Acting Assistant Director of Intellectual Property
The Government of the HKSAR
Derek Lau joined the Intellectual Property Department (IPD) of the HKSAR Government in 2012. Before joining IPD, Derek Lau had worked in private practice in the intellectual property area for over 10 years. He has all-rounded IP experience including prosecuting trade mark applications, oppositions and invalidations, drafting patent specifications and prosecuting patent applications, handling IP related court actions, and providing advice on IP transactions.
Besides having a LL.B. degree, Derek Lau had obtained a Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Minnesota, USA, which provides him with the engineering knowledge to handle patent work. He also passed the qualification examination for China patent agents.
In his current role as an Acting Assistant Director of the IPD, Derek Lau leads the Advisory Team in providing civil legal advisory service on intellectual property matters to government departments and bureaus, and oversees international and regional cooperation in the intellectual property areas.