Sarah Hsia is an Entertainment and Intellectual Property Attorney, admitted in both New York and Jamaica, and based in Kingston, Jamaica. Since coming to Jamaica in 2010, she has represented some of Jamaica’s most iconic artistes and producers in their entertainment law matters, including recording artist agreements, side artist agreements, publishing agreements, master use and synchronization licenses, producer agreements, booking agreements, distribution agreements, endorsement contracts and management agreements. She was the Music Licensing Attorney for the upcoming Jamaican independent film, Sprinter, directed by Storm Saulter. In this role, she was responsible for clearing the soundtrack of 15+ cues, which was almost exclusively Jamaican music. In 2017-8, she served as the Attorney-at-Law facilitator for the FiWi Jamaica Masters-in-Residence program at the University of Technology, Jamaica, funded by USAID, designing and implementing a curriculum to teach artists, performers, songwriters and managers the basics of copyright law, and entertainment business and strategy. From 2013-15 she taught a section of Harvard Law School’s CopyrightX online course, in connection with the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society and Professor William “Terry” Fisher, and Norman Manley Law School. She assists prominent US and Jamaican clients with trademark prosecution, enforcement and litigation before the USPTO, US Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and United States District Courts, and the Jamaican Intellectual Property Office (JIPO). In her practice, she also serves as outside General Counsel for a number of clients, handling routine corporate formation, contract, real estate and intellectual property matters, and has consulted with US firms and clients on Jamaican litigation and other legal matters.
Ms. Hsia graduated from Harvard Law School in 2003 after getting her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Brown University in 1997. She began her career at Coudert Brothers LLP in New York City, and subsequently spent seven years in the Intellectual Property Group at Alston & Bird LLP’s New York office, where she worked with clients in a variety of industries to help them develop, protect and enforce their intangible property rights. She is a member of the International Trademark Association, the Intellectual Property Sub-Committee of the Jamaican Bar Association, the Select Counsel Network, and the American Women’s Group of Jamaica.