What the team is known for A well-respected offering with core strength in China as well as Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam. Aids clients on a variety of IP issues with a focus on infringement litigation in respect of patents and copyright, anti-counterfeiting matters and domain name disputes.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Rouse is very famous for enforcement work in Asia."
Work highlights Assisted fashion brand Perigot with trade mark portfolio work, regional licensing advice and brand name disputes in China.
Successfully represented GS Yuasa, the Japanese battery manufacturer, against two trade mark squatters in Supreme Court litigation in Indonesia, securing the cancellation of the infringing marks.
Assists investment and trading company FX Evolution with its regional franchising programme
Linda Chang in Shanghai is a key contact for the firm's China practice and Lisa Yong is co-head of department in Indonesia. Chris Vale heads the Vietnam practice and splits his time between Vietnam and China. Prasit Siricheepchaiyan heads the patent division in Thailand and Lisa Yong is co-head of the firm's Philippines practice.
Significant clients BMW, Christian Dior, Adidas, Richemont, Mars.
Shanghai-based Elliot Papageorgiou is qualified in UK, US, Australian and Chinese jurisdictions. Patent infringement litigation is his main area of expertise, and he has an impressive following of European clients. (Band 3)
Linda Chang manages the firm's China practice and has some two decades of experience as a trade mark attorney. She is also well regarded for her handling of domain name disputes. (Band 4)
Indonesia-based Nicholas Redfearn offers expertise on trade mark and patent infringement and enforcement programmes in China. He gained extensive China experience during his time at the firm's Hong Kong office. (Expert based abroad)
Chris Vale heads the firm's Vietnam IP services practice. Based in Hong Kong, he is particularly admired for his abilities in respect of trade mark protection and enforcement. (Expert based abroad)
What the team is known for Comprehensive UAE coverage; advises on all areas of IP including regional trade mark and patent prosecution, litigation and IP portfolio management. Enjoys increasing visibility in the digital marketing space. Client base features international and domestic brands from sectors including retail, financial services and telecommunications.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're very reliable, hands-on, efficient and practical. They are results-oriented and get things done."
"Their client service is fantastic, with e-mails promptly responded to. They are always available to their clients by telephone and respond to queries very quickly."
Sources describe Sara Holder as a highly skilled IP lawyer who is "rightly in Band 1." She is the co-head of the firm's global patent and technology group and her practice covers the protection and enforcement of patents and trade mark disputes. (Band 1)
According to sources, Chad Dowle is "responsive, available 24/7, replies quickly and is extremely helpful." He is the managing partner of the firm's MENA office and has a broad experience covering IP matters including disputes, acquisitions and strategy. (Band 3)
Significant clients Visa, DP World, United Arab Emirates University.
Diana Sternfeld leads the firm's patent litigation practice and is particularly highly regarded for work in the life sciences sector. Clients find her "very approachable, smart and experienced." (Band 3)
Rouse Legal's Chris Vale is based in Hong Kong and serves as Vietnam country manager. He is highly regarded in the market for his IP expertise, recently acting on significant matters in the pharmaceuticals and agribusiness sectors. Sources report that he is "very accessible and proactive," and highlight his solution-focused approach. (Expert based abroad)