Catherine specialises in China intellectual property protection strategy and contentious matters. A native Chinese speaker from Shanghai, Catherine studied law at Fudan University and then Chemistry and Law in Canada, qualified in Canada, New York and Hong Kong. She is fluent in both Mandarin and Cantonese as well as English. After spending nine years in North America studying and practising in an IP firm in Ottawa, she joined Deacons in 2000.
As head of the patents & designs group, she has extensive experience in all aspects of complex intellectual property litigation and enforcement work in China with a particular focus on patent validity and infringement issues. For the past 20 years, she has successfully represented a large number of local and international companies in litigation at all levels of the PRC courts and actions before the different levels of administrative bodies. In particular, Catherine advises on complex patent litigation matters and has won high profile patent litigation cases in the Higher People's Court of Guangdong Province and the Supreme Court of China.
Catherine is also deeply experienced in the protection of trade marks, copyright, trade secrets and confidential information and domain names, as well as IP portfolio management and IP-related commercial transactions, including the exploitation of IP rights, technology transfer issues, conducting due diligence and drafting documentation.
Catherine's expertise with both the Chinese and Western worlds of commerce and business lend her a singular advantage in cross-border matters.
Education- LLB, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Canada
- BSc (Hons in Chemistry), Dalhousie University, Canada
- Law School of Fudan University, China
Professional Associations- Ordinary Member, The Hong Kong Institute of Trade Mark Practitioners Limited
- Committee Member, The International Trademark Association (INTA)
- Member, The American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
- Committee Member, Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA)
- Member, The Pharmaceutical Trade Marks Group (PTMG)
- Member, The European Communities Trade Mark Association (ECTA)