Cedric Lam

Cedric Lam




Cedric counsels multinational corporations in a broad range of industries in acquiring and maintaining IP rights and in implementing IP protection and licensing strategies in China and Hong Kong. He is also experienced in anti-counterfeiting and other IP enforcement actions and has served as the Asia-Pacific regional counsel of a major US IP collective. He has published more than two dozen IP articles and book chapters and is a frequent speaker on IP-related subjects. 

Education & Admissions

Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, Canada (LL.B., 1996)

University of Toronto (B.Sc.Phm., 1993)


  • Hong Kong
  • China, Registered Foreign Lawyer
  • The Federal Court of Canada
  • The Court of Appeal for Ontario, Canada
  • The Ontario Court of Justice, Canada
  • The Superior Court of Justice, Ontario, Canada
  • Canadian Intellectual Property Office
  • Law Society of Upper Canada


  • English, Chinese


Representative Litigation

  • Represented a century-old Swiss watchmaker in second- and third- level .cn domain name disputes before the Hong Kong International Arbitration Center
  • Acted for a major PRC-listed company in successfully canceling the wrongful registration of its well-known trademarks by actions in the Hong Kong High Court
  • Counseled a NYSE-listed provider of imagery and digital visual contents in trademark appeal proceedings before the People's Court in Beijing
  • Advised a European manufacturer of luxury leather goods in trademark and design patent licensing and anti-counterfeiting matters in China and Hong Kong
  • Counseled a world-renowned manufacturer of specialty automotive accessories in claiming well-known trademark status in opposition proceedings in China
  • Assisted a leading U.S. healthcare e-solution provider in enforcing its IP rights through administrative and criminal actions in major Chinese cities
Representative Transactions
  • Conducted patent due diligence for a Fortune 500 engineering company relating to a US$100+ million acquisition of three subsidiaries of a major PRC-listed company
  • Advised a research-based pharmaceutical company in Europe on patent and drug- related regulatory matters relating to the acquisition of a Chinese drug manufacturer
  • Managed the IP portfolio of a Hong Kong-listed telecommunication company and advised on technology license and technology transfer arrangements worldwide
  • Advised a NASDAQ–listed IC manufacturer on microcode, mask work protection, software registration and other copyright-related matters in China
  • Conducted comprehensive legal and regulatory audits for the Shanghai subsidiary of one of the world’s leading manufacturers of homecare products
  • Advised major NASDAQ–listed software companies on encryption, technical standards, software enterprise certification and other regulatory matters in China
  • Counseled one of the largest Italian conglomerates on restructuring its PRC IP portfolio

News & Resources


Franchising Q&A: Hong Kong
Sound Marks in China
China Supreme Court Has Spoken: Long Anticipated Decision on OEMs and Trademark Use
"Protecting Famous Names," Managing Intellectual Property
It's All in the Name: Protect Your Own
Keeping an eye on the latest IP developments
Google AdWords Will Soon Hit Australia, Brazil, China and a Country Near You
Hong Kong Launches All-Chinese .hk Domain Names
"Key IP Issues for Life Sciences Companies Doing Business in China," IAM
China's Patent Law Revamped
“Overview of China’s New Antitrust Law”, Dorsey Client Update
“Sue in Hong Kong and Collect in China”, Dorsey Client Update
Get Ready for the .asia Domain Name
Hong Kong launches Chinese .hk domain names
"Rethinking domain names," Managing Intellectual Property - Supplement China IP Focus 2006
China's New Rules on Domain Name
China & Hong Kong - Recent Developments in Intellectual Property
"China & Hong Kong - Recent Developments in Intellectual Property," IP Value 2006: Building and Enforcing Intellectual Property Value
"Practical strategies for protecting IP rights in China," Intellectual Asset Management
"Taskforce clarifies administration of multilingual domain names," World eBusiness Law Report
"Chinese IP alliance launches information website," World eBusiness Law Report
"Hong Kong Launches Second-Level Domain Names," Martindale-Hubbell Counsel To Counsel Technology Alert
"New Standard Gives Boost to Chinese Domain Names," World eBusiness Law Report
"China Issues Trio of New Trademark Rules," Asian IP
"China 2002: Year in Review," Asian IP

News & Press Mentions

"What to expect in 2018: a world tour," Thomson Reuters Practical Law Cross-border
IAM Patent 1000 Recognizes Six Dorsey Attorneys in "World’s Leading Patent Professionals 2016"
Dorsey Nationally Ranked and Named Trademark Law Firm of the Year by "U.S. News – Best Lawyers" Best Law Firms
Dorsey Partner Cedric Lam Named 2016 Asia IP Expert
Dorsey Named One of Top Trademark Firms
Dorsey Partner Cedric G. Lam Named 2013 Leading Intellectual Property Lawyer-Hong Kong by Lawyers World Law
Auction House Sotheby's Wins Chinese Trademark Victory

Events & Speaking Engagements

IQPC Anti-Counterfeiting & Brand Protection Summit

Select Presentations

  • “Hong Kong and PRC Intellectual Property Law”, Presentation at the International Information and Communications Technology Expo, Hong Kong Convention Centre (2004)
  • “Primer on Chinese IP Law”, Briefing for the Canadian Nanotechnology Mission to Hong Kong, Consulate General of Canada, Hong Kong (2004)
  • “Recent Developments in Copyright Legislation in Asia Pacific Countries”, 1st Judicial Summit on IP Law (Thailand; 2001)

Industries & Practices

Patent Prosecution, Portfolio Strategy & Management
Cybersecurity, Privacy & Social Media
Trademark, Copyright, Advertising & Brand Management
  • Asia-Pacific
  • China
  • Cybersecurity, Privacy & Social Media
  • Franchise & Distribution Law
  • Health Care
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Patent Prosecution, Portfolio Strategy & Management
  • Technology Commerce
  • Trademark, Copyright, Advertising & Brand Management

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Intellectual Property Institute of Canada
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario College of Pharmacists
  • St. John Ambulance
  • Hong Kong - Canada Business Association


  • Named one of Who’s Who Legal leading attorneys in Franchise (2013-2014; 2016)
  • Nominated to Leading Lawyer 100 Asia Pacific list (2011)
  • Recognized by peers and law firm clients as an "Asialaw Leading Lawyer," Asia Law & Practice (2008)
Cedric Lam