Letters & Thoo ranked as a leading Hong Kong Patent firm in IAM Patent 1000 Survey “World’s Leading Patent Practitioners” for 2017

We are proud to announce that Letters & Thoo has been ranked as a leading patent prosecution firm in Hong Kong, and its principals, Timothy Letters and Laurence Thoo, have been recommended as leading patent practitioners in Hong Kong by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) “The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners” for 2017.

According to the publication:

“A great resource for people that want to obtain practically useful patents”, prosecution specialist Letters & Thoo garners some of the most effusive client feedback of any IP firm in Hong Kong.

 The group’s practitioners exhibit an “outstanding technical understanding” and provide “clear, commercially focused and timely advice”.

 Timothy Letters and Laurence Thoo are “approachable and personable people who are genuinely adept in their craft and do an honest trade for their clients at the same time”.

The IAM Patent 1000 has fast become the definitive directory exclusively dedicated to identifying the world’s leading patent services providers, and this issue of the IAM Patent 1000 is the biggest ever and covers more jurisdictions in greater depth than any other publication available anywhere in the world. It is unique as a one-stop resource that focuses exclusively on naming best-in-class patent prosecution, licensing and litigation practitioners on a global basis, and over a five-month period, thousands of private practice lawyers and attorneys based in dozens of countries, as well as the users of their services, shared their thoughts on the market with our dedicated research team working out of offices in London and Hong Kong.

Letters & Thoo wish to congratulate our colleagues from other firms both in Hong Kong and around the world that have been acknowledged in the guide, and extend our sincere gratitude to our valued clients and staff for working with us to achieve these global accolades.

The full “IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners” recommendation can be seen here

 

Letters & Thoo Authors the E-Book “Own Your Trade Mark” for Dragon Law's “Does the Law Matter” Series of Introductory Guides

Timothy Letters and Laurence Thoo have authored the E-book “Own Your Trade Mark” in co-operation with Dragon Law which may be read by clicking here.

This introductory guide is intended to provide a practical understanding of key issues involved in establishing, registering, and maintaining your trade mark rights so that the value to your business  may be maximised.

Other E-books in the “Does the Law Matter” series of introductory guides may be downloaded at Dragon Law’s web site by clicking here.

Timothy Letters and Laurence Thoo recommended in IAM Patent 1000 Survey “World’s Leading Patent Practitioners” for 2016

We are proud to announce that Timothy Letters and Laurence Thoo, principals of Letters & Thoo, have been recommended as leading patent practitioners in Hong Kong by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) “The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners” for 2016.

According to the publication, “The burgeoning firm has a reputation for adding value throughout the patent lifecycle; as such, it has captured a respectable share of the national prosecution market. With acclaimed practitioners Timothy Letters and Laurence Thoo at the helm, the outfit is best known for its smart, scalable and flexible advice. ”

The IAM Patent 1000 has fast become the definitive directory exclusively dedicated to identifying the world’s leading patent services providers. The extensive research process for this guide was conducted over several months by a team of full-time analysts, and involved more than 1,500 interviews with patent specialists across the globe. Legal and attorney firms and individual practitioners qualify for inclusion in the IAM Patent 1000 upon receiving sufficient positive feedback from market sources.

We wish to congratulate our colleagues from other firms  in Hong Kong and around the world that have been acknowledged in the guide and extend our sincere gratitude to our valued clients and staff for helping us to achieve these global accolades.

The full “IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners” recommendation can be seen here.

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Letters & Thoo Proud to Continue its Support of TEDx Hong Kong

Letters & Thoo is proud to support TEDx Hong Kong’s upcoming event entitled “The Future of the Workplace: Leadership, Collective Intelligence and Meaning”. Details of the event are as follows:

Date: 5 May 2015 (Tuesday)

Time: 7 pm 9pm (Registration starts at 6:30 pm)

Ticket Prices: HK$100

Venue: Sunbeam Theater (Theater 2), 423 King’s Road, North Point, Hong Kong

Website: http://tedxhongkong.org

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Letters & Thoo Partner Becomes Council Member of the Asian Patent Attorney Association Hong Kong Group

We are proud to announce that Laurence Thoo, a founding partner of Letters & Thoo, has become a Council Member of the Asian Patent Attorney Association Hong Kong Group at the Annual General Meeting held on 23 July 2015.

Laurence looks forward to the opportunity to represent the interests of the Association’s members during this particularly busy period in which the Hong Kong government is in the process of enacting major changes to the existing Patents Ordinance and Regulations.

Laurence previously served for several years as a committee member of the Designs Standing Committee of the Asian Patent Attorney Association Hong Kong Group with fellow partner Timothy Letters also serving on the Patents Standing Committee for many years.

Timothy Letters and Laurence Thoo recommended in IAM Patent 1000 Survey “World’s Leading Patent Practitioners” for 2015

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We are proud to announce that Timothy Letters and Laurence Thoo, principals of Letters & Thoo, have been recommended as leading patent practitioners in Hong Kong by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) “The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners” peer nominated survey for 2015.

According to the publication, “Timothy Letters and Laurence Thoo  are rare birds. They are dedicated to IP and know the patent system inside out. The two technically trained founders of their own eponymous shop are great choices for complex prosecution mandates across a range of technologies.”

IAM Patent 1000, published by Intellectual Asset Management, is considered to be one of the world’s most independent, extensively-researched and well-respected guides to the top patent practitioners in key jurisdictions around the globe. The ratings and information published in IAM Patent 1000 involved over 1,500 interviews over 5 months with numerous attorneys at law, patent attorneys and in-house counsel to gather market intelligence on the leading players in the field.

We wish to congratulate our colleagues from around the world that have been acknowledged in the guide and we also thank all of our clients and staff for helping us to achieve these global accolades.

The full “IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners” recommendation can be seen here.

 

 

Dr Timothy Letters Quoted in Managing Intellectual Property

Dr Timothy Letters, a principal of Letters & Thoo, is quoted throughout the article titled, “How Will The Unitary Patent Affect Hong Kong Applications,” that appeared in Managing Intellectual Property on 29 January 2014.  In the article, Timothy provides insight regarding whether the Hong Kong Patents Ordinance may currently allow recordal of Unitary Patent rights in Hong Kong. Timothy also comments regarding how method of treatment type claims (now allowable in European patents) may ultimately be interpreted under Hong Kong law.

“There is much judicial guidance from the UK courts relating to the interpretation of Swiss-type claims, the UK being a jurisdiction upon which Hong Kong patent law is based” he explains in the article. “However, until there are more decisions from an influential court such as in the UK as to the interpretation of the new method of treatment type claims format now allowable in Europe, there remains a degree of uncertainty as to the validity and scope of such claims in Hong Kong.”

Letters & Thoo Attorneys Quoted in Managing Intellectual Property Regarding SNE Engineering v Hsin Chong Construction

In the recent case of SNE Engineering v Hsin Chong Construction, the High Court of Hong Kong found that the invention as claimed in a Hong Kong Short Term Patent was invalid for lack of sufficiency. This is perhaps unsurprising given the weight of compelling evidence heard before the court, even by the patent holder’s own technical expert, that the specification lacked sufficient clarity and completeness for a person skilled in the art to properly understand the technical operation of the claimed invention without undue burden.

Laurence Thoo and Timothy Letters, principals of Letters & Thoo, are quoted throughout the article titled, “Hong Kong Court Sustains Sufficiency Attack on Patent” that appeared in Managing Intellectual Property on 23 April 2014, in relation to this case.

Letters & Thoo Proudly Supporting TEDx Hong Kong

TEDx Hong Kong is pleased to announce its second TEDxED type annual conference entitled “InspirED” which will be all about Inspired Learning.

This year’s annual conference will take place on Saturday, May 31, 2014 at the Landmark Sunbeam Theater in North Point, Hong Kong Island.

Over 1,200 TEDx fans are expected to fill this iconic venue centrally located near the heart of Hong Kong.

 

Date: 31 May 2014, Saturday

Time: 10 am – 3 pm

(Registration starts at 9 am. The program starts at 10 am. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to allow ample time to find their assigned seat.)

Ticket Prices: HK$450, HK$350, HK$250

Ticket Purchase: http://tedxed.hk/tickets

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