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World Intellectual Property Day is celebrated annually on 26 April.  The event was originally setup by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) back in 2000.

You can find out more from Wikipedia about the history of the event including about the past themes of the event.   This year’s theme is ‘Designing the Future’

The WIPO Website also contains a lot of information about this year’s theme

Westlaw HK has a number of key resources for legal professionals related to Intellectual Property including:


Specialist Intellectual Property Journals


Specialist Intellectual Property Books


Intellectual Property is also extensively referenced in a number of other books and journals on Westlaw HK.  Here we only list the specialist publications.

Westlaw HK also contains all the relevant primary law resources for an Intellectual Property lawyer.

For details about this content or how to gain access to any of these resources please contact us on +852 3762 3222 or email

Westlaw HK have upgraded subscriptions for Law Firms, Barristers and Corporations to Westlaw HK Primary.  This new enhanced subscription now gives access to even more authoritative content for the practitioner in Hong Kong.

The upgrade adds the following Commentary Titles to the subscription:

  • Civil Procedure in Hong Kong: A Guide to the Main Principles
  • Professional Conduct & Risk Management in Hong Kong
  • The Conflict of Laws in Hong Kong
  • The Law of the WTO: China and the Future of Free Trade

This complements the already existing online commentary comprising

  • Hong Kong Civil Procedure (Hong Kong White Book) 2009
  • Hong Kong Civil Procedure (Hong Kong White Book) Recent Edition
  • Principles & Practice of Civil Procedure in Hong Kong

New law firm, bar and corporate subscribers to Westlaw HK will automatically qualify for Westlaw HK Primary

Here we explain a bit more about each of the new Westlaw HK resources.


With the implementation of Civil Justice Reform on 2 April 2009, civil procedure in Hong Kong has entered a new era. Significant amendments have been made to the Rules of the High Court and other relevant legislation. Not only has Civil Justice Reform brought about marked changes to the way civil litigation should be conducted, but it also has begun and will continue to bring about a new litigation culture which is of crucial importance for achieving fair and cost-effective disputes resolution.

This book provides a user-friendly, simply written and laid out guide to the main principles of civil procedure in Hong Kong for students (including overseas students studying for the PCLL Conversion Examination in Civil Procedure) and practitioners who would like to gain a good general understanding of particular procedures quickly.


Professional conduct is a key area for all members of Hong Kong’s legal profession. To be part of a successful practice today, one is required to follow a set of rules of conduct and to perform effective risk management to achieve minimum exposure to a complaint or claim. All professionals have to follow their ethical guides to ensure the integrity of their profession.

Professional Conduct and Risk Management in Hong Kong is the first book of its kind to comprehensively cover the rules for all contentious and non-contentious matters. It promotes awareness and includes practical discussions and useful cases in relation to conduct and risk management. All members of the legal profession, from trainee solicitors to senior judges will find this to be the essential text for their daily business.

Written by practitioners for practitioners, this highly practical manual sets out the rules with comprehensive discussion. There is extensive discussion of useful cases, disciplinary hearings and the authors have called upon their day-to-day experiences. In addition, risk management rules are also covered. For the first time a broad approach has been taken. This book covers not only barristers and solicitors, but other lawyers such as in-house counsel, legal officers, foreign lawyers and judicial conduct, as well as other professionals such as accountants.

Key Benefits

  • Highly practical work. Written by practitioners for practitioners.
  • Fully comprehensive.
  • First publication in Hong Kong to cover risk management.
  • Specialist chapters for practice areas.
  • Disciplinary decisions, subject to confidentiality issues, discussed.



The Conflict of Laws in Hong Kong is an authoritative and comprehensive guide to the body of law which governs the approach of the Hong Kong civil courts to the selection of governing law and the determination of jurisdiction in cases with a cross-border element (including mainland China and Taiwan as well as foreign countries).

The Hong Kong courts’ approach was originally based on English law but has diverged enormously as a result of statutory changes and a strong body of Hong Kong case law. As a result, it can be very hard for even a specialist to work out the precise position under Hong Kong law for example the author includes a chapter on Exceptions from Ordinary Principles.

Hong Kong’s importance as a global financial centre makes this text an essential reference for all lawyers involved in cross-border transactions in contexts as varied as commercial deals, litigation, family law, insolvency, trusts and estates.

  • Essential for properly dealing with cross-border legal issues
  • Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments are discussed
  • Useful chapters such as Evidence and Remedies & Procedure
  • Authoritative and comprehensive coverage
  • Practical and detailed analysis in one source



This landmark work traces the development of WTO law from GATT to Doha. It sets out, in one complete and authoritative volume, the Organisation’s basic principles and their practical application in relation to trade in goods, services, agriculture and textiles.

The Law of the WTO: China and the Future of Free Trade offers an in-depth analysis of important WTO case law over the past 50 years, and provides full coverage of China’s legal obligations, regional trade agreements and CEPA, subsidies and countervailing duties, anti-dumping, intellectual property rights and dispute resolution.


  • From GATT to WTO
  • The Basic Principles
  • Regional Arrangements
  • Trade in Goods / Trade in Services
  • Intellectual Property System
  • Dispute Settlement
  • Agriculture Trade / Non-tariff Barriers
  • Subsidy and Countervailing Duties
  • Anti-dumping / Safeguards / TRIMs
  • Government Procurement
  • Development Law of the WTO



Login to Westlaw HK at today and click on ‘Commentary’ at the top of the page.  From here you can select a title to search or browse down through the table of contents of the title of your choice.


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Thomson Reuters Signs Agreement with Korean Ministry of Government Legislation

Thomson Reuters Signs Agreement with Korean Ministry of Government Legislation

Thomson Reuters has entered into an agreement with MOLEG the Ministry of Government Legislation in Korea, marking the start of a new era for the South Korean government and an important stepping stone to encouraging new business and opening up Korean legal information to the world.

Thomson Reuters, Legal and The Korean Ministry of Government Legislation will work closely to develop and publish an English statute book on green growth and foreign investment, sharing vital policies with the International community. These books will be distributed to foreign heads of states and their retinues at the G20 Summit to be held in Korea in November. Mr Hwang SangCheol, Statuatory Information Policy Officer from the Korean Ministry of Government Legislation believes this will be a valuable chance to publicise his country’s policies and systems: ”In what is already a technologically advanced society South Korea is attracting more and more interest from foreign investors. It is expected that this agreement will allow us to provide vital information on Korean policies and systems that are so urgently needed by foreign investment companies and businesses in Korea.”

Klaus Pfeifer, Managing Director Thomson Reuters, Legal North Asia commented: “As one of the biggest legal publishers in North Asia, we are well prepared to support the Korean Ministry of Government Legislation in its efforts to disseminate English translations of Korean laws across the globe.”

Tony Kinnear, SVP Asia, Thomson Reuters, Legal added: “This is an important initiative for Thomson Reuters. As a growing number of businesses are attracted to Korea the need for English translations will continue to rise. Thomson Reuters, Legal is committed to provide this information to our customers.”

For further information please contact:

Jane Lewis

Tel: +852 3762 3233

 Westlaw Subscribers can now use OnePass. It’s a new system designed for you to create your very own memorable password. OnePass has new increased password security and helps subscribers create passwords that they can remember rather than the old style alphanumeric passwords Westlaw traditionally uses.

 Whilst logging on to Westlaw and using your standard Westlaw password (e.g. 1234567ABCD), you may have been directed towards a new registration page. PLEASE NOTE: A DEADLINE OF MAY 28, 2010 appears on the registration page. Registration is quick and easy; simply click on the link ONEPASS Quick Ref Guide and follow the step by step instructions. If you have any problems please email for assistance or a copy of this PDF explaining how to register.

 Special Note:  You will need to uncheck the “save this password” option from the sign on screen (if activated for your alphanumeric password) before using your new Onepass registration.

Come and find Westlaw at the Thomson Reuters stand at the Inter-Pacific Bar Association Conference at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore.

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We will be exhibiting:

Westlaw HK

Westlaw China

Westlaw International

Westlaw Business

Plus many Thomson Reuters Legal print publications from Sweet & Maxwell, West, Carswell, Legal & Regulatory Australia and many other Thomson Reuters publishers.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Looking for legal journals online?  Westlaw HK has all you need!

Over the last year we have added a whole host of journals to the UK Journals collection on Westlaw HK.  The largest collection of its kind in Hong Kong; many of these provide broad topical coverage, whilst many of these are more focused on a particular practice area.

With the legal journals available on Westlaw HK you can access analytical materials across the spectrum of legal issues and practice areas.  More than just restatements of the law, these provide authoritative and current commentary on the legal issues of today.  Their regularity ensures you are always up to date with the latest issues.  The breadth of coverage ensures you have comprehensive legal analysis at your fingertips.

Contact us today to trial Westlaw HK and try out our Journals collections.

Tel: +852 3762 3222


Current Hong Kong, UK & European coverage:

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This is the first of a series of episodes of a new pilot video news service, entitled Westlaw HK News. In this first episode, Natalie Lee, Online Legal Editor for Sweet & Maxwell and Westlaw HK, briefly outlines what the coverage of the news service will be.

Subscribers with United Kingdom content will have noticed a change to the Westlaw UK tab.  This tab has been updated to be customizable for ease of usage.  Now customers can easily select databases of interest by checking the corresponding box listed below the search engine.  Terms and Connectors, along with Natural Language search options, allow the user to craft detailed search queries for more accurate results. 

The tab is ready to be used as is, but we suggest a few easy modifications to take full advantage of this new tab.  The screen shot below shows the “Content and Display Options” drop down window open by clicking either “show” or the drop down arrow (note:  this option is found on the upper left of the tab screen).  Once open we suggest the user places a check mark in the boxes under “Database Display Options” (right hand side of screen) for items you would like to see displayed next to your individual databases. 

Content and Display Options Opened with Database Display Styles Checked

 Simply hit “save options” to make the display changes to your tab.  

Database Content Display for UK Tab

The various content categories, as well as each database are now customizable with the same “drag and drop” features as other Westlaw Tabs.  The user may move entire categories (or individual databases) into position for easier usage.  Also note, on the default set up that the “Quick Search” templates are still available similar to the original UK Tab. 

Please contact Bill White our Westlaw Trainer at if you have any questions about this new tab.  Individual or group sessions can be scheduled to prove how the new tab can improve your workflow.

Christopher Bickley, Partner at Conyers Dill and Pearman, provides an overview of the content of the third and latest edition of his title, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands Company Law, published by Sweet & Maxwell.

Bermuda, BVI and Cayman Islands Company Law - Third Edition

Bermuda, BVI and Cayman Islands Company Law - Third Edition

Watch the full video at the Westlaw HK YouTube channel

Read more about this title or order online at the Sweet and Maxwell website (

The following cases from Hong Kong Law Reports & Digest (HKLRD) have been loaded to Westlaw HK:

You can access them by clicking on the case citation and logging in to Westlaw HK.


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