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Baker McKenzie FenXun's clients span a broad range of industries including electronics, energy, manufacturing, TMT and healthcare. Demonstrating its ability to handle high profile IP cases, it successfully represented DreamWorks in a domain name dispute and acted for a global pharmaceutical company in a trade mark infringement dispute. In the transactional IP sphere, the team advised a global retail company's Chinese joint venture entity on its patent defence strategy and assisted a US biotech company with licensing a novel treatment drug to a Chinese pharmaceutical firm. The practice is led by Hong Kong-based Loke-Khoon Tan, which also includes IP litigator Shih Yann Loo, Andrew Sim, who handles licensing and commercial IP transactions, and Clement Ngai, who is recommended for IP litigation involving technology including patent and trade secret cases and technology transfer transactions.

Bird & Bird has over two decades of experience across the Asia Pacific region and is praised for its ‘proactive, responsive and client-oriented approach'.  Its highly regarded team regularly handles multi-jurisdictional matters for household names, particularly in the life sciences and healthcare sector, where the team advises on the full cycle of a product or service. The 'commercially minded' Alison Wong advised Li & Fung, a Hong Kong-based supply chain manager on IP protection strategies in Greater China, and Ted Chwu counts Gibson Innovations as a key client which he is representing on a number of patent and design litigation and enforcement actions. Matthew Laight heads the Asia Pacific IP group from the Hong Kong office, and advises on contentious and non-contentious matters including licensing and monetising IP. Shanghai-based Christine Yiu has notable expertise in FRAND and related issues, and managing associate Dorie Wong focuses on IP planning portfolios management and brand protection in China.

DLA Piper is particularly noted for its brand management and patent expertise, advising on a mix of transactional IP matters, anti-counterfeiting programmes, IP licensing transactions as well as contentious IP matters. The team assisted an investment management company with the IP aspects of its strategic investment and represented a manufacturing company in a series of patent infringement matters against a Chinese company. Trade secrets disputes also feature in its recent highlights. The four-partner team is jointly led by Horace Lam and William Fisher, who are based in Beijing and Shanghai respectively, and further expanded with the hire of Ting Xiao from Hogan Lovells International LLP, who is particularly experienced in the life sciences sector.

Hogan Lovells International LLP is well positioned for cross-border IP transactions and litigation matters. Its recent highlights include Zhen (Katie) Feng successfully assisting Blizzard Entertainment with obtaining an interim injunction relating to copyrights in video games and representing The Lego Group in a series of copyright, trade mark infringement and unfair competition cases against a Chinese counterfeiter Lepin. Other highlights include advising H&M on its trade mark portfolio in China as well as on opposition and cancellation proceedings; handling patent infringement and patent invalidation case for a multinational gaming company; and acting for a multinational conglomerate in a number of cross-border technology licensing mandates. Feng and the recently promoted counsel Helen Xia jointly lead the team, which includes Hong Kong-based IP litigator Eugene Low who also advises on data privacy and advertising matters.

Deacons is singled out for its 'carefully tailor-made advice'. Its client roster features well-known brands in the consumer products, TMT, manufacturers, healthcare and life sciences, and food and beverages industries. Annie Tsoi heads the China IP practice from its Hong Kong office which includes Catherine Zheng who specialises in IP protection and patent litigation, and senior associate Ian Liu who has notable experience in handling patent litigation in the semiconductor and telecoms sectors. Recent instructions include advising on patent and trade mark licensing transactions and domain name disputes.

Jones Day's recent highlights include a mix of litigation, prosecution, licensing and technology transfer matters. Qualcomm is a major client which the team successfully defended in a trade mark infringement dispute filed by a Chinese company regarding Qualcomm's Chinese company name. The team also assisted a pharmaceutical firm with the IP aspects of its blockbuster product market entry; represented Wuxi Hisky Medical Technologies in two patent litigation cases filled by Echosens; and advised a cosmetic company on the enforcement of its 3D marks. Shanghai-based Tony Chen focuses on patent litigation and technology licensing transactions, while Mike Vella and Haifeng Huang handles a broad range of contentious IP matters. Of counsel Yunchuan Zhou is also recommended.

Mayer Brown stands out for its strong IP dispute practice and is particularly experienced in representing Chinese clients in International Trade Commission (ITC) litigation in the US. It also handles a steady stream of copyright licensing, trade mark and domain name disputes. Led by Hong Kong-based Gabriela Kennedy, the four-partner team also includes the highly recommended Rosita Li and Benjamin Choi. Kennedy recently acted for Alibaba in several trade mark and domain name disputes and is representing Nautilus, a fitness equipment company in its China anti-counterfeiting strategy and its design patent infringement case. Other clients include Adidas, Hang Seng Bank, LVMH Fashion Group and  Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP advises local and foreign companies on a range of matters from patent and trade mark prosecution, portfolio acquisition and licensing transactions to litigation, and from copyright, domain name to trade secret matters. Beijing-based practice head Xiang Wang has notable experience in multijurisdictional IP disputes, and Shanghai-based Yufeng Ma ‘responds promptly and persistently delivers high-quality work’. Among its recent section 337 investigation cases, Ma was part of a multijurisdictional team that successfully defended Shenzhen Howshow Technology against Kent Displays in a US ITC investigation involving the alleged infringement of patents relating to liquid crystal e-writers and components, and, in a separate matter, acted for Bosch Automotive Products (Suzhou) and Foxconn Interconnect Technology in defending an ITC investigation involving alleged infringement of patents relating to certain electrical connectors and components. Other highlights include representing Haier Group against a patent troll in the United States District Court for the District of Texas and assisting Baidu with a large number of patent prosecutions in multiple countries.

Rouse is particularly strong in advising multinational brands on high profile patent and trade mark infringement and enforcement matters; it also handles a steady flow of investigations, transactional IP and portfolio management matters. The sizeable team of over 260 professionals, led by Linda Chang, is spread across Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong. Rachel Tan is also a key name to note and is particularly experienced in global trade mark portfolio management. The team is representing New Balance Athletics in a trade mark infringement and unfair competition case, and handled a series of patent and trade mark infringement claims for a European client against a Chinese manufacturer.

AWA Asia Ltd is singled out for its ‘pragmatic approach and excellent communication’. The 'business-minded' team handles a mix of transactional and contentious brand management, patent, trade secret and domain name matters. Recent highlights include assisting a US consumer product company with patent enforcement matter, and advising a global financial services company on its trade mark portfolio management. The highly regarded Ai-leen Lim leads the team which saw the arrival of Charlie Liu from Wilkinson & Grist, Xiaofan Chen from Liu, Shen & Associates and Julia Wang from Chang Tsi & Partners.

Clyde & Co LLP's ‘knowledgeable and client-focused' team is now led by Elliot Papageorgiou who joined from boutique IP consultancy Rouse. According to one client, Papageorgiou is ‘one of the best litigators building the bridge between his European and US clients and doing business in China’. Also in the team, Leo Tang focuses on defending and invalidating patents before the Patent Re-examination Board (PRB) and Beijing Courts, Zhengquan Gu is particularly experienced in patent and trade secret litigation, while senior associate Molly Zhuang specialises in IP enforcement matters. The group's client roster features a number of high profile European clients, particularly German companies. Recent highlights include representing a global manufacturing company in a patent infringement dispute against a Chinese company.

Clients value CMS for its ‘great legal and industry knowledge’. The team is led by Beijing-based Nick Beckett who also heads the Asia Pacific IP group; Beckett 'understands client’s business and needs' and receives praise for his 'thorough and efficient approach'. Names to note from its Shanghai office include Ulrike Glueck, who handles trade mark licensing transactions and enforcement matters, and Nicolas Zhu who focuses on the life sciences and healthcare sector. The team advised a European semiconductor company on a patent infringement dispute; represented a pharmaceutical company on a series of investigation, patent litigation and preliminary injunctions and invalidity proceedings matters; and handled a number of trade mark disputes for clients from a diverse mix of industries.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer regularly advises on the IP-aspects of major M&A and digital transformation mandates. The team assisted Starbucks with the IP aspects of its digital collaborations with Tencent and Alibaba and acted for Hutchinson Telecom on a range of trade mark matters following its sale of Hutchison Global Communications to I Squared Capital. Other clients include Novartis, Lenovo Group and Danone. Hong Kong-based Richard Bird is highly recommended.

Commended for its responsiveness and 'excellent industry knowledge, K&L Gates excels in IP litigation, particularly in section 337 investigations. Recent highlights include acting for Zhenjiang Runzhou Jinshan Packing Factory in an ITC investigation pertaining a trade dress infringement and defending Changzhou Airwheel Technology in an alleged patent infringement dispute against Segway. The ‘truly impressive’ Jay Chiu is singled out for his ‘superb strategic and tactical sense with an expert level of understanding of the law’. Other names to note include of counsel Winnie Chan who handles multijurisdictional IP portfolio management and commercial IP transactions, and Yujing Shu who counts major multinational companies, educational institutions and non-profit organisations as key clients.

Boutique firm MMLC Group handles contentious and non-contentious matters for clients in the fashion, technology, and food and beverage industries. Matthew Murphy is recommended for transactional IP, trade mark litigation and brand protection.

Ropes & Gray LLP is known for representing leading global life sciences sector clients in complex IP matters. The 'experienced and diligent' Geoffrey Lin assisted Healthwise, a US health content and education provider, with a digital health education licensing transaction and advised Simcere Pharmaceutical Group on its collaboration with Merus, obtaining a license to develop and commercialise three bispecific antibodies using Merus’ Biclonics technology platform. Other instructions include patent enforcement, trade secret disputes, and IP-driven M&A transactions.

Simmons & Simmons' industry expertise spans financial services, retail, TMT and pharmaceutical sectors, and its client roster features high profile clients including Johnson & Jonhson. The team, led by George Chan, handled a series of oppositions against bad-faith trade mark application and domain name disputes. Sophie Zhao is another name to note.


Intellectual property: PRC firms

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CCPIT Patent and Trademark Law Office covers the entire spectrum of intellectual property work, including prosecution, mediation, enforcement and litigation in relation to patents, trade marks, copyrights, domain names, trade secrets and unfair competition. The team handled a number of high-value matters, including for a major pharmaceutical company, and for household names from the oil and gas and the consumer electronics industries. Hao Ma and Chuanhong Long are the names to note.

Chang Tsi & Partners' ‘very knowledgeable’ team provides ‘satisfactory value for money’ and is noted for its ‘short response times’ and ‘outstanding client relationship management’. The practice covers the entire gamut of intellectual property work, including trade mark, patent, copyright and domain names issues. Spring Chang has ‘exemplary knowledge, experience and the willingness to assist’ and is able to ‘tap into a strong network of contacts’; Simon Tsi assists corporations with petitions, retrials and crisis management issues; Kenneth Ng focuses on strategic advice on enforcement matters, and David Lee handles contentious work. Shawn Chen joined from the Guangdong High Court, Hailong Sun from JunHe LLP and Michael Wu from an in-house role at Walmart Investment. Air China instructs the team with the protection of its IP portfolio; contentious work included representing Dart Industries in patent infringement proceedings against Guangdong Baoyang.

China Patent Agent (H.K.) Ltd.'s comprehensive offering is marked by key strengths in the electronics and chemical industries. The team acts for clients in prosecution, litigation, mediation and licensing matters in relation to patents, trade marks, copyrights, domain names and unfair competition. Tina Tai focuses on patent applications in the life sciences and pharmaceutical industries and Yanfeng Xiong has expertise with invalidation and infringement litigation in the electronics, telecoms and mechanical engineering sectors. Tao Li and Wenqing Li represented Geobrugg Chengdu in patent infringement proceedings related to an innovative metal wire mesh product. Scott Wang and Linda Li filed an invalidation action against a trade mark registration due to protection of prior copyright for client Toei Animation.

Fangda Partners is noted for its ‘first-class service quality’. The team regularly handles high-profile domestic and cross-border contentious matters and key names to note include Gordon Gao, who focuses on patent litigation, large-scale technology trade secret, trade mark and copyright disputes, and Yang Hao, who displays ‘first-class professionalism’. Alexandra Yang acts for multinational technology companies in the telecoms, electronics and pharmaceutical industries. The client roster includes household names such as New Balance, Guess, Ralph Lauren and Carl Zeiss. In a notable highlight, the team represented Watson Pharmaceuticals in $20m patent infringement proceedings against Ely Lilly; and NavInfo in a $25m action against Baidu relating to the misappropriation of digital navigation data.

King & Wood Mallesons provides ‘excellent service and value’, ‘stays on top of a large volume of cases and succeeds even in challenging ones’. It fields 44 partners, who cover all technical fields including telecoms, computer sciences, electronics, pharmaceuticals and automotive; the team also handles trade mark, copyright and domain name matters. Xiaoli Yang specialises in trade mark prosecution and enforcement; Nongfan Zhu and Wang Maohua are also singled out. Household names such as Johnson & Johnson, Alibaba, Fitbit, and GlaxoSmithKline count among the team's clients.

Lifang & Partners' team ‘provides targeted solutions and fully understands the characteristics of the client's business environment’. In a notable contentious highlight, it represented Samsung in several patent cases, among them a smart phone and tablet patent infringement and invalidation dispute with Huawei. Microsoft, IBM, Heinz and Dyson also count among the key clients. Bin Zhang possesses ‘solid professional knowledge, which leaves clients reassured’; Yuanyuan Zhang is ‘professional and practical’ and Tingji Hao has 'vast intellectual property knowledge'. Head of trade mark prosecution, Yajun Huang, and Xi Sun, who heads the firm's patent litigation efforts, are also recommended.

Wanhuida Peksung adeptly ‘handles complex cases, with close communication between teams, with law enforcement agencies and clients’. It attracts a wide range of patent-related work, however, trade mark matters are a traditional strength. Names to note include founding partner Gang Bai, Hui Huang, who ‘works rigorously and carefully, achieving outstanding performance within a limited time frame’; Haiyan Ren, who focuses on trade mark and design patent filings and registrations, and Jiancheng Jiang, who handles patent prosecution and litigation matters. Key sectors of expertise include life sciences, pharmaceuticals, food and beverages and fashion. L’OrĂ©al, Microsoft, Michelin and New Balance count among the team's clients. The practice has been bolstered by the arrival of Johnson Li from Intewig & Partners.

Zhong Lun Law Firm is 'willing to go the extra mile', is noted for its ‘strong knowledge and great client service’ and represents ‘excellent value for money’. The team of lawyers, patent and trade mark attorneys covers a wide range of industries, with particular expertise in the TMT sector. Highlights included representing Hengbao in a $7.8m patent infringement case against Watchdata System, a matter led by Dongxiao Ma, and Ping Gu represented Netmarble, a South Korean gaming company, in a copyright infringement and unfair competition case against Shanghai Kehuanand. Gu has ‘expertise in both US and PRC patent litigation' and Bisheng Shi possesses ‘in-depth knowledge’; also singled out are Jimmy Huang, Yuanyauan Jia, who impresses with ‘excellent work ethics and a solid technical background’, and associate Zhen Qian, who specialises in copyright infringement, trade mark and unfair competition disputes.

An, Tian, Zhang & Partners has expertise in trade mark and patent prosecution and litigation where it offers a ‘high-quality overall service’. ‘Strong and knowledgeable lawyer’ David Tian heads the practice; he handles patent, trade mark, unfair competition, domain name and copyright issues. In a notable highlight, the team defended Gilead Sciences against patent invalidation requests filed by several Chinese generic drug manufacturers in relation to the client's blockbuster drug for the treatment of AIDS and Hepatitis B. Pernod Ricard Winemakers received assistance with an opposition application against a competitor's trade mark registration. Martell & Co, Shell Brands International, NestlĂ©, Mazda Motor Corporation and UBS count among the team's key clients.

AnJie Law Firm provides ‘professional knowledge’ at a ‘favourable price’. The team handles trade mark registration as well as opposition and cancellation proceedings for clients such as Volkswagen and Airbnb. It assisted the NBA in litigation relating to the unlicensed use of its trade marks and portraits of NBA players for mobile game applications. Hugo Boss instructs the team in trade mark infringement and unfair competition proceedings against a Chinese clothing manufacturer. Names to note include Kefeng Zhao, Jing He and Li Wu. The team has been bolstered by the arrival of three former judges – Liu Qinghui , Chen Zhixing and Zou Wen - as well as Ma Chunsheng joining from Allen & Overy LLP, Steve Song from LexField and Binxin Li from Baker McKenzie FenXun Joint Operation Office.

JunHe LLP provides a ‘very good level of service', has 'strong subject matter expertise’ and advice is ‘excellent value for money’. The team adeptly handles prosecution, unfair competition and enforcement matters, among others. Key clients include corporations such as Honda, Ferrero and Amazon as well as educational institutions such as Cornell University. The ‘savvy and experienced’ team renders ‘advice that is direct and to the point’ and ‘understands what clients need and keeps them informed’ which ‘assists in making intelligent and practical decisions’. Zhaohui Wang has ‘excellent patent litigation expertise and provides strategic advice’; Chumeng Xu, who is experienced in trade mark protection matters, and senior associate Huafeng Zhao successfully represented BMW in its appeal against the refusal of BMW's sound trade mark registration in China.

Liu, Shen & Associates assists clients with the acquisition, transfer and licensing, enforcement and protection of IP rights, as well as with related litigation and administrative proceedings. It has a focus on advising international corporations on the filing and prosecution of patent applications and registration of trade marks. Patent attorney Wu Yang, who has a focus on mechanical engineering, and Li Song, who specialises in chemical engineering matters, are among the names to note. Boehringer Ingelheim, Pfizer, Siemens and SanDisk count among the team's clients.

NTD Patent & Trademark Agency Ltd advises on all aspects of intellectual property law including patents, trade marks, copyright and unfair competition matters. It assists clients with patent prosecution and trade mark infringement issues as well as opposition and cancellation proceedings. Christopher Shaowei has a focus on patent work, and Christopher Shen specialises in trade mark matters.

IP boutique Unitalen Attorneys at Law assists clients with the procurement, licensing and enforcement of IP rights, provides guidance on avoiding infringement of existing third-party IP rights and advises on patent, trade mark and copyright applications. It successfully represented software producer Sogou in an unfair competition law suit against Baidu relating to software bundling downloads prompted by Baidu, and successfully protected a design patent for Italian fitness equipment manufacturer Technogym. Deshan Li and Bradley Yu are singled out.

Watson & Band is noted for its contentious capabilities, representing clients in high-value patent and trade mark proceedings, but the team also attracts IP licensing, filing and prosecution matters. In recent work highlights, the 25-partner practice handled high-profile matters for household names from the entertainment, media and pharmaceutical industries. In an ongoing matter, it continues to act for a fashion retailer in a trade mark infringement case. George Fu, Shenmin Xu and Jean Yang are the names to note.

AllBright Law Offices is noted for its strength in contentious matters but also assists clients with trade mark, patent and copyright registrations. It successfully defended Brother Industries in $550m proceedings for allegedly invalid patents, and represented China Union Pay in proceedings related to the use of the Union Pay Express trade mark by defendant Union Pay Electronics. Minxuan Liu, Yan Zhou and Henry Ding are the names to note. The team has been bolstered by Yanyu Wang's arrival from the Chinese Patent Office, and by Helen Xu joining from an in-house role at Jaguar Land Rover China. Honeywell International, Porsche and Nokia Shanghai Bell also count among the team's clients.

Co-effort Law Firm LLP is noted for its strength in contentious copyright and domain name matters but also assists with investigations and handles the management of patents, trade marks and copyrights. Gaming and IT, pharmaceuticals and media count among the key sectors of focus. Contentious specialist Minjian You in Shanghai heads the team; Xiaoqing Zhu is also singled out.

Global Law Office provides a ‘high-quality service and effective advice’ and clients express ‘a high level of trust in the team’. It acted for Sept Wolves in the $50m acquisition of Karl Lagerfeld’s operating entities in Greater China, including the associated trade marks, and defended Taiping Life in an unfair competition law suit brought by Dongyang Midday Sunshine related to the use of TV series characters. Sony Music is another client. Gui Jia possesses ‘extensive experience and understands the differences in IP protection between Chinese and foreign law’; Jack Li, who specialises in patent, copyright and trade mark matters, and Ping Qiao, who focuses on infringement and unfair competition litigation, are also singled out. Degang Ma joined from Jingtian & Gongcheng.

Han Kun Law Offices is noted for its ‘very good service, timely answers and good judgement’. The 'energetic' team has a focus on contentious patent, trade mark and copyright matters and includes the recommended Yan Wang, Rui Luo and Rong Chen, who focuses on the internet, high-tech and media sectors. Kraft Heinz, Acer and Baidu count among the team's clients, alongside corporations from the cosmetics, pharmaceutical, and financial industries. It represented SMTP Medical Technology in $15.7m patent infringement and invalidation disputes against its main competitor, Sonicmed Medical Technology, and UBOX in a $25m patent infringement dispute with Aimyunion.

Hylands Law Firm has strong media and entertainment sector capabilities, exemplified by its representation of CCTV Animation in a copyright infringement dispute with Hangzhou Datou’erzi Culture Development related to the ownership of cartoon characters. It also successfully assisted Asics with revoking a trade mark registered by a competitor. Ma Xiaogang, Yuzi Zhu and Zhengning Li are singled out. The China Film Copyright Association is another client.

Boutique firm Kangxin Partners, p.c., with offices in the US, Germany and Japan, handles the full range of intellectual property matters, including application, management and contentious issues, acting for both domestic and foreign corporations. Guiming Wu and Samson Yu are the names to note.

Lawjay Partners has extensive experience with domestic trade mark, copyright and unfair competition proceedings. It represented a global luxury fashion label in trademark infringement and unfair competition proceedings against a local online retailer regarding the import of counterfeit goods valued at RMB5.9m. Names to note include James Luo, who regularly acts for international luxury brands, trade mark expert Thomas Huang and Hunter Wang, who has experience with anti-dumping issues. The team has been bolstered by the arrival of Richard Lui  and Gavin Zuo from LexField Law Office, who both have a focus on trade mark infringement matters.

Zhongzi Law Office fields a broad team with patent specialists in the areas pharmaceuticals, electronics, mechanical and chemical engineering, but it also handles trade mark and brand protection matters. Xiaoguang Yang has a focus on IT and telecoms-related patent matters, managing partner Bonan Lin has strong chemical engineering and pharmaceuticals expertise, and Chengen Duan handles patent and unfair competition matters.


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