Dr. Kevin K.H. Pun

BSc HK; DipCS Cambridge; MS, PhD Illinois Urbana-Champaign; LLB, LLM (Intellectual Property) London; PCLL HK; Barrister-at-Law
Honorary Associate Professor

Tel: (+852) 2859 2186
Fax: (+852) 2559 8447
Email: pun<at>

With a unique background in computer science and law, Dr Pun is an expert on legal issues arising from information technology and electronic commerce. He is the pioneer of the course "Legal Aspects of Computing" in the Computer Science Department, the first of its kind in Asia when it was launched in 1993. He is a seven-time recipient of the Department's Teaching Excellence Award. In 2002, he became the first teacher in the Engineering Faculty to receive the honour of University Teaching Fellow for his teaching excellence and contributions to university education. From 2002 to 2014, he was a founding co-director of the Law & Technology Centre jointly established by the Department and the Law Faculty. He had also taught in the Law Department during 2000-2011, lecturing in intellectual property law and information technology law.

Dr Pun is the author of Software and Copyright (Joint Publishing Hong Kong, 1996, in Chinese), the first book on the subject of copyright protection for computer software in Hong Kong, and Annotated Patents Ordinance (Butterworths, 2005). His other academic works have appeared in journals including European Intellectual Property Review, Computer and Telecommunications Law Review, Intellectual Property Quarterly, International Review of Industrial Property and Copyright Law and Hong Kong Law Journal. He has been interviewed and invited to speak on many occasions regarding intellectual property and information technology issues.

Dr Pun was called to the Hong Kong Bar in 1999. He had appeared as counsel in cases involving copyright, registered design, trademark, passing-off, patent, trade libel, contract, conveyancing, adverse possession, company matters and employment disputes. He was the defence counsel before the Court of Final Appeal in Chan Nai Ming v HKSAR [2007] 3 HKC 255, the first criminal case in the world concerning the use of BitTorrent on the Internet. From 2007 to 2013, he was appointed by the Chief Executive as a member of the Unsolicited Electronic Messages (Enforcement Notices) Appeal Board, a statutory body constituted under the Unsolicited Electronic Messages Ordinance (Cap. 593).

Dr Pun retired from his full time position at the Computer Science Department in July 2016. He is currently an Honorary Associate Professor in the Department teaching at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, as well as a private legal consultant providing advice to law firms, corporate bodies and individual clients.

Research Interests

Information technology law, intellectual property law, e-commerce, e-crimes, computerization of law, computer systems security

Selected Publications

  • Alex YH Fung, Kevin KH Pun, Philip Chung, Andrew Mowbray, Searching in Chinese: the experience of HKLII, Law via the Internet Conference 2011, June 2011, Hong Kong
  • Anne SY Cheung and Kevin K H Pun, Comparative study on the liability for trademark infringement of online auction providers, European Intellectual Property Review, 2009, 31(11): 559-567
  • Anne SY Cheung and K H Pun, Shooting the messenger? ISPs & intermediaries caught in the crossfire, Global Forum Intellectual Property, 2009, IP Academy, Singapore
  • Kevin KH Pun, HW Chan, CF Chong, KP Chow, Lucas Hui, WW Tsang, An unexplored legal issue for the provision of free legal information in Hong Kong, Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Law via the Internet, October 2008, Florence, Italy, 151-160
  • Kevin K H Pun, The Annotated Ordinances of Hong Kong: Patents Ordinance (Cap 514), Butterworths, 2005, Butterworths Annotated Ordinances Series
  • Kevin KH Pun, BitTorrent - to what extent is the user liable under the copyright laws? , Hong Kong Lawyer, May 2005, 58-68
  • KH Pun, E Chan, KP Chow, CF Chong, J Ma, L Hui, WW Tsang, H W Chan, Cross-referencing for bilingual electronic legal documents in HKLII, 6th Conference on Computerisation of Law via the Internet, Paris, Nov 2004
  • K.H. Pun, Reform of copyright law in Hong Kong: time to redraw the balance, Hong Kong Law Journal, 2002, 32(1): 83-102; revised and reproduced in Hochelaga Lectures 2002, Sweet & Maxwell Asia, 2003, 69-88
  • K.H. Pun, L. Hui, K.P. Chow, W.W. Tsang, C.F. Chong and H.W. Chan, Review of the Electronic Transactions Ordinance: can the personal identification number replace the digital signature?, Hong Kong Law Journal, 2002, 32(2): 241-257
  • K.H. Pun, Intellectual property protection of integrated circuits: international developments and the case of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Law Journal, 2001, 31(3): 435-457
  • D. Juan and K.H. Pun, Legal remedies for software copyright owners in China, Computer and Telecommunications Law Review, 2001, 7(6): 149-155
  • D. Juan and K.H. Pun, Practical aspects of software copyright in China, European Intellectual Property Review, 2000, 22(11): 520-527

Recent Research Grants

  • Home Affairs Bureau grant of HK$3,120,000: enhancement of CLIC and HKLII, 2011-2014 (principal investigator)
  • Knowledge Exchange grant of HK$650,000, 2009-2010 (principal investigator)
  • Department of Justice grant of HK$3,180,000: Community Legal Information Website in Hong Kong, 2004-2007 (principal investigator)
  • ITF grant of HK$7,278,000: Secure Preservation of Electronic Documents (SPED), 2002-2005 (co-investigator)
  • ISF grant of $3,576,000: Digital property rights infrastructure - music and publishing industry online copyright protection and content distribution (co-investigator, 1999-2001)
  • RGC grant of $846,000: A comparative study of intellectual property protection for computer software in Hong Kong and China (principal investigator, 1999-2001)