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Baker McKenzie assists domestic and international clients with protection and exploitation issues across the gamut of IP rights (IPR). The firm has a ‘very strong reputation’ for representing pharmaceutical companies in patent litigation. It has also developed notable strength in trade secrets litigation and the ‘responsive and highly professional’ Grace Shao and Lindy Chern obtained a preliminary injunction for MediaTek, which prevents a former employee from using and disclosing its trade secrets and from working for a PRC competitor. Associate Daisy Chung is ‘calm and smart’.

Formosa Transnational Attorneys at Law’s integrated advisory and litigation technology law team advises hi-tech, pharmaceuticals and biotech clients on the panoply of IPR including trade marks, copyright and patent law. Yulan Kuo and Fa-Li Lin are recommended for their patent and trade mark litigation expertise respectively.

Jones Day is best known for its ability to provide coordinated commercial and litigation strategies to clients seeking to protect and exploit their IPR. The team is instructed to draft and prosecute US patent applications for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company and is defending the same client against indemnification claims brought by Fujitsu involving US patents. Jason Chen is defending LemonGame in a trade mark and copyright infringement claim brought by Blizzard Entertainment.

Lee and Li has the critical mass and breadth of expertise to represent domestic and international clients across the gamut of IPR from an advisory, transactional and litigation perspective. Benefiting from technical experts as well as patent attorneys, the firm is regularly instructed by clients on patent prosecution matters. Dennis Huang and Hsiu-Ru Chien have handled numerous patent litigation cases for Toshiba, with recent success in a patent infringement cases brought against four Taiwanese companies in the NAND Flash memory field. Ruey-Sen Tsai has wide ranging expertise across trade marks, patents, trade secrets and copyright law.

Boutique IP firm Saint Island Group is highly regarded in the market for both patent prosecution and litigation work, in particular, where clients benefit from access to offices throughout the country including Taipei and Taichung. Firm founder Patrick Yun has vast experience representing clients in patent prosecution and infringement issues, while William Chen has a stellar reputation for enforcement matters. Julia Hung provides trade mark experience and is adept at managing valuable portfolios and providing branding advice.

TIPLO Attorneys-at-Law handles trade mark and patent prosecution and enforcement work for an impressive roster of domestic and international clients. Johnny Yang has vast trade mark experience, where clients benefit from his Taiwanese, Mandarin and English speaking abilities. HG Chen and JK Lin are also recommended.

Benefiting from a ‘deep knowledge in technology and law’, Top Team International Patent & Trademark Office provides ‘technical and business-oriented advice’ to domestic and international clients from the semiconductor, biotech and pharmaceutical industries on patent and trade mark prosecution. Nick Tung and Peggy Wu provide ‘focused, incisive and judicial knowledge and experience’, and are key members of a team that also includes managing partner Henry Hong. Clients include Mitsubishi Electric, MediaTek and Zygo.

Tsar & Tsai Law Firm’s Jennifer Lin is highly regarded for patent litigation and recently secured a favourable judgment from the Supreme Court affirming that NexPlanar’s polishing pads did not infringe Rohm & Haas’ patents. Practice head Joyce Ho is steeped in experience within the patent and trade mark area in particular; she recently represented Bridgestone in successfully opposing a trade mark application.

Eiger’s ‘responsive and results-driven’ team has notable strength in protecting international companies’ brands from counterfeit products and trade mark infringements. The ‘well-rounded and smart’ John Eastwood regularly works alongside the ‘insightful and responsive’ Eve Chen; the duo are handling ongoing trade mark enforcement work in Taiwan for Gucci. Other clients include Abercrombie & Fitch, Philip Morris International, TOMS and Tory Burch.

Formosan Brothers Attorneys at Law provides prosecution, litigation and licensing services across the panoply of IPR to clients from the semiconductor, pharmaceutical and telecoms industries. Yvonne Lin recently advised a US-based pharmaceutical company on a potential patent infringement dispute surrounding the technology relating to an anti-cancer drug.

As well as providing IP due diligence associated with M&A transactions, LCS & Partners also handles licensing and brand protection work.

Benefiting from dedicated patent and trade mark departments and offices in Beijing and Shanghai as well as Taipei, Lee, Tsai & Partners is well-placed to assist clients with the commercialisation and protection of their IPR, particularly in the Greater China region. Jane Tsai leads the firm’s trade mark group. Recent highlights include successfully representing Taipei Fubon Bank in a trade mark infringement case brought against Bank of Taipei.

Tsai Lee & Chen Patent Attorneys and Attorneys at Law provides a ‘very responsive service’ to clients in the telecoms, life sciences and hi-tech industries engaged in patent and trade mark prosecution and litigation. Victor Lee recently successfully represented Kawasaki Heavy Industries in opposing a trade mark which was deemed to be too similar to its famous ‘Kawasaki’ mark. Candy Chen handles patent prosecution work and is a key member of a team that also include strong all-round IP practitioner Crystal Chen.

Headed by Peter Dernbach, Winkler Partners handles trade mark enforcement and/or prosecution work for a high proportion of the world’s leading brands. Recent highlights include coordinating a trade mark strategy across 11 Asia-Pacific jurisdictions for one of the world’s largest internet companies and successfully securing a favourable judgment for a leading global semiconductor company in a trade mark dispute. The firm also handles patent prosecution work. Gary Kuo is recommended for IP litigation.

Led by the ‘outstanding’ John Alison, Winston & Strawn provides an ‘excellent service’ in patent matters, where hi-tech Taiwanese clients include Acer and Realtek. Able to leverage the IP strength of its US offices, Alison is regularly involved in ITC Section 337 investigations and was recently part of the team that secured a notable victory for Ericsson in its long running battle with Apple. Other highlights included representing a memory chip producer in an ITC patent infringement action against a rival company. Horng-Dar Lin is also involved in ITC work as well as regularly acting for Taiwanese companies in negotiations with US patent owners.

Deep & Far Attorneys-At-Law is particularly accomplished at representing hi-tech companies on patent prosecution work, although its expertise does extend further than that to include work relating to unfair competition, licensing and trade secrets. Founder and managing partner C F Tsai has vast experience handling patent-related instructions for domestic hi-tech companies.

Led by Gary Ma, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP provides a ‘responsive and high-quality service’ to hi-tech clients across patent and trade mark licensing, prosecution, litigation and strategic counselling issues. The firm regularly works alongside its very strong offices in Palo Alto and Washington DC. Ma recently advised longstanding client Winbond Electronics on successfully negotiating licences with three major IP holding companies. Ming-Tao Yang and Robert Yoches are also key practitioners in the team and split their time between the US and Taiwan. Other clients include Macronix, RichWave and Acrox.

Huang & Partners provides licensing, litigation and prosecution services pertaining to patents, trade mark and copyrights. Lawrence Lee has a good perspective on the market, due to his many years in private practice and his former in-house role at Acer.

JTJB Taipei has capacity across the spectrum of IPR, both from a contentious and non-contentious perspective.

K&L Gates is well placed to advise international companies on their IP needs, with clients benefiting from a strong global network. In addition to its contentious IP workload, the team is also regularly instructed to advise clients in the software and biotechnology sector on licensing deals. Alex Hung has a focus on copyright matters and Jacqueline Fu is well regarded for her work on the life sciences front.

Benefiting from offices in Beijing and Shanghai as well as Taipei, Pamir Law Group is well-placed to protect well-known brands’ IPR and provide them with bespoke anti-counterfeiting programmes throughout the Greater China region.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP is instructed by a raft of major Taiwanese companies, including Primax Electronics, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company and ViewSonic, to handle outbound IP work, where they benefit from the firm’s particularly strong offerings in the US, Japan and China.

Headed by Fred Yen, Tai E International Patent & Law Office’s four-partner team provides a ‘good service’ to clients engaged in pre- and post-grant patent and trade mark prosecution and related litigation. Yen and Henry Guei recently successfully acted for DKH Retail (the owner of the Superdry brand) in opposing the “Superfly” trade mark.

Wang & Wang has a strong reputation advising corporates on IP protection and enforcement programs in Taiwan and China (where it also has offices in Beijing and Shanghai).

Since its formation in 2006, Zoomlaw Attorneys-At-Law has had a firm focus on IP matters where it has a good reputation for providing a ‘goal-oriented’ service to hi-tech clients in patent prosecution work. Managing partner Kuo-Hua Fan is the primary contact.

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