Business of IP Asia Forum - Speakers
Dr Benjamin Bai
Vice President &Chief IP Officer
Ant Financial
Benjamin Bai is Vice President and Chief IP Counsel for Ant Financial Services Group which operates Alipay, the world’s largest online and mobile payments platform. He is a leading IP practitioner who previously specialized in global patent litigation spanning from the United States to Asia. Before joining Ant Financial, Mr. Bai spent 20 years in the world’s leading law firms in the United States and China and focused on high-stake technology litigation and IP licensing in China, with a particular emphasis on patent and trade secret litigation. From 2014 to 2015, Mr. Bai led a team of lawyers and obtained four landmark preliminary injunctions in patent cases in China. These trail-blazing cases were recognized as exemplary cases by the Chinese courts. Mr. Bai is also a leading expert on trade secret protection in China.

Benjamin has won numerous accolades. He was honored by China Law and Practice as the China IP Lawyer of the Year 2015. He was also selected by Who’s Who Legal: patents 2015 as one of the world’s leading patent lawyers. Managing Intellectual Property named him as an IP Star for patent licensing, protection and litigation and trade secrets in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Chambers Asia and the Legal 500 recognized him as a leading Chinese IP practitioner from 2008 to 2016.

Mr. Bai obtained his JD from the University of Texas, School of Law and his PhD in chemistry from Rice University. He obtained his BS from the University of Science and Technology of China.
Ms Margret Fong
Executive Director of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC)
Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC)
Ms Margaret Fong is the Executive Director of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) since 1 October 2014. With a global network of over 40 offices, Ms Fong heads this international team whose mission is to create and facilitate opportunities in global trade for Hong Kong-based companies. She joined the HKTDC in 2010 as Deputy Executive Director, responsible for the international promotion of Hong Kong’s product and service industries and the Council’s office network worldwide.

Ms Fong has worked in a variety of public service posts, beginning her career as an Administrative Officer with the Hong Kong Government. From 1997 to 1999, she served as Deputy Director-General in the Washington Economic and Trade Office of the Hong Kong SAR Government.

She was Deputy Secretary for Transport from 1999 to 2004, Director-General of the Washington Economic and Trade Office from 2004 to 2006, and Commissioner for Economic and Trade Affairs, USA, from 2006 to 2008, representing the Hong Kong SAR Government in the United States. Before joining the HKTDC, Ms Fong was the Commissioner for Tourism from November 2008 to the end of 2009. She is a graduate of the University of Hong Kong.

Ms Fong is a member of the Aviation Development and Three-runway System Advisory Committee, the Hong Kong Maritime Industry Council, the Hong Kong Maritime and Port Board, the Hong Kong Logistics Development Council, the Hong Kong Tourism Board, and the Financial Services Development Council.
The Hon Mrs Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, GBM, GBS
Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
The Hong Kong Government
Mrs Carrie Lam joined the Administrative Service of the Hong Kong Government in August 1980 and rose to the rank of Administrative Officer Staff Grade A1 in September 2006. She became a Principal Official on July 1, 2007 when she was appointed Secretary for Development. She was appointed Chief Secretary for Administration on July 1, 2012.

Mrs Lam has served the public for more than 36 years in 20 public service positions including Director of Social Welfare, Permanent Secretary for Housing, Planning and Lands (Planning and Lands), Director-General of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in London, Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs, Secretary for Development and Chief Secretary for Administration.

Mrs Lam was elected as the Fifth-Term Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region on March 26, 2017, and was officially appointed to this position by the Central People’s Government on March 31, 2017 to assume office on July 1, 2017.

Mrs Lam is married and has two sons.
Mr Philippe Lucet
VP General Counsel, R& D and IP
Philippe Lucet is Vice-President and General Counsel for Nestlé, responsible for Legal matters relating to IP, R& D and Digital. Prior to joining Nestlé, Mr. Lucet was Brand Lead Legal Counsel and e-Commerce Lead at a global luxury group, and an attorney-at-law in private practice in Paris and New York, specializing in corporate, innovation, TMT and digital/e-Commerce. Philippe is also Board member of NetCommSuisse, the Swiss e-Commerce association. He is a graduate from Sciences-Po Paris, Columbia University and Stanford University.
Mr David Upite
Senior Counsel
Procter & Gamble, Greater China & Singapore
David Upite is a senior patent attorney with the Procter & Gamble Company (P&G). He has over 18 years of legal experience with P&G in the U.S. and China. For more than six years, he has been based in China, now managing the legal teams located at P&G's research facilities in Beijing, China and Singapore. He is a licensed U.S. attorney in the state of Ohio and at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. He has bachelors and masters degrees in science (BS, MS) and a degree in law (JD).