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David Brown, president of Thomson Reuters IP Solutions, took a few moments out on his recent trip to Beijing to share his thoughts on global growth in the patent and trademark industry.

In this podcast, he discusses how law firms are capitalising on these growth opportunities, especially in China and Korea, to develop new clients and retain market share, and how Thomson Reuters is supporting their patent research needs through the new combined offering of Westlaw Patents + Thomson Innovation.

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We have just added Westlaw Business Currents to the Westlaw HK Blog as an RSS feed.  You can find this on the left-hand-side of the screen.  Westlaw Business Currents provides a legal lens on business news and ensures that lawyers can keep track of the financial markets and get the analysis relevant to the practice of law.

Business lawyers need news and timely analysis to stay on top of current trends and maintain a competitive edge for their organization and their clients.

Westlaw Business Currents delivers lawyer-authored content and Westlaw Business source documents together with Reuters news to keep you informed of the latest developments in your areas of interest – and to help you work smarter by leveraging what you know. And it’s all available in one accessible online location.

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Thanks to Custom Tabs we have enhanced the usability of Canadian content with our new Canada Tab.  This tab differs from the template format found on the current LawSource tab, in that the user can quickly perform a Terms and Connectors / Natural Language search while selecting the database(s).  The content categories: Case law; Legislation; Journals and Reviews; Analytical; and Multibase will allow the user quick selection of databases to search.

New Canada Tab

New Canada Tab

 Quick Links to Scope (summary of content) as well as Table of Contents have been enabled for the databases.  This will allow the user to be confident in their search selection.    Those interested in adding the Canada tab to their current tab set, please contact to request this tab.

Westlaw HK is pleased to announce the launch of a programme of scheduled training sessions in our state of the art meeting centre at:


Thomson Reuters

42/F Gloucester Tower

The Landmark


Hong Kong


Training will be carried out by our legally qualified Online Trainer, Bill White JD.




27 Aug 09 Westlaw HK (plus UK) Overview/Refresher* 12 13:00 40 mins approx  plus Q&A Beijing
10 Sep 09 Westlaw HK (plus UK) Overview/Refresher* 12 13:00 40 mins approx  plus Q&A Beijing
24 Sep 09 Westlaw HK (plus UK) Overview/Refresher* 12 13:00 40 mins approx  plus Q&A Beijing
08 Oct 09 Westlaw HK (plus UK) Overview/Refresher* 12 13:00 40 mins approx  plus Q&A Beijing


*Option to bring your own laptop and follow-along on your own computer (please note this in your booking email)



–       New Westlaw HK subscribers

–       Existing Westlaw HK subscribers who would like to get a refresher

–       Users interested in subscribing to Westlaw HK



Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.  To secure your space at one or more sessions, please email stating the following:

–       Your name

–       Your organisation

–       Current subscriber/new subscriber/potential subscriber

–       Your email address

–       Your contact telephone number


Alternatively, please call +852 3762 3242 to book your place.


Please also feel free to request a session on a specific topic/jurisdiction/content type by emailing


Email confirmations will be provided to all attendees


To view updates on session availability, please visit

The practice of law in the People’s Republic of China can be a challenge for any lawyer working on behalf of companies doing business with Chinese companies.

We recently talked with Owen D. Nee Jr., of Jones Day for a podcast. (Listen to audio).

China now the world’s third-largest economy and the recipient of more foreign investment each year than any other country, can be intimidating.  Its business laws and the practice of deal-making have long been a source of confusion of mystery.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Nee told us the failure of many joint ventures is linked to the basic misunderstandings of the deal-making process, which too often occurs because the investor or its lawyer fail to study the applicable legal ground rules.

Nee wrote the new Shareholder Agreements and Joint Ventures in China, and co-authored Mergers and Acquisitions in China with Jingzhou Tao, Partner at Jones Day.  Both titles are part of the new China Law Library from Sweet & Maxwell.

Westlaw HK and Sweet & Maxwell are part of Thomson Reuters Legal and on 17 April 2009 we celebrated the first anniversary of Thomson’s acquisition of Reuters, and the launch of the Thomson Reuters brand across the company. 

In this video, Peter Warwick, President and CEO, Thomson Reuters Legal and members of his executive team talk about what we’ve achieved in the business in the last year, and what opportunities lie ahead.

The law is constantly developing and Westlaw HK continuously evolves to meet the needs of Hong Kong’s legal profession. This video highlights Westlaw HK’s authoritative content and leading edge functionality that legal professionals in Hong Kong are choosing to use, helping them to achieve better results faster.

Good news for those who need China business law information!  Two new databases have been added for you to use as part of our continuing effort to add value to your Westlaw Subscription:

Mergers and Acquisitions in China (BLC-MA) 

Written by two preeminent China legal experts, Mergers and Acquisitions in China explains key issues and pitfalls arising from clients’ merger and acquisition transactions in China. It helps to gain a better understanding of what actions need to be taken and possible outcomes of those actions. It features an appendix with relevant source materials and a chart pointing the reader to the original Chinese-language names of applicable laws and regulations.

Shareholder Agreements and Joint Ventures in China (BLC-SHARE)

Shareholder Agreements and Joint Ventures in China provides information on the legal framework and structuring of a joint venture in China (focusing on using shareholder agreements as the primary vehicle for establishing a joint venture), including appendixes with relevant source materials such as certain Chinese laws and regulations in translation, and a chart referencing the original, Chinese-language names of applicable Chinese laws and regulations. It is written by a preeminent China legal expert.


Westlaw HK is pleased to announce the addition of West’s Series on Contemporary Chinese Law to the Hong Kong subscription.  This provides a gateway into Chinese economic, business, criminal and tax law.  Chinese legal scholars provide an introduction to law in the People’s Republic of China.


Through this new series, Westlaw HK customers will gain a better knowledge of each major legal area needed to start doing business in China.  Beginning with basic fundamentals and then working into more complex concepts, this new series is specifically designed for those who are not yet in China, but looking to establish a presence.


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In this, the fourth video in our series on China, Stephen Yao explains how Westlaw China differentiates itself and why its translation are of  the highest quality.



Contact Sweet & Maxwell to request a trial of Westlaw China

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