Hogan Lovells Bolsters IPMT Offering With Launch of Middle East Practice

9 April 2015 - Hogan Lovells has broadened its global footprint by launching an Intellectual Property, Media and Technology (IPMT) offering in the Middle East.

The practice is being led out of the firm's Dubai office, headed by Hogan Lovells lawyer Peter Hansen. He joined the firm's Tokyo office in 2012, having previously lived and worked in the Middle East since 2001.

Our Middle East IPMT practice will offer a full range of services including:

  • contentious case management and resolution including: anti-counterfeiting cases; ownership disputes; infringement allegations; and rights recovery cases such as cancellations and oppositions
  • searches and advice on availability for use and registration
  • applications for and registration of IP rights
  • advice on disposals and acquisitions of IP, assignment and licensing
  • product labelling and advertising advice
  • consumer protection legislation advice

Examples of work currently being done by the IPMT team in the Dubai office include:

  • Advice concerning the cancellation in the Dubai courts of a UAE registered trademark
  • Management of disputes regarding comparative household product advertising and an infringing medical device brand in Dubai
  • Securing the withdrawal of copyright infringing mobile phone accessories in Dubai shopping malls
  • Trademark registration and third party issues in Saudi Arabia
  • Advice on trademark infringement allegations against a Swiss hair salon brand starting up in Dubai
  • IP ownership advice for the re-structure of a local business with a wide range of proprietary and licensee rights

Peter, who is lauded by industry insiders as a "first-rate IP adviser",  commented:
"Our Dubai-based IPMT practice will complement the finance, corporate and commercial and dispute resolution services that we have provided to local and international clients since our Dubai office opened in 2007. Our local legal and business knowledge and experience, as well as contacts across the region, will enable us to deliver effective legal and practical solutions to our clients at competitive rates."

The launch Hogan Lovells' Middle East IPMT practice is the latest expansion of the firm's services in this area, following the arrival of Bernardo Herrerías Franco and his team in Mexico after the combination with prominent Mexican firm Barrera, Siqueiros y Torres Landa (BSTL) last year.  The firm has also boasted recent lateral hires in Asia: Chikako Hashimoto in Tokyo; and Eugene Low, Alan Chiu, Kenny Wong in Hong Kong.  Hogan Lovells also recently announced that Jason D. Lohr has joined its IPMT as a partner in its San Francisco office.


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