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Chris Vale

Global Head of Dispute Resolution, Director of Rouse

Hong Kong SAR , Hanoi , Ho Chi Minh City , Phnom Penh

+852 3412 4001


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 ( which focuses on the development of IP in Asia Pacific, with a particular focus on Vietnam and Cambodia.


  • BA (Hons), (English Literature), Leeds University, United Kingdom
  • Admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in England and Wales, United Kingdom
  • Admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR


  • WTR Global Leaders, 2022
  • Who’s Who Legal, 2022: Mainland China & Hong Kong SAR - Trademarks Lawyer
  • MIP IP Stars, 2022: Listed as Trade Mark Star
  • Global Leader – Recommended - Trademarks, 2021
  • National Leader - Recommended - Mainland & Hong Kong - Trademarks, 2021
  • WTR 1000, 2020 - 2021: Global Leader
  • Who's Who Legal Trademarks, 2017 - 2020: Recommended/Leading Practitioner
  • MIP IP Stars,  2016 - 2020: Listed as Trade Mark Star
  • WTR 1000, 2018: Listed as a Leading individual in Vietnam and Hong Kong
  • WTR 1000, 2016: Ranked Gold for Enforcement and Litigation
  • Chambers Asia Pacific, 2016: Listed as a Notable practitioner and as an Expert Based Abroad

Personal Interest

Set up and runs a HK based foundation which provides football (soccer) coaching for underprivileged children in Hong Kong, with over 50 children currently in the programme and growing.