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Christopher Smith

Partner




Hong Kong

Experience


Chris Smith advises on a wide range of intellectual property matters in China, and has been recognized as a leading practitioner in the field for trademark prosecution work. He also advises extensively on a wide range of other IP matters in China, including trademark licensing, domain name disputes, unfair competition, parallel imports and OEM manufacturing.

Chris has represented multinationals in a wide range of industries, including consumer electronics, computer software, toys, media and entertainment, aerospace and defense, apparel, accessories and luxury goods, food and beverage, skincare and cosmetics, fast-moving consumers goods, etc. In addition to reporting directly to senior IP counsels in a number of Fortune 100 companies, Chris also works with SMEs.

At the same time as providing strategic advice on creating, exploiting and defending trademark portfolios in China, Chris has also formulated and managed successful defense strategies for a number of multinationals facing opportunistic lawsuits brought by trademark pirates. Incidental to disputes filed against third-party pirate trademark applications, Chris has also obtained numerous decisions recognizing the well-known status of his clients’ trademarks in China.

Prior to joining SIPS, Chris worked in Beijing and Hong Kong for 25 years, during which time he helped develop the Beijing IP practice of a major international law firm.

Chris was admitted to practice in England & Wales in 1994, and in Hong Kong in 1996.




“I value their honesty, integrity and very transparent way of working. They view themselves as an extension of the brand that they represent; they are completely aligned on goals and provide solutions to achieve them while staying within the budget.”
– World Trademark Review 1000

Education


  • B.A. in Modern Chinese Studies – Leeds University
  • Common Professional Examination & Law Society Finals – Manchester Polytechnic

Admissions


  • England & Wales
  • Hong Kong

Languages


  • English (native)
  • Mandarin Chinese (fluent)
  • French (conversational)

Recognitions


  • World Trademark Review 1000
  • Asia IP