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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’.


Chang Tsi & Partners

• Client-Centric: Unlike other law firms whose business is divided by functional units, our client managers act accountable for all enquiries regarding intellectual property. On the other hand, we aim to train our client managers to run their units like mini law firms that require both professional and managerial skills. Such structure also created an environment to build trust which is crucial for legal professionals.

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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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