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Baker McKenzie assists companies with all aspects of IP protection and exploitation and handles many global trade mark and patent portfolios for long-term multinational clients, particularly in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries. The firm also has expertise in trade secrets litigation and, in a landmark cross-Strait ruling in the Taiwan IP Court, Grace Shao successfully secured a preliminary injunction for MediaTek that prevents a former employee from disclosing proprietary knowledge and from further facilitating the solicitation of MediaTek’s R&D staff to a PRC-based competitor. Lindy Chern and David Liou are the other key names.

Formosa Transnational Attorneys at Law’s technology law practice handles contentious and non-contentious IP rights work for a range of hi-tech and biotech clients, with particular expertise in green technologies. The firm also handles a large volume of multi-jurisdictional patent and trade mark prosecutions, and provides services relating to counterfeiting searches, raids and injunctions in criminal proceedings. Practice head Yulan Kuo is an experienced patent litigator and Frank Shao-Fan Lu has a strong track record in trade mark litigation.

Benefitting from the firm’s international presence, the three-partner practice at Jones Day specialises in contentious patent and trade mark work with a multi-jurisdictional component. Highlights included assisting Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company with drafting US patent applications, advising the company on potential patent disputes, license agreements and protective orders, and representing the client in US patent prosecution matters. Jason Chen is acting for Richtek Technology as it pursues a civil claim against Powerchip Semiconductor for patent infringement. Po-Chien Chen is assisting the Shin Kong Group with several trade mark applications in China.

Lee and Li, Attorneys-at-Law provides full patent, trade mark and copyright services to domestic and international clients. The team has specific expertise in multi-jurisdictional IPR work, particularly involving Japan, China and the US. Dennis Huang and Gloria Lu handled a number of civil and criminal IP litigations for Contour Design, including acting for the company in the local enforcement of a US court judgment against Chance Mold Steel (CMS) and Zhuhai Ektouch Technology Co and representing the client in subsequent litigation prosecuting CMS’ executives for breaches of patent law. Ruey-Sen Tsai handles trade mark portfolios for a number of major multinational corporates, including Nike Innovate. Other clients include Toshiba, Procter & Gamble and Valentino.

Saint Island Group is a boutique IP firm that predominantly handles IPR prosecution and litigation work. The firm advises domestic clients seeking IP protection in Taiwan and abroad, and international clients with respect to their Taiwan-based portfolios. Founding partners Patrick Yun and Frank Liu jointly head the practice. In a landmark case, Liu successfully defended Swatch Group against a local trade mark opposition filed by Apple over its use of the established ‘iswatch’ mark. Sumin Lai successfully acted for Panasonic in enforcing a Taiwan invention patent against Jon-Yei E-Tech Co, leading to a settlement agreement. Julia Hung handles a number of valuable trade mark portfolios, and has particular expertise in trade mark litigation and prosecution.

TIPLO Attorneys-at-Law handles all aspects of contentious and non-contentious patent, copyright and trade mark work for a range of clients. The firm specialises in IPR enforcement and prosecution and acts for international corporates in exercising their rights in the Taiwanese market. The firm also advises clients on local patent licensing in Taiwan and abroad alongside its liaison office in Japan. Johnny Yang and Win-Chin Gau are experienced trade mark and patent litigators respectively. JK Lin handles a significant amount of enforcement cases.

At boutique firm Tai E International Patent & Law Office, the ‘speedy and efficient’ team handles patent and trade mark prosecution and related litigation work for major international corporates in Taiwan and domestic companies abroad. The patent team has particular expertise in the life sciences, electronic and mechanical engineering sectors. Henry Guei’s recent highlights include successfully defending Xunwei Technologies in a multi-jurisdictional patent litigation brought by a Taiwanese company. Practice head Fred Yen handles litigation and enforcement matters for the trade mark portfolios of various major multinationals, including the Volkswagen Group, Aston Martin and Kangol. Amanda Hung is also noted as a strong litigator.

Top Team International Patent & Trademark Office handles a range of contentious and non-contentious IPR work for local and international clients from the hi-tech, biotech and pharmaceutical industries. The team is known for its technical expertise, and several partners hold engineering degrees. In addition to the firm’s robust patent and trade mark prosecution offering, it also assists local corporates with IP filing strategies – including patent search and monitoring projects – in preparation for entering foreign markets. Julia Liu has a strong track record handling complex trade mark disputes, and Peggy Wu specialises in global patent and design filing, and prosecution. Managing partner and qualified mechanical engineer, Henry Hong, is also noted.

Tsar & Tsai Law Firm’s team provides prosecution, litigation and licensing services to domestic and international clients across a range of IPR matters. Experienced litigators Jeanne Wang and Vincent Lin successfully represented Dairen Chemical Corporation in a major trade secrets misappropriation case against a former employee, for which the defendant was sentenced to 7 years imprisonment pending appeal. Joyce Ho acts for several major international clients, as defendants and claimants, in trade mark enforcement matters in Taiwan. Jennifer Lin is another key name.

Eiger’s John Eastwood and Eve Chen are experienced in trade mark enforcement, brand protection and anti-counterfeiting work for international corporations operating in Taiwan. The group handles a host of trade mark enforcement work for Gucci, Philip Morris International and Toms, and advises the Schaeffler Group on numerous brand protection matters. The practice is also instructed on a range of protection work; Nathan Kaiser and Michael Werner advise several European luxury brands and fashion labels on local multi-class trade mark registrations.

Formosan Brothers Attorneys at Law handles contentious and non-contentious IPR work for numerous local, US and Japanese clients in the semiconductor, chemical-product manufacturing and pharmaceutical industries. The team specialises in the structuring and defence of various IPR contracts and ownerships, particularly concerning transfer, licensing and technological co-operation. Yvonne Lin is the main contact.

In addition to providing brand protection advice, LCS & Partners’ IP practice handles a range of licensing and litigation services concerning trade marks and patents, with a particular focus on licensing negotiations, IP acquisitions and technological co-operation. The group also assists domestic and foreign corporates with due diligence work and strategic IPR advice associated with M&A transactions, particularly in the hi-tech industry.

With patent and trade mark offices in Shanghai and Beijing, Lee, Tsai & Partners advises clients (including Carl Zeiss, 3M and Acer) on cross-Strait IPR matters. The team has particular expertise in technology law, and assists major corporates in the hi-tech industry with the commercialisation and protection of IPR rights. The group also provides IP enforcement services, advising clients on all aspects of IP litigation.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s team advises a number of the leading global semiconductor foundries, design houses and fabrication laboratories (including Foxconn Technology Group) on outbound and domestic IP work, in conjunction with the firm’s offices in Japan, China, the US and Europe. The Taipei practice is led by the ‘particularly good’ Robert Benson; Hsiwen Lo is also recommended.

Tsai Lee & Chen Patent Attorneys and Attorneys at Law’s team handles patent and trade mark preparation, prosecution, portfolio management, licensing and litigation for clients in the hi-tech, biotech, consumer and industrial manufacturing sectors. Victor Lee and Crystal Chen handle patent and trade mark portfolios for Rimowa and recently successfully represented the company in an unjust enrichment suit against Sony Corporation, concerning the distribution of patent infringing products. Jesse Peng is an IP all-rounder, with particular expertise in electrical engineering; Candy Chen is also noted for patent prosecution work.

Winkler Partners’ team, led by Peter Dernbach, handles a broad spectrum of trade mark and patent work, with notable expertise acting for international brands in enforcement and prosecution matters. Recent highlights include securing a favourable judgment for a US-based global tech leader in a multi-jurisdictional dispute (involving multiple marks and actions) with a Taiwan-based company, and advising the Scotch Whisky Association on applying for geographical certification marks. Christine Chen and Gary Kuo are recommended for IP litigation.

Deep & Far Attorneys-At-Law predominantly represents hi-tech firms in patent prosecution matters. The group also advises clients on matters relating to unfair competition, IP litigation, licensing and trade secrets. Managing and founding partner C F Tsai handles patent portfolios for an impressive roster of domestic hi-tech corporates.

Headed by Gary Ma, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP’s team assists clients in the hi-tech and pharmaceutical industries with patent and trade mark licensing IP litigation, prosecution and trade secret matters, as well as advising on portfolio exploitation strategies. Ming-Tao Yang and Robert Yoches split their time between the firm’s offices in Taiwan and the US, and handle IPR matters for a number of trans-Pacific corporates.

Huang & Partners advises clients on trade mark, patent and copyright applications, invalidation and defence actions, technology transfers, licensing and IPR-related litigation. Practice head Lawrence Lee has particular expertise in the IP space and is able to draw on his previous experience in an in-house role with Acer. Following the opening of an office in Shanghai in 2016, the team is now a key name for cross-Strait IPR matters

JTJB Taipei’s practice handles a range of contentious, non-contentious and multi-jurisdictional IPR matters in conjunction with its offices around South-East Asia, Europe and the US. The team advises on effective IP portfolio management strategies and is a key name for registration, protection and enforcement work. Mabel Tan is the name to note.

K&L Gates’ team in Taipei works closely with its global network of offices to provide integrated multi-jurisdictional IPR services. The group routinely handles trade mark registrations, IP infringement actions, IP counselling, licensing deals and litigation, with particular expertise in the biotech sector. Jacqueline Fu is known for her work on IP issues arising from the life sciences sector and Parmi Hsieh is an experienced trade mark litigator.

Pamir Law Group leverages its presence in Shanghai and Beijing to handle a range of cross-Strait anti-counterfeiting programmes and other IPR protection work. Tony Hsu leads on local IPR matters.

Wang & Wang assists local and international corporates with IP protection and enforcement work across the Greater China region. Laura Young is the key practitioner, with extensive experience handling anti-counterfeiting programmes.

Zoomlaw Attorneys-At-Law’s primary focus is on IPR-related litigation, although it also handles a range of copyright, trade mark and patent applications and general strategic IP advice. The firm has significant hi-tech expertise, with a roster of clients in the semiconductor and optical manufacturing industries. Managing partner Kuo-Hua Fan is the key contact.

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