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    • Grace Wong - Zhong Lun Law Firm
    • Yu Wu - JunHe LLP

Boutique firm An, Tian, Zhang & Partners is noted for its expertise in IP litigation. The group successfully represented beauty and healthcare chain Watsons in bringing a claim against Baoyang regarding its infringement of the trade mark packaging and decoration of a number of the client’s products. On the patent side, the team advised a client on filing a patent invalidation request before the Supreme People’s Court. Beijing-based David Tian heads the practice, which includes Xiaodi An.

Very professional, timely and knowledgeable’, AnJie Law Firm excels in representing international clients in IP litigation, with a strong focus on patent infringement. The team was significantly augmented by the arrivals of Kefeng Zhao, Liangyong Liu and Ying Wang from JunHe LLP, An, Tian, Zhang & Partners and biotechnology company Novozymes, respectively. Zhao and department head Jing He have been representing Hugo Boss in a trade mark infringement and unfair competition action against a local clothing and accessory manufacturer. The latter has been advising Universal Parks & Resorts on the licensing aspects of the establishment of Beijing Universal Studio Theme Park. Other clients include the National Basketball Association (NBA), Autodesk and Whirlpool (China) Investment.

CCPIT Patent and Trademark Law Office primarily advises on contentious and non-contentious patent matters, with clients from industries such as automotive, engineering, telecoms and pharmaceuticals. It is also experienced in handling trade mark, domain name and enforcement matters. Hao Ma specialises in patent prosecution, reexamination and invalidation. Zhongqi Zhou often represents international and domestic chemicals and pharmaceuticals companies in patent prosecution and litigation.

Chang Tsi & Partners regularly assists multinational clients with the full range of patent and trade mark matters, with a particular strength in litigation. The team successfully represented Mondelez International in a trade mark infringement dispute brought against Jiangyan Jinglong Nutriment Factory concerning the production and sale of a number of the client’s powdered beverage products before the Supreme People’s Court. It also successfully represented Johnson & Johnson in a trade mark opposition case before the Trademark Review and Adjudication Board (TRAB). Practice co-head Spring Chang often acts for Fortune 500 clients in a wide range of sectors, including technology, pharmaceuticals and luxury goods. Founding partner Simon Tsi is also recommended.

China Patent Agent (H.K.) Ltd. has experience in handling the full range of contentious and non-contentious administrative, litigious and commercial patent matters. Key partners include Xiangling Zeng, whose expertise includes drafting patent applications and advising on re-examination, and Hong Luo, who is often instructed by clients in the field of chemical engineering. The team also includes Yong Li, Kathryn Fu and Jingchao Wang.

Creatop & Co advises on the full range of IP work, with a particular focus on trade marks. Bin Sha, who heads the practice, primarily advises on trade mark prosecution, infringement, investigation and domain name protection. Jianwei Zou is another key name.

HFG Law Firm & IP Practice has noted a significant increase in patent litigation work. Fabio Giacopello is experienced in handling contentious and non-contentious trade mark matters for domestic and international clients. The team includes Shirley Chang, Lanny Li and Daisy Yao.

Kangxin Partners, p.c.’s IP practice is divided in three teams that handle trade mark, domestic patent and foreign patent matters, respectively. The group has been representing Mobile Automation (MOBA) in a trade mark infringement dispute against a local business regarding a number of products bearing the client’s trade mark. The team successfully acted for German spray gun manufacturer SATA in a dispute against the TRAB before the Beijing IP Court regarding the registration of one of SATA’s trade marks. Samson Yu, David Zhang, Gloria Wu and Gary Wu are key partners.

IP litigation is a key element of practice at King & Wood Mallesons, which has noted an increase in mandates from Chinese clients regarding outbound matters and the progress of the practice has been reflected in the promotion to partner of Yongmei Yi, Jonathan Yuan and Bisheng Shi. Mingfei Sun and Yusheng Shi have been representing Guangzhou Pharmaceuticals in a number of disputes brought against Jia Duo Bao Drink & Food before the Supreme People’s Court regarding the trade mark, advertising and packaging of the client’s herbal tea product. The team includes the well-regarded Xiaoli Yang.

Headquartered in Beijing, Wan Hui Da Law Firm & Intellectual Property Agency’s practice is divided into four departments: trade mark, patent, litigation, and investigation and enforcement. The group was strengthened by the arrivals of Cindy Shu Qi Zhen and of counsel Peter Mee from the Hershey Company and Gillette, respectively. Sam Li, who heads the patent team, and Tiejun Tang led representation of General Electric (GE) in patent infringement litigation before the Shanghai IP Court brought against a local company regarding the production and sale of a number of products that violated GE’s copyright. Jack Su successfully represented 3M in a trade mark infringement civil litigation brought against a local manufacturer before the Supreme People’s Court. The team includes founding partner Gang Bai and Hui Huang.

Full-service firm Watson & Band excels in IP prosecution and litigation, covering sectors such as pharmaceuticals, telecoms and mechanical engineering. Arbitration expert George Fu has extensive experience acting for multinational and domestic companies in litigation, particularly in rights enforcement in China. The team includes Yoshiakira Aizawa, who specialises in assisting clients with IP portfolio issues and licensing agreements, as well as filings, opposition and cancellation proceedings. Shenmin Xu and Jun Yang are also recommended.

Very prompt and extremely pleasant’, Zhong Lun Law Firm’s ‘effective’ and ‘commercially astute’ team handles IP matters across a wide range of sectors, with a strong focus on the IT and TMT sectors. ‘Knowledgeable’ practice co-head Jihong Chen led in representing BlueStar, a Chinese chemicals company, in a trade secret infringement case brought against Nantong East Industrial before the Supreme People’s Court. Chen also successfully represented Roxtec in a dispute with the TRAB before the Beijing IP Court concerning the client’s rejected trade mark application, which resulted in a re-examination of the application. Clients include Blue Bottle Coffee, Knowles and Qihoo 360. Xuebing Zhang and Ping Gu are the other co-heads of the team.

Allbright Law Offices’ practice has extensive experience advising on contentious IP protection and enforcement matters, including administrative, civil and criminal actions. On the non-contentious side, the group often assists clients with trade mark, copyright and patent registration, as well as licensing agreements. Mitchell Liu is an expert in representing clients in patent and trade mark infringement cases.

Co-effort Law Firm LLP handles contentious and non-contentious IP matters for clients in the pharmaceuticals, IT and media sectors, among others. Key partner Charles Ma specialises in copyright infringement cases, with a particular focus on media and technology. The team includes litigation experts Minjian You and Gang Fu, both of whom often handle patent infringement litigation.

Fangda Partners is experienced in acting for clients in the IT, computer science, chemical and telecom sectors in high-profile IP litigation. Gordon Gao and Fang Qi have been defending Allergan subsidiary Watson Pharmaceuticals in a patent infringement case against Eli Lilly before the Supreme People’s Court. Qi and James Hu have been defending InterDigital against a patent invalidation claim filed by a third party before the Beijing High Court. Other key partners include Dixon Zhang, Richard Lin and Yan Wang.

HaoLiWen Partners acts for international and domestic clients in a wide range of IP matters, including licensing agreements and disputes. The team includes Baoen Bai, who is experienced in representing foreign clients in trade mark registration, copyright infringement and enforcement matters. The group was strengthened by the arrival of Qiuyuan Zhu as a consultant from Shanghai Customs College. Yan Zhang is another name to note.

Hylands Law Firm’s IP expertise spans copyright, trade mark, patent, unfair competition, trade secret and domain name matters. Andrew Liu specialises in chemical and mechanical engineering patent prosecution. Erica Liu primarily handles trade mark matters, including filings, cancellations and infringement actions. Founding partner Xiaogang Ma heads the practice.

JunHe LLP’s department is divided into two teams, with James Zhu and Zoe Wang leading on patent matters and Qiang Ma leading on trade mark issues. Johnson Wang, Jiangang Wang, Xiaodu Zhang and Haining Song led in representing Sogou in a number of patent infringement cases brought against Baidu before the Shanghai High Court, Shanghai IP Court and Beijing IP Court. Tao Sun and Jianping Dong represented China Securities Index in a Beijing IP Court case against the TRAB concerning its rejection of the client’s trade mark. The team also includes trade mark expert Jessica Xu.

Lawjay Partners often acts for multinationals in IP litigation before Chinese courts, covering trade mark, copyright, unfair competition and patent matters. James Luo heads the department, which includes of counsel Jerry Zhang, who handles brand protection, trade mark enforcement and prosecution matters, and Thomas Huang, who is experienced in advising on administrative raid actions.

Lifang & Partners’ ‘business-oriented and timely’ team primarily handles IP disputes for international clients. The ‘very good’ department head Guanbin Xie led the group representing Belgian chemical company Solvay in patent infringement and invalidation disputes valued at RMB100m against a number of Chinese companies before the Supreme People’s Court. Hui Cai successfully represented German microphone manufacturer Schoeps in appealing the client’s rejected trade mark application to the TRAB regarding a number of the client’s products. The group was strengthened by the arrivals of Rong Wang and of counsel Qilin Wang from CCPIT Patent and Trademark Law Office and Huawei, respectively.

Liu, Shen & Associates advises on the full range of contentious and non-contentious IP matters for international and domestic clients. The group includes Kai Yang, who often handles trade mark opposition and cancellation matters, as well as administrative proceedings before the TRAB and Chinese courts. The patent team, which includes Jianyang Yu, is headed by Michelle Ma.

NTD Patent & Trademark Agency Ltd’s expertise covers patent and trade mark prosecution, infringement and licensing, as well as copyright, unfair competition and trade secret. The team includes Huifang Dong, who handles patent invalidation, reexamination and anti-counterfeiting, and Yanling Cui, who specialises in trade mark matters. Christopher Shaowei and of counsel Xiaohua Wang are recommended.

Run Ming Law Office often acts for Fortune 500 companies in cross-border IP litigation, covering the retail, technology and energy sectors, among others. Founding partner Yadong Wang is experienced in representing foreign and domestic clients in litigation before the Chinese courts. The team includes Yi Liu and of counsel HeZhen Liu.

Shanghai Patent & Trademark Law Office, LLC’s expertise covers a wide range of contentious and non-contentious IP matters, including trade mark, patent, copyright, software and domain name registration; the patent group is divided in three teams that cover the IT, chemical and mechanical engineering sectors, respectively. Zhenglong Jiang, Zhiyi Cui, Wenqing Chen and Hongxiang Wang are names to note.

Unitalen Attorneys at Law has extensive experience acting for clients ranging from SMEs to Fortune 500 companies before the Chinese Trademark Office and TRAB, as well as in other jurisdictions outside of China. The team includes patent litigation specialist Deshan Li, who leads on foreign patent matters. Trade mark and competition expert Dan Chen is also recommended.

Zhongzi Law Office’s practice is divided into three teams, which handle patent, trade mark and IP litigation matters, respectively. Bonan Lin specialises in patent prosecution and litigation, particularly in the life sciences. Gesheng Huang is experienced in representing foreign and domestic clients.

Foreign firms

Index of tables

  1. Intellectual property: foreign firms
  2. Other recommended firms
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals

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Next generation lawyers

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    • Ian Liu - Deacons
    • Dora Si - Deacons
    • Dorie Wong - Bird & Bird

Baker McKenzie’s Greater China team ‘constantly delivers’ on the full range of contentious and non-contentious IP matters. Clement Ngai has been representing HP in patent infringement lawsuits against two Chinese companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen regarding three patents. On the non-contentious side, Ngai advised Danone on the licensing and other IP aspects of the sale of Dumex, its infant formula milk business in China, to manufacturer Yashili. The team also includes Andrew Sim, who specialises in enforcement and investigation matters, and is led by Loke-Khoon Tan in Hong Kong.

A strong, diverse team’, Bird & Bird is rated for its ‘great understanding’ in the IP field. In Hong Kong, the ‘excellent’ Ted Chwu has been leading the team in the Chinese aspects of assisting Gibson Innovations with managing its patent portfolio and representing the client in patent and design litigation, as well as enforcement actions. The team includes Shanghai-based Christine Yiu, who specialises in handling technology litigation, and Beijing-based Rieko Michishita, who is experienced in acting for clients in cross-border IP litigation. Clients regard Hong Kong-based practice head Matthew Laight as having ‘great technical understanding’.

A ‘fantastic legal provider’, Hogan Lovells International LLP’s team advises on IP issues across a wide range of industries, with a particular strength in the technology sector. The ‘very responsive, knowledgeable and trustworthy’ Deanna Wong in Beijing led the representation of Yvolution in two separate high-profile scooter patent infringement brought against two different counterfeiters in China. Hong Kong-based Eugene Low successfully represented Tencent in securing its right to use the original domain name behind its WeChat app. Shanghai-based Katie Feng successfully assisted Blizzard Entertainment with obtaining a landmark preliminary injunction from the Guangzhou IP Court. Other key partners include William Fisher in Shanghai and Rae Yan in Beijing; Lloyd Parker heads the Asia-wide IP practice from Tokyo.

DLA Piper’s ‘timely and thorough’ group advises on the full range of IP work, with a strong focus on enforcement work. Practice co-heads Horace Lam in Beijing and Edward Chatterton in Hong Kong have been leading advice to Avon on all trade mark matters in China and Hong Kong, including oppositions, cancellations and enforcement work. Chatterton has also been assisting ASOS with implementing an enforcement strategy against infringers in China. The team includes Shanghai-based Yan Zhao, who specialises in patent enforcement. Xiaoyan Zhang is now at Mayer Brown JSM.

Jones Day’s ‘deep, strong and responsive’ team excels in IP litigation. Shanghai-based Michael Vella has been defending Beijing-based medical devices company HISKY Medical Technologies in two patent cases brought against it by a European company, Echosens, regarding a diagnostic device to detect liver fibrosis. Clients recommend Hong Kong-based practice co-head Chiang Ling Li, who ‘has a treasure trove of industry knowledge and business acumen’. Fellow co-heads Tony Chen and Haifeng Huang are based in Shanghai and Beijing, respectively. Anita Leung left the firm.

Linda Chang heads the team at Rouse, which primarily handles trade mark and patent infringement matters. The team includes Carol Wang, who specialises in copyright and design protection issues, as well as patent prosecution and litigation. August Zhang has extensive experience in litigation and enforcement matters across trade marks, copyrights and unfair competition.

Allen & Overy LLP’s ‘truly exceptional’ department often assists with the IP aspects of inbound and outbound corporate transactions, as well as litigation matters for international clients. The group has been representing Abbott Laboratories on a number of matters, including enforcing its SimplePac infant formula design patent. In other work, the team has been representing RF Micro Devices in trade secrets litigation in China and the US. The team includes well-regarded associate Dylan Ding in Beijing. Benjamin Bai is now in-house counsel at Ant Financial Services.

At CMS, the team’s expertise covers the life sciences, TMT and energy sectors, particularly within inbound transactions. TMT head Ulrike Glueck has been leading the team advising German automotive manufacturer Mahle on proceedings regarding its Chinese trade marks. The team includes Shanghai-based Nicolas Zhu, who acts for a number of French clients, and of counsel Falk Lichtenstein, who is experienced in representing international clients in disputes. Andrzej Blach relocated from the firm’s Warsaw office to its Beijing office. Nick Beckett heads the practice.

With a captive trade mark agency in Beijing, which the firm launched, Deacons covers the full range of IP work, with a particular focus on both contentious and non-contentious patent, trade mark and copyright matters. Hong Kong-based practice co-head Annie Tsoi is well regarded. Fellow co-head Charmaine Koo and Catherine Zheng have been representing Talpa in proceedings against its former licensees regarding the production of The Voice of China television programme. Zheng has also been acting for Rhode Island Hospital and Midwestern University in reviewing and negotiating a patent licensing agreement with a military hospital in Beijing regarding a number of patents and technology used in liver cancer treatments.

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP acts for international and domestic clients and has strong expertise in patent prosecution, litigation and enforcement. Shanghai practice head Ningling Wang led on the Chinese aspects of assisting electronics company Xiaomi with a number of contentious and non-contentious IP mattes, including patent prosecution, due diligence, registration, trade mark prosecution and brand enforcement. Other clients include Beijing Nutrichem and Chinese technology company, LeEco.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is often instructed on transactional IP matters, including licensing, franchising and distribution arrangements, particularly in the TMT sector. Hong Kong-based practice head Richard Bird led advice to IMAX China on the IP aspects of its expansion, including trade mark licence agreements. Other clients include Pepsi, Alibaba and Audi.

MMLC Group excels in handling a wide range of non-contentious IP transactions, including trade mark and patent registration, trade mark licensing and acquisitions. Led by group head Matthew Murphy, it has been advising Gibson Guitar on the registration and enforcement of its trade marks and designs in China. Other clients include Coca-Cola, Gap and General Motors.

Mayer Brown JSM specialises in trade mark prosecution and litigation work, often representing international clients in China. Of counsel Xiaoyan Zhang, who recently joined the Hong Kong office from Hogan Lovells International LLP, led on the Chinese aspects of defending Zhejiang Medicine in a patent infringement case brought by Japanese company Kaneka Corporation before the United States International Trade Commission. Other clients include Alibaba, Jack Daniel’s and Changzhou Kaidi Electrical.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP is rated for its IP litigation expertise and specialises in representing Chinese clients outside of China. Practice head Xiang Wang in Beijing, Yufeng Ma in Shanghai and Sten Jensen in Washington DC represented Chongqing QMI Surgical in a dispute regarding its expansion in the US market. Other clients include Baidu, Xiaomi and Corning. The team saw a number of changes with Shelley Zhang’s promotion to partner and Ya-Chiao Chang’s arrival from Kirkland & Ellis International LLP.

Ropes & Gray LLP primarily advises clients on transactional IP matters, with a particular focus on technology and life sciences. Group head Geoffrey Lin has been acting for Innovent Biologics on a number of matters, including the IP aspects of its $1bn collaboration with Eli Lilly.

Led by Scott Palmer in Beijing, Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP is experienced in advising international companies on IP licensing, trade secrets and general registration and maintenance issues. On the contentious side, Palmer successfully represented a number of major automotive and transportation companies in trade mark disputes regarding filings against third parties in China. On the non-contentious side, Palmer has also been assisting a number of multinational companies with trade mark and branding portfolios, as well as licensing, enforcement and copyright issues.

Simmons & Simmons is noted for its patent and copyright expertise, with a strong focus on enforcement and prosecution. In Hong Kong, co-head John Slater has been advising Noble Group on a number of trade mark prosecution matters and has been assisting Cathay Pacific and Dragonair with the prosecution and maintenance of their global trade mark portfolios, as well as advising on brand strategy. Beijing-based practice co-head George Chan is experienced in advising international companies on domain name matters, licensing strategies and regulatory issues.

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