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Baker McKenzie FenXun's clients span a broad range of industries including electronics, energy, manufacturing, TMT and healthcare. Demonstrating its ability to handle high profile IP cases, it successfully represented DreamWorks in a domain name dispute and acted for a global pharmaceutical company in a trade mark infringement dispute. In the transactional IP sphere, the team advised a global retail company's Chinese joint venture entity on its patent defence strategy and assisted a US biotech company with licensing a novel treatment drug to a Chinese pharmaceutical firm. The practice is led by Hong Kong-based Loke-Khoon Tan, which also includes IP litigator Shih Yann Loo, Andrew Sim, who handles licensing and commercial IP transactions, and Clement Ngai, who is recommended for IP litigation involving technology including patent and trade secret cases and technology transfer transactions.

Bird & Bird has over two decades of experience across the Asia Pacific region and is praised for its ‘proactive, responsive and client-oriented approach'.  Its highly regarded team regularly handles multi-jurisdictional matters for household names, particularly in the life sciences and healthcare sector, where the team advises on the full cycle of a product or service. The 'commercially minded' Alison Wong advised Li & Fung, a Hong Kong-based supply chain manager on IP protection strategies in Greater China, and Ted Chwu counts Gibson Innovations as a key client which he is representing on a number of patent and design litigation and enforcement actions. Matthew Laight heads the Asia Pacific IP group from the Hong Kong office, and advises on contentious and non-contentious matters including licensing and monetising IP. Shanghai-based Christine Yiu has notable expertise in FRAND and related issues, and managing associate Dorie Wong focuses on IP planning portfolios management and brand protection in China.

DLA Piper is particularly noted for its brand management and patent expertise, advising on a mix of transactional IP matters, anti-counterfeiting programmes, IP licensing transactions as well as contentious IP matters. The team assisted an investment management company with the IP aspects of its strategic investment and represented a manufacturing company in a series of patent infringement matters against a Chinese company. Trade secrets disputes also feature in its recent highlights. The four-partner team is jointly led by Horace Lam and William Fisher, who are based in Beijing and Shanghai respectively, and further expanded with the hire of Ting Xiao from Hogan Lovells International LLP, who is particularly experienced in the life sciences sector.

Hogan Lovells International LLP is well positioned for cross-border IP transactions and litigation matters. Its recent highlights include Zhen (Katie) Feng successfully assisting Blizzard Entertainment with obtaining an interim injunction relating to copyrights in video games and representing The Lego Group in a series of copyright, trade mark infringement and unfair competition cases against a Chinese counterfeiter Lepin. Other highlights include advising H&M on its trade mark portfolio in China as well as on opposition and cancellation proceedings; handling patent infringement and patent invalidation case for a multinational gaming company; and acting for a multinational conglomerate in a number of cross-border technology licensing mandates. Feng and the recently promoted counsel Helen Xia jointly lead the team, which includes Hong Kong-based IP litigator Eugene Low who also advises on data privacy and advertising matters.

Deacons is singled out for its 'carefully tailor-made advice'. Its client roster features well-known brands in the consumer products, TMT, manufacturers, healthcare and life sciences, and food and beverages industries. Annie Tsoi heads the China IP practice from its Hong Kong office which includes Catherine Zheng who specialises in IP protection and patent litigation, and senior associate Ian Liu who has notable experience in handling patent litigation in the semiconductor and telecoms sectors. Recent instructions include advising on patent and trade mark licensing transactions and domain name disputes.

Jones Day's recent highlights include a mix of litigation, prosecution, licensing and technology transfer matters. Qualcomm is a major client which the team successfully defended in a trade mark infringement dispute filed by a Chinese company regarding Qualcomm's Chinese company name. The team also assisted a pharmaceutical firm with the IP aspects of its blockbuster product market entry; represented Wuxi Hisky Medical Technologies in two patent litigation cases filled by Echosens; and advised a cosmetic company on the enforcement of its 3D marks. Shanghai-based Tony Chen focuses on patent litigation and technology licensing transactions, while Mike Vella and Haifeng Huang handles a broad range of contentious IP matters. Of counsel Yunchuan Zhou is also recommended.

Mayer Brown stands out for its strong IP dispute practice and is particularly experienced in representing Chinese clients in International Trade Commission (ITC) litigation in the US. It also handles a steady stream of copyright licensing, trade mark and domain name disputes. Led by Hong Kong-based Gabriela Kennedy, the four-partner team also includes the highly recommended Rosita Li and Benjamin Choi. Kennedy recently acted for Alibaba in several trade mark and domain name disputes and is representing Nautilus, a fitness equipment company in its China anti-counterfeiting strategy and its design patent infringement case. Other clients include Adidas, Hang Seng Bank, LVMH Fashion Group and  Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP advises local and foreign companies on a range of matters from patent and trade mark prosecution, portfolio acquisition and licensing transactions to litigation, and from copyright, domain name to trade secret matters. Beijing-based practice head Xiang Wang has notable experience in multijurisdictional IP disputes, and Shanghai-based Yufeng Ma ‘responds promptly and persistently delivers high-quality work’. Among its recent section 337 investigation cases, Ma was part of a multijurisdictional team that successfully defended Shenzhen Howshow Technology against Kent Displays in a US ITC investigation involving the alleged infringement of patents relating to liquid crystal e-writers and components, and, in a separate matter, acted for Bosch Automotive Products (Suzhou) and Foxconn Interconnect Technology in defending an ITC investigation involving alleged infringement of patents relating to certain electrical connectors and components. Other highlights include representing Haier Group against a patent troll in the United States District Court for the District of Texas and assisting Baidu with a large number of patent prosecutions in multiple countries.

Rouse is particularly strong in advising multinational brands on high profile patent and trade mark infringement and enforcement matters; it also handles a steady flow of investigations, transactional IP and portfolio management matters. The sizeable team of over 260 professionals, led by Linda Chang, is spread across Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong. Rachel Tan is also a key name to note and is particularly experienced in global trade mark portfolio management. The team is representing New Balance Athletics in a trade mark infringement and unfair competition case, and handled a series of patent and trade mark infringement claims for a European client against a Chinese manufacturer.

AWA Asia is singled out for its ‘pragmatic approach and excellent communication’. The 'business-minded' team handles a mix of transactional and contentious brand management, patent, trade secret and domain name matters. Recent highlights include assisting a US consumer product company with patent enforcement matter, and advising a global financial services company on its trade mark portfolio management. The highly regarded Ai-leen Lim leads the team which saw the arrival of Charlie Liu from Wilkinson & Grist, Xiaofan Chen from Liu, Shen & Associates and Julia Wang from Chang Tsi & Partners.

Clyde & Co LLP's ‘knowledgeable and client-focused' team is now led by Elliot Papageorgiou who joined from boutique IP consultancy Rouse. According to one client, Papageorgiou is ‘one of the best litigators building the bridge between his European and US clients and doing business in China’. Also in the team, Leo Tang focuses on defending and invalidating patents before the Patent Re-examination Board (PRB) and Beijing Courts, Zhengquan Gu is particularly experienced in patent and trade secret litigation, while senior associate Molly Zhuang specialises in IP enforcement matters. The group's client roster features a number of high profile European clients, particularly German companies. Recent highlights include representing a global manufacturing company in a patent infringement dispute against a Chinese company.

Clients value CMS for its ‘great legal and industry knowledge’. The team is led by Beijing-based Nick Beckett who also heads the Asia Pacific IP group; Beckett 'understands client’s business and needs' and receives praise for his 'thorough and efficient approach'. Names to note from its Shanghai office include Ulrike Glueck, who handles trade mark licensing transactions and enforcement matters, and Nicolas Zhu who focuses on the life sciences and healthcare sector. The team advised a European semiconductor company on a patent infringement dispute; represented a pharmaceutical company on a series of investigation, patent litigation and preliminary injunctions and invalidity proceedings matters; and handled a number of trade mark disputes for clients from a diverse mix of industries.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer regularly advises on the IP-aspects of major M&A and digital transformation mandates. The team assisted Starbucks with the IP aspects of its digital collaborations with Tencent and Alibaba and acted for Hutchinson Telecom on a range of trade mark matters following its sale of Hutchison Global Communications to I Squared Capital. Other clients include Novartis, Lenovo Group and Danone. Hong Kong-based Richard Bird is highly recommended.

Commended for its responsiveness and 'excellent industry knowledge, K&L Gates excels in IP litigation, particularly in section 337 investigations. Recent highlights include acting for Zhenjiang Runzhou Jinshan Packing Factory in an ITC investigation pertaining a trade dress infringement and defending Changzhou Airwheel Technology in an alleged patent infringement dispute against Segway. The ‘truly impressive’ Jay Chiu is singled out for his ‘superb strategic and tactical sense with an expert level of understanding of the law’. Other names to note include of counsel Winnie Chan who handles multijurisdictional IP portfolio management and commercial IP transactions, and Yujing Shu who counts major multinational companies, educational institutions and non-profit organisations as key clients.

Boutique firm MMLC Group handles contentious and non-contentious matters for clients in the fashion, technology, and food and beverage industries. Matthew Murphy is recommended for transactional IP, trade mark litigation and brand protection.

Ropes & Gray LLP is known for representing leading global life sciences sector clients in complex IP matters. The 'experienced and diligent' Geoffrey Lin assisted Healthwise, a US health content and education provider, with a digital health education licensing transaction and advised Simcere Pharmaceutical Group on its collaboration with Merus, obtaining a license to develop and commercialise three bispecific antibodies using Merus’ Biclonics technology platform. Other instructions include patent enforcement, trade secret disputes, and IP-driven M&A transactions.

Simmons & Simmons' industry expertise spans financial services, retail, TMT and pharmaceutical sectors, and its client roster features high profile clients including Johnson & Jonhson. The team, led by George Chan, handled a series of oppositions against bad-faith trade mark application and domain name disputes. Sophie Zhao is another name to note.

SIPS – Simone Intellectual Property Services has solid experience of advising on trade mark portfolio management and enforcement of IP rights, spanning trade mark clearance, registration, action against pirated registrations, anti-counterfeiting, and trade secrets protection. It advises well-known clients from a broad range of industries including beverages, fashion, entertainment and consumer electronics. Recent highlights include a mix of civil, criminal and administrative enforcement matters as well as global IP portfolio management mandates. The ‘excellent’ team, led by Hong Kong-based IP specialist Joseph Simone, is praised for its ‘fantastic responsiveness and great knowledge’. Troy Rice, Dan Plane, Helen Tang and Beijing-based Irene Liu are also recommended.

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