China and SARs: Macau

It is business is as usual in the special administrative region of Macau, where trademark legislation has remained largely unchanged for two decades. In terms of trademark renewal procedures, practitioners are no longer required to submit a power of attorney, while the period of non-use cancellation has changed as well. Previously, when a trademark was not used for three consecutive years from the registration date, it was vulnerable to cancellation – but now a new term begins once it is renewed.

Firms

BN Intellectual Property 

Portuguesespeaking countries, Greater China and Southeast Asia, BN IP specialises in protecting IP rights in Macau and overseas for a broad range of clients, including luxury brands, retail and food and beverage companies. Its strength lies in its prosecution services, which are automated and bilingual to improve responsiveness, efficiency and ease of communication. The firm is also celebrating its success in contentious matters, having recently won an appeal case before the EUIPO on behalf of Pear Technologies against Apple. In addition to its Macau, Zhuhai and Singapore offices, BN Intellectual Property recently opened a support office in Portugal for Chinese companies, which make up the bulk of its clientele. Founder and managing partner Bruno Nunes oversees the team; a member of INTA’s famous and wellknown trademarks committee, the “excellent” trilinguist is praised by foreign associates for “impressive work”.

C&C Lawyers

One of the first law firms in Macau to devote itself to intellectual property, C&C Lawyers has been offering the full spectrum of legal services since 1996. It draws upon a global network that extends to far-reaching countries such as Mozambique, Angola and Brazil. Although the firm is known for its huge trademark filing numbers, it is equally adept at all IP matters with the support of IPSOL, its full-service, independent IP agency. Zhao Lu – who is fluent in Portuguese, English, Cantonese and Mandarin – captains the IP practice and is also a registered lawyer in Timor Leste.

DSL Lawyers

DSL Lawyers is “a classic case of cumulative experience”. Founded in 2007, not only does the firm have strong ties with Portugal’s largest law firm, PLMJ, which allows it to offer the Portuguese-speaking world legal assistance in Greater China, its team can also do this in seven languages, including German, French and Spanish. The firm is also the only Macanese firm admitted to the World Services Group, a network of the top providers of professional business services. The “technically very able and experienced” Carlos D Simões spearheads the IP practice.

MdME

A general practice law firm that was incorporated in 2006, MdMe has rapidly grown into one of the largest in Macau. Besides being globally connected through the MLGTS Legal Circle, it is the first and only Macau law firm to open a representative office in Hong Kong in order to offer legal advice to local clients. MdME regularly receives instructions from Fortune 100 companies on trademark prosecution and enforcement matters and recently helped several famous multinationals recover their squatted trademarks. João Encarnação helms the firm’s IP practice. “João and Carla Andrade Silva are my go-to lawyers in Macau. They understand the issues and have never failed to deliver prompt, commercial and value-added advice.” “Based on his experience of how the authorities operate, João advises clearly on what strategies will work and will not work to get our results. He communicates in a simple, concise style. Very importantly, he is good fun to deal with.”

RPmacau Intellectual Property Services Ltd

A full-service boutique IP firm that was established when Macau’s IP laws were first implemented, RPmacau Intellectual Property Services boasts deep expertise in all IP issues. For over two decades, it has served all manners of clients in matters ranging from prosecution, litigation to transactions. Regarded by peers as “the most experienced IP practitioner in terms of years of practice”, Luis Reigadas rises to the top tier of the individuals table to stand head and shoulders above his peers. He is “very good technically on litigation”.

Individuals