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CCPIT Patent and Trademark Law Office’s ‘top-notch’ practice is recommended for complex patent and trade mark matters, including registration, protection, enforcement and litigation. Illustrating its strength, Lili Wu successfully represented Baidu in patent invalidation proceedings relating to its Chinese language input method and acted for Abbott Laboratories and its Chinese subsidiary in a design patent infringement case, obtaining a preliminary injunction. In other work, Hao Ma assisted YKK with trade mark litigation before the People’s Supreme Court; and Gang Hu and Ling Zhao handled a trade mark infringement case for a leading global petroleum company.

The ‘absolutely first-class’ team at Chang Tsi & Partners is praised for its ‘thorough approach and practical advice, and deep understanding of Chinese intellectual property law and practice as well as client business needs’. Its client roster features a number of multinational household names, such as Intercontinental Hotel Group, Tiffany & Co, Air China, Amazon and Honeywell, as well as domestic companies. The practice covers trade mark and patent prosecution and enforcement matters, and further expanded its footprint through the establishment of Shenzhen and Hong Kong offices in 2017. The team represented a Chinese internet company in a number of high-profile patent infringement disputes, and acted for a US manufacturing client in an unfair competition and trade mark infringement case against a Chinese company. Spring Chang is highly recommended for advising multinationals in trade mark protection cases, and jointly leads the team with ‘fantastic’ founding partner Simon Tsi.

China Patent Agent (H.K.) Ltd. handles contentious and non-contentious matters for a mix of multinational and domestic clients. Recent highlights include successfully representing Shueisha in a trade mark invalidation case and acting for Geobrugg in patent infringement proceedings against a Chinese company. Hong Kong-based Tina Tai and Beijing-based Rachel Zhang are the key names to note for patent and trade mark work respectively. Other key contacts include Xiangling Zeng, Bruce Tang, Shanshan Du, Jingchao Wang and Yanfeng Xiong.

Fangda Partners is best known for handling high-profile IP litigation in multiple jurisdictions. Among its recent caseload, Gordon Gao and Fang Qi represented basketball player Michael Jordan in a series of cases against Qiaodan Sports Company for the latter’s use of Jordan’s name. Gao and Alexandra Yang acted for New Balance in trade mark retrial proceedings before the Supreme People’s Court and other trade mark infringement and unfair competition actions before Jiangsu High People’s Court. Other highlights include acting for Watson Pharmaceuticals in a patent infringement case brought by Eli Lilly and Company before the Jiangsu High People’s Court and Supreme People’s Court, defending Meizu Technology in the fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory terms (FRAND) license and patent infringement case filed by Qualcomm, and handling a number of trade secret and copyright disputes. Dixon Zhang focuses on IP advisory work and litigation, as well as anti-monopoly disputes involving IP and technology licensing issues. Richard Lin and James Hu are also recommended.

King & Wood Mallesons’ broad IP practice spans prosecution, licensing and enforcement matters; the firm acts for clients in the pharmaceutical, semiconductor, chemical and automobile sectors, among others. In 2016, patent and trade mark attorney Xianjie Ding successfully represented Jaguar Land Rover in a high-profile infringement case against Guangzhou Fenli Fooods and Wan Mingzheng, resulting in Jaguar Land Rover’s three marks being recognised as well-known trade marks by Guangzhou Intermediate People’s Court. Jing Xu and Mingfei Sun represented Christian Louboutin in patent infringement cases against three domestic beauty product manufacturers relating to the design patents of lipstick products. Other main contacts include Beijing-based Nongfan Zhu, who is recommended for patent infringement and trade secret disputes, patent specialists Yong Li and Wenping Chen, and Shanghai-Based Miao Qu, who focuses on contentious matters.

Wanhuida Peksung was formed as a result of the merger between Wan Hui Da Law Firm & IP Agency and Peksung Intellectual Property in November 2016. The team handles a diverse range of IP matters and has particular expertise in anti-counterfeiting issues. Recent highlights saw Gang Bai representing a leading fast moving consumer goods manufacturer in a large-scale anti-counterfeiting campaign; Hui Huang assisting General Mills Food Asia with administrative litigation against Trademark Review and Adjudication Board (TRAB)’s decision regarding a trade mark opposition case; and Jiancheng Jiang successfully representing Celltrion in obtaining invalidation approval from the Patent Reexamination Board (PRB) regarding a Chinese patent owned by Genetech. Other clients include 3M, CITIC Group, Honeywell International, Microsoft and Procter & Gamble.

Zhong Lun Law Firm’s ‘excellent and responsive’ IP team is singled out for its ‘well-tailored and commercially astute advice’. It comprises lawyers and patent and trade mark attorneys, and handles matters across a range of industries, with a strong focus on the TMT sector. In 2016, Jihong Chen represented Bluestar Group in a trade secret infringement case against Nantong Wangmao before the Supreme People’s Court; acted for Ty in a multi-jurisdictional copyright infringement case; and assisted Yulong Computer Communication Technology (Shenzhen) with patent infringement litigation and invalidation proceedings filed by TD-SCDMA. Ping Gu defended Ninebot in an investigation filed by Segway claiming the infringements of patent, design patent and copyright, and is acting for Beijing Sogou Technology Development in a series of patent invalidation and administrative disputes with Baidu. Dongxiao Ma, Helen Cheng and Zhen Qian are also recommended, as is Jimmy Huang, who provides ‘excellent legal advice and business-savvy IP strategy’.

Boutique firm An, Tian, Zhang & Partners primarily focuses on trade mark work, and the ten-partner team acts for well-known multinational clients in a range of matters including filing and prosecution, portfolio management and litigation. It recently represented Mazda Motors in multimillion-RMB trade mark litigation against its former licensee Guangzhou Mazda Trading. Other clients include Daimler, Boy Scots of America, ASICS and State Development & Investment Corporation. David Tian, Virginia Zhao and Yang Guo are names to note.

AnJie Law Firm acts for a mix of multinational corporations and Chinese internet giants – including Alibaba Group, Tencent and Youku – in high-profile patent litigation; it also has a growing presence in the cybersecurity and privacy space. The team is representing Perfect World Investment & Holding Group in a series of trade mark, copyright infringement and unfair competition cases against a number of gaming companies, and is advising National Basketball Association (NBA) on the protection of its trade mark and collective image rights. Other highlights saw practice head Jing He advising Universal Parks & Resorts on the licensing aspects of establishing of Universal Studios Beijing; James Ma handling trade secret misappropriation litigation and patent infringement cases; and Li Wu and Hao Zhan assisting a SOE with a series of cross-border cases involving trade secret misappropriation, patent disputes and potential patent infringement against a US company. Kefeng Zhao and Binxin Li are also recommended.

Lifang & Partners strengthened its IP practice when it hired Chunxuan Li from Hengdu Law Firm, Haidong Yu from an in-house role, Manxia Xu from King & Wood Mallesons and Yuanyuan Zhang from PRB. Other names to note include Guanbin Xie, who combines his IP practice with expertise in antitrust issues; Roy Liu and Yajun Huang, who focus on patent and trade mark prosecution respectively; and Bin Zhang and Xi Sun, who specialise in IP litigation. Recent highlights include representing American Superconductor in three actions before the Beijing and Hainan Courts concerning copyright infringement and trade secret misappropriation; representing Samsung in patent disputes with Huawei Technologies; assisting Adobe Systems and Autodesk with an action for software copyright infringement against a smart mobile and social web gaming company; and acting for Heinz in a series of trade mark oppositions.

Liu, Shen & Associates’ ‘very strong’ team includes over 50 partners and primarily focuses on patent and trade mark filing and prosecution. However, the practice also has experience in IP licensing transactions. Clients include Pfizer, Siemens, Li-Ning, Lenovo, SanDisk and Boehringer Ingelheim. Recent highlights include successfully assisting Xiamen Set Electronics with patent invalidation proceedings against Anhui Changsheng Electronics. Wu Yang, Jianyang Yu and Li Song are names to note.

NTD Patent & Trademark Agency Ltd recently represented Wrigley in the retrial of a trade mark dispute, filed by Nanjing Yahui Duofen Daily Chemicals, at the Supreme People’s Court. The team also handles a large number of patent and trade mark filings and prosecutions, as well as IP licensing, copyright and software matters. Christopher Shaowei and Xiaohua Wang are recommended for patent and trade mark work, respectively.

Unitalen Attorneys at Law’s clients range from SMEs to Fortune 500 companies, which it represents before the Chinese Trademark Office and TRAB, as well as in jurisdictions outside of China. Recent highlights include successfully representing Shanghai Oriental Glasses in administrative litigation and the following appeal before Beijing Higher People’s Court against Guangzhou Oriental, and handling the administrative litigation concerning WeChat’s trade mark opposition. Deshan Li, Yujing Hou, Chunde Run and Yazhou Zhang are recommended.

Watson & Band handles a range of IP licensing transactions, filings and prosecutions, and is particularly recommended for handling high-profile patent and trade mark litigation. George Fu acted for a fashion retailer in a trade mark infringement case regarding the bad faith registration of a trade mark. Jean Yang has a solid record of representing domestic and multinational companies in trade mark infringement cases, copyright litigation and trade secret disputes.

Allbright Law Offices is particularly experienced in contentious IP and enforcement matters, including administrative, civil and criminal actions; it also handles trade mark, patent and copyright registrations and licensing agreements. Among its recent workload, Minxuan Liu successfully represented a Fortune 500 multinational company in a series of administrative proceedings challenging PRB’s patent invalidation decision, and acted for China UnionPay in a high-profile trade mark infringement case. Xiang Gao advised Meizu Technology in a number of patent infringement matters initiated by Qualcomm, involving 3GPP-related standard-essential patents (SEPs) and patents in the field of wireless communication.

Co-effort Law Firm LLP is recommended for contentious matters with notable expertise in the fields of copyright infringement, domain name disputes and trade secret issues. Recent highlights include cases involving a combination of antitrust and IP issues, and handling a multimillion-RMB copyright dispute in the gaming space. IP litigator Minjian You heads the team, which also includes Gang Fu, Xiaoqing Zhu and Lingna Zhang.

Hylands Law Firm handles non-contentious and contentious matters for a range of media and entertainment sector clients including CCTV animation and Blizzard Entertainment. The team has recently handled a number of copyright infringement disputes in the film and television industry. Xiaogang Ma and Qun Xiao are recommended.

The team at JunHe LLP is adept in prosecution, enforcement and anti-unfair competition matters, among others. It recently defended Sogou in a patent case filed by Baidu and assisted Phillips 66 with an appeal before Beijing IP Court concerning a TRAB decision. The patent team is jointly led by James Zhu, who splits his time between San Francisco and Shanghai, and Zoe Wang. Qiang Ma and Jessica Xu head up the trade mark group.

Boutique firm Kangxin Partners, p.c. has dedicated domestic patent, foreign patent and trade mark practice groups, which advise on prosecution, enforcement and transactional matters. Recent highlights saw the team acting for a range of luxury brand owners in patent invalidation matters and trade mark disputes. Shirley Dong, Samson Yu, Jianwei Han and David Zhang are names to note on the patent side, and trade mark specialist Gloria Wu is also recommended.

Lawjay Partners’ team is focused on trade mark, copyright and unfair competition litigation before Chinese courts. Key names to note include managing partner James Luo, who counts Louis Vuitton, Microsoft and Nokia as clients, and trade mark specialist Thomas Huang, whose practice also extends to administrative raid actions.

Zhongzi Law Office handles the full range of IP matters with notable strength in the patent arena, where key names include Bonan Lin, Chengen Duan and Xiaoguang Yang. Xuemin Chen focuses on trade mark, domain name protection and copyright matters.


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Baker McKenzie FenXun is noted for both contentious and non-contentious IP matters, where it provides ‘clear and to-the-point advice’. Many of the partners in the Greater China team are located in the Hong Kong office, which expanded through the hire of legal manager Clifford Borg-Marks in 2016. Andrew Sim is a key name in Beijing, who heads the regional enforcement team; he and Loke-Khoon Tan secured a major achievement for Starbucks before The Supreme People’s Court in obtaining three trade mark recognitions for “Starbucks” and “Starbucks in Chinese” marks in Classes 3 and 19. In Shanghai, Clement Ngai has a strong practice in the technology and pharmaceuticals sectors. In the Hong Kong office, Shih Yann Loo and Isabella Liu are also singled out for praise.

The ‘highly reliable and very professional’ IP team at Bird & Bird has been operating in Greater China for over 20 years and currently comprises over 40 professionals, including five partners, spread across the Hong Kong, Beijing and Shanghai offices. In the life sciences and healthcare sectors, where it has a strong international reputation, the team has experience across the full business cycle, including portfolio management, IP licensing and transactions and privacy issues. Other clients turning to the team in 2016 and 2017 included companies operating in the transport, TMT and food and beverage markets, several of which were recent client wins. Recommended partners include ‘great litigator’ Ted Chwu, ‘great strategist’ Matthew Laight and ‘excellent lawyer’ Christine Yiu, who is noted for her ‘strong knowledge of the Chinese legal system’.

The ‘outstanding’ IP department at Hogan Lovells International LLP is ‘very attuned to the needs of in-house counsel’. The Greater China team comprises approximately 40 fee-earners, including three partners and a ‘very strong support team of associates’. In IP litigation, the team ‘delivers a clear analysis of the situation, both in terms of the legal aspects and the strengths and weaknesses of the case’. The firm’s dispute resolution capabilities were enhanced in 2016 through the approval of an association in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone, branded Hogan Lovells Fidelity. Eugene Low, ‘excellent attorney’ Katie Feng and the ‘incredibly bright, analytical, strategicDeanna Wong comprise the partner-level team, following the departures of William Fisher (to DLA Piper) and Rae Yan (who quit private practice). Counsel Helen Xia is also recommended.

The ‘wonderful’ IP practice at DLA Piper is ‘very cost effective among international firms’. It has a broad office network as well as relationships with leading law firms in emerging markets, and the workload includes actions against infringers, transactional IP matters, anti-counterfeiting programmes, and IP licensing and franchising issues. The group made a significant hire in April 2017, bringing in William Fisher, who was previously at Hogan Lovells International LLP. Strong praise is also levelled at Horace Lam, who is ‘client-focused, thorough and strategic’, and ‘strong communicatorYan Zhao, who is dual-qualified in New York and China. Edward Chatterton is a key contact in Hong Kong.

Jones Day’s ‘very responsive and knowledgeable’ department stands out for its impressive track record in complex IP litigation, representing both multinational clients in inbound disputes and Chinese clients in outbound disputes. Several new hires have joined the Hong Kong office: in 2016, former Supreme People’s Court judge Yunchuan Zhou and Albert Wang, formerly at Fangda Partners, were added to the team, and in 2017, the group was further bolstered by the arrival of Lily Zhang from Bird & Bird. Among the department’s recent highlights was its successful representation – under the leadership of Haifeng Huang and Michael Vella – of Qualcomm in its assertion of 17 patent cases against Meizu Technology; the cases settled in December 2016. Tony Chen is also recommended.

Rouse’s IP group is ‘outstanding’ and has ‘excellent understanding of the Chinese business and legal context’. It excels in patent infringement and enforcement, where household name and multinational brands turn to the experienced team for investigations and litigation. Its team of over 260 professionals is spread across the firm’s Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong offices. Linda Chang manages the department’s operations in China from the Shanghai office; key contacts include August Zhang, who has longstanding experience in trade mark, copyright, trade secret and unfair competition matters, and Carol Wang, whose practice takes in copyright, brand and design protection and patent prosecution and litigation. Also recommended are Tim Smith and Australia-qualified consultant Charlotte Trinh.

The team at AWA Asia is ‘sensible and timely in its advice’. Its Hong Kong and Beijing offices opened in February 2015, when it was joined by practice head Ai-leen Lim, previously at Bird & Bird. The firm represents clients based in China and elsewhere in Asia, as well as North American, European and Latin American companies. It recently represented a major brand with global operations on PRC trade mark oppositions and invalidation. Counsel Rhonda Tin is also recommended.

CMS stands out for its strong life sciences practice, where leading multinationals turn to the team for a variety of matters, including contentious and non-contentious IP. Other clients span the TMT, retail and food and beverage sectors. Practice head Nick Beckett and Ulrike Glueck are names to note.

Deacons’ team receives plaudits for its ‘strategic, practical and clear’ advice, and is a ‘pleasure to work with’. The Hong Kong office is home to the majority of the department’s key partners, including co-heads Annie Tsoi and Charmaine Koo, while its trade mark agency in Beijing is another draw. Rodney Goh is also recommended. Dora Si made partner in January 2017.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has a strong IP practice in Greater China and further afield. The Hong Kong-based Richard Bird often advises major multinational and Chinese clients on the IP aspects of multi-jurisdictional transactions.

Boutique firm MMLC Group continued to act for its longstanding clients, which include leading players in the fashion, technology and food and beverage industries, and also received instructions from new clients. The team recently advised one of its repeat clients on a significant criminal IP counterfeiting matter in Eastern China. Matthew Murphy heads the practice, which is based in Beijing.

Mayer Brown JSM is particularly strong in complex IP disputes, and has a niche in defending Chinese clients in International Trade Commission (ITC) litigation in the US. It further expanded its Hong Kong-based team at associate level through the hires of Vivian Or from Wilkinson & Grist and Amita Kaur Haylock from Bird & Bird; in another significant development, it hired Hester Qiu as head of its Beijing IP agency. The highly experienced Gabriela Kennedy heads the practice from Hong Kong, where Rosita Li is also based.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s three-partner team is spread across the Beijing and Shanghai offices, and excels in representing Chinese clients in litigation in the US. In particular, Yufeng Ma is one of the few lawyers in the market with substantial experience in IP litigation before the ITC. The firm’s strong multinational client base also means it has vast experience representing the interests of foreign companies in IP matters in China. Xiang Wang heads the team and Shelley Zhang is another key contact.

Ropes & Gray LLP is known for its transactional IP practice, where it advises leading technology and life sciences companies on cross-border M&A, joint ventures and commercial agreements. Practice head Geoffrey Lin draws on over 12 years of experience on the ground in China; he recently advised Chinese client Netease on its license from Swedesh video game developer Mojang to develop and distribute the Minecraft game in China.

The team at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP acts for a range of multinational companies in trade mark disputes, patent infringement claims and non-contentious (including transactional) IP matters. The team recently advised a US-based internet company on its market entry into the PRC.

Simmons & Simmons’ client base reflects the firm’s sector focuses on retail, TMT, financial services and pharmaceuticals, where it represents many well-known brands. For key client Johnson & Johnson, a team – led by Beijing’s George Chan – has been providing advice on trade mark filings, oppositions and invalidations. Hong Kong-based John Slater jointly heads the practice alongside Chan. In Beijing, senior IP trade mark executive Sophie Zhao and of counsel Xun Yang are also recommended.


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