Mainland China and provides a full range of services relating to the protection, enforcement and commercial exploitation of IPRs. 
  • Commercial Intellectual Property:  The Commercial IP Group advises on all aspects of the commercial exploitation of intellectual property rights, including conducting IP audits, licensing, franchising, assignments, manufacturing and distribution agreements, joint ventures, technology transfers and due diligence on the sale and purchase of businesses.  Attorneys in the practice area also advise on cutting edge information technology, Internet and e-business issues and represent some of the world’s leading Internet service and content providers.
  • Entertainment & Media:  The Entertainment & Media Group provides business-orientated and creative solutions and advisory services in relation to the film, television, music and publishing industries.  Attorneys in this practice area have extensive industry-based legal and business knowledge and diverse entertainment experience. 


Notable Practitioners


Christopher Britton

Charmaine Koo

Annie Tsoi


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