Dr. Nicolette Chan

Dr. Nicolette Chan


Email [email protected]​hoganlovells.com

Phone +81 3 5157 8140

Fax +81 3 5157 8210

LanguagesEnglish, Cantonese, Mandarin

Practice groupIntellectual Property, Media, and Technology

Nicolette Chan joined our IPMT team in the Tokyo office as an associate in June 2018.

She trained and worked with a Magic Circle law firm in Hong Kong, then joined another Magic Circle law firm upon relocating to Tokyo with her family.

As part of the Tokyo IPMT team, Nicolette leverages her scientific background in advising on intellectual property law issues, having previously been a lecturer and a research scientist at the University of Cambridge. Her research focused on antibody engineering, cancer therapeutics, developmental biology and immune tolerance. Her academic background helps her understand the technology behind the business of our life sciences clients, enabling her to advise them in their technical language in the context of addressing their legal issues and commercial objectives.

Education and admissions


Postgraduate Certificate in Laws, University of Hong Kong

Graduate Diploma in Law, The University of Law

Ph.D., (Molecular Biology), University of Cambridge

B.S. Biotechnology, University of Hong Kong, Hons

Bar admissions and qualifications

Solicitor, England and Wales

Hong Kong

Representative experience

Acting for various global originator pharmaceutical companies in relation to numerous patent disputes in Japan, including patent invalidation actions before the Japan Patent Office (as claimant and defendant), appeals before the IP High Court and patent infringement proceedings (as defendant) before the Tokyo District Court in conjunction with Japanese bengoshi lawyers.