Business of IP Asia Forum - Speakers
Mr Benoît Apercé
Information Officer, Madrid Information and Promotion Division
Madrid Registry, Brands and Designs Sector, WIPO
Benoît Apercé, a national of France, joined the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in 2011. He is currently Information Officer in the Madrid Information and Promotion Division, Madrid Registry, Brands and Designs Sector, where he contributes to the development of global promotional activities and products for the WIPO’s International Trademark System.

Prior to joining WIPO, Benoît worked on technical cooperation projects at the Association of Caribbean States in Trinidad and Tobago, and at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, France, during which time he served in Haiti and in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

Benoît graduated from the Institute of Political Studies of Toulouse in 2004 and holds a Master’s Degree in Comparative Political Sciences from the Political Studies Institute of Aix-en-Provence in France.
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 Lingfei Bai
PCT Operations Section 3, PCT Operations Division, PCT Services Department, Patents and Technology Sector, WIPO
Bai Lingfei is Head of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) Operations Section 3, PCT Operations Division, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva. She joined WIPO in 2007.

The PCT Operations Division is the operational hub of the international patent system established under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), with links to national and regional patent offices of all PCT contracting states, as well as all inventors, patent applicants, and patent agents who use the PCT to seek international patent protection for their inventions. Its main activities include receiving, examining, publishing and communicating the international patent applications and related documents filed under the PCT.

Ms. Bai has a Bachelor Degree in Engineering from Beijing Jiaotong University, China. Before joining WIPO, she worked in the State Intellectual Property Office of China where she was a Formality Examiner of PCT.
Dato' Paddy Bin Abd Halim
Deputy Director General of Customs

Royal Malaysian Customs Department
Education: Bachelor of Maths. Sciences, Adelaide University, South Australia.

Started his career as a Customs Superintendent at the Royal Malaysian Customs Department of Perak in 1983. Served at several branches and divisions, among them at the Internal Tax Branch in JKDM WPKL. Appointed to Grade W52 at the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Implementation Task Force, HQ Putrajaya in 2007. He subsequently served as Director of Compliance Management Division, Grade Jusa C in 2011. He was promoted as Assistant Director General of Customs (Enforcement) effective July 15, 2016 to June 30, 2017 and appointed as Deputy Director General of Customs (Customs & SST) effective July 1, 2017.
Mrs Jacqueline Bracha
Deputy Director
Israel Patent Office
Deputy Director of the Israel Patent Office, Deputy Commissioner of Patents and Adjudicator (Trademarks and Designs) at the Israel Patent Office since 2011. Jacqueline has been working at the Israel Patent Office since 2006.

Jacqueline has a Masters Degree (LLM) in Law with Thesis, specialization in Intellectual Property, from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (2011) ; a Masters Degree (MBA) in Business Administration, specialization in Finance and Banking, from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (2002) and a Bachelors Degree (LLB) in Law, from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (2001).
Dr Albert Wai-kit Chan
Founder and Director
United States-China Intellectual Property Institute Inc. (“USCIPI”)
Dr. Albert Wai-Kit Chan is the Managing Partner of the Law Offices of Albert Wai-Kit Chan, PLLC, practicing in all areas of intellectual property law (including patents, trademarks, copyrights, business transactions, litigation, licensing, technology transfer, evaluation, and trade secrets) and specializing in biotechnology. He works extensively with clients ranging from individual inventors to well-established prestigious research institutes in the U.S., China, and abroad. Dr. Chan is founder and director of the United States-China Intellectual Property Institute, Inc., a non-profit organization. Dr. Chan is a registered foreign lawyer in Hong Kong, where he also heads Albert Wai-Kit Chan Intellectual Property Limited.
Mr Jack Chang
Quality Brands Protection Committee of China Association of Enterprises with Foreign Investment
Jack Chang, the elected Chairman for 2017 and 2018 of the Quality Brands Protection Committee (“QBPC”, which is an industry organization operating in China with around 200 foreign IP owners as members dedicated to improve IP environment and commercial rule of law in China based on the approach of cooperation. Jack was one of the founders of QBPC in 2000 and the China Anti-counterfeiting Coalition (QBPC’s predecessor set up in 1998). Jack was the elected QBPC Chairman from 2003 to 2013 and the Honorary Chairman from 2014 to June 2015.

Jack is now the Special Counsel to the Chairman of L Brands International. He was the Corporate Senior IP Counsel for Asia for General Electric Company from 2006 to 2014. Before then, he served Johnson & Johnson (“J&J”) for 17 years. Jack was relocated to Shanghai, China, in Jan. 1998 to set up the Asia/Shanghai Office of the Corporate Law Dept. of J&J. Later he set up and led the IP Protection Office of the J&J operating companies in China in addition to his responsibility as the Corporate Assistant General Counsel in Shanghai.

During the period from 2000 to 2018, Jack provided in person and writing many times respectively his observations on China IP environment and constructive recommendations to the China State Council leaders and staff on improving IP legal framework and enforcement, which received positive feedback from various State Council leaders. Madam Wuyi, then Vice Premier in Sept. 2004 commended QBPC as her capable assistant after listening to Jack’s briefing. Jack’s comments were adopted into the Chinese Product Quality Law, Trademark Law, Patent Law and Anti-Unfair Competition Law, etc. Jack served as a pro bono IP Advisor to the Shanghai IP Administration from 2007 to 2014. He was selected by the Managing IP as one of the world’s top 50 IP figures in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. In 2012, Jack was awarded the prize of Personal Achievement of The Year in Anti-Counterfeiting by the Global Anti-counterfeiting Group. In October, 2016, Jack was awarded the Annual Brand Protection Hero Award by the Anti-Counterfeit & Product Protection Center of Michigan State University.
Mr Cheung Wai Fung, Grover
Qi Diagnostics Limited

Groken Bioscience Limited
Mr. Grover Cheung is the co-founder of Qi Diagnostics Limited which is developing a revolutionizing non-invasive diagnostic technology of “A breath analyzer to diagnose multiple diseases”. He also co-founded Groken Bioscience Limited, an integrated genomic sequencing and bioinformatics services provider to universities, research institutes and pharmaceutical companies.

He obtained two master degrees in business management and biomedical science from Imperial College London and The Chinese University of Hong Kong. While he was the Regional Manager in BGI, he established the sales and marketing team for research sequencing service and clinical genomics service. He also leads the Bioinformatics Cloud Laboratory of BGI providing customised bioinformatics analysis to researchers and pharmaceutical companies in Asia. Under his leadership, the market share and sales revenue of BGI has increased significantly.

His major involved projects include developing medical service on the Non-invasive Prenatal Test (NIPT) for fetal chromosomal abnormality; Hong Kong liver cancer genome research project; China, Hong Kong and Macau ginseng Chinese herbal genome collaboration project; red tide seaweed genomics and proteomics research project. He has rich experiences in biological research and medical testing service.
Mr Peter Cheung, SBS
Barrister & Arbitrator

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre
Peter Cheung is a Hong Kong practising Barrister, a former Director of the Intellectual Property, and a former Registrar of Patents, Trade Marks, Designs and Copyright Licensing Bodies, Hong Kong, China.

From 1992-2013, Mr Cheung represented Hong Kong in World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) conferences. As a World Trade Organization Dispute Settlement Panelist, he settled two international disputes concerning trade marks and geographical indications. He was the lead intellectual property negotiator in Hong Kong's bilateral free-trade agreements. He promoted international trading of intellectual property via Hong Kong.

Mr Cheung was twice a Government Legal Scholar. His academic qualifications include: BA, LLB, PCLL, LLM and LLM Int L. He graduated from Harvard Kennedy School's Senior Executive Fellows Program. He was twice an invited speaker in Harvard's Asia Business Conferences.

Mr Cheung writes thematic blog posts and screenplays, composes tri-lingual songs and produces music videos. He holds positions as Arbitrator of the Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration; Knowledge Transfer Committee Member of the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology Council, Co-chair of “.Trademark”'s Policy Committee, WIPO Mediator & Arbitrator, and Panelist of the Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre.
Ms Teresa Cheng, GBS, SC, JP
Secretary for Justice
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Ms. Teresa Cheng, SC, was appointed Secretary for Justice on January 6, 2018. She was a Senior Counsel in private practice before joining the Government. She is also a chartered engineer, chartered arbitrator and accredited mediator. She was frequently engaged as arbitrator or counsel in complex international commercial or investment disputes.

Ms. Cheng was one of the founders and Chairman of the Asian Academy of International Law. She is a Past Vice President of the International Council of Commercial Arbitration, Past Vice President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration and Past Chairperson of Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre. In 2008, she became the first Asian woman elected through a global election as President of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. She served as Deputy Judge / Recorder in the Court of First Instance of the High Court of Hong Kong from 2011 to 2017. She is a member of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes Panel of Arbitrators, and was a member of the World Bank's Sanctions Board.

Ms. Cheng is a Fellow of King's College in London, and was the Course Director of the International Arbitration and Dispute Settlement Course at the Law School of Tsinghua University in Beijing.

Ms. Cheng has co-authored numerous books and articles in journals and seminars. Some of her publications include “Construction Law and Practice in Hong Kong” and “Arbitration in Hong Kong: A Practical Guide”, published by Sweet & Maxwell, as well as papers in the “International Council for Commercial Arbitration Congress Series”, published by Kluwer Law International.
Prof Cheah Kok Wai
Principal Founder & CEO
Cathay Photonics Limited
Prof Kok Wai CHEAH, Dr. Elizabeth Law Endowed Chair of Advanced Materials, serves as Associate Head of the Department of Physics, as well as Founding Director of Institute of Advanced Materials, Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU). He became a Fellow of the Institute of Physics in 2013 and received President’s Award for Outstanding Performance in Scholarly Work from HKBU in the academic year of 2015-16.

He is one of the founders of Cathay Photonics Limited, a spin-off company from Hong Kong Baptist University, and he is the main person behind invention of the ultra-hard anti-scratch thin film in which this invention won Grand Prix Award at the 44th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva in 2016.

His research areas include linear and non-linear optical properties of organic complexes and plasmonic nano-structures, organic and inorganic phosphors and organic electronics. He has presented close to 300 papers in journals and conferences. He also owns 9 US patents and 2 Chinese patents.
Dr Mario Chin
Founder & Scientific Director
Ambio Technology
Prof Mario P. S. Chin has a wealth of experience in cutting-edge medical research and development. He is a bioentrepreneur and an expert in medical genetics and genomics. He is the Scientific Director of Ambio Technology and Amvet Biosciences, R&D Director of Ploin Pharmaceuticals, Associate Director of the Institute of Genomics at Huaqiao University, Professor in the Huaqiao University School of Biomedical Sciences and Advanced-Level Entrepreneurial and Innovative Talent of Fujian Province, China.

Prof Chin is a pioneer in personalized healthcare solutions; his uniquely devised DNA test products can fulfill diverse consumer and market needs. He has developed and commercialized over 100 DNA tests and introduced them to the medical market in Hong Kong. In addition to running a biotechnology business, Prof. Chin collaborates with “Thousand Talent Professor” Philipp Kapranov on the translational research of novel cancer markers and the development of new cancer DNA tests for clinical applications.

Prof Chin was an Assistant Professor at Temple University School of Medicine and Principal Investigator at the National Institutes of Health in the U.S. He successfully identified HIV-associated genes in the human genome, bringing new insights to the treatment and prevention of HIV/AIDS. Prior to that, he was Aaron Diamond Scholar at the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center in New York City and worked closely with renowned HIV/AIDS expert, Prof. David D. Ho. Prof. Chin was also in charge of several translational medical research projects at the National Cancer Institute in the U.S. Moreover, during the bird flu incidents in Hong Kong, Prof. Chin developed rapid DNA tests for the HKSAR Government and contributed significantly to the influenza pandemic preparedness program in Hong Kong.

Prof Chin has published numerous scientific papers on medical genetics and its applications, and was the sole Principal Investigator of two National Institutes of Health Research Grants worth over USD 1 million. He also received several awards from the National Institutes of Health, the Comprehensive NeuroAIDS Center and the International AIDS Society for his innovations in science. He was invited to lecture at the University of Washington, Rockefeller University, City University of New York and several international scientific conferences. He served on the scientific and funding committees of the American Cancer Society and the University of Wisconsin, the scientific review committees of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Institutes of Health, and the mentoring committee of the International AIDS Society. He also serves on the editorial and review boards of several international journals.

Prof Chin received his PhD in molecular genetics from the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Medicine, where he was a Swire Scholar, and graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Zoology from the University of Hong Kong. He received Professional Certificate in Medical Product Development at the University of California, Irvine and has a Diploma in Genetic Counselling.
Mr Angus Choi
Chief Executive Officer
Joint Electronic Teller Services Limited (JETCO)
Mr Angus Choi began serving as Chief Executive Officer of Joint Electronic Teller Services Limited (“JETCO”) in December 2014, overseeing the company's day-to-day operations and driving the expansion of its automated teller machine (“ATM”) network and payment business platform in Hong Kong and Macau.

Prior to joining JETCO, Mr Choi was Managing Director of Hong Kong at TransUnion Limited where he oversaw the company's credit reporting, analytics and decisioning business.

At JETCO, Mr Choi's objective is to enhance the value of the company's ATM platform for both users and member banks through continuous innovation and the development of cross-border capabilities. At the same time, Mr Choi also aims at introducing diversified and sophisticated financial and payment services to help member banks expand their business and promote the development of the local financial market.

With over 30 years of experience in the consumer credit bureau and banking sectors, Mr Choi has also held senior positions in Citibank's and DBS' consumer and corporate banking businesses, as well as regional sales and marketing management positions at Visa International and American Express in Hong Kong and Canada.

Mr Choi holds an Executive Master of Business Administration degree from Southern Illinois University in the United States.
Mr Sam Chow
Brand Protection Leader
Procter & Gamble (China)
Mr. Sam Chow, General Manager of P&G Global Brand Protection Greater China team, leads regional brand protection team to design and execute strategy of defending brand equity, protecting consumer health/safety and supporting sustainable business growth for all P&G brands and portfolio in the region.

With decades of in-house experiences on IP policy, enforcement and risk management in Asia and Europe, Sam had worked on numerous Risk Management, IP and Corporate Security roles for multiple industries, including at PayPal as head of Brand Risk Management APAC focusing on laws, policies, regulations and industry requirements. Prior to PayPal, Sam also served as regional corporate security director respectively at Sanofi and Syngenta in Shanghai and Singapore, as well as in Beijing as regional head of IP enforcement at NOKIA and Asian management associate at Daimler-Benz.

Sam majored in International Economics & Trade from University of International Business & Economics, and later received his master's in finance from the School of Economics of Peking University.
Mr Douglas Clark
Barrister & Arbitrator

Adjunct Professor
Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong
Douglas Clark is a Hong Kong barrister who specializes in intellectual property litigation. He was previously (as a solicitor) Managing Partner of the Hogan Lovells' Shanghai office and was based in Shanghai from 2000 to 2011. He has advised clients on numerous cross border litigation cases and also sat as an arbitrator in a number of intellectual property related cases.

Doug is an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Law of the University of Hong Kong where he teaches Hong Kong Intellectual Property Law as part of the LLM program.

Doug is the author Patent Litigation in China (OUP) and the General Editor and co-author of Hong Kong Intellectual Property (LexisNexis). He has also written a history of British and American extraterritorality in China and Japan, Gunboat Justice.
Mr Bastien Douglas
Open Data Hong Kong
M.A. Public Administration; B.Comm, Mgmt Info Systems

Bastien’s background combines public sector experience, research analysis and citizen engagement. For over 4 years as a public servant in the federal government of Canada in Ottawa, he analysed policy at the front lines of policy development and researched public management issues at the centre of the bureaucracy. In 2009, a community of innovative public servants formed by Bastien to work across silos using collaborative tools and social media pushed projects for to forward Open Data to raise capacity to share knowledge and better support the public. Bastien then worked in the NGO sector building knowledge capacity for the immigrant-serving sector, while supporting advocacy for improved services, information-sharing, access to resources and sharing of practices for service delivery.
Mr Thierry Dubois
Managing Director, Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry (FH)
1975 - 1987
French International School of Hong Kong

1987 - 1989
Université de Lausanne, Switzerland Law Faculty

University of Syracuse, U.S.A. Law Faculty

Paid Position
2000 - today
Federation of the Swiss Watchmaking Industry (FH)
Managing Director Asia Pacific

2001 - today
STU group of companies
Owner and Chairman

1999 - 2001
FH Promotion Ltd.
Chief Executive Officer

1990 - 1999
Promo Services Ltd.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Unpaid/voluntary positions
2003 - today
Teacher of Ten Thousand Generations Foundation
(charity officially registered in Hong Kong)
Co-founder and CEO

2015 - today
International Trademark Association
Member of the Anticounterfeiting Committee (ACC)
- East Asia & Pacific Subcommittee

2010 - 2016
Little Angels Foundation
(charity officially registered in Hong Kong)

2008 - 2013
Swiss School Committee, Hong Kong Member of the Board

1998 -1999
Swiss Association of Hong Kong
Treasurer, Assistant Vice-President, Vice-President
Mr Devin Ehrig
Shadow Factory
Devin was raised in the movie industry; his father was a career production manager and transportation coordinator affiliated with all major film studios in Los Angeles, whose company provided equipment rentals and leasing services to film productions across the US.

After obtaining an LLM in Banking and Financial Law from Boston University, Devin moved to the Pearl River Delta, helping MNCs and entrepreneurs build their international business. In-depth knowledge of corporate finance, commercial law, securities, trust, and cross-border compliance issues has made him a valued advisor in strategic and operational concerns spanning several industries in Greater China.

Fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese, with a professional network spanning the Pacific, Devin is a Co-founding Director at Shadow Factory.
Mr Anthony Evans
Intellectual Property Committee of the Law Society of Hong Kong
Anthony Evans is a solicitor who has been admitted to practise law in the courts of England & Wales, Hong Kong and Australia (Victoria) respectively. He graduated with a law degree from King's College, London University, and has been almost exclusively involved in intellectual property law in Hong Kong, both contentious and non-contentious, since 1981. He is a member of the HK Law Society's Intellectual Property Committee, the International Bar Association and other international organizations involved in the intellectual property field generally.

Anthony advises regularly on matters involving local and cross-border infringement issues and undertakes IP litigation for both Hong Kong and international clients.
Mr Guy Fong
Customs Group Head (Intellectual Property Investigation (Operations))
Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department
Guy is the head of operations in the Intellectual Property Investigation Bureau (IPIB) of the Hong Kong Customs. The Bureau comprises some 200 officers specialized in fighting all sorts of intellectual property right (IPR) infringement crimes. The Hong Kong Customs is the sole enforcement agency in Hong Kong responsible for fighting IPR crimes.

Guy joined the Hong Kong Customs in 1988 after graduation. He has worked in different areas of customs enforcement work. His major expertise is on investigation duties. He had engaged in drug investigation work for more than 8 years, anti-smuggling work for 3 years, and fighting IPR crimes for 8 years. He has rich experience in commanding covert investigation and raid operations.

His substantive charter now is fighting IPR crimes at all levels: the local physical markets, the transnational movement of infringing goods, as well as infringing crimes on internet platforms. He formulates enforcement strategies having regard to IPR crime trends in Hong Kong and in the world. He oversees the operations of criminal enforcement. Where necessary he gives input to policy makers on keeping Hong Kong’s IPR protection regime updated with changes.
Ms Margaret Fong
Executive Director
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.
Dr Freddy Harris, S.H., LL.M., ACCS
ASEAN Working Group on Intellectual Property Cooperation (AWGIPC)

Director General of Intellectual Property
Ministry of Law and Human Rights of the Republic of Indonesia
Dr. Freddy Harris, ACCS. born in Jakarta on November 18, 1966 is the Director General of Intellectual Property, Ministry of Law and Human Rights of the Republic of Indonesia since November 2017.

His educational field of study were on Corporate and Bankruptcy Law, Contract Drafting Law, Cyber Law, Intellectual Property Rights Law and System Analyst. He graduated the Bachelor of Law at University of Indonesia in 1992. He took his Master of Law on Rijks Universiteit Groningen, NETHERLANDS in 1998. In 2004 he got his Accredited Diploma for Cyber Crime Studies in Perbanas Institute. Then he got his Doctoral Degree as Doctor of Legal Studies in University of Indonesia in the year of 2007.

His experience in the Private sector was Assistant of HRD Manager at Fasa Bumi Laksana Group, Legal Manager at Fasa Bumi Laksana Group, Counselor at Law HAEYS IT Legal Consultant, Partner at Erman Kurnia Freddy Counselor at Law, Board of Supervisory of Indonesia Domain Name Management (PANDI), and now he is also one commissioners on Indonesian Railways Company (PT. KAI).

In the government sector he was Vice Dean for Student Affairs and Alumni , Faculty of Law, University of Indonesia; Head of Institution for Legal Studies and Technology, University of Indonesia; Head of IPR Clinic, University of Indonesia; Head of Trademark Appeal Commission of the Republic of Indonesia; Director of Information Technology, DGIPR; Secretary of Directorate General of Legal Administrative Affairs and the Director General of Legal Administrative Affairs .
Mr Leon Gao
President & Founder
Leon Gao is the President and Founder of EntGroup. He has served The Beijing News, iResearch and ChinaVenture. Mr Gao has many years of work experience in the media industry and data insights, he also concerns about the industry trends. Moreover, he has extensive experiences in team operation management. Mr Gao set up EntGroup in 2009 to provide business decision support for Chinese entertainment industry.
Mr He Zhimin
Deputy Commissioner
National Intellectual Property Administration of the People's Republic of China (CNIPA)
Mr. HE Zhimin acquired his Ph.D. in Biochemical Engineering in the joint program between Tianjin University, China and University of L'Aquila, Italy in 1990. He has served successively as professor of Tianjin University, Vice-President of Tianjin Bohai Chemical Industry Group Co., Deputy Director General of the Science and Technology Commission of Tianjin Municipal Government, and Director General of Tianjin Municipal Intellectual Property Office. He was also elected as the deputy to the 10th-12th National People's Congress of the People's Republic of China (NPC). He is now Deputy Commissioner of the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) for international cooperation and administration of patent examination centers. He is also a member of the Standing Committee of the 13th China People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).
Mr Leo Huang
General Manager, Creative Power Entertaining Co., Ltd.
Creator of ”Pleasant Goat“ and “Big Big Wolf & Happy Heroes”
He is an Animation director, screenwriter and serial cartoonist.

His animation series:
•'Happy Family'
•'Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf'
•'Happy Heroes'

His comics:
•'Mr. Gum'
•'Sweet Potato Soup'

His movies”
•'Happy Heroes'
•'Happy Heroes 2'
•'Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf: Amazing Pleasant Goat'

His awards:
•Golden Dragon Award : The Best Humor Single Frame Award of Special Jury Award
•Top Ten Outstanding Youth in China Design Industry
•China's Top Ten Copyright Owners
•SARFT's Best Animation Creator
•China Cartoon Top Ten Person
•The Best Animated Film Director of IQIYI Golden Petal Award
•Golden Dragon Award for the Outstanding Contribution Award
Mr Matthew Hodgson
International Arbitrator

Messrs. Allen & Overy, Solicitors (Hong Kong)
Matthew Hodgson is a Hong Kong-based partner in Allen & Overy's International Arbitration group. He has acted as counsel in more than a dozen investment treaty disputes worldwide under the ICSID and UNCITRAL rules. This has included successfully representing investors in ICSID claims against Sri Lanka and the Philippines, and representing the Governments of Azerbaijan, Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan and Poland in six proceedings, including in several claims valued at over US$1 billion. He also represents clients in commercial arbitrations under all major arbitral rules, including the HKIAC, ICC, LCIA, SCC, SIAC and UNCITRAL rules.

Matthew is a member of the practitioner group supporting UNCITRAL Working Group III on ISDS (Investor-state dispute settlement) reform. He serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Arbitration, Mediation and Dispute Management and is a fellow of the International Dispute Resolution Academy. Matthew is also a member of the International Arbitrators Panels of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB).

Matthew is admitted to practice in England & Wales, Hong Kong and New York. He holds degrees from Cambridge University (BA Hons Law), New York University (LLM) (with a full scholarship), University of Utrecht (Eur. Dip) and a diploma in international arbitration from Queen Mary College, London (with distinction). He has been recognised as a leading practitioner by Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 since 2012, and Who's Who (International Arbitration) 2018. Chambers 2018 states that Matthew is "known among peers for his excellent command of investment treaty arbitration".
Dr Arno Hold
Executive Director
Dr. Arno Hold is the Executive Director of AIPPI, leading the General Secretariat of the Association in Zurich.

Before joining AIPPI, he was the Dean of External Relations and Lecturer on International Trade at University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. Prior to that, he held Fellow and Senior Consultant positions with the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), the University of Hong Kong and the World Trade Institute in Bern leading several large international projects on innovation, IP and international trade.

Arno regularly obtained expert mandates to provide IP policy advice and to implement large IP capacity building projects across the globe. When he was a Project Director and Coordinator of the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IPI), he had overall responsibility for bilateral IP technical assistance programmes and represented Switzerland in various multilateral organizations on initiatives to further promote and harmonize international IP protection.

Dr. Hold received his Ph.D. from the Swiss Institute for International Economics and Applied Economic Research at University of St. Gallen with a thesis on the relationship between IP protection and economic development (under the supervision of WIPO’s Chief Economist Carsten Fink). He is a graduate of the World Trade Institute’s Master of International Law and Economics Programme (MILE) and completed a master’s degree in Political Science at the Universities of Bern, Bologna and Zurich.

He is fluent in English and German with a good working knowledge of French, Spanish and Italian.
Dr Ray Huang
Principal Engineer and Office Director
Exponent Hong Kong
Dr. Huang is a Principal Engineer and the Office Director of Exponent's Hong Kong Office. Huang's expertise is in product liability, intellectual property, emerging technology due diligence and technology dispute resolution. He has worked in Europe, Asia and North America advising industrial and legal clients with focus on devising strategic plan to address technical risks involving safety, quality, compliance and reliability for hardware and software in TMT (technology, media and telecommunications) and consumer electronics space. He also specializes in conducting United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) product recall investigations and establishing proactive testing, risk management, safety, quality and reliability programs for companies around the world
Mr Olivier Klein
Head of Emerging Technologies, Asia Pacific
Amazon Web Services
Olivier is a hands-on technologist and has been working for Amazon Web Services across Asia-Pacific and Europe to help customers build resilient, scalable, secure and cost-effective applications and create innovative and data driven business models. He advises how emerging technologies in the Artificial Intelligence (AI), ML, AR/VR and IoT space can help create new products, make existing processes more efficient, provide overall business insights and leverage new engagement channels for end-consumers. He also actively helped customers build platforms that align IT infrastructure and service spending with revenue models, effectively reducing waste and disrupting how product development had been executed over the past decades. Prior to his AWS time, Olivier ran the digital product strategy for an American multinational publishing, education and media company across Asia and lead engineering and R&D efforts to build a virtualised web service platform for a Luxembourgish internet service provider pre-cloud era.
Ms Charmaine Koo
Licensing Executive Society China, Hong Kong Sub-Chapter
Charmaine is the Co-head of Deacons’ Intellectual Property Department and the Head of IP Litigation and Enforcement, Commercial IP and Entertainment and Media Practice Groups.

Charmaine is admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong, Canada and England and Wales. She has a BSc in biology from the University of Toronto, an LLB from Queen’s University, an LLM from Cambridge University and a Graduate Diploma in IP Law and Practice from the University of Bristol.

Charmaine’s practice covers all aspects of IP work including anti-counterfeiting strategies and enforcement of IP rights. She advises on complex IP enforcement advice and litigation and has won a number of high profile court cases resulting in ground-breaking decisions in the Hong Kong IP field. Her leading cases include Yakult vs. Yakudo, Guccio Gucci S.P.A. vs. Cosimo Gucci and Richemont International S.A. vs. Da Vinci Collections (HK) Limited. One of her cases Tsit Wing (Hong Kong) Company Limited vs. TWG Tea Company Pte Ltd. which succeeded at the Court of Final Appeal was voted by Managing IP Magazine as the “Hong Kong IP case of the Year 2013”.

Charmaine advises on all aspects of commercial IP, including the structure and documentation of complex commercial transactions, licensing, franchising, distribution, cobranding as well as IT, technology, media, entertainment and advertising agreements. She also has extensive experience advising on copyright, data protection and personal data privacy. Charmaine represents many of the world’s leading brands, advertising agencies, entertainment businesses, ISPs and content providers in relation to a wide range of innovative IP or internet issues.

Charmaine is a prolific speaker on a wide range of IP issues and is the co-author of the Hong Kong chapters of “Patent Litigation Global Guide” and “Copyright Litigation Global Guide” of the Practical Law Global Guides published by Thomson Reuters in 2018. She is also the co-author of the Hong Kong Chapter of the third edition of “Data Protection & Privacy – International Series” published by Thomson Reuters in 2016.

Charmaine has won many awards and accolades and recent accolades include:
Managing IP – World’s Top 250 Women in IP (2016 — 2018)
World Trademark Review 1000 – Gold Tier Individual in Enforcement and Litigation in Hong Kong (2016 – 2018)
Legal 500 – Tier 1 Leading IP Individual in Hong Kong (2016 – 2018)
Chambers & Partners – Band 1 Leading IP Individual in China (2017 & 2018)
Euromoney Legal Media Group’s Asia Women in Business Law Awards – Best in IP Litigation in Asia (2013 & 2018), Finalist for four consecutive years (2014 – 2017)
Dr Connie Kwok
Director, Research & Development
The Nano and Advanced Materials Institute Limited (NAMI)
Dr Connie Kwok oversees the market segment of Healthcare Sector in NAMI. The Healthcare sector focuses on using innovative materials and nanotechnology to develop a series of core platform technologies to support three major theme areas – Prevention, Detection and Formulations.

Dr Connie Kwok received her B.Sc. (Hons) in Engineering Chemistry from Queen’s University, Canada, M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering and Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of Washington, USA where her research interests focused on drug delivery, novel biomaterials and surface modifications for drug/device combination products. She has 18+ years of industrial experience in the United States and Hong Kong. She started her career at Integra Life Sciences and was involved in skin tissue regeneration. She developed slow-release, antimicrobial artificial skin products for severely burnt patients. She then joined Abbott Vascular (formerly Guidant Vascular) and took part in their critical developments of Drug Eluting Stents (DES). There she and her team developed a number of bioactive DES coatings to prevent stent restenosis as well as worked out relevant testing protocols for new product evaluations. She was a two-time winner of the Guidant Excellence Awards for her significant contributions. Later, she moved on to Marina Biotech (formerly Nastech Pharmaceuticals) and designed adjustable-dose nasal delivery devices for protein drugs where formulations were nasal application specific for fast action. She was also responsible for the quality of primary container closures for all nasal delivery devices.

Dr Connie Kwok was a member of Controlled Release Society (CRS) and Society for Biomaterials (SFB) where she earned a prestigious Ph.D. Student Award for her research excellence and originality. She is the first author of over 20 US patents and journal publications.
The Hon Mrs Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, GBM, GBS
The Chief Executive
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China
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.
Dr Lee George Lam
Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited
Dr. LAM has over 30 years of international experience in general management, strategy consulting, corporate governance, direct investment, investment banking and fund management across the telecommunications/media/technology ("TMT"), consumer/healthcare, infrastructure/real estates, energy/resources and financial services sectors.

Dr. LAM serves on the board of directors, the advisory committee and the investment committee of a number of publicly-listed companies, investment funds and NGOs. He is Non-Executive Chairman – Hong Kong and ASEAN Region and Chief Adviser to Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets Asia, a member of the Committee on Innovation, Technology and Re-Industrialization of the HKSAR Government, Honorary Advisor to the Hong Kong Business Angel Network, Special Advisor to the Asia Pacific Real Estates Association and a member of the Court of City University of Hong Kong. In addition, he is President of the Hong Kong-ASEAN Economic Cooperation Foundation, a member of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council Belt and Road Committee and Convenor of its Digital Silk Road Working Group, a member of the Board of Directors of the Pacific Basin Economic Council, as well as President of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP) Sustainable Business Network (ESBN) Executive Council and Chairman of its Task Force on Banking and Finance.

Trained in mathematics, sciences and business and public administration, Dr. LAM is a Solicitor of the High Court of Hong Kong, a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators, the Hong Kong Institute of Directors and CMA Australia, an Accredited Mediator of the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR), and an Honorary Fellow of CPA Australia, the Hong Kong Institute of Facility Management and the University of Hong Kong School of Professional and Continuing Education.
Mr Lai Hongchuan
Secretary General, Guangzhou Development District Intellectual Property Association

Co-Chairman, Federation of Intellectual Property Services, Guangzhou Development Zone Solicitor

Legislation Specialist Consultant, Guangzhou Municipal People’s Congress Standing Committee
Mr Lai has more than ten years of experiences in providing commercial legal services and is particularly well-grounded and well-experienced in IP- and technology-related projects. He participates in legislative consultation work with Guangzhou Municipal People’s Congress in non-litigation areas and has spoken in various summits as a specialist. He is the legal advisor for a lot of sizable enterprises and has participated in a number of corporate M& A and technological projects. In litigations, he has represented Nokia, Martell, Hong Kong Royal Furniture, Honeywell Lonon, Imetto and ScienChain in civil and commercial cases with significant social impacts.
Ms Karen Law
Vice President, Strategy and Legal
Lan Kwai Fong Group
Karen is the Vice President, Strategy and Legal Department of Lan Kwai Fong Group ("LKF"). LKF is an entertainment based property development and management conglomerate having recently diversified from its property business into new businesses including entertainment, film, media and technology businesses in Asia and the US. Karen leads both legal and media departments focusing on content creation, development, integration, licensing, production and distribution of contents including movies, TV drama, games, stage performance and events.

Before joining LKF, Karen was the Chief Executive Officer, Greater China and General Counsel of Digital Domain Holdings Limited ("DDHL") from 2015-2016, a Hong Kong listed investment holding company with media, entertainment and technology businesses spanning Greater China and the US.

Karen also led the IP and technology legal team in Alibaba Group for 7 years, supervising all IP and technology matters worldwide including transactions, trademarks, copyrights, domain names, data and technology. Karen has over 17 years' experience in managing and handling intellectual property matters globally. She also served as board and sub-committee members in IP associations such as the INTA, CTA and ICANN. She is also an arbitrator of HKIAC and ADNDRC focusing on domain name disputes resolution.

Karen was the winner of Managing IP in house award and Asia Women in Business Law Awards, and her team was awarded as the best China and Asia Pacific IP in house team by various associations including World Trademark Review, Intellectual Asset Management, in 2014 and 2015.

Karen is a qualified solicitor in Hong Kong.
Ms Stella Law
Executive Director
CHFT Advisory & Appraisal Limited
Stella specializes in providing consultancy and valuation of intellectual properties with over 15 years' experience in the industry, and she has expensive experience in all phase of M&A activities in relation to intellectual properties, from pre-Deal analysis to due diligence during the negotiation process, as well as financial reporting purpose upon deal completion, which covers wide range of industries. She has served owners of small-to medium size privately held companies, to listed companies to state own enterprises.

She often works with business owners' advisors such as financial advisors, sponsors, lawyers and auditors to develop optimal client solutions. Currently, her primary focus is on the preparation of valuations which are in compliance with listing rule and financial reporting purpose. Prior founding her own company, she was leading the business valuation department of an S&P 500 company. Her expertise is on valuation of intangible assets especially on trademarks and patents.

She provides valuation services which covers wide range of industries including construction, apparel, food & beverage, property, hotel and leisure, infrastructure, environmental protection, construction, manufacturing, etc.

Academic Qualification and
Accredited Senior Appraiser of American Society of Appraiser (ASA)
Member of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
Member of Certified Management Accountants (CMA)
Master of Science in Financial Analysis
Bachelor of Engineering in Software Engineering

Community Involvements
Executive Committee Member of Licensing Executives Society China
President (2018-19) of Rotary Club Hong Kong Northeast
Founding member of Hong Kong-ASEAN Economic Cooperation Foundation
Executive Committee Member of Hong Kong University Alumni Association (HKUAA)
Executive Committee Member of The International Association of CFOs and Corporate Treasurers
Member of the Institute of Hong Kong Directors (HKIoD)
Ms Patsy Lau
Council Member, Programming Advisory Council
International Trademark Association
Patsy is qualified in Hong Kong and California. She holds a JD and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of San Francisco, and a Diploma in IP Litigation from the Nottingham Law School. She was the President of the Hong Kong Institute of Trade Mark Practitioners from 2009 to 2011.

Patsy specialises in the protection of large international and regional trade mark portfolios of well-known brands in finance, telecommunications, consumer products, luxury goods, pharmaceuticals and aviation. She has extensive experience in conducting trade mark audits and in advising on portfolio brand management. Patsy's practice also concentrates on complex trade mark disputes and negotiations, opposition, invalidation and revocation matters including trade mark appeals before the High Court. Patsy also advises on commercial transactions affecting trade marks from simple assignments to complex multinational licensing arrangements and conducting due diligence.

Patsy presently serves on the Programming Advisory Council of the International Trademark Association (2018 - 2019) following her previous appointment on the Asia-Pacific Global Advisory Council (2016 - 2017). She is a regular speaker on trade mark issues at international IP conferences. She was a course leader and lecturer teaching IP law at the University of Hong Kong SPACE.

Patsy has been recognized as an outstanding IP lawyer, including being selected as “Best of the Best - Top 30 Trade Mark Lawyer in the World” by Euromoney Legal Media Group's Expert Guide (2017).
Anita Leung
Messrs. David Lo & Partners, Solicitors
Anita has been a legal practitioner for over 25 years, advising both local and multinational companies on the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious intellectual property and information technology matters, including but not limited to mergers, acquisition and commercialization of IP assets, internal IP audits, pre-IPO due diligence, joint ventures, research collaboration, licensing, franchising and distribution. She provides clients with strategic brand integrity programs involving regional and cross-border enforcements at all levels, litigating on copyright, trademark, design and patent disputes. Anita also assists clients on data privacy and cybersecurity issues, both locally and regionally, and the development and execution of diverse legal initiatives to manage the legal risks faced by companies in the Greater China and Asia Pacific regions, including portfolio management, product regulatory and compliance issues.

She is also an accredited mediator (general). Prior to joining David Lo and Partners as a consultant, Anita was a partner with Jones Day, an international law firm in Hong Kong.

Anita sits on the BIP Asia Forum Steering Committee of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council and the Board of Directors of Kids4Kids Limited, a non-profit organization in Hong Kong. She is a Council Member of the Licensing Executives Society China (Hong Kong Sub-Chapter) and the Hong Kong Federation of Woman Lawyers. She is also a member of the Intellectual Property Committee of the Hong Kong Law Society, the Working Committee of the Intellectual Property Rights Protection Alliance, the Copyright Committee of the Asian Patent Attorneys Association Hong Kong Chapter and the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.
Dr Li Yahong
Associate Professor & Director of LLM Program in IP and Information Technology, Faculty of Law
The University of Hong Kong
Dr Yahong Li, JSD and JSM (Stanford), is an Associate Professor and Director for LLM Program in Intellectual Property and Information Law at the Department of Law of the University of Hong Kong. She specializes in IP law with a focus on cross-disciplinary study of IP, culture and technological innovation. She is an author of eight books, 40 journal articles and book chapters, and an editor of 12 books. She has spoken in over 100 conferences and has been a visiting/honorary fellow/professor at Harvard, Cambridge, Max Planck, Melbourne, Santa Clara, and many other universities and institutions. She is a member of ATRIP, a Council Member of China IP Law Association, and an Honorary Advisor of Hong Kong Institute of Patent Attorneys. She is a member of editorial board of Modern China Studies and Hong Kong Law Journal.
Ms Miao Li
Asia IP Consultant
Having completed an LL.M. program at the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center (“MIPLC”), Ms. Li joined LexisNexis as the Asia IP Consultant in June 2016. Prior to pursuing her LL.M. program, Ms. Li worked as a patent attorney, first at the Energy Innovation Center of ENN Group for two years and then at the Procter & Gamble Company for four years. During her time at P&G, Ms. Li provided IP support for the Fabric Care business unit in Asia, taking care of brand names that include Tide, Ariel, Lenor, and Downy. Ms. Li has published theses including: Patent Issues of Crowdfunding and Issues on IP technical Identification. Ms. Li is a qualified Chinese lawyer (2006) and patent agent (2010).
Ms Rosita Li
Licensing Executives Society China, Hong Kong Sub-Chapter
"Drawing on useful ancillary know-how in advertising and marketing, Rosita Li is a similarly effective tactician and a potent force in disputes." –World Trademark Review 1000 (2017)

Rosita Li is a partner of Mayer Brown. She joined Mayer Brown (formerly known as Johnson Stokes &Master and then JSM) in 1992.

Rosita has 26 years of experience dealing with both contentious and non-contentious intellectual property and information technology matters in Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland. She handles the full spectrum of intellectual property work from litigation to licensing and portfolio management, advising clients on their trademark portfolio; enforcement actions; applications for interlocutory injunctions; filing criminal complaints with the Hong Kong Customs; trade mark oppositions; domain name disputes; and drafting and advising on commercial agreements.

Rosita has presented a number of internal and external presentations on intellectual property, covering topics on Introduction to Intellectual Property (Trade Marks, Copyright, Patents, Trade Secrets), Music Copyright in Hong Kong, Copyright Licensing, Anton Piller Injunctions, Tackling Shadow Companies, and Conduct Proceedings under Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy, to name just a few. She has been recognised as a leading individual in the Intellectual Property field by Chambers Asia Pacific (2011-2018). She is also a Recommended Lawyer in Intellectual Property according to Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2015, 2016) and ranked in Intellectual Property (International Firms) in China by Chambers Global (2015-2018).

Rosita is the Vice-Chairman of the Licensing Executives Society China, Hong Kong Sub-Chapter and is also a member of APAA (Hong Kong group) and INTA.

She speaks English, Cantonese and Mandarin.
Mr Andrew Liao GBS, SC, JP
Senior Counsel
Past Member
Executive Council, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China
Andrew Liao is a Senior Counsel in Hong Kong specializing in intellectual property for over 40 years. Andrew was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1989, and had been appointed Deputy High Court Judge in 1990, and Recorder of the High Court in 2000-2002.

For years, apart from his professional practice, Andrew has continuously and actively participated in public service in matters concerning intellectual property in Hong Kong. As a member of the Law Reform Commission and its Copyright Sub-Committee, he was actively and closely involved in the reform of the copyright law, leading to the enactment of the Copyright Ordinance in 1997. He was the first Chairman of the Copyright Tribunal, and Convenor of the Hong Kong Bar's Task Force on Intellectual Property. In 2001, Andrew was awarded the Silver Bauhinia Star by the Government for his contribution to the reform of intellectual property laws. He was Vice-Chairman of the Working Group on Intellectual Property Trading which recommended the promotion of arbitration and evaluative mediation for resolving intellectual property disputes, and Chairman of the Steering Committee on Review of Intellectual Property Issues in the Innovation and Technology Sector. He is Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Review of the Patent System which recommendation of establishing Hong Kong's own original grant patent system is in the process of being implemented by the Government. He is also Contributing Editor of the High Court Patent Rules under Order 103 of the Hong Kong Civil Procedure.

For 12 years from 2002 to 2009 and 2012 to 2017, Andrew had served as a Non-Official Member of the Executive Council of the HKSAR. For his distinguished public service, he was awarded the Gold Bauhinia Star by the HKSAR Government in 2008.

Andrew has been actively promoting intellectual property, intellectual property trading, intellectual property arbitration and mediation, cultural and creative industries, innovation and technology in Hong Kong, and was the founder and organizer of the BIP Forum (Business of Intellectual Property Forum) as part of BODW (Business of Design Week) in Hong Kong from 2007 to 2011.
Mr Alan Liu
Director, Global Brand Protection, Asia Pacific
Johnson and Johnson Supply Chain
Alan Liu is the APAC Director of Global Brand Protection at Johnson and Johnson. He leads J&J's regional -level brand protection function, with responsibility for combatting illicit trade across all J&J business segments—pharmaceutical, medical device and consumer.

Alan has spent his entire 13-year career thus far dealing with organized crime and brand protection issues in the region. His experience includes seven-plus years in law enforcement as a Senior Inspector and six years in brand protection, anti-counterfeiting enforcement, and supply chain security for multi-national companies, including DuPont, MSD and Abbott Laboratories. Alan has intensive experience on brand protection strategies and operations in Consumer/Food/Pharm/Agriculture/Chemical industry. Alan previously held the position of Vice Chairman, Best Enforcement/Practices Committee, QBPC (the Quality Brands Protection Committee) in China.

Alan now is the Chairman of ASIS (American Society for Industrial Security) Shanghai Chapter and Co- Chairman for BASCAP (Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy) China, International Chamber of Commerce.
Mr Lim Jew Pean
Engage Nova Pte Ltd.
Jew Pean is the Co-founder and CEO of Engage Nova Ptd Ltd, a field service IoT company. He started the company to provide a unified platform to bridge enterprise resource planning (ERP) and field service technologies.

Prior to founding Engage Nova, Jew Pean started Nichefield Pte Ltd in 2007 to provide ERP and customer relationship management (CRM) solutions for customers in South East Asia. Nichefield was subsequently acquired by Kakiko Group Limited (HKEX listed company).

Before Nichefield, Jew Pean was the Solution Architect and Business Development Manager (SAP solutions) with Danish conglomerate Jebsen & Jessen South East Asia from 2000 to 2007. Prior to joining Jebsen, he was a Senior Operation Engineer (web services) with IBM Software Group in Singapore from 1997 to 2000.
Mr Michael Lin
Council Member, Licensing Executives Society China, Hong Kong Sub-Chapter
Board Member, International Intellectual Property Commercialization Council
Partner, Marks & Clerk Hong Kong
Michael Lin (B.A. Biochemistry from U.C. Berkeley; J.D. from Boston University; Ohio Bar; USPTO Bar) was such a terrible bench chemist that he had to become a lawyer. Michael worked at Procter & Gamble Japan (1997-2007), and P&G Beijing (2007-10). Before leaving P&G, Michael managed the Asia patent matters for Oral Care, Pet Care, Snacks & Beverages, and Fabric and Home Care business units.

Since 2010, Michael has worked at Marks&Clerk Hong Kong as the Head of their Chem-BioSciences group. He handles patent preparation and prosecution, opinion work and client counseling.

Michael is a board member of IIPCC, an INTIPSA Fellow, LES China-Hong Kong Council Member and Secretary, etc. Michael is listed in IAM’s Patent 1000 (2015-18), MIP’s IP Star (2014-18), IAM’s Strategy 300 (2015-18), and others. Michael publishes articles, speaks at schools and conventions, and actively mentors students and others.
Ms Rebecca Lo
Hong Kong Group of The Asian Patent Attorneys Association
Rebecca Lo has been practising the laws of intellectual property, technology, media and communications for more than 20 years, being engaged in a broad spectrum of IP practice, from regulatory and registration work to enforcement/contentious as well as commercial and transactional matters.

Rebecca holds office in a number of international professional associations in the IP field and serves on the Intellectual Property Committee of The Law Society of Hong Kong, the Council of Asian Patent Attorneys Association (“APAA”) as well as the Council of APAA Hong Kong Group, holding the office of President. She was Founder Chairman of Licensing Executive Society China Hong Kong Sub-Chapter and is now a member of the Council of the said society.

Rebecca has been recommended regularly in “Asia Pacific Legal 500”, “Managing Intellectual Property”, “Chambers”, “The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers”, “International Who’s Who of Trademark Lawyers”, “Guide to the World’s Leading Trade Mark Law Practitioners” and “The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals”. She has spoken in many conferences and seminars on IP and licensing, and contributes regularly to publications on these subjects.

Rebecca studied law in Manchester, U.K. and then read a LL.M. degree at the University of Hong Kong, studying PRC commercial laws and intellectual property laws. She is admitted to practise law in Hong Kong, England and Wales, Australia, Singapore and U.S.A. (California Bar) and is a Hong Kong Notary Public, a China-Appointed Attesting Officer, as well as an accredited mediator.
The Honourable Mr Justice Lok
Judge of the Court of First Instance of the High Court

The Hong Kong Special Adminstrative Region
Mr Justice Lok obtained his LL.B. and P.C.LL. from the University of Hong Kong in 1987 and 1988 respectively. He further obtained a Master of Laws Degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science in the United Kingdom in 1989. He was called to the Bar in Hong Kong in 1988. He was in private practice between 1990 and 1995. He joined the Judiciary as Magistrate in 1995 and was appointed as District Judge in 2001. In 2015, he was appointed as Judge of the Court First Instance of the High Court.

Mr Justice Lok has had experience in handling complicated intellectual properties litigations both as a barrister and a judge. He was assigned to prepare for the setting up of the IP list in the Court of First Instance.
Mr Jason Loh
Founder & CEO
Piece Future
Jason Loh is an innovator at heart with a mission to drive the growth of companies through the power of intellectual property. He is an advocate of active utilization of intangible assets and is an expert in developing brand, technology and growth strategies for private companies through global IP strategies, IP monetization, IP risk aversions, technology IP innovations and IP to business strategies. In recognition of his expertise in IP strategy, he has been named in IAM Strategy 300 since 2016.

He left his senior role as the Head of Panasonic’s IP Group (ASEAN) and founded Piece Future which is Asia’s Intellectual Property Investment Bank that serves as a vital key in the IP innovation ecosystem.

Jason held numerous high-profile positions – before-Head of Panasonic’s IP Group (ASEAN), executive advisor to UK’s Institute of Innovation and Knowledge Exchange (IKE), IP advisory partner of i2P Ventures, and IP advisory partner of True Vine Capital Partners.
Mr Philippe Lucet
VP General Counsel, R& D and IP
Nestlé SA
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.
Dr Jacqueline Lui
Hong Kong Institute of Patent Practitioners
Dr. Lui is a US Registered Patent Agent with a Ph.D. in Biology at the University of Texas. She is founding and current President of The Hong Kong Institute of Patent Practitioners Limited (HIPP).

Dr. Lui was born and raised in Hong Kong, but emigrated to the US after graduating from Diocesan Girls’ School in the late 70’s. Before returning to Hong Kong in 2000, Dr. Lui lived in Singapore for 13 years and was a member of the Technology and Market Intelligence Committee of the National Science and Technology Board that advised on the development of Singapore’s intellectual property strategy and framework in the 1990s.

Jackie is also President of a group of IP firms having offices in Hong Kong, China, and Macau. Her experience includes drafting and prosecuting patent cases worldwide for multinational firms, publicly listed companies and startup companies in Singapore, Hong Kong, Europe and North America. Since her return to Hong Kong more than 15 years ago, she has advised universities, research institutes, listed companies and startup companies in Hong Kong including the ASTRI and NAMI.

Besides her own bio/pharma specialization, Dr. Lui also has considerable IP experience in the areas of materials science, medical devices, internet, mechanical and chemical engineering. She specializes in international patent prosecution and has been involved in advising clients on strategic planning, rights procurement, portfolio management, technology transfer, due diligence and enforcement for more than 20 years.

In 2017, Jackie was recognized as one of the World’s Leading Patent Firms & Individuals by a renowned IP publication. She was also recognized as one of the Top 250 Women in IP for the year 2018/2019 by a widely recognized international magazine.
Mr Hao Ma
CCPIT Patent and Trademark Law Office
Mr. Hao MA is the President of CCPIT Patent and Trademark Law Office. He is also the Vice President of All-China Patent Attorneys Association, Member of Advisory Committee of Experts on State IPR, Member of Expert Committee of Market Regulation of SAIC, Vice President of LES China, Regional Ambassador for China of ICC Intellectual Property Commission and Arbitrator for China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission. He was once the President of AIPPI.

Mr. Hao MA joined CCPIT Patent and Trademark Law Office in 1992 while he used to work in Beijing Research Institute of Automation for Machinery Industry from 1982 to 1992 as an electronics engineer.

Mr. Hao MA's practice focuses on patent prosecution, reexamination, invalidation and appeal, litigation and licensing. He has extensively counseled domestic and international clients on other IP issues such as copyright, technology import and export, and border enforcement.
Mr Donald Mak
Assistant Government Chief Information Officer (IT Infrastructure)
Office of the Government Chief Information Officer
The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Mr Donald Mak is the Assistant Government Chief Information Officer (IT Infrastructure), responsible for planning, development and management of Government IT infrastructure, e-Government application architecture, central platform facilities, e-Government service portal “GovHK” and related services for providing e-Government services to the public. He is also playing a critical role in facilitating Government bureaux/departments in the opening up of government data for public use through the Public Sector Information (PSI) Portal ( and the implementation of Big Data Analytic Platform for scientific research, innovation and smart city development.

Mr Mak joined the Government in 1989. Since then he has assumed various important duties including formulation and implementation of facilitation strategy and initiatives for ICT industry development, data centre development, digital inclusion, ICT co operation with the Mainland and overseas economies as well as the implementation and management of various government ICT systems and services.
Ms Theresa Mak
Hong Kong Institute of Trade Mark Practitioners
Theresa is a partner at Rouse Legal Hong Kong, a member of the Rouse Network, working on a wide range of IP matters.

Ms. Mak has experience in both non-contentious and contentious intellectual property matters, including trade marks, registered designs, copyright, patents, passing off actions, licensing and enforcement of intellectual property rights.

Ms. Mak advises multinational companies and local SMEs on branding and trade marks issues in Hong Kong and also manages their worldwide intellectual property portfolios. Ms. Mak also advises advertising agencies on digital marketing and advertising issues as well as privacy issues.

Ms. Mak has spoken on various IP topics in Hong Kong and China.

Before joining Rouse, Ms. Mak worked as a solicitor in the Intellectual Property Department of the Hong Kong Government, where her duties include acting as a hearing officer for ex-partes and inter partes interlocutory hearings on trade mark matters.

Professional Qualifications:

•LLB (Hons), The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
•LLM (Computer and Communications Law) University of London
•Admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in Hong Kong
•Secretary, Hong Kong Institute of Trade Mark Practitioners
Mr Yoshinori Nakagawa
Chief Intellectual Property Specialist
Panasonic Corporation
Yoshinori Nakagawa is an IP Specialist at the Innovation Intellectual Property Center, Innovation Promotion Sector of Panasonic Corporation. He joined the Sanyo Electric Company IP Department in 2004 and handled countless IP matters including acquisitions, licensing, technology transfers and infringement actions. He also worked for Sanyo as its foreign liaison with Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, a law firm in Chicago, US for a year where he actively participated in patent licensing. Throughout his career, Mr. Nakagawa has actively monetized IP for both Panasonic and Sanyo through licensing and other transactions involving large patent portfolios in the field of semiconductor, display, and wireless communication devices. Currently, Mr. Nakagawa leverages his experience to develop creative business solutions utilizing Panasonic’s wide range of IP.

Mr. Nakagawa holds a LL.M. from the Law School of Tsinghua University, China as well as a degree of Master of Science from Ritsumeikan University, Japan.
Mr Brian Ng
Vice President
AP Infosense Limited
Brian is the Vice-President of AP INFOSENSE. AP INFOSENSE is the Asia Pacific branch of Automated Precision Inc. (API), a world leader on coordinate measurement solutions.

Brian has worked in various fields with wealthy experience in areas such as software development, logistics, hi-precision engineering, manufacturing and intellectual property. By combining unique industrial knowledge and utilizing the research capabilities of research institutes, Brian and his research team have successfully identified products with huge potentials and transformed them into profitable commercial products.

Besides having a solid technical background, Brian is also an accredited mediator to help clients to understand each other’s perspectives and guides them to resolve disputes amicably and come up with a win-win solution. He believes good negotiation skills is the key. He has achieved remarkable success in business negotiations and come up with win-win solutions to business partners including some major business ventures.

Although Brian has been working full-time for over 30 years, he keeps on learning since university graduation and particularly he likes to explore knowledge from different areas. He has already completed a Master Degree in Computer Science, a Master Degree in Business Administration, a Bachelor of Engineering and a Bachelor of Laws. He is currently a candidate of Master Degree in Analytics and Artificial Intelligence and he enjoys helping enterprises to embrace the AI revolution.
Mr Felix Oen
Kang Healthcare
Worked in Investment Banking for 10 years:
BNP: covering various financial products from vanillas to options; trading to structuring financial products.

Worked in Technology sector for 16 years:
NEC: Regional Director, Business Strategy and Innovation (AsiaPac), responsible for the strategic vision, direction and engagement of various business units across Asia Pacific with key strategic partners as well as other industry solutions providers, providing consulting services experience on business process redesign, scenario planning, strategic planning and development activities.

Beyond his corporate and professional career, Mr Oen has been deeply involved in community and social work both in Singapore and the region. His interest lies in empowering the marginalized and assisting children-at-risk both from social and/or medical conditions.

Mr Oen is a self-starter, thorough and determined; systematic and logical in his management and ideals. He values strong teamwork and cooperation, a team-player that can add value to any structure and organization. With proven leadership, marketing skills and delivery, Mr Oen is a respected professional, influential with strong planning and analytical skills.
Ms Joyce Poon
Assistant Director of Intellectual Property
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government
Ms Poon obtained LL.B. and P.C.LL from the University of Hong Kong. She also obtained her bachelor degree on Chinese laws from the Peking University. She joined the Intellectual Property Department (IPD) of the HKSAR Government in July 2008 and had worked with the Advisory Team, Hearings Team and Registration Team of IPD.

Ms Poon has taken up the position as the Assistant Director of Intellectual Property (Copyright) since January 2017, overseeing the provision of legal and policy advice on copyright and related rights, and related legislative amendments. She also oversees liaison and IP co-operation with IP authorities in the Guangdong Province.

Before joining IPD, Ms Poon was a Senior Government Counsel with the Department of Justice. She had worked with the Civil Litigation Unit in the Civil Division.
Dr. H. Purushotham
Chairman & Managing Director
National Research Development Corporation (NRDC) an Enterprise of Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR)
Dr. H. Purushotham is the Chairman & Managing Director of National Research Development Corporation (NRDC) an Enterprise of Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR). In addition to the above position, Dr. Purushotham also holds additional charge of Director General of Consultancy Development Centre (CDC) an Autonomous Institution under DSIR; both the institutions are under the Ministry of Science & Technology, Govt. of India.

Dr. Purushotham obtained his B. Tech in Chemical Engg., from Andhra University (1982), Vishakhapatnam; M. Tech from IIT, Kharagpur (1984) and later obtained MBA from IGNOU and PhD from Osmania University, Hyderabad. His PhD thesis was on “Management of Technology Transfer from Indian Public Funded R&D Institutions to Industry”. He was trained at Venture Capital Institute Washington on Venture Funding and National Business Incubation Association USA on Incubators Design and Development. He was member of Investment Committees of many VC firms (UTI, ASSCENT INDIA FUND, GVFL, APIDC VENTUREAST, SCICOM) and Government bodies (DST, DSIR, MoMSME, MHRD, TIFAC, TDB, CSIR, IITs etc.) promoting Innovations.

Dr. Purushotham possess about 33 years of diverse experience in different Government Institutions of repute (CSIR-NEIST Jorhat, NCBM Delhi, CSIR-CLRI Chennai, ANIIDCO Ltd Portblair, ARCI Hyderabad, TDB Delhi, NEGD-DeitY Delhi, NRDC and CDC Delhi) and held several top level Engineering / Management / Leadership positions in the Industry, Research and Consultancy. While serving in these leadership positions, Dr. Purushotham demonstrated Innovative Thinking and Leadership Qualities. He was a founding head of the Department for Chemical Process Design and Development at CSIR-CLRI, Chennai, Technology Transfer Division and Centre for Knowledge Management of Nano-Science & Technology at ARCI, Hyderabad. He has led many multi-disciplinary teams in R&D, IP Management, Technology Transfer & Commercialisation, Consultancy projects and executed successfully more than 100 projects as a team leader in Agro-Chemicals, Coal,Oil, Leather, Biotechnology, Agriculture, ITES, Pharma, Energy, etc. majority of the projects were funded by government, industry and multilateral agencies like World Bank, UNIDO,UNDP,ADB etc.

He has about 85 research publications, wrote one book, 4 book chapters and 3 patents and has served as Faculty at Anna University and Osmania University to teach Post-Graduate students in Engineering and Management studies. He has delivered more than 200 Invited / Plenary / Keynote lectures in India and abroad and led many Science & Technology delegations to USA, Canada UK, Japan, Brazil, Switzerland, Philippines, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Ghana. He has been Instrumental in establishing dynamic Academia- Industry Partnerships. He was Awarded a Meritorious Young Consultant Award-1991 by DSIR and a SKOCH- BSE 2016 Award for Nurturing Creativity and Innovation in the Country.

Now, as a CMD of NRDC, he is sphere heading Commercialisation of Innovative Technologies Developed by various public funded R&D Labs and Universities in the country and contributing significantly to Start-up India and Make in India Missions of Govt. of India. He has brought a turnaround in NRDC.As a Director General of CDC, Promoting Consultancy Development in the country by way of Human Resources Development and providing various Consultancy Services to Government departments.

The Innovative initiatives taken by Dr. Purushotham in the area of Research Teaching and Consultancy over the last 33 years significantly contributed to the better performance of the organisations he has been working and sustainable socio-economic development of the Nation, as these initiatives generated Large Employment Opportunities and Wealth Creation through New Entrepreneurial Ventures.
Dr Anita Sengupta
Senior Vice President of Engineering Systems
Virgin Hyperloop One
Dr Anita Sengupta is a rocket scientist and space veteran who for over 20 years has been developing spacecraft technologies that have enabled the exploration of Mars, Asteroids, and Deep Space. She started her career working on the Delta IV launch vehicle at Boeing Space Systems. Her doctoral research at NASA focused on the developing the ion engines that powered the Dawn spacecraft to reach Vesta and Ceres in the main asteroid belt. She was then responsible for the supersonic parachute system that was integral to the landing of NASA's Curiosity Rover on Mars in 2012. She next led the development of NASA's Cold Atom Laboratory, a laser-cooling quantum physics facility on board the International Space Station which made it the coldest spot in the Universe this year. Her current role is as Senior Vice President of Virgin Hyperloop One, where she is leading the team in the design of a magnetically levitating, electromagnetically propelled, passenger transport system in a vacuum tube, known as the hyperloop.

Dr Sengupta received her MS and PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California, where she is a Research Associate Professor in the Astronautics and Space Technology Department teaching spacecraft, entry, and landing system design for planetary exploration. In her spare time she is an avid pilot, motorcyclist, scuba diver, snowboarder, runner, public speaker, and was an astronaut finalist in the last selection round. This year she is also promoting and featured in a new book called Galaxy Girls, which covers the story of 50 women who have made an impact on the space program.
Mr Rex Sham
Co-founder & Chief Science Officer
Insight Robotics Ltd.
Rex Sham is the Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer of Insight Robotics. He is now a committee member of the Committee of Innovation, Technology and Re-industrialization of the HKSAR government, and he is also a technology consultant of the Our Hong Kong Foundation. He graduated from Department of Computer Science and Engineering, The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2008.

In 2009, Rex established Insight Robotics with a young entrepreneur, Mr. Kevin Chan and Mr. Albert Ko, the winner of National Relief Hero. Insight Robotics’ mission is to safeguard natural resources, enable active risk management of the world's assets by generating and making sense of data.

In 2014, Insight Robotics won the Golden Award of Best Innovations in Hong Kong ICT Awards, The CISIS China Software and Information Service Smart Living Best Solution Award, etc. Nowadays, our ForestScan wildfire detection robots have been deployed in 46 cities around the world and 3 million ha of land are being protected.

In 2015, Insight Robotics entered the aerial survey market to provide large-scale and precise mapping services to pinpoint crop diseases infections, water stress and illegal logging. The success of Wildfire Detection Robot has been widely reported by China and international media, including CCTV “Xinwen Lianbo” 《新聞聯播》, CCTV World News Channel, Xinhua News Agency, China Daily, Associated Press, Hong Kong TVB, etc. In the same year, Insight Robotics was selected by The Wall Street Journal as one of the five most promising start-ups in Hong Kong. Insight Robotics also beat 150 other start-ups and was awarded “Entrepreneur of the Year” at the 2015 IBM SmartCamp Global Finals in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In 2016, Insight Robotics won the highest honor in the Asia-Pacific region's science and technology awards – 2016 Asia Pacific Information and Communication Technology Alliance (APICTA) Awards.

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*Insight Robotics Wildfire Detection System

The Insight Robotics Wildfire Detection System is a reliable 24-hour wildfire detection solution. The system is comprised of a network of fully automated InsightFD1.5 robots equipped with advanced thermal sensors. It is capable of spotting a single tree on fire as small as 6 square meters up to 8 km away, scanning a coverage area of 20,000 hectares for all fires within line of sight. Through intelligent software algorithms, it can pinpoint the exact location of a fire with image and geographical location of the fire, send real-time alerts to control center in order to reduce the risk of harm while firefighters who are able to control and extinguish fires while they are still small.

The system consists of several components, including advanced infrared thermal sensor, high-definition visible camera, high-precision pan-tilt unit, and high-speed automatic image processing and analysis technology. Combined with self-developed intelligent software algorithm, the system can detect and report early stage of wildfires in response to different climates, topography, plant species and other factors that may affect. This largely solved the problems such as omissions, late detection and false alarms with naked eye. In addition, thermal imaging analysis techniques can also be applied to monitor illegal logging, large parks, pipelines, substations and other infrastructures.
Ms Dora Si
Intellectual Property
Dora is admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong as well as a solicitor in England and Wales (non-practising). She holds a Master of Laws (Commercial and Corporate Law) degree from the University College London and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Hong Kong.

Dora’s practice covers all aspects of IP protection and enforcement. Dora manages trade marks for clients in a variety of industries, including food products, public transport, banks, real estate service, construction materials, fashion, cosmetics, sports equipment, hotels, and other consumer products and services. In particular, Dora advises on brand protection and anti-counterfeiting strategies, domain name disputes and copyright protection. Dora has also handled complex cross-border infringement issues, and managed AIC raid actions and contentious proceedings in various parts of China.

Dora also advises on IP aspects of commercial transactions and has experience in developing effective strategies for IP monetisation and intellectual asset management, advising on IP transactional and privacy issues for e-commerce, conducting IP audits for mergers and acquisitions, as wells as negotiating and drafting licences and other general commercial agreements relating to the use and acquisition of IP rights.

Dora represented the Hong Kong Law Society as a delegate at the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) Annual Meeting in New Delhi in 2012. She has presented seminars on trade mark issues at INTA conferences.
Mr Canda Sinpaseuth
Acting Chief, ASEAN and Research Section, International Cooperation Division
Lao Customs Department
Canda Sinpaseuth serves as Acting Chief of ASEAN and Research Section, International Customs Cooperation Division, Lao Customs Department at the Ministry of Finance. He oversees the overall work on IPR protection of Lao Customs Department, the second largest revenue collection source of the Government of Laos. Under Canda's big contribution, Lao Customs was successfully established the IPR protection team and regulation.

Canda Sinpaseuth was born on 23 January 1985 at Vientiane Capital, Laos

A career Customs officer, Canda served as a technical customs officer in various posts and units under Lao Customs Department for 8 years, where he performed duties in a range of positions international cooperation, investigation and managing IPR protection activity.

In 2018, Canda was promoted to Acting Chief ASEAN and Reseach Section at the International Cooperation Division and assumed responsibility for cross border cooperation including protection of IPR at the borders, which encompassed investigations of major counterfeit and piracy goods importation and trafficking. Canda has also performed the role of Contact Point of Laos to the ASEAN Network Intellectual Property Right Enforcement Experts(ANIEE), a role which incorporated responsibility for the strengthening the IPR enforcement strategy of ASEAN region, including Information and Intelligence sharing, monitor movement of counterfeit and piracy goods between ASEAN countries and common IPR awareness campaign for ASEAN region.

As a WCO Scholar, his academic credentials include a Master of Business in Strategic Management and Intellectual Property Rights from the Business School at Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo, Japan and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting.
Mr Priyantha Saparamadu
Deputy Director
Sri Lanka Customs
I am Priyantha Saparamadu , born on 20.7.1962 , married Roshini Saparamadu , live in Colombo and have two daughters who works in Australia and one son who is schooling yet.

I have 30 years’ experience in Customs and presently worked as Deputy Director of Customs at Policy Planning and research Directorate, which implement government policies, handling of Free Trade Agreement and international affairs.

I have obtained a B.Com (Special) Degree at Sri Jayewardene University in Sri Lanka in1984 and Master of Customs administration Degree conducted with the collaboration with University of Sri Jayewardenepura and Canberra University of Australia in 2011

At present I am working as the secretary to the Technical committee on valuation, National Coordinator of Authorized Economic Operators (AEO) and a member of Trade Facilitation Committee of Sri Lanka Customs.

I have participated for various meeting of World Customs Organization, representing Sri Lanka Customs and such as Revenue Compliance and Fraud, Expert Group Meeting of Post Clearance Audit, Standards for Secure and Facilitate Global Trade (SAFE), Technical Committee on Customs Valuations, Workshop on AEO and Mutual Recognition Agreement, and intelligence and, investigation management etc. I worked as expert team member, of WCO in developing of Implementation Guidance on Post Clearance Audit. WCO commended for my excellent contribution towards this work.

I am a Rotarian and held position of President, secretary and Board of Directors in Rotary Club of Pamunugama and held position of District Chairman of Polio eradication programme of District 3220 Sri Lanka and Maldives.
Ms Valentina Salmoiraghi
Anticounterfeiting Advisor
Asia-Pacific, International Trademark Association
Valentina Salmoiraghi is the Anticounterfeiting Advisor for Asia Pacific at the International Trademark Association (INTA). Based in Singapore, Valentina covers the whole region supporting INTA Anticounterfeiting Committee members and initiatives. She focuses on external relations, advocacy and strategic planning.

Valentina has over 13 years-experience working in Asia with Intellectual Property Rights protection and enforcement. During this period of time she has worked with various European Chambers of Commerce on their IPR SME projects in China and Vietnam as IP Business Advisor and was also an External IP Expert for the South-East Asia and China IPR projects funded by the European Union. She has a background in legal services and worked with leading law firms in Italy, China, and Singapore.

Valentina holds a Master’s Degree of Law – International Institutions and Organizations from Bocconi University in Milan (Italy) and a Master’s Degree in Law from the University in Barcelona (Spain).
Mr Shang Hailong
Managing Director
SenseTime Hong Kong
Mr Hailong Shang (Jesse Shang), is the Managing Director of SenseTime Hong Kong. He oversees the company’s strategic and global business development. His effort in education industry is particularly of pivotal importance. In April 2018, Mr Shang led the company to publish “Fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence”, the first high-school textbook on artificial intelligence in the world, which was well received by education sectors from local and overseas alike.

Before joining SenseTime, Mr Shang has gained more than 10 years of extensive experience in ICT industry. He was the Senior Vice-President in charge of international B2B businesses at China Unicom Global and the Director of Government and Enterprise Relations Department at China Mobile International.

With his professional knowledge and network, Mr Shang has assisted Chinese conglomerates such as Alibaba, Tencent, Bank of China, China Construction Bank, Huawei in their global expansion efforts. His extensive experience in international project management and overseas business development, alongside his excellent relationships with institutional parties have allowed his teams to achieve and maintain robust business growth. He has been awarded numerous accolades such as “Outstanding Business Development Team” in China Mobile and China Unicom.

Apart from his business endeavors, Mr Shang also holds several social capacities such as Vice Director General of the Hong Kong Science and Technology Alliance and Vice Director General of the Shanghai AI Alliance. Mr Shang holds a bachelor degree in Engineering and a master degree in Business Administration.
Mr Hendrick Sin
Co-founder & Vice Chairman
CMGE Group Limited
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Mr Hendrick Sin obtained his college education in the USA. He received his triple bachelor’s degrees in computer science/mathematics, economics and industrial management from Carnegie Mellon University in May 1996, all completed within four years. In June 1997, Mr Sin graduated from Stanford University with a master’s degree in Engineering-Economic Systems and Operations research. Mr Sin has over 20 years’ experience in management, finance and investment banking, will all the time working closely with PRC enterprises and individuals.

Mr Sin is a Co-founder and the Vice Chairman of CMGE. CMGE is the largest Chinese publisher of mobile games developed based on IPs. CMGE was listed on the NASDAQ market in the United States from September 2012 to August 2015, and it was China’s first mobile game company listed in an overseas stock exchange. CMGE became a NASDAQ Golden Dragon China Index constituent stock in 2014, its market capitalisation reached unicorn level (i.e. US$1 billion) in that same year. CMGE was taken private from NASDAQ with a view to re-list in Hong Kong Exchanges in the future.

CMGE’s predecessor was founded by Mr Sin and his PRC partners in 2009 in Shenzhen. Selecting Shenzhen as the company’s headquarters about 10 years ago, Mr Sin has successfully transformed the local game studio into an international leading IP-orientated mobile game enterprise. CMGE focuses on cooperating with owners of international popular IPs relating to well-known cultural and art products, such as Disney and Toei Animation and develop and publish mobile games based upon these IPs.

CMGE became China’s first mobile game company listed in NASDAQ on 25th September 2012. The major part of its US$136 million fund raised was spent on building a mobile game ecosystem founded on popular IPs. The role in this ecosystem provides CMGE with diverse operational capabilities and ensures that CMGE is able to supply high-quality mobile games to its players. CMGE hires over 800 employees throughout China, most of them are software engineers. In 2017, CMGE was granted the “Best Cooperation Partner Award” by Tencent, and was named a Global Top 50 Publisher by Apple.

Mr Sin is actively participating in the IT and youth community works in Hong Kong and works closely with the HK government and PRC provincial governments. Mr Sin is an Executive Vice-chairman of the Hong Kong Software Industry Association, a Vice President of the Internet Professional Association, a Founding and Executive Vice-Chairman of HKinnovision and a Vice President of the Youth Council. Mr Sin has been appointed by the Hong Kong Government as a committee member of the Youth Development Commission and a director of Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited. Mr Sin has also been appointed as a member of the fourteenth session of Tianjin Municipal’s Committee of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.
Dr K.C. Sum
Head of Intellectual Property & Knowledge Management
Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute Company Limited (ASTRI)
Dr. Sum is Head of Intellectual Property and Knowledge Management of ASTRI which is specialized in conducting R&D for Information and Communications Technologies. He is responsible for overseeing various functions of IP management in the organization including vetting of invention disclosure, patent prosecution and maintaining patent portfolios. He has 20 years of experience in R&D management and has also rich experience in licensing and assignment of patents. His technical expertise lies in the areas of communication technologies and semiconductor technologies.

Dr. Sum is a Chartered Engineer and a Member of Steering Committee for BIP Asia Forum. He holds a PhD degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Kent and a MBA degree from the University of Manchester.
Mr Tony Sung
NEX Team Inc.
Tony is a software engineer and second-time entrepreneur. He co-founded EditGrid in 2006 which was later acquired by Apple. In 2017, he co-founded the mobile artificial intelligence company NEX Team Inc., whose sensor-less, AI- powered basketball training app HomeCourt debuted in July 2018. NEX Team investors include Mark Cuban, Steve Nash, Jeremy Lin, Sam Hinkie, Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment Ventures (venture arm of the 76ers ownership group), and Mandra Capital.
Ir. Dr. Alfred Tan
Head of Knowledge Transfer Office
Hong Kong Baptist University
Ir. Dr. Tan is an entrepreneur, an IP attorney, an engineer, a research scientist, an inventor and a university senior administrator all rolled in one. He started his career in academia before embarking to successfully lead his own technology start-up. Ir. Dr. Tan has a number of patents to his name. He then returned to academia to further his career as a well-published professor in engineering and technology, both in Hong Kong and Australia.

Ir. Dr. Tan is a Senior Member of IEEE and a Member of Engineers Australia. He is also a registered Australian Trade Marks attorney and an often-referenced patent consultant. Ir. Dr. Tan is also a Certified Patent Valuation Analyst and consults for venture capital firms.
Ms Winnie Tam, SC, JP
Senior Counsel, International Arbitrator and Mediator and Chairman, Communications Authority

•Barrister, international arbitrator and mediator,
•Deputy Head of Des Voeux Chambers Hong Kong
•Appointed Senior Counsel of the Hong Kong Bar in 2006
•Chairman of the Hong Kong Bar Association 2015 to 2017
•Recorder of the Court of First Instance, High Court of HKSAR since 2015
•Overseas member of patent law chambers, 8 New Square, London
•Holds qualifications to practice in Singapore and Australian Capital Territory.

Intellectual Property

•Widely recognized in peer reviews as one of Hong Kong's top barristers in intellectual property.
•First female IP barrister to be appointed Senior Counsel in Hong Kong
•Member of DoJ's Working Group on the Arbitrability of Intellectual Property Rights

Alternative Dispute Resolution

•Member of Nomination Committee for membership of Council, HKIAC
•Founding member, eBRAM (Hong Kong's first online dispute resolution platform under construction)
•Taken a keen interest in arbitration in recent years. Has been appointed as presiding arbitrator and co-arbitrator in a number of international joint venture, investment, commercial, and IP disputes under UNCITRAL, ICC, HKIAC and SIAC rules, with Chinese and English used as the language of the proceedings.
•Panel arbitrator of CIETAC, HKIAC, SCIA, and JAMS; ACIArb; FHKIArb.

Public Service

•Chairman, Communications Authority
•Member, CE's Council of Advisors on Innovation and Strategic Development
•Member, West Kowloon Cultural District Board
•Member, Hong Kong Tourism Board.
•Member, Advisory Committee on Corruption, ICAC.
•Member, Board of Trustees of Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund
Prof Norman C. Tien
Chair Professor of Microsystems Technology, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
The University of Hong Kong
Professor Norman C. Tien is Chair Professor of Microsystems Technology in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Hong Kong where he served as Dean of the Faculty of Engineering from 2012 to 2018. From 2007 to 2011, he was Dean of Engineering at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He launched initiatives at these engineering schools to position them to meet the needs of a rapidly changing world.

Professor Tien's research focus has been in the area of microelectromechanical (MEMS) and microsystems technologies. He has held faculty positions previously at UC Davis, UC Berkeley and Cornell University, and received a distinguished title of Honorary Professor of Tianjin University. He received his Ph.D. from University of California, San Diego, M.S. from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and B.S. from University of California, Berkeley.
Mr Antony Taubman
Director, Intellectual Property Division
World Trade Organisation
Antony Taubman is currently Director, Intellectual Property, Government Procurement and Competition Division of the World Trade Organization, with responsibility for the WTO’s programs on intellectual property, competition policy and government procurement. From 2002 to 2009, he was Director, Global Intellectual Property Issues Division of WIPO (including the Traditional Knowledge Division and Life Sciences Program), covering a wide range of programs on intellectual property and genetic resources, traditional knowledge and folklore, the life sciences, and related global issues including the environment, climate change, human rights, food security, bioethics and indigenous issues. After a diplomatic career, he left the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in 2001 to join the newly-formed Australian Centre for Intellectual Property in Agriculture, at the Australian National University,teaching and researching on international IP law.

From 1998 to 2001, he was Director of the International Intellectual Property Section of DFAT, and in that capacity was engaged in multilateral and bilateral negotiations on intellectual property issues, domestic policy development, regional cooperation, and TRIPS dispute settlement. He authored a training handbook on intellectual property and biotechnology, a monograph on the TRIPS Agreement and a comprehensive study on its implementation, and a range of academic and general publications on international intellectual property law and policy. Postgraduate teaching appointments at several universities include curriculum design and teaching at the University of Melbourne, the Australian National University, and Queensland University of Technology, as well as numerous contributions to other educational and training programs in many countries. In 2008,the Rockefeller Foundation awarded him a Bellagio residential fellowship for his work on TRIPS and public policy issues.

He joined DFAT in 1988 as a career diplomat, and his service included disarmament policy and participation in the negotiations on the Chemical Weapons Convention, a posting in the Australian Embassy in Tehran as Deputy Head of Mission, and a posting to the Hague as Alternate Representative to the Preparatory Commission for the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and Chair of the Expert Group on Confidentiality. He previously worked for WIPO from 1995 to 1998, his duties then including development cooperation in Asia and the Pacific, the development of the revised WIPO program and budget, and associated policy development. A registered patent attorney, he worked in private practice in the law of patents, trade marks and designs in Melbourne in the 1980s. His tertiary education has included computer science, mathematics, engineering,classical languages, philosophy, international relations and law, and he has taught ancient Greek philosophy at Melbourne University.
Mr Anthony Tong
Ex-Deputy Chairman
Copyright Tribunal of the Hong Kong Government
Anthony Tong has been practicing law since 1990. Mr. Tong is the Managing Partner of Robin Bridge & John Liu (“RBJL”) and partner-in-charge of RBJL's IP Department. Mr. Tong is also the Managing Director of Robin Bridge & John Liu (Beijing) Intellectual Property Agency Limited in Beijing.

Mr. Tong has a substantial litigation practice in different areas of intellectual property in both Hong Kong and China and extensive experience in managing and maintaining worldwide trade mark portfolios for international and local companies in various fields of industries. In addition, Mr. Tong has also overseen and supervised quite a number of trade mark, copyright and patent litigations in China, the US, Europe and Australia. He regularly advises on clients' R&D processes and render professional assistance in various areas of intellectual property.

Mr. Tong also has substantial international litigation experience and since 2015 he has been the lead counsel for a Hong Kong listed company in a pan-European litigation involving more than 60 proceedings in 15 European countries. In 2018, for the fifth year in a row, Mr. Tong has been named as IP Stars for Hong Kong by Managing Intellectual Property. He was also ranked in the prestigious Gold Tier of World Trademark Review 1000.

Mr. Tong was appointed by the Chief Executive of the HKSAR Government as the Deputy Chairman of the Copyright Tribunal of the Hong Kong Government, and has successfully completed the maximum 6-year term on 30 November 2017. The Chair and Deputy Chair of the Tribunal must be qualified for appointment as District Court Judges. The appointment is therefore a recognition of Mr. Tong's IP expertise. He has also been appointed as a member of the Certifying Body of Hong Kong-Canada Film and Television Co-production established between the Hong Kong Government and the Canadian Government as well as a member of the Appeal Panel (Housing) under the Transport and Housing Bureau of the Hong Kong Government. Furthermore, Mr. Tong has been appointed by the HKIPD as a trainer for their IP Manager Training Program and has delivered seminars on copyright and design rights protection and exploitation to more than 800 delegates since 2016 bi-annually.

In 2018, Mr. Tong has been appointed as a member of the Technical Advisory Committee of the Hong Kong Brand Development Council. Mr. Tong is at the same time the Honorary Legal Adviser of the Design Council of Hong Kong, under the auspices of the Federation of Hong Kong Industries. He is an Fellow member of the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators, a Notary Public and a PRC Appointed Attesting Officer.

Mr. Tong, has spoken extensively on IP issues on various occasions in Hong Kong, China and around the world, including at the annual meeting of INTA and APAA, seminars organised by HKIPD, Ta Kung International Media College and other Government departments as well as various statutory bodies representing different business and industry sectors, e.g. the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, the Chinese Manufacturers' Association of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Brand Development Council, the Federation of Hong Kong Industries etc.
Ms Annie Tsoi
Second Deputy Secretary General

Intellectual Property Committee of the Law Society of Hong Kong
Annie has been a Partner at Deacons since 2001 and is currently the Co-Head of the IP Department and Head of China IP Practice Group of the firm, managing the IP team in Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai offices.

Annie advises all aspects of intellectual property work and in particular, on the unique challenges arising from doing business in China. Annie has advised many major Hong Kong and multi-national companies on strategic issues relating to the protection, enforcement and commercial exploitation of IPRs including managing complex intellectual property portfolios and she represents some of the world's leading companies in the luxury goods, cosmetic, pharmaceutical, entertainment, fashion and electronics industries.

Annie has advised extensively on the IP aspects of acquisition and restructuring of businesses including technology transfer, licensing and cooperation issues, technology development and improvement. Annie also specialises in Internet-related regulations and domain name disputes.

Annie has written numerous articles for publications such as The Journal of World Intellectual Property and China Law and Practice. She has spoken for international conferences such as universities, Inter-Pacific Bar Association and International Trademark Association. She has been a part time lecturer for the Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong.

Annie has been acknowledged as a Leading Lawyer in the area of Intellectual Property in the Chambers Global - The World's Leading Lawyers, a Leading Individual in the area of Intellectual Property in Hong Kong by the Chambers Asia and a leading lawyer in the area of Trade Marks in the Who's Who Legal - The International Who's Who of Trademark Lawyers.

Annie is a member of the IP Committee of the Law Society of Hong Kong and the Second Deputy Secretary General of AIPPI.
Mr David V. Upite
Senior Counsel
Procter & Gamble
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).
Ms Wang Binying
Deputy Director General
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
Ms. Wang Binying, a national of China, joined the International Bureau of WIPO in April 1992, was appointed in December 2009 to the position of Deputy Director General responsible for the Brands and Designs Sector and was reappointed for a second mandate in December 2014.

The Sector has responsibility for international law development in the framework of the WIPO Standing Committee on the Law of Trademarks, Industrial Designs and Geographical Indications (SCT). The Sector is also responsible for the administration of the International Registration Systems for trademarks (Madrid Agreement and Protocol), industrial designs (Hague Agreement) and appellations of origin (Lisbon Agreement).

Ms. Wang’s academic background is in English language, communication, transportation and law. She graduated from the Zhongnan University in Changsha in China in the 1970s, and holds a Master’s degree in Law, including industrial property, from the Law School of University of California (Berkeley) in the USA. She was also awarded a Diploma in American Law from the Columbia Law School in New York.

Prior to joining WIPO, Ms. Wang worked in the Ministry of Communication and Transportation of China from 1975 to 1980, during which time she was stationed in the Republic of Tanzania and Zambia. She later served in State General Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC), and was in charge of the Department for Registration and Supervision of Foreign Company and Trade-names, and China Trademark Service, an institution concerned with trademark service under the SAIC until 1992.
Dr Jari Vaario
Head of Asia IP Regulatory
Nokia Technologies
Jari Vaario, Head of Asia IP Regulatory of Nokia, is responsible for IP licensing environment related matters in Asia. Earlier he worked as Head of Patent Licensing, APAC, and as the Director of Standards IP responsible globally for al Nokia’s IP matters at standardization organisations.

Previously he was working at Nokia China from 2001 to 2005 responsible for R&D, technology, standardisation, and intellectual property rights. In China he also chaired the European Chamber of Commerce IT & Telecommunication Working Group. Before China working period he was part of establishing Nokia Research Center in Tokyo, and Chief Technology Officer of Nokia Venture Organization activity.

He received his Master of Science degree from Helsinki University of Technology in 1985 and PhD from the University of Tokyo in 1994. Before joining Nokia Japan in May 1998, he spent several years in academia, serving as a full professor at a national university in Japan.
Dr Miles Wen
Co-founder & CEO
Fano Labs
Miles Wen received his Bachelor degree in Computer Engineering with first class honors and minor in Finance from the University of Hong Kong (HKU) in 2011. He then obtained his PhD degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering under Prof. Victor Li from HKU in 2015.

Dr Wen is an alumni of Lee Hysan Hall, former resident tutor at New College, former Founding Vice-President of Eta Kappa Nu (Lambda Iota Chapter) at HKU, and former Fulbright scholar at Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, UC Berkeley. He is an expert in power system, information and communication technologies, optimization algorithms, big data, and machine learning. He is the author of over 10 academic papers and the inventor of one patent. In 2015, he co-founded Fano Labs Limited, a high-tech startup backed by HKU, Hong Kong Science & Technology Park, angel investors, and venture capitalists. He is currently the CEO of Fano Labs. Since early 2016, he has been appointed as an Honorary Assistant Professor (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) at HKU.
Mr Andy Wee
Easy Zippy
Having spent 13 years in Product Design R&D for an MNC, Andy has a strong engineering background. In his past work, he has developed high volume consumer products, focusing in the specialisation of electronics design. In pursuit of boarder business knowledge and entrepreneurship exposure, Andy took up a Masters in Technology Entrepreneurship and Innovation at NTU's Nanyang Technopreneurship Centre and achievied a Director's List award for outstanding performance in 2014.

With a keen interest of make new and exciting technology to improve urban dwellers’ live, he founded Easy Zippy in 2015. In this venture, Andy seeks to integrate new technology in solving the needs of the market, with a focus on web and mobile technology, personal mobility devices as well as smart city solutions specializing in smart lockers and services.
Ms Amy Wong
Macao Trademark Association

Macao Victory Group
Amy Wong is the first Macao resident qualified to practise law in the mainland by virtue of the CEPA preferential policy. She is currently Chairwoman of Macao Trademark Association and President of Macao Victory Group.

Ms Wong has been engaging in business related to overseas investments and intellectual property (IP) agency from 2005. Since she is familiar with the similarities and differences between commercial laws in Macao and the Chinese mainland, as well as having extensive experience in commercial law practices, she has helped her clients solve a myriad of complex problems related to overseas investment.

At the same time, Miss Wong is conversant in the procedures and regulations in trademark registration in Macao, she has handled a large number of trademark registration and dispute cases for domestic and overseas clients. The dispute over the Xtep trademark and the defence of the Apple Storage trademark are the more well-known ones among these cases.

Ms Wong is the author of the essays “The IP Legal System in Macao”, “IP Issues in Macao's Convention and Exhibition Industry”, “Macao's IP Agency System” and “Analysis and Recommendations in Applying for and Confirmation of Trademarks in Guangdong Province by Macao-funded Enterprises in Guangdong”, which have been published in The Proceedings of the Forum on the Practice of IP, Macao Daily News, A Study on the One Country, Two Systems and China Trademark respectively.
Dr C. K. Wong
iASPEC Technologies Limited
Dr Wong is the founder of iASPEC Technologies Incorporated. The Group operates a number of software companies in mainland China, Hong Kong and the United States.

Dr Wong obtained his Ph.D. degree in Mathematics. After a short teaching career at the University of California, Davis, he moved to the private sector as a consultant. While serving in a state government data center in California, he received the Distinguished Services Award for his contribution in architecture design work of many large-scale information systems.

Dr Wong returned to Hong Kong and worked in mainland China in the early 1980s. He contributed to the design and development of indigenous computers hardware and software in China.

Dr Wong is a Distinguished Fellow of the Hong Kong Computer Society. He is currently serving in the advisory committees of academic departments in computer science, information engineering and mathematics of different universities in Hong Kong, mainland China and the United States.
Mr Nelson Wong
Head of Legal
Lam Soon Hong Kong Group
Nelson is the Head of Legal at Lam Soon Hong Kong Group (“Lam Soon”, Stock Code: 411) who oversees its team of legal professionals with regard to all aspects of Lam Soon’s operations. Lam Soon was founded in Singapore in the 1930s and began its operations in Hong Kong in 1961. Since then it has continued to feature itself as a major player in the manufacture and distribution of a wide range of food products including flour, edible oils, as well as household cleaning products.

Nelson joined Lam Soon after having worked as Legal Counsel of a private family office ranked 23rd in 2017 Asia’s Richest Families by Forbes, advising the family on its commercial ventures, disputes and consolidation of its investment portfolios in Asia and Europe. Nelson also assisted the family in the establishment of a vocational training centre which aims at providing vocational opportunities for the youth in Shanghai, handling the family’s properties in Hong Kong and other complex projects. Before joining the said family office, Nelson worked in the Hong Kong office of a number of law firms as a full-service litigator regularly advising companies, directors, and shareholders in a wide variety of commercial and tortious disputes, as well as representing them to handle interviews and searches conducted by various governmental authorities ranging from the Commercial Crime Bureau of the Hong Kong Police, the Independent Commission Against Corruption and the Immigration Department.

Nelson is a member of the Law Society of Hong Kong and the Solicitors Regulation Authority in England and Wales.
Mr Xu Han
Creator of “Ali the Fox”
Founder, Board Chairman & CEO
Dream Castle
Xu Han, creator of the well-known cartoon character “Ali the Fox”, and he is the Founder, Board Chairman and CEO of Dream Castle. He is also the director and screenwriter of the animated film “Ali’s Dream Castle”. Graduated from Qinghua University with a master degree of Visual Communication, Hans is now a lecturer in visual communication at the Central University of Nationalities. He began to create Ali the Fox when he was at High School. Since 2009, he has successively published a series of picture books like “Ali’s Dream Castle”, which are all best-sellers. Currently, he has focused on IP content creation, licensing and products merchandising interactive experience and so on.
Ms Sophia Xie
Chief Executive Officer & Director
Shanda Games Limited
Sophia Xie has served as the Chief Executive Officer and Director of Shanda Games since May 2016. With her excellent management skills and foresight, she has opened up a new era for the development of Shanda Games. Prior to joining Shanda Games, Sophia Xie was the Vice President of Wasu Media Holdings Co., Ltd., which is a state-owned culture media listed enterprise. She was also the Vice President of famous venture capital firm Gobi Partners. Sophia Xie holds a Master degree of Business Administration from Kent Business School, University of Kent. She has been selected as one of the top Ten Influential Figures in China game industry in 2016 and 2017. She also received the DoNews Award of internet industry in 2016 and this award is considered as the Oscar of internet industry.
Mr Xie Guangcai
Executive Vice President
ChineseAll Digital Publishing Group Co., Ltd.
Xie Guangcai joined ChineseAllTM ( in 2002. During his service in ChineseAll, he has devoted to exploring the laws of copyright protection and seeking for the feasibility of copyright protection from business model. With his efforts, the principle of ChineseAll “Authorizing First, Distributing Second ” has become a norm for content cooperation in the digital publishing industry. Furthermore, he is the first to put forward and operate the federated media publishing business model which now has become an important model of new media integrated marketing in digital publishing industry.

• 1996-1999 graduated from Higher Education Examination Program for the Self-taught of Renmin University of China with a Bachelor Degree of Economics, major in the Financial Accounting
• 2012-2014 graduated from the Faculty of Economics and Management of Tsinghua University with the degree of EMBA

Work Experience:
• December, 1999-April, 2002 worked as the Manager of the Resources Construction Division in Beijing Shusheng Technology Co., Ltd., mainly in charge of the business of copyright resource construction of digital library.
• April, 2002-March, 2004 held the post of Director of Copyright Division in ChineseAll, in charge of digital copyright authorization business.
• March, 2004-April, 2006 took the post of Director of Resource Construction Division, in charge of digital copyright authorization business and government public relations. • April, 2006-April, 2009 took the post of General Manager in the Copyright Center of ChineseAll, in charge of content copyright construction, anti-piracy and authorized sales cooperation, and government relations, etc.
• April, 2009-January, 2012 worked as the Vice President of ChineseAll, in charge of the work of Content Center, Market Center, Government and Public Service Division, Handheld Reading Division, Shanghai Company and Hangzhou Company.
• January, 2012-now took the post of Executive Vice President of ChineseAll, in charge of the work of Wireless Division, Publishing Operation & Cooperation Division, Copyright Center, Content Center, Market Center, Law Service Center, Government and Public Service Division and Hangzhou Company.

Social Positions:
• The Secretary General of Anti-piracy Committee of Copyright Society of China
• The Deputy Secretary General of COAPU
• The Member of the 13th Committee of Beijing Dongcheng District of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference
• The judicial assessor of the People’s Court in Dongcheng District, Beijing
Ms Li Yao
News Editor
China Daily Hong Kong
Li Yao joined China Daily in 2010 as a reporter based at the Beijing headquarters. She relocated to Hong Kong in 2013 as a reporter and then editor for the Hong Kong edition’s award-winning Focus section. She is now News Editor of China Daily Hong Kong.

Ms Li has become an agent of change, leading the team that pioneers and implements the digital transformation of China Daily Hong Kong. Through this continuing transformation, she helps to guide the formerly print-oriented operations toward greater emphasis on the era of digital publishing. This new era employs new skills and standards, bringing China Daily Hong Kong new features, expanded content and new readers in a highly competitive market.

Ms Li takes charge of China Daily Hong Kong’s coverage of critical issues, as part of the company’s commitments to serving the community through impactful journalism. Since 2015, she has led China Daily Hong Kong’s Data Journalism team that embraces data analysis and visualization, offering fresh insights to readers and encouraging meaningful action by stakeholders.

Ms Li has covered extensive issues concerning the symbiosis between the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong. She holds a Master’s Degree from the School of International Relations and Public Affairs, Fudan University.
Mr Raymond Yip
Deputy Executive Director
Hong Kong Trade Development Council
Raymond Yip is the Deputy Executive Director, Marketing, of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the statutory organisation responsible for promoting and developing Hong Kong's international trade in products and services.

Mr Yip has worked in a variety of positions and offices at the HKTDC, including in New York, Tokyo and London. His recent postings include: Director, Industry Promotion; Director, Exhibitions; Director, Information Service (E-commerce development); and Regional Director, Western Europe/Middle East and Africa (based in London).

In his present position, Mr Yip is responsible for the HKTDC’s marketing and external relations, as well as the organisation’s network of 50 offices worldwide. He also oversees promotion of product and service sectors, in addition to corporate marketing and communication. Mr Yip takes a leading role in promoting the city’s overall advantages, as well as its role in China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

Mr Yip graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong with an honours degree in Business Administration. He attended the Columbia Senior Executive Programme in 2003, and holds a Graduate Professional Diploma in E-Business, awarded by Michigan State University. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing of the UK.
Mr Andrew Young
Associate Director, Innovation Department
Sino Land Company Limited
Ir Andrew Young has over 34 years of executive experience in senior positions including Director of Partnership Development for the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Chief Commercial Officer of Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation. He is now Associate Director (Innovation) for Sino Land Company Ltd. with responsibility to explore and identify innovations and technologies for application in the group and explore investment opportunities in technology ventures.

He has developed close knit and professional working relationships with leading and renowned institutions and innovation nodes in Hong Kong and around the world including Imperial College, University of Oxford, University of Waterloo, Stanford University, etc.

He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE), a Chartered Engineer and member of the Institutions of Engineers Australia, an Adjunct Professor with the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST) and an advisor to Hamlyn Centre of Imperial College London as Chairman of the Translation Advisory Panel. He is a member of the Knowledge Transfer Committee of the City University of Hong Kong (CityU); serves on the Departmental Advisory Committee of the School of Optometry and Department of Mechanical Engineering of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU); and Department of Electronics Engineering of CityU. He also sits on various committee in leading commerce and industry associations and is active within the startup and VC community.
Ms Vivian Yu
Chief Intellectual Property Examiner, Intellectual
Property Department
Ms Vivian Yu joined the Intellectual Property Department of the HKSAR Government in 1997 and has participated in different areas of work such as examination of trademark applications, providing support in hearings and post-registration matters, development of IT project, promotion of e-business services, preparatory work for the launch of the Trade Marks Ordinance (Cap. 559), preparation work for the proposed implementation of the international trade mark registration system under the Madrid Protocol in Hong Kong and assisting in activities promoting intellectual property.

Ms Yu is currently holding the post of Acting Chief Intellectual Property Examiner (Strategy) and is mainly responsible for providing assistance in managing networking activities with the Mainland authorities/organisations.
Prof Zhang Ping
Associate Dean, Intellectual Property College
Peking University
ZHANG Ping is a Yahoo-Founder Chair Professorship Professor of Law School in Peking University and executive director of Intellectual Property School,director of the Internet Law Center of PKU. She was once visiting scholar of Washington University in 1989 and Stanford University in 2017-2018, researcher of IIP in Tokyo in 2001. Her research interests are intellectual property law and internet law. She has participated some key projects including National Outline for Medium and Long Term S&T Development; Outline of the National Intellectual Property Strategy; Internet Based legislation Research; Patent Law, Trademark Law, Copyright Law revision research. Her recent interest are intellectual property rights protection and application in internet opening innovation, the conflict and balance of company’s patent interests and public benefits in standard settings and related antitrust issues, legal issues of personal information in big data.

Main Publications: On Intellectual Property Law;Focus on Intellectual Property in Cyberspace; Standardization and Intellectual Property Strategy; Shearing of Knowledge:the Analysis of Intellectual Property Related to Open Source Software .Editors in Chief: Internet Law Review;The Theory Analysis and Practice of Intellectual Property in Technology Innovation; The Investigate on Tariff Law Article 337 in U.S.A:The Competition of Industry Benefits; Intellectual Property Policy of Technology Standard In Information Industry.Chief Translator:E-Business and Internet Law, (IAN C. BALLON).

She currently serves other organization, including Vice-chairman and Secretary General of the China Law Association on Science and Technology; Vice-chairman of the China Intellectual Property Society and Vice-chairman of the Intellectual Property Law Association. She was a Invited Consultant of the Supreme people's Court; expert member of the intellectual property Court of Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou; expert member of SIPO etc.
Ms Zhang Chi
General Manager
Guangdong ZhongCe Intellectual Property Research Institute
Zhang Chi, as General Manager of Guangdong ZhongCe Intellectual Property Research Institute (GZIPRI), is a leader in patent information matters in China. She is the first batch of Guangdong’s Intellectual Property Expert Advisory Committee member, a March 8 Red Flag Bearer (an accolade bestowed on distinguished females in China) and Chairman of Guangzhou AoKai Information Consultation Co., Ltd, which is one of the co-sponsoring entities of GZIPRI.

Ms Zhang has led her team in co-operating successively with ProQuest(a subsidiary of the US Cambridge Information Group) and Worldwide Intellectual Property Service (WIPS) of South Korea. In doing so, she was the first in China to bring in advanced international patent information retrieval and analytic tools. While maintaining a globalised vision, she has led GZIPRI in developing independently patented information products related to intellectual property (IP). She has deep understanding in patent information analysis, international data bank resources, patent information technology and practices in corporate IP management.

Ms Zhang’s corporate clients include China Petrochemical Corporation, China National Petroleum Corporation, Aviation Industry Corporation of China, Yili Industrial Group, China Southern Power Grid Company Limited, China South Industries Group, China North Industries Group, Midea Group and Gree Electric Appliances, Inc. In the tertiary education field, her clients include Tsinghua University, the National Library of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Zhejiang University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Sun Yat-sen University. National IP Administration, Guangdong IP Administration, Shanghai IP Administration, Tianjin IP Administration and Tianjin IP Service Centre are the institutions and government bodies that have sought her services. To this wide array of clients, she has provided professional training, advisory and information related services. She is also serving as an IP consultant for a number of institutions.

With Ms Zhang’s leadership,together with GZIPRI’s first-class capabilities and professional team, GZIPRI is poised to become a top-notch think tank in China, engaging in IP policy studies and strategic development as well as in international exchanges, training and management involving IP.
Mr Zhao Meisheng
Deputy Director-General, Intellectual Property Utilization Promotion Department
China National Intellectual Property Administration of the People's Republic of China
Mr. ZHAO Meisheng is Deputy Director-General of Intellectual Property Utilization Promotion Department of the National Intellectual Property Administration of P. R. China (CNIPA). He got his Doctor of Law degree from Wuhan University and LL.M from John Marshall Law School,Bachelor of Information Science from Wuhan University. Mr. Zhao has organized national IP enforcement activities in China in recent years, and also guided the enforcement of local IP administrations, coordinated with relevant branches of the government, as well as drafted reports and policy documents in the field of IP protection and enforcement.
Mr Zhou Li
Editorial Board Member, China Daily Group

Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, China Daily Asia Pacific
Zhou Li is now a member of Editorial Board of China Daily Group, the largest national English-language news media in China. He is now the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of China Daily Asia Pacific, which manages operations in about 20 countries and regions including East Asia, Southeast Asia, Australia, the Middle East and Hong Kong.

Mr Zhou joined China Daily in 1990 after graduation with a Master of Law from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. From 1990 to 2015, he has held various editorial, business and management positions with China Daily Group, promoted from Copy Editor, Assistant Director, Executive Director to Deputy Managing Director. He was also the publisher and editor-in-chief for Shanghai Star between 2006 and 2008.

Mr Zhou is now a member of the Newspaper Society of Hong Kong, and a board member of the Hong Kong Federation of Journalists. He is also the Chief Representative of Asia News Network (ANN), an alliance of 24 major media in 22 countries in Asia. He initiated China Daily CEO Roundtable and Asia Leadership Roundtable, which are by-invitation networks of government officials, CEOs and senior executives of Fortune 500 companies in Asia and China.
Ms Ally Zhuang
Deputy General Manager and Chief Legal Officer

Guangzhou Shiyuan Electronic Technology Company Limited (CVTE)
Ally Zhuang (Zhuang Zhe) is Deputy General Manager and Chief Legal Officer of Guangzhou Shiyuan Electronic Technology Company Limited (Shiyuan). Shiyuan is a publicly listed high-tech company that has produced a range of successful products from LCD main boards, Intelligent Interactive Panel, Medical devices and related Intelligent hardware. As the head of Shiyuan’s legal and intellectual property (IP) teams, Ms Zhuang is responsible for the setting up of internal control procedures and compliance systems required of a listed company. She is also in charge of investment, financing, mergers and acquisition as well as corporate IP management. After studying and practising law, IP and investment/financing for years, she gained insightful perspectives towards the use of IP tools in the areas of corporate investment and financing. She has contributed significantly to Shiyuan’s corporate IP management, making Shiyuan the first Guangzhou enterprise to file more than 1,000 patent applications in one year, ranked first among Guangzhou enterprises successively in 2016 and 2017 in terms of the number of patents filed and is acclaimed as the “National IP Model Enterprise”.

Before joining Shiyuan, Ms Zhuang has worked in the Guangdong Alpha Group and Beijing GaoPeng Tuan Technology Ltd, in charge of legal and IP affairs and is licenced to practise law in China.

Ms Zhuang graduated from the Zhongnan University of Economics and Law and holds an LLB degree, a BEcon degree and Master of Economic Law degree. She has authored and co-authored two professional works—The Study of Legal Economics (《法經濟學研究》) and The Nurturing and Assessment of High-value Patents (《高價值專利培育與評估》)—in addition to publishing papers in core journals frequently.