William Tse

Call:  2015 (Hong Kong)

Call: 2011 (New South Wales)

2015 (Hong Kong)

wt@wsctse.com

wt@wsctse.com

(852) 2530 0430

(852) 2530 0430

"He is also able to understand the commercial aspects of IP disputes and consistently provides sensible advice to clients."

- Legal 500 (2021)

"Very thorough and well prepared"

- Legal 500 (2021)

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Practice areas

Intellectual Property

Competition Law

Entertainment and Media

Commercial Law

Arbitration & related court applications

Trust & Probate

Profile

William Tse is recognised as a “Leading Junior” by the Legal 500 Asia Pacific Hong Kong Bar (2021) for Intellectual Property and Competition. 

William successfully represented the licensing body for Sony, Warner and Universal in Neway Music Ltd v Hong Kong Karaoke Licensing Alliance Ltd (CT 2/2010) (led by Andrew Liao S.C. and with Norman Hui) before the Copyright Tribunal in confirming the reasonableness of the licence fees charged under the karaoke music videos licensing scheme.  The decision handed down on 23 December 2019 is the first ever substantive decision by the Copyright Tribunal since its establishment in December 1997.

William’s trademark experience includes successfully acted for the respondent in Monster Energy Company v洪嘉珮 [2020] HKCFI 561, the first trademark appeal since the creation of an IP Specialist List in 2019. Patent highlights include acting for the Defendants in Dyson Technology Ltd & Anor v German Pool Group Ltd & Ors HCIP 53/2019 (led by Andrew Liao S.C.) in an inquiry as to damages arising from groundless threats of proceedings for patent infringement and injunction granted against the Defendants.

In respect of competition law, William acted in Taching Petroleum Company Ltd v Meyer Aluminium Ltd (CTA 1/2018) and Shell v Meyer Aluminium Ltd (CTA 2/2018), the first two private actions commenced before the Hong Kong Competition Tribunal. He also acted in the alleged textbook cartel case of Competition Commission v T.H. Lee Book Company Limited & Ors (CTEA 2/2020). Besides competition litigation, William has advised on matters involving investigation brought by the Competition Commission. 

William is a part-time Lecturer (Non-Clinical) at the Department of Professional Legal Education of the University of Hong Kong. He is also a Member of the Committee on Intellectual Property Law of the Hong Kong Bar Association. 

William accepts instructions in accordance with the Code of Conduct of the Hong Kong Bar Association. Should you wish to instruct William, he would be delighted to discuss your requirements and can be reached on email at wt@wsctse.com or by telephone on +852 2530 0430.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Buildtech Enterprise Int Ltd & Ors v OK Construction HCIP 14/2021 (Invalidation of trademark) ongoing

Wong To Yick Wood Lock Ointment Ltd v Nippon Taisun (HK) Ltd & Ors HCIP 8/2021 (summary judgment for passing off and trade mark infringement) 

Wong To Yick Wood Lock Ointment Ltd v Imperial Charity Hall Medicines Ltd & Anor HCIP 7/2021, [2021] HKCFI 1252 (summary judgment for passing off and trade mark infringement)

Dyson Technology Ltd & Another v German Pool Group Co Ltd & Ors HCIP 53/2019 inquiry as to damages relating to copyright/patent infringement (led by Andrew Liao S.C.) ongoing

Wong To Yick Wood Lock Ointment Ltd v Chan Sui Pan HCA 1019/2017 (account of profits, trade mark infringement and passing off) ongoing

Wong To Yick Wood Lock Ointment Ltd v Mighty Win Ltd  HCA 54/2017 (account of profits; trade mark infringement and passing off) ongoing

Monster Energy Company v 洪嘉珮  HCIP 5/2019, [2020] HKCFI 561 (Appeal from decision of the Registrar of Trade Marks) 

Neway Music Ltd v Hong Kong Karaoke Licensing Ltd CT 2/2010, 23 December 2019 (led by Andrew Liao S.C. and with Norman Hui) acted for the licensing body in confirming the reasonableness of the license fees charged 

HKSAR v Chow Ka Hung TMCC 1451/2020 (forged trade mark charges under trade descriptions ordinance)

Opposition of Trade Mark "KINWONG" ongoing (Trade Marks Registry dispute)

Invalidation of Trade Mark "香港童涵春堂" (Trade Marks Registry Dispute)

Invalidation of Trade Mark “AgustaWestland” decision dated 18 October 2021 (Trade Marks Registry dispute)

Invalidation of Trade Mark “CICFA” decision dated 17 April 2020 (Trade Marks Registry dispute)

Opposition of Trade Mark “SWEET MONSTER” dated 22 October 2019 (Trade Marks Registry dispute)

Opposition of Trade Mark “ADORAMI eau de parfum emotionnel” dated 10 June 2019 (Trade Marks Registry dispute)

Opposition of Trade Mark “ICE MONSTER & Device” dated 6 March 2019 (Trade Marks Registry dispute)

COMPETITION

Shell Hong Kong Limited v Meyer Aluminium Ltd (CTA 2/2018) (with Kenneth K.H. Lee and Nana Lui) acting for the Defendant in alleging price collusion between the Plaintiff and Taching Petroleum Company Ltd and thereby in breach of the first conduct rule as a defence to proceedings under HCA 1069/2018

Taching Petroleum Company Ltd v Meyer Aluminium Ltd (CTA 1/2018) (with Kenneth K.H. Lee and Nana Lui) acting for the Defendant in alleging price collusion between the Plaintiff and Shell Hong Kong Ltd and thereby in breach of the first conduct rule as a defence to proceedings under HCA 1929/2017

Advising an undertaking on matters involving investigation brought by the Competition Commission

Advised on resale price maintenance clauses in a licensing agreement

CIVIL & COMMERCIAL

Design Time Ltd v Complete Power International Ltd & ors HCA 1808/2019 (summary judgment application, bond dispute)

HK88 Enterprises Limited v Su Yuan-Yu  HCA 926/2018 (beneficial ownership of land, Constructive and resulting trust) ongoing

Chu Hoi Lau v Chue Wai Lau Stephen, the executor of the Estate of So Pui Man, Deceased DCCJ 621/2020 (beneficial ownership of land, Constructive and resulting trust) ongoing

Guan Jianwei v Huo Xing Hua DCCJ 2281/2019 (summary judgment application, vacant possession)

Wang Rujing v GTI Holdings Ltd & Anor DCCJ 3868/2019 (summary judgment application, breach of settlement agreement, bond dispute)

Toy Quest Ltd v Nuance Communications Ireland Ltd HCA 832/2018 (breach of technology licensing agreement)

MEMBERSHIP AND APPOINTMENTS

Part-time Lecturer (Non-Clinical), Department of Professional Legal Education, The University of Hong Kong (2020-present)

Committee Member, Committee of Intellectual Property of the Hong Kong Bar Association (2019- present)

PUBLICATIONS

"Competition Law with Industry Focus on Construction Materials and Related Sectors" November 2020

“Neway Music Ltd v Hong Kong Karaoke Licensing Alliance Limited: A Landmark Decision by the Copyright Tribunal”  Hong Kong Lawyer, 11 June 2020

“Competition Law as a Defence in Civil Actions” 2019 (CPD Seminar)

“Introduction on Competition Ordinance Cap. 619” 2017 (CPD Seminar)

Contact

Andrew Liao SC’s Chambers

82 New Henry House, 10 Ice House Street

Central, Hong Kong

(852) 2530 0430

wt@wsctse.com

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