China, Indonesia and Philippines top this year's rankings with The Legal 500 Asia Pacific
China - Tier 1
Hall of Fame: Linda Chang
Next Generation Partners: Hatty Cui
Rouse is an 'extremely competent' consultancy firm that has been operating as a specialist IP practice in China since 1993. The team, which 'has excellent knowledge and experience', provides a complete range of IP services for multinational clients in China, including trade marks, patents and IP enforcement; in recent years, it has begun to act for Chinese multinationals on outbound IP issues. The firm's client base covers a broad range of sectors, from FMCG and luxury goods to pharmaceuticals, TMT and manufacturing. Shanghai-based principal general manager for China, Linda Chang, was one of the first trade mark agents to qualify under China's emerging IP regulatory system. Principals Hatty Cui and Amanda Yang are trade mark specialists in the Beijing office, where Joshua Mandell is the general manager. In Shanghai, principal Melanie Zhu is experienced in managing a wide variety of trade mark portfolios.
Practice head(s): Linda Chang
Other key lawyers: Hatty Cui; Amanda Yang; Joshua Mandell; Melanie Zhu
'Extremely competent, and with excellent knowledge and experience.'
'Rouse is a firm that not only delivers our requests and solves our problems, it also provides us with insights into the industry, legal system updates, and long term plans for the next generation.'
Hong Kong - Tier 3
Leading Individuals: Rachel Tan
Rouse's three-partner team provides legal and consulting services, particularly as it relates to trade mark matters and is recognised for its 'excellent reputation handling IP portfolio matters and enforcement'. In this regard, international and domestic clients have access, not only to the know-how of experts in the local Asian markets, but also practitioners spread throughout its international network, as well as the benefit of cutting-edge tech products (including the firm's centralised portfolio management product, Rouse Hub). Rachel Tan combines her duties as managing partner of the Hong Kong office with her role as head of the firm's global trade marks offering and remains a pivotal member of the team that was strengthened on the litigation front by the arrival in January 2020 of Douglas Clark from Gilt Chambers.
Practice head(s): Rachel Tan
Other key lawyers: Douglas Clark; Chris Vale; Chad Dowle; Adelaide Yu; Theresa Mak; Mary Man; Carrie Yu
Indonesia - Tier 1
Hall of Fame: Gunawan Suryomurcito
Leading Individuals: Nick Redfearn and Lisa Yong
Next Generation Partners: Yurio Astary
Rising Stars: Arifia Fajra
Suryomurcito & Co. in association with Rouse stands out for its sizable team alongside its memberships of an IP specialist global network. Nicholas Redfearn is deputy CEO of the Rouse network and is well placed to handle enforcement work across Asia due to his experience in working in multiple countries across the region. Yurio Astary is a key name for the firm's trademark work and has advised on portfolios and enforcement for Starbucks, ExxonMobil and the major domestic company Tiket.com. Trademark prosecution is a particular strength of Lisa Yong, both domestically and in other ASEAN countries. Kin Wah Chow is very experienced in handling enforcement work for international clients, most recently for Harley Davidson and Decathalon. Also recommended are Tania Lovita, who is highly skilled in domestic enforcement and litigation, and Arifia Fajra, who focuses on patent prosecution and management.
Philippines - Tier 1
Leading Individuals: Edmund Jason Baranda
Baranda & Associates advises on the full range of intellectual property matters, frequently working with both local and domestic companies to ensure the continued protection of their brands. Enforcement is an area of particular specialism, and the firm has represented clients in the Supreme Court in addition to conducting raids in order to obtain counterfeit goods. Part of the Rouse network, the group also assists local clients with patents; practice head Edmund Jason Baranda advises on the patentability of various technological innovations, especially within the context of life sciences. Claire Corral is the firm's trade mark expert; having previously worked as a trade mark examiner, Corral is able to handle contentious and non-contentious matters, and has experience of using alternative dispute resolution to resolve issues.
Practice head(s): Edmund Jason Baranda; Claire Corral
Other key lawyers: Ellen Rico-Claro
Thailand - Tier 3
Hall of Fame: Fabrice Mattei
Rouse has an established reputation for representing international clients. It assists these and Thai companies a range of IP matters. Manoon Changchumni heads up the patent team while Peeraya Thammasujarit leads the dispute resolution work of the firm, such as IP enforcement matters. She also provides her clients with assistance on non-contentious work such as the commercialisation of IP assets including the drafting of agreements. Nuttachai Unaratana is responsible for the trademark group assisting Thai and foreign clients.
Practice head(s): Manoon Changchumni; Peeraya Thammasujarit; Nuttachai Unaratana
Vietnam - Tier 2
Rouse Legal exclusively focuses on intellectual property matters and is skilled in the full gamut of matters including patents, trademarks, and copyright. The group handles contentious and non-contentious IP work including domain name disputes for big-name clients and foreign investors. Yen Vu heads the practice; Hai Anh Nguyen is no longer with the firm.
Practice head(s): Yen Vu