Dominic Edmondson is a special counsel in Baker McKenzie's Hong Kong office and a member of the Firm's Intellectual Property Practice Group. His practice focuses on information technology advisory work, IT sourcing & transactions, cybersecurity, e-commerce, telecommunications, global data privacy and data protection, digital media as well as contentious and non-contentious intellectual property matters.
Dominic has a keen interest in AI, big data and distributed ledger technology and their impact on business in the Greater China region. He studied Mandarin and put it to good use advising clients on intellectual property strategy and enforcement in Mainland China, where he worked for four years (in Beijing) before moving to Hong Kong.
Representative Legal Matters
- Advising a Chinese technology company on the disposal of its interest in a fintech joint venture, including intellectual property transfer, licensing and export control clearance issues.
- Advising on technology and intellectual property licensing related issues relating to the proposed sale of mobile telecommunications software company including transitional service arrangements.
- Advising a major Chinese technology company in relation to intellectual property licensing and cross-border funds transfer matters involving multiple jurisdictions.
- Advising a financial sector client in relation to outsourcing of certain functions to a cloud computing service provider involving data transfer and processing.
- Advising a major commercial property company on data governance frameworks and privacy statements.
- Advising a major global bank on the data privacy related implications of the issuance of tokenised bonds on a blockchain network
- Negotiating and drafting various commercial agreements including payroll, payment systems franchise and import agency agreements, software reseller, licence and affiliate agreements.
- Advising a major automobile company in relation to the telecommunications regulatory aspects of connected cars.
- Obtaining summary judgment for trade mark infringement and passing off in Hong Kong for a major luxury clothing brand.
- Acting for a major record label in relation to online infringement of its copyright works.
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Member, the Law Society of England and Wales
- Member, the Law Society of Hong Kong
- Committee Member, British Chamber of Commerce, Hong Kong
- Member, Fintech Association of Hong Kong
- Hong Kong (2018)
- England & Wales (2009)
- Nottingham Law School (Diploma in Legal Practice) (2006)
- University of Bristol (LL.B. - Hons) (2004)
- Author, "Online Gaming Privacy Regulation in Asia Pacific", Asia Video Industry Report 2022, November 2021
- Author, "Blockchain: The Next IP Battlefield", June 2017
- Author, "A Right to be Forgotten in Hong Kong?", World Data Protection Report, August 2015
- Author, "Administrative Patent Enforcement in China”, In-House Lawyer Magazine, April 2013
- Author, "Search Engines and Other Online Service Providers: Liability for Unauthorised Use of Trade Marks in Keywords in China”, In-House Lawyer Magazine, August 2012
- Author, "Freedom of Expression: Gary Flood v Times Newspapers Limited”, Data Protection Law and Policy, December 2009