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Jonathan Chu

T: +852 3166 6925 Email Jonathan | Vcard Office: Hong Kong

Jonathan Chu Partner

Contact details

Jonathan Chu

Jonathan Chu

T: +852 3166 6925 Email Jonathan | Vcard Office: Hong Kong

Jonathan is an intellectual property lawyer with substantial experience in IP litigation and enforcement strategies in Hong Kong and China.  He has advised and represented numerous well-known international companies and brand owners on successful large scale enforcement efforts in the region.
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Besides litigation, Jonathan’s practice also covers advising on non-contentious intellectual property and commercial matters, including advising on a broad range of matters tailored for start ups. He is also active in the fintech and blockchain spaces, advising on initial coin offerings and protection of blockchain technologies.

With over a decade of experience as an intellectual property specialist, Jonathan has advised a wide array of client’s in industries including fashion, toys and games, software, pharmacy, hospitality, hardware technology, TCM, and energy, amongst others.  He has advised clients in a broad range of intellectual property local and cross-border strategies ranging from anti-counterfeiting, customs seizures, IP rights enforcement, technology transfer, and application/registration and commercialisation of all types intellectual property rights.  Prior to joining Stephenson Harwood, Jonathan had a growing and successful practice at the Hong Kong bar as a full tenant of a set of chambers known for intellectual property counsel followed by practice as a solicitor at a litigation boutique with a focused practice on IP litigation in the region.  Jonathan’s practice also extends to advising clients on a variety of matters related to their businesses including commercial agreements, complex litigation, IP due diligence, data privacy, and start-up related services.

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Leading collectible toy company

Advising on various intellectual property protection and enforcement strategies over various jurisdictions in Asia, including Hong Kong and China, and advising on licensing and commercial agreements including agreements with major motion picture studios, artists and content owners.

Fortune 100 pharmaceutical company

Advised and represented a major American pharmaceutical company in its enforcement of its patents in Hong Kong.

Leading American private research university

Advised on technology transfer agreement with leading local university.

International toy company

Advised and represented a major toy company on its intellectual property protection and enforcement efforts in Hong Kong and the PRC. Advised this client in a significant enquiry as to damages matter in which this client successfully appealed a Court of First Instance and Court of Appeal decision in the Court of Final Appeal 

World famous Swiss tool company

Successfully advised and represented a major toy company on patent and copyright infringement claims in Hong Kong. Also advised this company on its successful intellectual property enforcement campaigns in Hong Kong and PRC.

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Luxury brand licensee

Advised the master licensee of a famous Italian fashion house in a successful claim against a sub-licensee for breach of licence agreement.

European luxury crystal company

Advised this company on its successful intellectual property enforcement campaigns in Hong Kong and PRC.

Leading consumer goods retail company

Advised and represented a major retailer in Hong Kong in a copyright infringement claim.

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Casino resort

Advised and represented a gaming company on various project related agreements and legal matters in relation to its development of a luxury casino resort in South East Asia.

Airport lounge company

Advised a leading airport lounge brand owner and operator in various legal matters, including advising on management and licence agreements.

Food and beverage group

Advised founder of a popular food and beverage group in dispute with former partner over ownership of assets and IP of popular restaurant, and non-contentious matters relating to establishment of venues.

More: Hotels and leisure

Ad tech company

Advised an established ad-tech client in the acquisition of a major stake in an innovative code technology company.

Global software development company

Advised a global technology company on its accelerator program in Hong Kong, and assisted with drafting and advising on funding documentation and agreements relating to numerous start-up companies.

Digital media company

Advise and represent a digital media company on its establishment, funding and licensing matters.

More: TMT

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