Loke-Khoon Tan is a partner and head of Baker & McKenzie’s Intellectual Property (“IP”) Practice Group in Hong Kong and China. He also co-leads the Firm’s Luxury and Fashion Industry Practice and works extensively with global brands in this field in several jurisdictions. He is ranked among the leading lawyers for intellectual property by Chambers Asia Pacific, Chambers Global, PLC Which lawyer? and Legal 500 Asia Pacific.
Mr. Tan’s practice focuses specially on IP law in the People’s Republic of China, with particular emphasis on the structuring of IP rights and anti-counterfeiting planning in the area of trademarks, patents, copyright, trade names, computer software, passing-off, unfair competition, designs, labeling laws, food, drug and health regulations, consumer, media and advertising laws. With the new economy, his practice also encompasses domain name, Internet, social media and technology laws. He also has extensive experience representing major brands and leading corporations in various industries, including luxury and fashion, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, alcohol and liquor, technology, etc.
Mr. Tan holds positions in various industry bodies, and is a member of the Internet Committee of the International Trademark Association (INTA). He has sat on the Copyright Committee of the Hong Kong Group of the Asian Patent Attorney’s Association, the Legislation & Regulation Committee (East Asia & Pacific Subcommittee) of INTA, and the Editorial Committee of IP Asia. Mr. Tan is the past Chairman of the MARQUES (The Association of European Trademark Proprietors) China Team, and also the past Chairman of the IP Committee of AMCHAM (American Chamber of Commerce) in Hong Kong.
Mr. Tan is also a member of the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Centre Panel who presides over an administrative procedure for the resolution of domain name disputes pursuant to the ICANN Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy. He also sits on the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC)’s Panel of Arbitrators for Intellectual Property Disputes as well as its Domain Name Dispute Resolution Panel, and is a member of the CIETAC Domain Name Dispute Resolution Center and the Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre and handled their first domain name dispute cases.
Mr. Tan is the author of “Trademark Law in the People’s Republic of China” (Oxford University Press, First Published 1998), “Pirates in the Middle Kingdom: The Art of Trademark War” (Sweet & Maxwell, 2004), “Pirates in the Middle Kingdom: The Ensuing Trademark Battle” (Sweet & Maxwell, 2008), and the chapter “Intellectual Property and Domain Name Arbitration” (Arbitration in Hong Kong A Practical Guide, Sweet & Maxwell, 2014 Third Edition). He is also the contributing author of “Managing Business Disputes in Today’s China Duelling with Dragons” (Kluwer Law International, 2007). He writes regularly for many IP publications and is working on the third edition of “Pirates in the Middle Kingdom” (Sweet & Maxwell) which will be published in 2016.
Mr. Tan is a graduate of the Law Faculty of the National University of Singapore. He is admitted as an advocate and solicitor in Singapore, and as a solicitor in England & Wales and Hong Kong.
He is bilingual in English, Chinese and speaks various Chinese dialects.