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HFG Law Firm & IP Practice

The firm: Founded in 2003 by ten professionals in the IP sector, HFG now counts 80 professionals distributed throughout Shanghai and Beijing and consists of three entities authorised by the Ministry of Justice, recorded with the China Trademark Office and licensed under the State of Intellectual Property Office for all patent related practice. Since its foundation, HFG has focused its practice on litigation, anti-counterfeiting, trade mark filing and administrative disputes, patent filing and prosecution, copyright, and media. HFG continues to strengthen its international reputation remaining a recommended practice by The Legal 500 since 2010 (No 1 in Shanghai), IP Star by Managing Intellectual Property, recommended firm since 2014 by WTR1000 and leading firm since 2014 for Chambers Asia Pacific.

Areas of practice: HFG is proud to offer the highest standard and quality of service rendered with uncompromised understanding of the business interests of clients from all over the world. Collectively the firm commands a profound and diversified knowledge base and represents clients at various levels before all the state-level agencies and administrative and judicial authorities. Going beyond traditional areas of practice, HFG integrates commercial and corporate law services providing a one stop station to companies whose intangible assets outvalue the tangibles.

The firm has vast experience – and a high success rate – in litigation before courts, arbitration commissions and administrative enforcement committees. HFG is developing a strong reputation in corporate practice, helping clients to understand how their business models should be implemented and optimised in the PRC legal/administrative system. Providing turn-key solutions for investment setup (WFOE, JV, Rep offices, branch) and restructuring, HFG staff are regularly involved in contract drafting/negotiations (distribution, sale/supply, manufacturing, consulting agreements) and in labour law issues.

HFG services has a special focus on IT and telecom, petrochemical, wine and liquors, fashion, cosmetics, retail and e-commerce, food and pharma regulatory, licensing and monetisation of patented technology. In 2017 HFG conducted over 2,000 trade mark filings, more than 80 litigations in relation to IPRs, over 500 anti-counterfeiting actions including, but not limited to, administrative and criminal cases, 600 trade mark administrative disputes (such as opposition, cancellation appeal against rejection, etc), five mergers and acquisition cases, etc.

Among the team, the partners have an average of 17 years’ experience in the field. Fabio Giacopello is a member of the INTA’s Internet Committee, recommended lawyer by The Legal 500, notable practitioner by Chambers and Partners, and arbitrator at the Shanghai International Arbitration Centre (SIAC). In 2016 Fabio was named IP Star by Managing Intellectual Property for trademarks and patents in China. Daisy Yao, the head of the trademark filing and prosecution team, is a recommended lawyer by The Legal 500. Lanny Li is a board member of pre-litigation Mediation Committee of Shanghai Pudong Intellectual Property Association. Nicola Aporti is a winner of the Client Choice Award for litigation.

HFG professionals consists of attorneys at law, patent attorneys, trade mark attorneys and IP consultants. The team boasts an international and multi-jurisdiction background with multi-language command. HFG professionals are authors of articles for several national and international specialised magazines and often cooperate with educational institutions and associations for giving lectures about Chinese IP Systems.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate Fabio Giacopello
Corporate Nicola Aporti
Trade marks (all aspects) Fabio Giacopello
Trade marks (all aspects) Daisy Yao
Trade marks (all aspects) Lanny Li
Trade marks (all aspects) Shirley Chang
Patents (all aspects) Fabio Giacopello
Patents (all aspects) Lanny Li
Distribution, franchising and retail Fabio Giacopello
Distribution, franchising and retail Nicola Aporti
Distribution, franchising and retail Lanny Li
Food safety/regulatory Nicola Aporti
Consumer protection Lanny Li
Pharmaceutical regulatory Nicola Aporti
Copyright Lanny Li
Copyright Daisy Yao
Unfair competition Lanny Lee
Unfair competition Fabio Giacopello
Technology transfer Fabio Giacopello
Technology transfer Nicola Aporti
Arbitration Fabio Giacopello
Litigation Fabio Giacopello
Litigation Nicola Aporti
Labour Nicola Aporti
Advertisement Nicola Aporti
Product liability Nicola Aporti
Licensing Daniele de Prado Escudero
Number of lawyers : 25
at this office : 18
Shanghai Bar Association
Official practice base for students of the Intellectual Property Institute of East China University of Political Science and Law