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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'¬†‚Äėvery knowledgeable‚Äô team¬†provides ‚Äėsatisfactory value for money‚Äô and is noted for its ‚Äėshort¬†response times‚Äô and ‚Äėoutstanding¬†client relationship management‚Äô. The practice covers the entire gamut of intellectual property work, including trade mark, patent, copyright and domain names issues.¬†Spring Chang¬†has ‚Äėexemplary knowledge, experience and the willingness to assist‚Äô and is able to ‚Äėtap into a strong network of contacts‚Äô;¬†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¬†‚Äėfirst-class service quality‚Äô. 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 ‚Äėfirst-class professionalism‚Äô.¬†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 ‚Äėexcellent service and value‚Äô, ‚Äėstays on top of a large volume of cases and succeeds even in challenging ones‚Äô. 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¬†‚Äėprovides¬†targeted solutions and fully understands the characteristics of the client's business environment‚Äô.¬†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 ‚Äėsolid professional knowledge, which leaves clients reassured‚Äô; Yuanyuan Zhang¬†is ‚Äėprofessional and practical‚Äô 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 ‚Äėhandles complex cases, with close communication between teams, with law enforcement agencies and clients‚Äô. 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¬†‚Äėworks¬†rigorously and carefully, achieving outstanding performance within a limited time frame‚Äô; 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‚ÄôOr√©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 ‚Äėstrong knowledge and great client service‚Äô and represents ‚Äėexcellent value for money‚Äô. 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 ‚Äėexpertise in both US and PRC patent litigation' and¬†Bisheng Shi¬†possesses ‚Äėin-depth knowledge‚Äô; also singled out are¬†Jimmy Huang,¬†Yuanyauan Jia,¬†who impresses with ‚Äėexcellent work ethics and a solid technical background‚Äô, 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 ‚Äėhigh-quality overall service‚Äô. ‚ÄėStrong and knowledgeable lawyer‚Äô¬†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, Nestl√©, Mazda Motor Corporation and UBS count among the team's key clients.

AnJie Law Firm¬†provides ‚Äėprofessional knowledge‚Äô at a ‚Äėfavourable price‚Äô. 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 ‚Äď Liu Qinghui¬†, Chen Zhixing¬†and Zou Wen.

JunHe LLP¬†provides a ‚Äėvery good level of service', has 'strong subject matter expertise‚Äô and advice is ‚Äėexcellent value for money‚Äô. 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 ‚Äėsavvy and experienced‚Äô team renders ‚Äėadvice that is direct and to the point‚Äô and ‚Äėunderstands what clients need and keeps them informed‚Äô which ‚Äėassists in¬†making intelligent and practical decisions‚Äô. Zhaohui Wang¬†has ‚Äėexcellent patent litigation expertise and provides strategic advice‚Äô;¬†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 ‚Äėhigh-quality service and effective advice‚Äô and clients express ‚Äėa high level of trust in the team‚Äô.¬†It acted for Sept Wolves in the $50m acquisition of Karl Lagerfeld‚Äôs 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 ‚Äėextensive experience and understands the differences in IP protection between Chinese and foreign law‚Äô; 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 ‚Äėvery good service, timely answers and good judgement‚Äô. 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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