Overview

Matthew specialises in both contentious and non-contentious matters, advising clients across a broad range of sectors including electronics, pharmaceuticals, communications, information technology, media, broadcasting, and food & beverage.

Matthew heads our Intellectual Property Group in Asia.

With more than 20 years of experience in representing multinational companies in China and across Asia, Matthew advises on all aspects of IP covering both contentious and non-contentious matters including licensing and monetising IP.

He regularly advises on major IP litigation and is well-known for managing complex, multi-jurisdictional disputes, working closely with our network of partner firms and developing strategies for cases across the different legal and regulatory environments in the Asia-Pacific region.

Matthew has extensive experience in IP advisory commercial matters including patents, trade marks, copyright, domain names, product safety and labelling issues. 

In the past 20 years Matthew has represented some of the world’s leading companies in the life sciences and electronics sectors. His life sciences experience includes contentious matters such as patent, trade mark and unfair competition litigation; and commercial work such as clinical trials agreements, joint promotion and joint marketing agreements, collaboration and development agreements. In the electronics sector, Matthew has been heavily involved in standards issues and the interplay between standards and patents. He has been involved in some of the leading cases relating to standard essential patents.

Matthew has a long-standing reputation as a leader in his field and continues to be ranked by the major industry publications and legal directories including, Chambers Asia-Pacific, Legal 500 Asia-Pacific, Asialaw, Asia IP Profiles, IAM Patent 1000, IAM Life Sciences 250, and The International Who’s Who Legal directories for Patent Lawyers, Life Sciences Lawyers and Trademarks Lawyers.

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Lawyer Testimonials
  1. IAM Patent 1000 2018

    "A veteran litigator who has practised in the regional IP scene for 25 years, Laight combines a way with words with a clear head to guarantee his clients a winning performance in the courtroom"
  2. "Matthew Laight – who helms the Asia-Pacific IP group – is a high-technology buff who melds patent and trademark expertise in a way that is compelling for big electronics brands. His seamless handling of multi-jurisdictional disputes amplifies his appeal yet further"

    WTR 1000 2018
  3. Matthew Laight takes centre stage on high-value multi-jurisdictional cases and leads with poise. “He has a sound strategic mind and has absolutely no problem rolling up his sleeves and digging in deep – always with a smile and good humour.” “He knows how to effectuate winning global strategies in an efficient manner.”

    IAM Patent 1000, 2017