China and SARs: Macau

The only city in which casinos are legal in China, Macau is the undisputed gaming capital of the Middle Kingdom. As a result, the gaming, retail and luxury goods sectors account for most of the IP activity there. The IP market may be compact, but there are some outstanding IP professionals locally, many of whom are fluent in English, Chinese and Portuguese.

Firms

BN Intellectual Property 

BN Intellectual Property sits within the Dentons-affiliated Nextlaw Global Referral Network. The knowledgeable set has attracted a large following of Chinese and Asia-Pacific-based clients looking to take advantage of its sterling prosecution and contentious offering. Thanks to its trilingual capabilities in English, Chinese and Portuguese and its branch in Singapore, it ably serves international clients seeking a springboard into Asian markets. Founder and managing partner Bruno Nunes is a great first port of call.

C&C Lawyers

C&C Lawyers is a full-service law firm with a flair for trademark, copyright and patent mandates. Possessing a comprehensive understanding of the interplay between IP and commercial law, the C&C practitioners are beacons of light for clients in need of 360-degree IP and business solutions. Cantonese, English, Mandarin and Portuguese speaker Zhao Lu is a fount of insight and analysis, who is in hot demand among Chinese and foreign clients, he keeps himself abreast of the latest international IP trends.

DSL Lawyers

Outward-looking full-service setup DSL Lawyers provides holistic counsel encompassing commercial and IP law and provides brand owners with guidance that goes right to the heart of their business. It enjoys strong links with the lusophone world by virtue of its partnership with Portugal’s largest law firm PLMJ. In addition to his IP know how, Carlos Simões has a thorough understanding of corporate, gaming and construction law.

MdME

MdME is worth highlighting for the responsiveness of its professionals and the robustness of its docketing system. Clients enjoy easy access to top-notch foreign associates in the Portuguese-speaking world, in addition to counterparts in China, Europe, Hong Kong and the United States, thanks to the firm’s membership of the MLGTS Legal Circle. João Encarnação is a shrewd IP expert who tackles trademark prosecution, enforcement and litigation with equal finesse.

RPmacau Intellectual Property Services Ltd

Founded in 1996, boutique practice RPmacau Intellectual Property Services commands immense respect for its unstinting dedication to quality. The firm takes on instructions in Cantonese, English, French, Italian, Mandarin, Portuguese and Spanish and performs all tasks diligently. Founder Luis Reigadas takes charge of prosecution and litigation.

Individuals

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