Firms To Watch: Intellectual property: foreign firms

Patent litigation is an area of core expertise for the IP team at Perkins Coie, which is spread across Beijing and Shanghai. Managing partner Scott Palmer advises clients on inbound China IP enforcement, particularly with trademark, copyright, patent and unfair competition elements.

Intellectual property: foreign firms in China

Baker McKenzie FenXun

Leading the IP and tech team at Baker McKenzie FenXun is the Hong Kong-based Isabella Liu, who is the first port of call to leading global life sciences companies thanks to her expertise in IP matters pertaining to the pharmaceuticals sector. Recent work has further spanned the financial services, consumer goods and TMT industries. In general, the firm has an impressive track record advising on IP portfolio management, technology transfers and licensing transactions, in addition to IP audits, patent validities, infringement opinions and litigation. Through IP agencies in Beijing and Shanghai, it is further equipped to tackle PRC trademark, copyright and enforcement matters. Other recommended individuals in Hong Kong include Loke-Khoon Tan, who represents household name brands in high-stakes IP litigation and advisory matters; regional brand protection and enforcement head Maria Smith; and IP enforcement and litigation head Andrew Sim. Elsewhere, the Shanghai-based Clement Ngai handles pharmaceutical and regulatory issues, tech transactions and IP litigation involving patent and trade secrets.

Practice head(s):

Isabella Liu

Other key lawyers:

Clement Ngai; Loke-Khoon Tan; Maria Smith; Andrew Sim; Ruby Chan

Key clients

Accel-KKR Holdings GP, LLC

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)


Work highlights

  • Advised CIMA on a framework agreement with purchase order forms with a marketing services company for the creation of short form video advertisements for publication on TikTok, including robust IP provisions.
  • Advised Nike on employee invention and non-disclosure agreements concerning the reorganisation and consolidation of the corporate group structure in Hong Kong and Macau.
  • Conducted IP due diligence on behalf of Accel-KKR Holdings GP for the proposed acquisition of a 50% interest in the provider of labelling and artwork management services via software.

Bird & Bird

With the experienced duo Christine Yiu (Shanghai) and Hank Leung (Hong Kong) at the helm, Bird & Bird‘s comprehensive offering covers all areas of IP, including trademarks, patents, trade secrets, copyright and designs. The team has an enviable track record in litigation and providing strategic commercial IP advice; the department’s combined sectoral experience encompasses the tech, life sciences, healthcare, retail, consumer goods, media, entertainment and sports (including e-gaming) sectors. In Beijing, Rieko Michishita handles contentious and non-contentious IP matters and is a regular advisor to Japanese companies; Dorie Wong‘s workload includes protection strategies, trademark portfolio management and litigation. Also in Beijing, the firm’s IP consultancy enables the team to conduct trademark and copyright matters before mainland Chinese government departments, including registration and enforcement matters; and through its association with PRC firm Lawjay Partners, it assists with litigation before China’s courts. The Hong Kong-based Asia-Pacific IP group head Matthew Laight is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Christine Yiu; Hank Leung

Other key lawyers:

Rieko Michishita; Dorie Wong; Matthew Laight; Alison Wong; Victor Tse

Key clients

VMI Holland B.V.

Riot Games

Water21 Holdings Limited

International Olympic Committee

Edwards Lifesciences

Anker Innovations Limited

ENGIE Energie Services SA

Sandler Systems LLC


AVISTA Group Limited

Merck KGaA

Chinachem Group Corporation Limited

Knorr-Bremse Asia Pacific

Work highlights

  • Acted for VMI Holland B.V. in three patent ownership disputes in a landmark decision made by the Supreme People’s Court.
  • Advise the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on its global IP portfolio.
  • Advised Merck KGaA on a long-standing trademark, unfair competition and breach of contract litigation with Merck Sharpe & Dohme.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper has strength and depth across the full spectrum of IP and is a regular advisor to leading international and Chinese brands, with particular expertise in the media, sports, entertainment, consumer goods, retail, life sciences and tech sectors. The Beijing-based Horace Lam has extensive experience advising on complex IP matters, including pan-Asia brand protection strategies, global trademark portfolio management, cross-border IP litigation, infringement and enforcement, tech and knowhow transfer and licensing, and IP structuring and transactions. Lam co-heads the practice with brand protection and enforcement expert Edward Chatterton in Hong Kong. Other recommended individuals include the life sciences sector-focused Ting Xiao, head of the patents practice in Shanghai; recently promoted partner Elizabeth Wong, who leads the trademark prosecution team in Hong Kong; and Beijing-based senior IP consultants Allen Xu and Asher Yan.

Practice head(s):

Horace Lam; Edward Chatterton

Other key lawyers:

Ting Xiao; Elizabeth Wong; Allen Xu; Asher Yan


‘The team continues to provide us with solid legal advice on the basis of thorough reasoning, practicality, and most importantly, a deep understanding of our business.’

‘The team’s relentless focus on problem solving is impressive.’

Key clients

Manolo Blahnik



Avon Products


Hillhouse Group


Corinthia Hotels Limited

Snap-On Incorporated

Verizon Media

Work highlights

  • Advising a large multinational tech and e-commerce business on the full range of brand and trademark matters for several of its high-value business units, retail and subsidiaries globally.
  • Advised Manolo Blahnik on his successful re-trial application before China’s Supreme People’s Court, following a long-running trademark dispute in China which lasted more than 20 years.
  • Advising a China-based pharmaceutical conglomerate on a complex licensing dispute involving multiple jurisdictions, including China, Germany and Hong Kong.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP has an impressive track record in patent linkage and term extension, as well as the protection of employee-related trade secrets, where the team is the first port of call to clients operating in the healthcare, internet and tech sectors. Furthermore, IP litigation is an area of strength thanks to the firm’s associated law firm in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone called Hogan Lovells Fidelity. Leading the team are three partners spread across China. In Beijing, the dual-qualified (China and US) head of Asia IPMT Helen Xia is an expert in IP litigation, portfolio management, obtaining and enforcing IP rights, and commercial licensing. In Shanghai, Zhen (Katie) Feng specialises in IP disputes and brand protection work; and head of the IPMT Hong Kong team Eugene Low. Other recommended individuals include counsels Grace Guo (Beijing), whose practice ranges from trademarks and copyright to domain names, patents and trade secrets; and Yu-An Chang (Shanghai), a regular advisor to international and Chinese companies on the procurement, protection, enforcement and commercialisation of IP assets.

Practice head(s):

Helen Xia; Zhen (Katie) Feng; Eugene Low

Other key lawyers:

Grace Guo; Yu-An Chang; Alle Fan; Yuanping Deng


‘We work mainly with partner Helen Xia and her team, where especially Grace Guo, Alle Fan and Yuanping Deng, are responsive and engaged in the matters handled.’

‘Helen Xia is always available and looks after the interests of the clients with clear consideration that there has to be a balance between the actions taken and result gained.’

Key clients

Merck & Co. Inc.



Spray Moret

The LEGO Group

Work highlights

  • Assisting Merck & Co with a cross-border litigation concerning rights in the MERCK trademark and trade name.
  • Advising Caterpillar on multiple IP prosecution and enforcement matters in mainland China.
  • Advising the world-renowned movie studio MGM on various trademark prosecution and enforcement actions in relation to its several core movie and merchandising brands.

Jones Day

Areas of strength for Jones Day's renowned IP China practice range from multinational companies’ inbound disputes, IP transactions and China portfolio strategies, to acting for Chinese companies in outbound litigation; it can also boast its own IP agency in China. The department’s combined sectoral experience encompasses the tech and life sciences sectors in particular. The Shanghai-based Anthony Chen, former co-chair of the IP subcommittee of the American Chamber of Commerce, advises pharmaceutical and biotech companies on navigating China’s pharmaceutical patent linkage system for protecting new drugs. Chen co-heads the team with Haifeng Huang (who splits his time between Beijing and Hong Kong), who has a broad practice covering disputes and transactions involving patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, unfair competition, antitrust, and tech licensing issues. Guoping Da left the firm for Juniv LLP in October 2022.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Chen; Haifeng Huang

Other key lawyers:

Jiahui Sheng

Key clients

Tineco Intelligent Technology Co., Ltd.

Wybotics Co., Ltd.

Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co., Ltd.

East Penn Manufacturing Co.

Wikimedia Foundation


Incyte Corporation

GAW Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Represented Tineco in an investigation filed by Bissell Inc. and Bissell Homecare Inc. relating to five asserted patents of wet-dry surface cleaning devices.
  • Represented Wybotics in a patent infringement investigation before the U.S. ITC.
  • Defended Hangzhou and its affiliates in several patent infringement lawsuits in the US.


Drawing on its presence across Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong, the IP department at Rouse has enviable sector expertise in consumer goods, tech, pharmaceuticals, media, telecommunications and manufacturing. The group's varied workload ranges from IP litigation and enforcement, patent and trademark portfolio management, to strategic IP consulting as well as digital and commercial advice. A group of six individuals head up the team: trademark disputes specialist Linda Chang (who splits her time between Shanghai and London); head of the China trademark team Hatty Cui (Beijing), who has served various leading multinational companies entering the Chinese market; Melanie Zhu (Shanghai), an expert in trademark portfolio management; Amanda Yang (Beijing), an advisor on the registration of non-traditional trademarks; principal and general manager of the Beijing office Joshua Mandell; and Guangzhou enforcement team co-head James Godefroy.

Practice head(s):

Linda Chang; Hatty Cui; Amanda Yang; Melanie Zhu; Joshua Mandell; James Godefroy

Other key lawyers:

Ya Wen; Flora Fang; Susan Fan; Laura Zhao

Key clients





New Balance

Spin Master


Work highlights

  • Acted for Juratek in a trademark infringement dispute against a Chinese parts manufacturer.
  • Acted for Universal Pictures in copyright infringement and unfair competition litigation.
  • Acted for New Balance in a series of trademark infringement and unfair competition disputes against New Barlun.


CMS‘ strong track record in IP matters translates into a global client roster including high-profile names such as Takeda and Unilever, in addition to a number of leading domestic companies, with the team working across offices in Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong. IP Asia-Pacific head Nick Beckett leads the firm’s sector-focused hub in Beijing, dividing his time between Beijing and Hong Kong. The hub is strengthened by the firm’s technology and innovation centre, which provides technical assistance with patent analysis, freedom to operate issues and validity searches. Beckett advises on all aspects of IP and commercial dispute resolution, acting for international clients in the life sciences, healthcare and TMT sectors. In Shanghai, managing partner Ulrike Glueck; Nicolas Zhu, who is a regular advisor to foreign companies and foreign-invested companies in China, and senior associate Panpan Tang come highly recommended. Another name to note is Jonathan Chu in Hong Kong for his complete IP practice, including transactions, the prosecution of IP rights, IP litigation and enforcement strategies.

Practice head(s):

Nick Beckett

Other key lawyers:

Ulrike Glueck; Nicolas Zhu; Panpan Tang; Vera Zhang


‘Excellent and insightful advice with exceptional client focus and service.’

‘At the forefront of thought leadership on contemporary IP challenges and novel solutions, including the use of automated technologies. Highly responsive.’

‘Nick Beckett is a delight to work with. He is always well considered, very generous with his time and effort in maintaining and sustaining close client relationships and incredibly focused on market trends and contemporary issues.’

Key clients

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited



Dentsu Aegis Network

Aslan Pharmaceuticals

University of Cambridge

Elmos Semiconductor


The Wellcome Trust

Muddy Boots Software

Work highlights


Deacons fields a deep bench comprising patent attorneys qualified in Australia, China, Europe and the UK, all of whom are well-versed in large trademark portfolios and prosecution matters. Headquartered in Hong Kong, the team further draws on support from representative offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. The dual-qualified Annie Tsoi (China and the UK) advises on all aspects of IP and is an advisor to leading global companies in the luxury goods, cosmetic, pharmaceutical, entertainment, fashion and electronics sectors. Tsoi co-heads the practice with the triple-qualified Catherine Zhen (New York, Canada and China) who specialises in China IP protection strategy and contentious matters. Other recommended individuals include Dora Si, whose expertise further spans setting up e-platforms and partnerships with local e-commerce platforms for foreign clients, and Tracy Li, who was promoted to partner in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Annie Tsoi; Catherine Zheng

Other key lawyers:

Catherine Zheng; Dora Si; Ian Liu; Tracy Li; Charmaine Koo


‘The advice is useful and results in successful registration of IP rights.’

‘The services are timely and complete.’

‘Communications with the client are excellent and always totally responsive.’

‘Dora Si provides excellent and professional services to the company.’

‘Charmaine Koo provides professional problem-solving advice.’ 

Work highlights

Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown's Hong Kong-based IP team has enviable roots in IP dispute resolution, handling matters pertaining to company hijacking, litigation and arbitration, most of which involve insolvency issues or cross-border elements. The department's combined sectoral experience encompasses the financial services, construction, manufacturing, retail, fashion, real estate, hospitality, media, tech and telecommunications sectors. Team head and co-leader of the firm's global IP practice Gabriela Kennedy is a towering figure in the IP and TMT fields; her clients include tech start-ups, media companies and universities. Other recommended individuals include Amita Haylock, whose IP expertise covers trademarks, copyright, designs and patents; and counsel Michelle Yee, who is head of brand management and specialises in the biotech sector.

Practice head(s):

Gabriela Kennedy

Other key lawyers:

Amita Haylock; Michelle Yee

Key clients


Hong Kong Cyberport Development Holdings Limited


Anhui Jinhe Industrial Co Ltd.


Beijing Gingko Group


EverPro Technologies Co., Ltd

Nvidia & Mellanox

South China Morning Post

Sun Hung Kai Group

Work highlights

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP's large China-based team of patent attorneys - who are also qualified as patent agents and lawyers - is a regular port of call for leading multinationals and Chinese entities. The team's practice covers patents, trademarks, trade secrets and copyright, and has a strong record in cross-border litigation involving China and the US, where the team represents Chinese companies before the US International Trade Commission (ITC). Practice head Xiang Wang splits his time between Beijing and New York and is a regular advisor on IP infringement, trade secrets' misappropriation, and industrial espionage work. Also in Beijing, Shelley Zhang is noted for her IP prosecution and enforcement work. The Shanghai-based Yufeng (Ethan) Ma assists multinational corporations with IP litigation before the ITC and the US federal courts.

Practice head(s):

Xiang Wang

Other key lawyers:

Yufeng (Ethan) Ma; Shelley Zhang

Key clients



BBK Electronics Corp.

Anker Innovations


Yaham Optoelectronics Co.

Coolpad Technologies


Vivo Mobile Communication

Shenzhen Intellirocks Tech Co., Ltd


Johnson Electric


Infmetry LLC

Perfect World Entertainment, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented Anker Innovations in a trademark dispute brought by Nuheara in the US.
  • Defended Coolpad Technologies in a patent infringement case filed by Koninklijke KPN N.V. for alleged infringement of a US patent.
  • Defended OnePlus in a patent infringement case filed by Buffalo Patents in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas Waco Division.

AWA Asia

Headquartered in Hong Kong, IP Firm AWA Asia‘s client roster of local start-ups and global giants seek the team’s expertise in patents, trademarks, design, copyright and domain name issues. Furthermore, the Beijing office is a licensed trademark agency, allowing for the enforcement of trademarks directly before the China Trademark Office and the administrative authorities. Ai-Leen Lim leads firm’s Asia offices as CEO and principal counsel, managing its headquarters in Hong Kong and its wholly owned Chinese IP consultancy in Beijing. Also in Beijing, Xiaofan Chen and Ashley Zhao are regular advisors on the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious IP matters.

Practice head(s):

Ai-Leen Lim; Ashley Zhao; Xiaofan Chen


‘Personal and professional service.’

‘The proactivity and timely reports together with the willingness to give pragmatic advice stick out from other firms.’

‘AWA is the absolute gold standard for Chinese trademark work.’

Work highlights

  • Assisted a leading designer and manufacturer of premium computer hardware with prosecution and enforcement work.
  • Assisting one of the world’s largest suppliers of academic, consumer and business products with several non-use cancelations.
  • Assisting a large manufacturing outfit with patent searches and enforcement issues.

Clifford Chance LLP

Led by the Hong Kong-based transactional IP specialist Ling Ho, Clifford Chance LLP's Greater China and Asia Pacific IP group fields both IP experts and commercial lawyers from the firm's corporate, litigation and dispute resolution teams, who are familiar in dealing with contentious and non-contentious IP matters. Other recommended individuals include the Lei Shi (Shanghai), who specialises in PRC-related IP litigation; and senior associate Jeannie Lam (Hong Kong), an expert in protection matters, licensing disputes, IP exploitation and portfolio management.

Practice head(s):

Ling Ho

Other key lawyers:

Lei Shi; Yi Yang; Jeannie Lam; Thomas Walsh; Iris Mok; Dianna Shao; Haoyang Zhang; Justin Luo

Key clients




Aston Martin

Work highlights

K&L Gates

K&L Gates' Greater China IP team is the first port of call for companies requiring brand protection. Drawing on the firm's s IP Agency in China, as well as its trademark and patents groups in Japan and Hong Kong, the team is well-versed in patent litigation, Section 337 investigations before the US International Trade Commission (ITC), and portfolio development matters in the US, Asia, Australia and Europe. The US-qualified IP litigator Jay Chiu (Hong Kong) heads up the practice, which also includes Beijing counsel Edward Yao and Winnie Chan (Hong Kong), who has been appointed as a Notary Public of Hong Kong by the Chief Judge of the High Court.

Practice head(s):

Jay Chiu

Other key lawyers:

Winnie Chan; Edward Yao

Key clients

Actions Microelectronics Co. Ltd.

Advantech Co. Ltd.

Avision Inc.

Darfon Electronics Corp.

Guangdong Juxin New Materials Technology Co., Ltd.

Luxshare Precision

OnePlus Technology (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd

Realtek Semiconductor Corp.

Shenzhen Haimingrun Superhard Materials Co., Ltd.

Shenzhen Nukun Technology Co., Ltd.

Zhengzhou New Asia Superhard Materials Composite Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Representing Luxshare Precision and its subsidiaries in a patent infringement case concerning electrical connectors and cages used in downstream products exported from China and imported and sold in the US.
  • Represented Realtek in an ITC Investigation where Future Link Systems alleged patent infringement of two patents and sought an exclusion order against the client.
  • Representing OnePlus before the ITC where it was alleged that various wireless functionalities within the client’s mobile devices infringe the two patents-in-suit.

Morrison Foerster

Morrison Foerster handles a diverse caseload spanning patent and trademark prosecution, IP litigation and licensing transactions. The department's combined sectoral experience encompasses tech, pharmaceuticals, biologics, diagnostics, medical devices, medicinal chemicals and vaccines. Leading the team, the Hong-Kong based Gordon Milner is a regular advisor to leading international tech companies, banks and local start-ups on various IP issues, while in Shanghai, Chuan Sun focuses his practice on commercial IP matters as well as complex TMT sector transactions. Also recommended from Hong Kong is Timothy Blakely for involvement in cross-border trade secret disputes and IP infringement claims.

Practice head(s):

Gordon Milner; Chuan Sun

Other key lawyers:

Timothy Blakely

Key clients




Everest Medicines Limited/Everest Medicines II Limited

General Atlantic


Jiangsu Hengrui Medicine Co., Ltd.


The Dairy Farm Group

Triastek, Inc.

Wuxi Apptec

Warburg Pincus

Work highlights

  • Represented Roblox in the structuring and establishment of its joint venture with Tencent (Luobu), the launch and ongoing operations of the Roblox platform, and the management and cultivation of its associated community of creators in China.
  • Advised Amperex Technology Limited on its business alliance with Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Limited, including a $1.5bn technology cross-license agreement, among others.
  • Representing Snap-on and Mitchell 1 in a trade secret theft arbitration pending in California against the China-based Autel Intelligent Technology.

A&O Shearman

A&O Shearman is a regular port of call for multinational and Chinese clients requiring assistance in IP disputes and transactions, thanks in part to the firm's joint operation with Shanghai Lang Yue Law Firm in the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone. Shanghai-based team head Jill Ge covers the full spectrum of IP litigation and transactional work in China, with extensive experience in contentious patent, trade secret and trademark matters. Drawing on her contentious experience, she also regularly advises tech and life sciences sector clients on IP strategies and regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):

Jill Ge


‘Jill Ge upholds a rigorous and innovative attitude, treats every detail of the case prudently, and is good at finding breakthroughs in cases with innovative thinking. Her persistent and hardworking attitude is admirable.’

‘Excellent professional skills.’

‘The cross-border synergy is very good.’

Key clients

Discovery Limited


Work highlights

Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP‘s broad expertise covers IP prosecution, litigation and Section 337 investigations before the US’ International Trade Commission. The department’s combined sectoral experience encompasses life sciences, energy, manufacturing, finance, retail, consumer goods and tech – the latter is an area of particular expertise for practice co-heads Shaobin Zhu, who offers extensive experience in disputes between Chinese and US companies; and Yalei Sun, a regular advisor to clients seeking enforcement of their Chinese patents.

Practice head(s):

Shaobin Zhu; Yalei Sun

Other key lawyers:

Jensen Xu


‘High-skilled personnel who work closely together.’

‘Zhu Shaobin has rich professional knowledge and practical experience handling IP rights.’

‘Jensen Xu has extensive experience in trademark application and brand protection, anti-counterfeiting investigations and domain name disputes.’

‘Shaobin Zhu participated in the AI ​​exhibition forum held by our association in Shenzhen, showing very professional legal practice experience.’

Key clients

Boviet Solar Technology Co., Ltd./Ningbo Boway Alloy Material Co., Ltd.

Hong Kong Beida Jade Bird Display Limited

Shenzhen Sonoff Technology Co., Ltd.

Shanghai Xiaoi Robot Technology

LandGlass Technology Co., Ltd.

Tencent Holdings Ltd.

SZ DJI Technology Co., Ltd.

OnePlus Technology (Shenzhen), Ltd.

Guangdong Oppo Mobile Telecommunications Corp. Ltd.

Amperex Technology Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented Boviet Solar Technology, Boviet Renewable Power, Boviet Solar USA and Ningbo Boway Alloy Material in a patent infringement case before the US District Court for the Northern District of California.
  • Advising Guangdong Oppo Mobile Telecommunications Corp on various IP matters.
  • Advising Tencent on numerous US patent prosecutions.

Norton Rose Fulbright

Leveraging its close relationship with local PRC firm Shanghai Pacific Legal, Norton Rose Fulbright's Hong Kong-based Greater China IP team covers the full spectrum of IP litigation and transactional work in China. Practice head Justin Davidson has a strong record advising both multinational and Chinese businesses on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious IP issues, including those in the financial services, tech, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and fashion sectors.

Practice head(s):

Justin Davidson

Other key lawyers:

Stanley Ng


‘The team is able to provide comprehensive and practical solutions in trademark, patent, trade secret, and copyrights issues.’

‘Justin Davidson is very familiar with IP protection in Hong Kong and China and is able to provide clients with tailored and practical solutions.’

Key clients

BNP Paribas

A.Y. Laboratories Ltd

Antisense Therapeutics Limited

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

De Motu Cordis Pty Ltd

Endogene Limited

Genus plc

Integrated Protein Technologies, Inc.

Neuren Pharmaceuticals Limited

Stembiosys. Inc.

University of Louisville Research Foundation Inc.

Crown Worldwide Holdings Ltd.

Global Futures & Options

ASTRI (Applied Science and Technology Research Institute)

City University

WaveTouch Limited

Stella McCartney Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising Crown Worldwide on the protection and enforcement of their IP portfolio.
  • Advised Dell on a number of patent litigations in mainland China.
  • Advising WaveTouch on a patent litigation case in China and Germany concerning optical fingerprint technology.

Ropes & Gray LLP

Best known for its life sciences and tech sector-related IP credentials, Ropes & Gray LLP‘s team in Shanghai has a broad IP practice with a particular focus on transactional mandates. The experienced Geoffrey Lin has extensive experience handling domestic and cross-border IP matters.

Practice head(s):

Geoffrey Lin

Key clients

Everest Medicines


Pediatrix Therapeutics

Tianjin Adicon Limited

Luca Healthcare

Bain Capital Life Sciences/Bain Capital Private Equity


Work highlights

  • Advised Hutchmed on its license to Takeda to develop and commercialize Fruquintinib outside of China for a total of $1.13bn.
  • Advising Everest Medicines on a commercial agreement with Accelerate Technologies for COVID-19 products and with Gilead Sciences for the development of Trodelvy (a cancer drug) for up to $455m.
  • Representing Pediatrix Therapeutics in a license agreement with Aclaris Therapeutics, a clinical-stage biopharma company focused on developing novel drug candidates for immuno-inflammatory diseases for ATI-1777 in Greater China for payments of up to $91m.


The workload of UGGC‘s IP practice is reflective of the expertise of team head Zhen Huang, who splits her time between Shanghai and Paris. Huang is a regular advisor to clients operating in the luxury good sector requiring assistance with their IP strategies in China, including the registration of trademarks, patents and designs, as well as licensing and transfer agreements, among other matters. Senior associate Helene Wang comes recommended for her enormous involvement in IP disputes and transactional work.

Practice head(s):

Zhen Huang

Other key lawyers:

Helene Wang

Key clients



Alain Milliat




Sophie Mallebranche

Giaccardi & Brezzo


Atelier Rose Anna

Pollet Water



La Fruitière du Val Evel

Work highlights

  • Advised Balmain, a French haute couture house, on IP customs protection issues in China.
  • Advised Nicolai, one of the finest luxury perfume brands, on trademark assignment cases.
  • Advised IDBD on utility model patent registration in Taiwan, Hong Kong and China.