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Lifang & Partners
12th Floor, Shun Tak Tower, 1 Xiangheyuan Street,
Dongcheng District
BEIJING
China

China > Intellectual property: PRC firms

Lifang & Partners is one of China’s strongest firms in the field of patent litigation, having represented numerous international leaders in the tech space in disputes relating to infringement and licensing, in addition to assisting a range of Chinese clients. Standard essential patents (SEP) have been a particular area of recent focus; in a recent highlight, the firm is currently representing Samsung in a dispute with Ericsson regarding an SEP cross licensing agreement. On the contentious side, the department undertakes considerable patent and trademark prosecution work, as well as assisting with the negotiation of commercial agreements. Guanbin Xie  and Bin Zhang  lead the team.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Du Shaohui; Yu Haidong; Li Boya; Sun Kena

Testimonials

‘He has a deep understanding of client needs, is highly skilled at balancing commercial and legal requirements, and is both reasonable and flexible in terms of fees.’

‘Yu Haidong is always able to provide a legal opinion in a timely manner.’

‘It is an experienced litigation team. The lawyers are able to understand clients’ demands and solve disputes based on clients’ business rather than rigid legal provisions.’

‘In the process of working with Zhang Bin, Li Boya and Sun Kena, they were able to provide timely feedback and try to understand their clients’ business so as to develop better dispute resolution strategies.’

Key clients

Samsung

Xiaomi

Microsoft

Dyson

Sony

Adobe

American Superconductor

BSA

DJI

Autodesk

Microsoft (China) Co., Ltd

BeijingYuanxinScience and Technology Ltd.

China National Publications Import & Export (Group) Corporation Industry sector: Publication import and export

Baidu

Headington Cambridge School Co., Ltd.

Shanghai CanXing Culture & Media Co., Ltd.

Wm-imotor technology (Shanghai) Co., Ltd

Work highlights

  • Represented Samsung in a licence dispute with Ericsson.
  • Represented Sony in patent litigation.
  • Represented Xiaomi in a patent infringement dispute.

China > Antitrust and competition: PRC firms Tier 3

Lifang & Partners‘ broad antitrust and competition practice is instructed by Chinese and overseas companies to advise on both contentious and non-contentious matters. The firm is known for its focus on the TMT sector, particularly in sensitive sub-sectors such as semiconductors and telecoms. In litigation, the practice acts for plaintiffs and defendants in private lawsuits; it is particularly active in disputes involving IP, such as FRAND cases. The team also handles the Chinese elements of global litigation. Guanbin Xie and Shan Jiao jointly lead the practice; Jiao is noted for her expertise in disputes involving standard-essential patents.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

Diversified service team, excellent professional ability and excellent response time.’

Lifang’s strength resides in its leading partners’ remarkable insights and experience in antitrust and IP litigation and strategy, especially in areas where antitrust and IP overlap, such as issues related to standard essential patents.’

Guanbin Xie stands out as a highly-skilled and experienced litigator and strategist in both antitrust and IP.’

Shan Jiao is a rising star litigator who is well-versed in complicated issues and is a great communicator.’

Key clients

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd

Gansu Yinguang Chemical Industry Group Co., Ltd

Xiaomi Communications Co., Ltd

Beckbury International Limited

BP p.l.c

Reliance Industries Limited

SHO-BOND & MIT Infrastructure Maintenance Corporation

The Concrete Products and Aggregate Co., Ltd

Work highlights

  • Represented Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd in filing a global rate-setting lawsuit before Wuhan Intermediate People’s Court against Ericsson and successfully obtained a behaviour preservation ruling (anti-suit injunction) issued by the Court.
  • Assisted Xiaomi Communications Co., Ltd with filing a global rate-setting lawsuit before Wuhan Intermediate People’s Court against Ericsson and successfully obtained a behaviour preservation ruling (anti-suit injunction) issued by the Court, which is the first anti-suit injunction ruling for a global rate-setting case issued by the Chinese court.
  • Represented CNPC and BECKBURY in a case where a downstream enterprise sued China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) and its subsidiary, BECKBURY before the Beijing Intellectual Property Court (“BIPC”), for abuse of dominant market position.

China > Dispute resolution: Litigation: PRC firms

Best known for its work in IP litigation, Lifang & Partners also assists with a range of commercial disputes.

The firm: Founded in 2002, Lifang & Partners is a full-service law firm with offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Wuhan and Seoul, South Korea. We provide a full range of award-winning legal services covering antitrust and competition law, intellectual property, securities and capital markets, dispute resolution, and more and provide well-rounded, one-stop, high value-added legal services for our clients.

With more than 70 partners and over 300 lawyers and other legal professionals, Lifang & Partners has formed a well-rounded and diverse team that provides one-stop, high value-added services. Many of our partners and lawyers graduated from top law schools in China and abroad. Some have worked in the central government, major regulatory commissions, the courts, or overseas in well-known international law firms or multinational companies. With their exceptional educational backgrounds and rich practical experiences, they have enjoyed successful careers in their chosen fields of expertise. Chambers & Partners, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, ALB, and Commercial Law have recommended several of Lifang’s lawyers on multiple occasions.

Areas of practice: IP: the firm has a successful and proven track record of dealing with complex intellectual property disputes. Backed by leading practitioners in the field, it has helped clients to aggressively pursue infringement actions and to vigorously defend against them. Because of its involvement with litigation that is conducted at a global scale, the firm understands the needs of multinational corporations and their long-term strategic interests. Partners Xie Guanbin, Yu Haidong and Zhang Bin are listed as leading IP lawyers in China by Chambers.

The firm’s services include: intellectual property litigation, patent and trade mark prosecution, copyright registration, technical contract litigation, IP counselling, intellectual property due diligence, licensing and technology transactions, intellectual property management and intellectual property strategy.

Antitrust and unfair competition legal services: the firm has been involved in several antitrust investigations in China, during which it advised the government, complainants and companies under investigation on complex procedural and legal issues. The firm can facilitate smooth communications between parties, analyse potential investigation risks and protect its clients’ interests.

Corporate and commercial law: this practice area covers a broad range of transactional and advisory work. Its corporate lawyers advise clients on transactions of all sizes and complexities. Its clients include multinational companies, state-owned enterprises, private companies and governmental agencies. The firm exceeds client expectations by forming multidisciplinary teams who can collectively provide focused services on each aspect of a transaction.

Dispute resolution: the firm has a great depth of experience representing foreign and domestic clients in many types of dispute. It has a proven record of providing quality services and obtaining satisfactory results for clients in disputes ranging from labour arbitrations over bonus payments, to landmark Supreme People’s Court cases involving multinationals regarding patent infringements worth billions of RMB. Its experience covers the full spectrum of the Chinese legal system.

Capital markets and securities:The Lifang & Partners’ capital markets and securities team has a wealth of experience and has served as legal adviser to many issuers and underwriters at home and abroad. It has participated in the listings of several companies on the Shanghai, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, and New York stock exchanges. It has substantial experience working with preferred stocks, convertible bonds, asset securitization and other emerging businesses in China’s capital markets.

Lifang & Partners’ clients include Chinese and foreign state-owned companies, private enterprises, world-renowned multinational companies, and investment banks. We work with a broad range of industries including finance, energy, construction, transportation, manufacturing, agriculture, consulting, security, TMT, and other fields.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Intellectual property litigation Xie Guanbinguanbinxie@lifanglaw.com
Intellectual property litigation Zhang Binbinzhang@lifanglaw.com
Intellectual property litigation Yu Haidonghaidongyu@lifanglaw.com
IP prosecution Xie Guanbinguanbinxie@lifanglaw.com
IP prosecution Du Shaohuishaohuidu@lifanglaw.com
IP prosecution Wang Xiaoxiaowang@lifanglaw.com
Antitrust and competition Xie Guanbinguanbinxie@lifanglaw.com
Antitrust and competition Jiao Shanshanjiao@lifanglaw.com
Corporate and commercial Hu Yiguangyiguanghu@lifanglaw.com
Corporate and commercial Cai Huihuicai@lifanglaw.com
Dispute resolution Chai Yiyichai@lifanglaw.com
Capital Markets and Securities Zheng Xilinxilinzheng@lifanglaw.com
Number of lawyers : 200
Number of partners : 60
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Japanese
German
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Lifang & Partners provide services in Chinese, English, Japanese and Korean. We have established long-term collaborative relationships with leading foreign law firms, which allow us to provide international legal services without time, jurisdiction or language barriers.

We have extensive experiences in handling disputes which necessitate simultaneous litigation of parallel issues in multiple jurisdictions with different laws, languages, and cultures. Cooperating with a number of elite international firms, we have represented clients in complex matters with parallel actions in the China mainland, the HK SAR, the U.S., Europe, and U.K. We work closely with the other legal team to coordinate proceedings in different jurisdictions, and, sometimes in the face of conflicting situations and laws, to effectively achieve the goals of our clients.

Lifang & Partners is Member of INTA and AIPPI.


CLIENT:
COMPANY/FIRM: XiaoMi Group
TESTIMONIAL: Patent litigation is Lifang & Partners’ core practice area and traditional strength and there is a big patent litigation team includes over 30 professionals. Their expertise and fame in litigation come from handling hundreds of complex patent infringement and invalidation cases.

Our cooperation involved complicated technology and complex legal issues, and the always can provide us with precise and effective litigation strategies. Their understanding of technology and  business mind make our communication is very smooth.


CLIENT:
COMPANY/FIRM: GOLDWIND SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD
TESTIMONIAL: We have extensive cooperation with Lifang on patent affairs. Lifang not only prosecutes our patent applications, but also provides us with in-depth patent pre-warning analysis services. The Lifang patent team has both a strong legal background and rich technical experience. When communicating and discussing matters with us, they are clear and logical over the whole process, and are able to get to the point and put forward relevant and feasible reference opinions. Lifang helped us to understand the patentability of our technology more clearly, and enabled us to identify potential risks in advance and deal with them on time.


CLIENT:
COMPANY/FIRM:  Sogou
TESTIMONIAL: Lifang has acted in a series of patent litigation and invalidation cases between us and Baidu, and has achieved satisfactory results. We had heard of their extensive experience in internet technology before cooperating with them. After cooperating with them, I was really convinced of Lifang’s professional and rigorous culture.

Mr. Xie Guanbin’s highly strategic thinking and rich experience have left a deep impression on us. Lawyers always revise the documents they draft, trying to make them as perfect as possible. The proposed schemes are always discussed repeatedly, as the lawyers are trying not to ignore any detail. They will also rehearse repeatedly before the defense to eliminate all possible adverse conditions one by one or to formulate coping strategies in advance.


CLIENT:
COMPANY/FIRM: Beijing Mobike Technology Co.,Ltd.
TESTIMONIAL: Lifang is characterized by professionalism and efficiency, and is able to work quickly and propose strategies. In particular, they showed a lot of legal expertise and commercial awareness in this case. They are good at summarizing the whole situation and predicting the actions of their opponents. Through a very skillfully executed litigation strategy to suppress our opponents’ actions, they gained the initiative for us and minimized the commercial impact of the lawsuit.


CLIENT:
COMPANY/FIRM:  Sony
TESTIMONIAL:
Lifang is characterized by professionalism and efficiency, and is able to work quickly and propose strategies. In particular, Mr. Yu Haidong showed a lot of legal expertise and commercial awareness in this case. They are good at summarizing the whole situation and predicting the actions of their opponents. Through a very skillfully executed litigation strategy to suppress our opponents’ actions, they gained the initiative for us and minimized the commercial impact of the lawsuit.