BN Intellectual Property

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Local and overseas businesses enlist BN Intellectual Property for trademark protection duties with complete confidence. The team is active in diverse industry sectors and provides a tailored and attentive service, leveraging its presence in mainland China and Portugal to stay close to the many Chinese and European brand owners and law firms with which it has forged relationships. Technically sophisticated, the firm deploys proprietary software to streamline work processes and enhance efficiency. As clients comment: “BN Intellectual Property and Bruno Nunes are fast, responsive and reliable. They provide a very consistent and high-quality service.”

Firm Profile

BN Intellectual Property specialises in registering, licensing and protecting trademark, patent and industrial design rights in Macau and Singapore. As a result, we handle clients’ needs quickly and effectively.

Over the past 14 years, our firm has shown continuous growth, resulting from practices that focus on clients’ needs. By refining traditional approaches and employing innovative technological processes, we have shown ourselves to be both consistent and progressive.

Doing more with less

The fewer the resources, the more they are optimised. The fewer steps and stages of a process, the more efficient they become. The less time we need to do our best, the more our clients are pleased with the results.

We have moved our in-house software to the cloud and started to implement further automated processes and artificial intelligence mechanisms, not only to free up resources that can focus on higher-value matters, but also to enable further cost efficiencies.

Being efficient allows us to be prepared for all scenarios and have a flat-fee policy. Our clients are fully informed from the beginning and do not need to worry about surprise fees.

As time is becoming as crucial as money, our clients value the fact that we deliver our detailed reports on time, and answer their enquiries and share relevant information promptly.

Streamlined and efficient processes do not mean that we compromise on quality. Our reports are accurate and provide all the information that clients want and need to know. Our high-quality reports, coupled with our efficiency and flat-fee structure, have attracted a varied portfolio of clients, including Fortune 500 companies.

Bruno Nunes advises international companies and brands, particularly in mainland China and the Asia-Pacific region on contentious and non-contentious IP issues. As Macau and Singapore are gaming and luxury centres, Mr Nunes focuses his practice mainly on the luxury industry, entertainment, retail, and food and beverages brands.


Since becoming a Special Administrative Region of China in 1999, Macau, a former Portuguese colony, has become the world’s largest casino market. Macau had profits of $28.3 billion in 2015, which was five times greater than those of Las Vegas.

Due to its large gaming industry and relaxed tax laws, Macau has become a significant base for wealthy investors. Since 2001 Macau has operated an open-door policy towards Chinese citizens and liberalised the gaming industry.

Throughout this period of unprecedented expansion, Macau has seen a yearly average growth of 14% in the gross domestic product (GDP), making Macau the world’s fastest-growing economy. Its GDP per capita was set to be the highest in the world by 2020. Macau also has one of the highest life expectancy rates, a 200% mobile penetration rate, an unemployment rate of only 1.9% and a high credit rate.


Singapore is a highly developed market economy and has been ranked as the most open in the world, with low taxation and the third-highest GDP per capita in the world in terms of purchasing power parity, which is one reason why Singaporean consumers are among the largest spenders on luxury goods.

Singapore’s IP regime is considered one of the best in the world and Singapore ranks as the sixth most innovative nation in the world and top in Asia. Thus, Singapore has a business-friendly IP regime that attracts international companies and is the prime destination for investment and research and development.

Singapore is also a shopping heaven and it is the fifth-largest destination country in terms of tax-free shopping, beaten only by France, Italy, the United Kingdom and Germany.

Singapore remains an attractive gaming market. The number of visitors arriving in Singapore is also encouraging and growing by 13.8% each year.


Portugal has been developing its roles as a tech hub in Europe over the past years and has implemented several mechanisms to attract overseas investment into that sector.

It is our view that Portugal offers sufficient incentives to serve as the gateway for Chinese and other overseas investment into Europe, but also as a base for European tech companies. This is why we now have an office in Portugal.

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