Monique is a member in the Intellectual Property Team of the Dispute Resolution practice. She is admitted as a legal practitioner in New South Wales.
Monique has many years of experience in handling contentious intellectual property matters before the Hong Kong courts. She has been the principal lawyer responsible for applying for and executing numerous ex-parte applications for search and seizure orders (Anton Piller orders) and asset freezing orders (Mareva injunctions). She has also handled numerous actions for discovery orders to facilitate tracing of money and to identify the supplier and customer network of infringers.
Monique has advised rights owners in a wide range of industries in trade mark, copyright, designs and passing off actions. She has, over her career, acted for almost all major players in the video game industry and also advised clients in a wide-range of industries including clothing, footwear, sportswear, diet supplement, beauty, kitchen utensils, toys, pharmaceuticals and financial services.
Monique has represented clients to work with the Hong Kong Customs & Excise Department to bring over 1,000 criminal prosecutions in Hong Kong concerning infringement of registered trade mark rights, copyright and circumvention devices. On the non-contentious side, Monique is also experienced in licensing matters concerning film and music as well as matters concerning artist management.
Monique was admitted as a legal practitioner in New South Wales, Australia in 1998 and subsequently as a registered foreign lawyer in Hong Kong in 2004. Monique is fluent in spoken and written English and Chinese (Cantonese). She is a member of the Hong Kong Institute of Trade Mark Practitioners and the Hong Kong Group of the Asian Patent Attorneys Association.
Examples of cases Monique has handled include:
• Cullinan Anstalt v Sotheby’s Hong Kong Ltd & Ors involving trade mark infringement claims relating to the auction of a rare blue diamond
• H&M v Zoetop & Ors involving copyright infringement claims against operators of an online platform/app in the fast fashion industry
• Aqua-Leisure Leisure Industries Inc & Greyland Trading Limited v Impag Toys Europe BV & Ors involving trade mark infringement and trade mark invalidation claims
• Sony Computer Entertainment Inc & Anor v Lik Sang International Ltd/Nintendo Co Ltd v Lik Sang International Ltd being the first Hong Kong cases against circumvention devices designed for use with video consoles and trade mark infringement claims concerning modified consoles
• Acting for a client on a dietary supplement product involving passing off claims on the get-up of a copycat product
• Obtaining numerous disclosure orders against banks and third parties relating to infringement of IP rights
• Obtaining numerous interim injunctions orders including search and seizure orders and asset freezing orders (including one order to be simultaneously executed with criminal raid actions in the Mainland of China)