Dispute Resolution

We’ve been active in IP dispute resolution, enforcing our clients’ rights for more than 30 years.
  • Trade Marks
  • Patents
  • Copyright & Design
  • Domain Names
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Trade Marks

We have leading trade mark enforcement practices in all our offices.

Our trade mark dispute teams handle the full range of cases from complex litigation involving look alike brands, online infringement and anti-counterfeiting.  Our teams are made up of evidence specialists, researchers and litigators with many years of experience in finding the best solution to a trade mark dispute.

Our extensive trade mark litigation experience across a wide range of jurisdictions has seen Rouse involved in many high-profile cases that have set precedents in trade mark law and have been recognised by numerous awards.

Litigation, administrative enforcement and ADR

IP enforcement through litigation and mediation or arbitration, as well as criminal and administrative action, form a core part of the Rouse business.

All our network firms have extremely strong experience in trade mark litigation and have been involved in numerous ground breaking cases.  We analyse every case to identify the best strategy or combination of strategies to achieve the best result for our clients. We have evidence specialists who work with our lawyers and enforcement teams to ensure that we gather the best evidence to support our case.  

In the past five years, we have filed or defended close to 2,000 IP litigation cases. These include landmark cases that have received awards from major IP organisations such as the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA).

We also assist with criminal trade mark litigation working with police and prosecutors to seek criminal prosecution of serious infringers. In China, we have a dedicated criminal enforcement team, led by a former public prosecutor.

 

Customs seizures

Seizures by national customs authorities are one of the most effective tools in the battle against counterfeit products and can be conducted on a stand-alone basis or in combination with other litigation strategies.  This can include shipment tracking and selecting the appropriate customs houses for a seizure in a favourable jurisdiction. 

All Rouse offices handle customs work, and we are in daily contact with the authorities in markets worldwide.  We make sure client’s resources are used wisely and pursue high-impact enforcement against high-value targets, while also tackling smaller, routine cases at minimal cost. 

Online infringement

As online sales have boomed, so has the sale of infringing products online, creating a minefield of potential intellectual property infringements. From the sale of counterfeit goods to ‘brandjacking’, often via social media, online reputation management is time consuming but incredibly important.

Our online brand protection services are designed to prevent online brand abuse and erosion, including the sale of counterfeits, copyright infringement, false association, cyber-squatting and brandjacking for a number of well-known brands. We actively advise clients, and take action on their behalf, in relation to online trade mark infringement or the posting of offensive content on websites.

We also work closely with external online monitoring companies and use our close contacts with internet service providers to achieve the swift removal of problem content.

 

Anti-counterfeiting

We have specialist teams focused on anti-counterfeiting work, especially in Asia where we have a large practice. We have strong experience working with administrative authorities worldwide, conducting numerous raids annually and following up with civil or criminal action

Timely and reliable information is critical to help you target your resources. We set up processes to make sure that information flows efficiently from your business, commercial partners, customers, law enforcement authorities and from third party service providers. Where information is incomplete, our in-house evidence specialists will step in, working with the best third party firms as needed.

Patents

Our patent teams are focused on achieving the best possible result for our clients.

We have extensive experience litigating and arbitrating patent disputes covering all areas of technology, including telecommunications, life sciences, industrial chemicals and mechanical patents. 

We pride ourselves on thinking outside the box, developing strategies to assert maximum pressure, including interim injunctions, actions in unexpected jurisdictions, and tactical cancellations.

Our team has handled numerous cross-border litigation cases, co-ordinating with lawyers and patent agents in each country to ensure consistent arguments and the development of a winning strategy in each location. We have strong experience in Standard Essential Patent cases as well as other high tech areas. 

Our team is made up of experienced patent litigators with many decades of experience as well as specialist patent attorneys or agents. Many of them have worked in the industry before their law career, helping them to understand the industrial and commercial drivers behind a dispute. A number of our team members also act as counsel or arbitrators in IP arbitrations. 

Where necessary, we also work with select counsel in jurisdictions where we do not have offices to advance the client’s strategy. 

We’re renowned for our innovative services such as CIELA (China IP Litigation Analysis – www.ciela.cn), a unique litigation analysis tool that enables IP owners to evaluate and compare IP litigation venues across China. CIELA provides statistics on IP rulings from across China, or with a focus on specific courts. The system covers all major IP courts in China, with data coming from more than 17,100 IP judgments made at 98 IP courts in 35 mainland cities.

Copyright & Design

We have a team of lawyers with very substantial copyright and design litigation experience involving all technical areas.

Copyright

The digital age has seen an explosion in online copyright infringement from unauthorised content to the wide availability of valuable works available for download.

Our litigation teams handle both civil and criminal copyright cases relating to all types of copyright infringement often involving cross-border assertion of rights.  We assist clients to gather evidence of infringement through subpoenas and like tools, prove the ownership and subsistence of their rights and then bring action before the most appropriate bodies.

We also have strong video game, software and entertainment industry experience including actions against circumvention devices and search engines which has given a deep understanding of the technical issues in dealing with such disputes. 

Design

Designs are becoming an IP battlefield with the increasing use of online platforms and technologies. Many infringers will not show trade marks in online postings, making it hard - if not impossible - to have products taken down through online complaints procedures.

In China, in particular, companies still continue to copy elements of the designs of famous products. We have recently acted for a major automotive company bringing action on over 20 designs for external car parts against two car manufacturers in China.

We develop strategies to effectively enforce designs from take down notices and administrative enforcement, to litigation in court including advising on the validity and enforceability of the designs and gathering the necessary evidence of the infringement.

Domain Names

We have a specialist domain recovery team that can handle domain name matters in multiple languages and jurisdictions.

Our comprehensive domain name service includes worldwide surveillance and recovery, as well as portfolio management and dispute resolution. Four of our principals are WIPO and ADNDC panelists and have collectively decided over 500 domain name cases.

Our unique in-house evidence gathering capabilities help us carry out effective domain registration surveillance.  If necessary, we can also proceed with undercover purchases of domains.

We draft and file complaints in multiple languages to file with the appropriate dispute resolution body.  In many cases, proving bad faith is necessary for a complaint to be successful, can be very difficult.  Our multilingual staff will analyse websites for evidence of bad faith and conduct investigations with targets to obtain evidence of bad faith. 

We have also handled litigation involving domain name recovery and appeals by respondents unsatisfied with a decision of a panel.

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Our team

Douglas Clark

Principal, Global Head of Dispute Resolution

Hong Kong

+852 3412 4004

Jacob Chen

Principal & Head of China Enforcement

Guangzhou

+86 20 8559 8098

Peeraya Thammasujarit

Deputy Country Manager and Head of Dispute Resolution Team

Bangkok

+66 2 653 2730

+62 21 769 7333

+62 21 769 7333

+86 20 85955888

+86 21 23564950

+86 20 8559 8098

Lyn Lei

Associate

Beijing

+86 10 86324100

+86 20 85598098

Sunny Su

Senior Associate

Beijing

+86 10 86324100

Xu Yi

Senior Associate

Shanghai

+86 21 23564950

Meryl Wang

Senior Associate

Beijing

+86 10 86324100

Nadeen Helou

Legal Consultant

Dubai

+971 5 5849 6866

+971 4 309 8000

Alice Yu

Senior Associate

Shanghai

+86 21 23564950

Robin Su

Senior Associate

Beijing

+86 10 86324100

6626532730

+62 21 7592 3082

+46 (0)706 10 71 92

+66 2 653 2730

Ross Parsonage

Senior Consultant

Beijing

+86 10 8632 4000

(+62) (21) 769 7333

+66 2 653 2730

+66 26532730

Dr. Jade Donavanik

Senior Associate

Bangkok

+66 2 653 2730

Evie Triana

Senior Associate

Jakarta

+62 21 769 7333

Bassel El Turk

Principal & UAE Country Manager

Dubai

+971 4 309 8000

+852 2302 0832

Tania Lovita

Principal & Head of Dispute Resolution Team Indonesia

Jakarta

+62 21 769733

Luke Minford

Chief Executive

London

+44 20 7536 4101

Edward Hardcastle

Principal, UK Country Manager

London

+44 20 7536 4100

Donnie Wang

Principal, Head of Guangzhou Litigation

Shenzhen

+86 21 3133 6596

August Zhang

Principal, Managing Partner

Beijing

+86 10 8632 4100

Nandi (Landy) Jiang

Principal, Partner at Lusheng Law Firm

Beijing

+86 10 8632 4100

Sharon Qiao

Principal, Senior Partner and Head of Litigation Group

Beijing

+86 10 8632 4100

Carol Wang

Principal, Head of Shanghai Litigation Group

Shanghai

+86 21 3251 9966

Yana Tsygakova

Principal, Russia Country Manager

Moscow

+7 495 230 03 37

Edmund Baranda

Partner, Principal and Country Manager

Manila

+63 2 403 1686

Manoon Changchumni

Principal, Thailand Country Manager

Bangkok

+66 2 653 2730

Yen Vu

Principal, Vietnam Country Manager Rouse Legal Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Phnom Penh

+84 28 3823 6770