Ted Chwu

Partner, Global Co-Head of Tech & Comms China


Ted’s background in prosecuting IP rights as a patent attorney enables him to offer his clients a unique perspective in international IP litigation, in which he has particular specialisation in the fields of consumer electronics, software and mechanical and materials technology.

Ted co-heads our Global Technology & Communications Sector Group and is based in Hong Kong. Our Global Technology & Communications Sector Group has over 450 lawyers with significant deep industry knowledge and expertise which we leverage for the benefit of clients in key industries including communications, software & services, devices and components, online technology solutions (including FinTech & EdTech), social media and digital content providers, data centres, satellites and postal.

Ted has experience advising on disputes involving embedded software copyright, materials technology, aerospace, semiconductors, chemical and refrigerant technology, LEDs and consumer electronics. Ted has managed teams of lawyers spread across China (including Hong Kong and Taiwan), India, Japan and South Korea in high value cross-border patent infringement and invalidation actions. He also advises on personal data protection and anti-competition issues.

Ted is qualified as a solicitor, UK and European Patent Attorney and European Trade Marks and Designs Attorney. Prior to joining us in Hong Kong, he practiced in London for several years advising clients on global IP protection strategies including drafting and prosecuting of patent applications and oppositions before the UK patent office, the European patent office and globally via the PCT system.

Ted holds a Masters degree in aeronautical engineering from Cambridge University. He frequently contributes to intellectual property publications and is an Executive Committee member of AIPPI, and delegate for Independent Members of AIPPI from a wide range of countries across Middle-East and Asia. Ted is also a committee member of the Asian Patent Attorneys Association, through which he advocates on matters important to IP rights holders across Asia. Ted was named as an "IP Star" by Managing IP, the leading source of news and analysis on all intellectual property developments worldwide. He is also a key figure in our IP practice group which was ranked in tier 1 globally by Chambers Global in 2018.

Ted speaks fluent English and Mandarin Chinese.

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Lawyer Testimonials
  1. "Recommended as Leader for Patents and Trade Marks".

    WIPR Leaders 2017
  2. "Ted Chwu is a perspicacious counsellor as well as a straight-shooting litigator"

    IAM Patent 1000 2017
  3. Ted Chwu concentrates on complex cross-border IP litigation, "he possesses a deep understanding of the law and is very principled."

    Chambers Asia Pacfic (China) 2016