Former Allens trademark lawyer takes team to Clyde & Co

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Former Allens trademark lawyer takes team to Clyde & Co

Clyde & Co has hired Yan Gong as a partner and head of its China Trademark practice for its Chinese JLV in Beijing.

Gong joins Clyde & Co Westlink from the China PAT Intellectual Property Office and was previously with Bird & Bird in Beijing, and Allens in Australia.

She is joined in the Beijing office by trademark attorneys Jin Yan, Huanan Zhu and Weiwei Zhang, and paralegals Yaqiong Wang and Rui Chen.

Clyde & Co Westlink JLV has also appointed Yihang Liu as a patent attorney based in Chongqing.

"The Chinese Government has been making significant investments in terms of Intellectual Property protection in recent years. The arrival of Yan and her team is further evidence of the growing demand for, and interest in trademark protection and enforcement in China,” said Partner and head of the China IP practice, Elliot Papageorgiou. “As the Central Government continues to move towards making IP protection and enforcement a centrepiece of industrial policy, it is likely we will continue to see increased trade mark, but also patent filing in China in the coming years. We are well placed to deal with that increased demand with someone of Yan's experience and prowess on board."

Leading UK law school launches Asia Pacific campus

One of the oldest-established specialist providers of legal education in the UK is heading east for its first international campus.

University of Law (ULaw) traces its origins back to 1876 and has eight campuses in the UK. It now intends to launch in Hong Kong in 2019 with the first students starting in September.

The initial offer will be a portfolio of face-to-face postgraduate courses with additional professional courses and online training courses available to practising legal professionals as early as spring 2019.

“We have impressive employability statistics – 97% of LPC students secured employment, training contract, or further study within nine months of completing their course – and we intend to maintain this high standard in Hong Kong,” said Professor Andrea Nollent, Vice Chancellor and CEO at The University of Law.

Channel Seven host weighs legal options for fake Facebook ads

One of the hosts of Channel Seven’s Sunrise is considering what legal action can be taken to prevent her image and name being used in fake Facebook advertising.

Samantha Armytage tweeted on Monday that she is not leaving the morning TV show and is not promoting a skin cream. “We’ve had lawyers trying to remove these fake ads/news for months, to no avail” her post said, before urging followers “Please don’t believe them. And for God’s sake, don’t give them your bank details.”

The Daily Mail Australia reports that thousands of TV viewers appear to have been scammed by the ads; and that Facebook says it has removed the ads.

It’s not the first time the presenter’s image has been used without permission. Two years ago Armytage criticised a weight loss company for using her image to promote its products.