China and SARs: Macau

Gaming, entertainment and luxury goods are the economic mainstays of Macau, which as a result is home to a plethora of brand-rich companies eager to grow and protect their market share. The distinctive legal system in the special administrative region generates considerable demand for local counsel who can navigate clients through the IP maze. The listings are populated exclusively by independent law firms – some boutiques and others general practices – which impress with their compact, but high-quality trademark offerings.

Firms

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BN Intellectual Property Services
C&C Lawyers
DSL Lawyers
MdME
RPmacau Intellectual Property Services Ltd
BN Intellectual Property Services
New WTR 1000 entrant BN Intellectual Property offers the full spectrum of trademark and domain name services. This ambitious boutique has broad horizons, coordinating brand protection across Greater China, Southeast Asia and the Lusophone world; to promote these efforts, it recently opened a support office in mainland China and an IP agency in Singapore. It stands out in particular for its prosecution and portfolio development output, which is characterised by detailed planning, incisive knowledge and attentive client care. Founding partner Bruno Nunes is the key contact; gaming, entertainment and food and beverages are his happy hunting grounds.
C&C Lawyers
The soft IP practice of C&C Lawyers bears the stamp of keen commercial insight, attracting multinational brand owners in need of clued-up legal counsel from a firm which understands their priorities. A sure-footed guide across the entire trademark lifecycle, it excels at rights management, transactions and anti-counterfeiting. The internationally connected Zhao Lu cuts an impressive figure on Macau’s legal landscape and is a go-to professional for multi-jurisdictional matters.
DSL Lawyers
Trademark law is a cornerstone of the practice at DSL Lawyers, which handles weighty and complex portfolios with poise. Its efficiency, deep skill set and global outlook attract a torrent of referrals from foreign associates. Leading the practice group is Carlos Simões, whose well-rounded IP knowledge is enriched by broader commercial expertise.
MdME
Assured corporate practice MdME executes brilliantly on many of the jurisdiction’s most demanding instructions, particularly where intellectual property intersects with other areas of business law. Membership of the MLGTS Legal Circle guarantees elite-standard legal advice and access to a seamless network of friendly firms for cross-border work. The versatile João Encarnação dispenses robust counsel on prosecution, oppositions and disputes to an admirable collection of international trademark owners.
RPmacau Intellectual Property Services Ltd
A veteran of the brand protection campaign, RPmacau knows every nuance of the region’s trademark laws. Potent in litigation and reliable in prosecution, the firm has all bases covered for its roster of big-name patrons. Dazzling linguistic skills – it serves clients in Mandarin, Cantonese, Portuguese, English, Spanish and French – have helped it to forge outstanding international client relationships, which are maintained with dedication and utter professionalism. Seasoned practitioner Luis Reigadas captains the effective, well-drilled team.

Individuals

João Encarnação - MdME
Zhao Lu - C&C Lawyers
Bruno Nunes - BN Intellectual Property Services
Luis Reigadas - RPmacau Intellectual Property Services Ltd
Carlos D Simões - DSL Lawyers
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