Matthew specialises in both contentious and non-contentious matters, advising clients across a broad range of sectors including electronics, pharmaceuticals, communications, information technology, media, broadcasting, and food and beverage.
Matthew heads the firm’s intellectual property group in Asia Pacific.
With over 20 years of experience in representing multinational companies in China and across Asia, Matthew advises on all aspects of IP covering both contentious and non-contentious matters in licensing and monetising IP.
He regularly advises on major IP litigation and is well known for managing complex, multi-jurisdictional disputes, working closely with the firm’s network of partner firms and developing strategies for cases across the different legal and regulatory environments in the Asia-Pacific region.
Matthew has extensive experience in IP advisory commercial matters including patents, trademarks, copyright, domain names, product safety and labelling issues. He is also running numerous trademark contentious matters such as infringement cases, oppositions, cancellation actions and rectifications.
In the past 20 years Matthew has represented some of the world’s leading companies in the life sciences and electronics sectors. His life sciences experience includes contentious matters such as patent, trademark and unfair competition litigation; and commercial work such as clinical trials agreements, joint promotion and joint marketing agreements, collaboration and development agreements. In the electronics sector, Matthew has been heavily involved in standards issues and the interplay between standards and patents.
Matthew has a long-standing reputation as a leader in his field and continues to be ranked by the major industry publications and legal directories including, Chambers Asia-Pacific, The Legal 500 - Asia-Pacific, Asialaw, Asia IP Profiles, IAM Patent 1000, IAM Life Sciences 250, and the Who’s Who Legal patents, life sciences and trademarks guides
Chambers Asia-Pacific (2015) says: “Matthew Laight is the highly respected head of the firm's intellectual property group in Asia. Peers admire his work on patent protection, particularly litigious and cross-border matters. His expertise covers all types of IP in sectors from electronics and broadcasting to pharmaceuticals and food and beverages.”
Chambers Asia-Pacific (2014) says: “Matthew Laight, the well-known head of the China practice, has huge experience across numerous Asian jurisdictions acting for an impressive roster of multinational clients. Sources remarked: ‘He has a strong understanding of the law and how to deal with complex clients; he doesn't just go through the motions, and has superb commercial knowledge.’”
IAM Patent 1000 (2014) says: “At the helm of the practice is the highly acclaimed Matthew Laight.”
WWL says: Matthew Laight represents life sciences companies across Hong Kong and China in major IP litigation and is well regarded for his strong all-round expertise in the field.
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