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Who owns your company's patents and trademarks? Is it the business, or the employees who may have devised them in the first place? And what about copyright, industrial design and the other intangible assets that come under the umbrella of intellectual property (IP)? Along with this growth pain, various complexities around employment law go hand in hand with expanding SMEs and start-ups, including in relation to issues around the use of contractors.

IP is a complex area and is often not a priority for business owners, especially SMEs and start-ups. But if your business does not have clear guidelines, employees could move on, taking your company's innovative products, systems or ideas with them.

Conflict between employer and employee in IP is a growing concern, and IP disputes can be costly. Businesses should rigorously protect all of their IP assets, which includes ensuring that they understand their employees' rights.

The Chamber has organized a roundtable luncheon to help you review your IP and employment strategies. Helen Colquhoun, Hong Kong Head of Employment, and Ed Chatterton, Asia Co-head of Intellectual Property and Technology, at DLA Piper, will discuss key issues including:

- The latest trends in employment and IP law;
- Employment rights and IP law in Hong Kong;
- Managing employment disputes over ownership of IP; and
- Tips to help businesses stay compliant and manage contractors

Speaker(s) Helen Colquhoun, Partner, Head of Employment, Hong Kong
Edward Chatterton, Partner, Co-Head of IPT, Asia
Date and Time 2019/02/19 12:30 to 14:00
Venue Chamber Theatre, 22/F United Centre
Media Open to media
Enquiries James Pui
Tel: 28231277
Fee Members @ HK$190 / Non-Members @ HK$400
+$50 for booking offline
This event accepts Chamber Coupon (terms and conditions)
Members enjoy 30% discount with BOC HKGCC VISA Card
Notes - Bookings are only confirmed upon receipt of payment, on a first come first served basis.
- Booking transfer is allowed for corporate members with advanced notice, walk-ins are normally not accepted.
- The Chamber reserves the right to decline any booking or cancel the event. In such case, a full refund of the participation fee will be issued.
- No refund will be made for last minute cancellations or no-shows. If the booking is cancelled at least 3 days before the event, and in such cases the refund will be subjected to a 10% administration fee, or HK$100 deduction, whichever is higher.
- Members paying with their BOC HKGCC Visa Card will enjoy a 30% discount on their reservation. The discount is only applicable to the card holder, and does not extend to their guests. The discount cannot be used in conjunction with Chamber Coupons.
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