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Andrew Cobden

Hong Kong

Andrew Cobden

For more than 25 years, Andrew Cobden has been helping companies to understand and deal with intellectual property issues. In that time he has dealt with all types of matters involving a wide range of technical subjects including adhesives, airplane cockpit windows, car spare parts, oil well valves, LED lights, car navigation systems, mobile telephones, many types of pharmaceuticals and biological products. He enjoys the challenge of understanding how leading edge complex science and technology works.

He often works with leading technical experts and has helped design experiments to produce evidence of patent infringement. His goal is to find practical and, if necessary, innovative solutions to legal problems so clients can focus on their businesses.

Andrew studied in Australia and joined Hogan Lovells in 1985, first working in London, then in Tokyo and now in Hong Kong. Having lived and worked on three continents he appreciates the legal, political and cultural issues and differences which impact on businesses operating globally, both in the East and the West.

He regularly helps multinational companies understand the patent enforcement landscape in China and other countries in Asia to achieve their commercial objectives.

Andrew has worked on all types of IP litigation, for plaintiffs and defendants, in both trials and appeals in England, France, Japan, China and Hong Kong. Apart from IP disputes, he has also acted for clients across a broad spread of other matters from competition law (anti-trust), international fraud and defamation cases (including obtaining a judgment from a jury worth several million dollars) to a large commercial arbitration in Guernsey and a multi-billion dollar transaction involving the sale of a mobile telephone network in Japan

'Andrew Cobden skillfully tackles chemical and electronic patent infringement cases'

IAM 1000, The World's Leading Patent Professionals 2015

Education and admissions


  • B. Ec, LL.B., The University of Sydney


  • AIPPI Japan
  • American Patent Law Association
  • Asia Patent Attorneys Association
  • Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (Associate Member)
  • Hong Kong Institute of Patent Agents

Court admissions

  • High Court of England and Wales
  • High Court of Hong Kong
  • Supreme Court of New South Wales, Australia


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