Barrister, Andrew Liao S.C.’s Chambers
William has a predominantly intellectual property practice and a growing competition law practice.
William has experience in copyright, patent and trademarks matters. He successfully represented the licensing body for Sony, Warner and Universal in Neway Music Ltd v Hong Kong Karaoke Licensing Alliance Ltd (CT 2/2010) before the Copyright Tribunal (led by Andrew Liao SC and with Norman Hui) on the reasonableness of the license 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  HKCFI 561, the first trademark appeal since the creation of an IP Specialist List in 2019. Patent highlights include appearing in Dyson Technology Ltd & Anor v German Pool Group Ltd & Ors HCA 838/2011 where he was led by Andrew Liao SC and acted for the Defendants in an application for costs apportionment in copyright/patent infringement.
In respect of competition law, William is currently acting in Taching Petroleum Company Ltd v Meyer Aluminium Ltd (CTA 1/2018) and Shell v Meyer Aluminium Ltd (CTA 2/2018) (with Kenneth Lee and Nana Lui), the first two private actions commenced before the Hong Kong Competition Tribunal. He is also acting in the alleged textbook cartel case of Competition Commission v T.H. Lee Book Company Limited & Ors (CTEA 2/2020) (with Kenneth Lee). Besides competition litigation, William is presently advising on matters involving investigation brought by the Competition Commission."