Chris Vale leads Rouse's Dispute Resolution Service and is a Director of Rouse based in Hong Kong SAR.
Chris joined our London office in 1998 and has been working in Asia for more than 20 years, setting up Rouse's offices in Vietnam, Hong Kong SAR and Cambodia. He is a qualified lawyer in both the UK and Hong Kong SAR.
His practice covers contentious and non-contentious intellectual property and he has extensive experience across the AsiaPac region.
Chris has been involved in advising leading companies in relation to patent and trade mark litigation in the Asia Pacific region, and has developed expertise in standard essential patents in particular in South East Asia.
He advises clients across a range of sectors including sports, food and beverage, electronics, pharma, entertainment & media and IT. Working on major IP litigation, he manages complex, multi-jurisdictional disputes and develops strategies across the different legal and regulatory environments in AsiaPac. He has represented some of the world's leading companies in sports and entertainment, food and beverage, and electronics.
In sports, he has advised major brands and sponsors on various issues.
Chris created and edits the blog IP Mekong (www.ipmekong.com) which focuses on the development of IP in Asia Pacific, with a particular focus on Vietnam and Cambodia.