Doug is a partner in the Disputes Resolution practice focusing on Mainland China and Hong Kong intellectual property disputes and arbitration.He was based in Hong Kong from 1993 to 2000 before practising for 11 years in Shanghai and then returning to Hong Kong to practice as a barrister. In 2021 he re-qualified as a solicitor and regularly appears in the higher Hong Kong courts as a solicitor advocate. He also as sits as an arbitrator or appears as counsel in arbitrations and is a Deputy Chairman of the Hong Kong Inland Revenue Board of Review.
In his career, Doug has handled the entire range of contentious IP cases including running complex multi-jurisdictional patent litigation (often in relation to standard essential patents); acting as arbitrator or counsel in numerous patent and high technology arbitrations; establishing new law in relation to anti- circumvention technologies; and numerous high value trademark and passing off cases. He has also obtained interim injunctions in relation to infringement of all types of IP rights including multiple Anton Piller orders and Mareva injunctions. Early in his career he handled numerous anti-counterfeiting cases in Mainland China and attended raids on hundreds of factories and warehouses.
Doug’s non-contentious IP experience includes negotiation and advising on technology transfer contracts; conducting patent and other intellectual property audits; and, freedom to operate analyses. He has also given expert evidence on Mainland Chinese and Hong Kong law in overseas court proceedings or international arbitrations.
Doug began his career in Hong Kong in 1993 with international law firm, Lovells. In 2000, he moved to Shanghai where he first worked on secondment with a Chinese firm and, in 2003, he established and was Managing Partner of Lovells’ Shanghai office for 7 years. In 2011 he returned to Hong Kong to practice as a barrister and in 2020 joined IP boutique Rouse as Global Head of Dispute Resolution. In that role he supervised multiple litigation matters in the Mainland of China.
Doug is the author of four legal texts: Patent Litigation in China, Intellectual Property in China, Hong Kong Intellectual Property and Civil Litigation in Hong Kong and numerous articles on intellectual property. He has also written a three volume history of extraterritoriality in China and Japan, Gunboat Justice.
Doug studied on exchange at high school in Kobe, Japan and on an Australian/Chinese government scholarship at Fudan University, Shanghai, China. He speaks, reads and write, both Japanese and Chinese.
Doug graduated with degrees in law and Asian Studies from the Australian National University in 1992. He studied Chinese and Chinese law at Fudan University in Shanghai from 1988 to 1990. He completed the Hong Kong Post Graduate Certificate in Laws in 1994.
Hong Kong Litigation
Mainland China litigation
Articles and other contributions
- IAM Patent 1000 (2023)
- Chambers & Partners, Greater China Region 2023: Intellectual Property
- Who’s Who Legal Thought Leader – Mainland China & Hong Kong (2022)
- Who’s Who Legal Recommended Global Leader (2022) : IP–Copyright; IP–Patents; IP–Trademarks; Life Sciences – Patent Litigation (2023)
- Who’s Who Legal Recommended National Leader: Mainland China & Hong Kong 2022 for Arbitration, IP-Patents; IP-Trademarks; Life Sciences
- The Law Society of Hong Kong
- Fellow, Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators
- Asian Patent Attorneys Association
- International Trademark Association