Catharine Lau

Catharine Lau

Associate, Hong Kong

Email catharine.lau@​

Phone +852 2219 0888

Fax +852 2219 0222

LanguagesCantonese, Chinese, English

Catharine joined Hogan Lovells in 2018 as an associate in the Intellectual Property Media and Technology Group.

She has extensive and practical experience in both contentious and non-contentious IP matters with a focus on trade marks. She regularly advises on IP protection, litigation and portfolio management.

Catharine has assisted well-known brand owners register their IPs, managed their IP portfolios regionally and globally and devised appropriate brand protection strategies. She frequently advises clients on trade mark opposition, cancellation and invalidation proceedings and IP infringement matters. She has also assisted clients in issuing domain name complaints at the HKIAC.  Apart from IP, Catharine also advises on issues concerning advertising and trade descriptions, data protection and privacy laws.

Catharine graduated with a first class Honours law degree at university. She was admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong in 2014.

Education and admissions


LL.B., Swansea University, 2010

Court admissions

Hong Kong

Related practices

Education Real Estate

Representative experience

Advising a leading shopping mall operator on data transfer issues and cybersecurity relating to customer loyalty schemes in Hong Kong and China.

Representing a Hong Kong property developer in trade mark opposition proceedings.

Advising a Hong Kong listed company on its e-commerce practice including issues relating to data privacy, direct marketing, use of e-signature, trade description and etc.

Advising a Japanese sports equipment manufacturer on its IP protection strategy across the Asia-Pacific region.

Advising a construction company on funding and distribution agreement relating to patented technology.

Managing trade mark portfolios of many well-known brand owners including fashion companies, toy manufacturers, tobacco company and etc regionally and globally.*

Handling trade mark opposition, non-use cancellation and invalidation proceedings in Hong Kong and China.*

Conducting shadow company litigation with a view to obtaining default judgment.*

Issuing domain name complaints with the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre in relation to domain name registration.*

Conducting anti-counterfeiting campaigns and brand policing including working with the Customs to prevent cross border trade in counterfeit goods.*

*Matter handled prior to joining Hogan Lovells.

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