Christopher Smith

Baker & McKenzie


Christopher Smith has been a partner of the Hong Kong office of Baker McKenzie since 2002 and is a partner in the Firm’s Intellectual Property Group. Mr. Smith headed the Beijing office’s team of intellectual property practitioners between 2004 and 2012, before relocating back to Hong Kong. Chambers Asia Pacific and World Trademark Review 1000 recommend Mr. Smith as one of the leading IP lawyers in China.

Practice Focus

Mr. Smith’s practice focuses on PRC intellectual property law, with particular emphasis on PRC trademark prosecution and enforcement, licensing, domain names, product labelling, unfair competition and copyright issues.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Advised on all aspects of trademark applications and trademark prosecution.
  • Advised on IP rights enforcement strategies in the PRC and coordinated administrative actions against infringers.
  • Advised on strategies for obtaining well-known trademark status.
  • Advised on recent developments in China’s technology import, trademark and copyright regimes.
  • Advised on trademark and copyright licensing issues and drafting licensing contracts.
  • Advised on cross-border commissioning contracts with PRC software developers and foreign commissioning parties.
  • Advised on employment contracts for key PRC employees, with a particular focus on non-disclosure, confidentiality and ownership of proprietary rights.
  • Reviewed clients’ existing IP rights portfolios and advised on how to streamline or supplement such portfolios.


  • Hong Kong (1996)
  • England & Wales (non-practicing)~United Kingdom (1994)


  • Manchester Polytechnic (L.S.F.) (1992)
  • Manchester Polytechnic (C.P.E.) (1991)
  • University of Leeds (B.A.) (1988)


  • Chinese
  • English
  • French

Previous Offices

  • Beijing