Lifang & Partners > Beijing, China > Firm Profile

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

China > Intellectual property: PRC firms

Acting for SMEs, large private and state-owned enterprises and Fortune Global 500 companies, Lifang & Partners‘ broad offering covers IP litigation, IP consulting, IP due diligence, and patent and trade mark prosecution. It is also sought for its expertise in licensing and technology transactions, IP management, and administrative enforcement actions. The practice’s sector specialisms range from TMT, industrial manufacturing, chemicals and food to pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, alternative energy, and new media. Guanbin Xie‘s track record includes acting as lead counsel in high-profile IP cases; Bin Zhang is an IP disputes and transactions expert; and Haidong Yu‘s career includes working at the China National Intellectual Property Administration. Also highly regarded are patent law specialists Yuanyuan Zhang and Manxia Xu; Lei Zhang, who advises technology and media companies on IP management issues; and trade mark associate Xiao Wang. In June 2022, biomedical expert Li Wu, and a four-strong team, joined from AnJie Law Firm.

Practice head(s):

Guanbin Xie; Bin Zhang; Haidong Yu; Yuanyuan Zhang; Manxia Xu; Li Wu

Other key lawyers:

Wang Xiao; Zhang Lei

Testimonials

‘Lifang Lawyers is a professional IP legal service team that has maintained high-efficiency and cost-effective professional services for many years.’

‘Bin Zhang always provides professional and effective opinions, and is always able to resolve difficult issues.’

Key clients

Samsung

Microsoft

Sony

Halliburton

Tencent

Duksan Neolux

Wanhua Chemical

Xiaomi

AsiaInfo

WM Motor

BOE

China State Construction Engineering Corporation

Opple Lighting

Samsung

Microsoft

Sony

Halliburton

Tencent

Duksan Neolux

Wanhua Chemical

Xiaomi

AsiaInfo

WM Motor

BOE

China State Construction Engineering Corporation

Opple Lighting

Work highlights

  • Represented Samsung in rate-setting litigation against Ericsson.
  • Assisting Microsoft with suing a number of large unlicensed commercial end users throughout China for software copyright infringement.
  • Representing Xiaomi Technology Co in a global SEP rate-setting lawsuit against InterDigital.

China > Antitrust and competition: PRC firms Tier 3

With particular expertise in wireless communications and shipping sectors, Lifang & Partners‘ experience spans investigations, merger filing, compliance and competition litigation. The team is jointly led by Guanbin Xie, who also has expertise in intellectual property law, and Shan Jiao, who specialises in SEP-related litigations and acquisitions. Xuting Wu is recommended for merger filings and investigations.

Practice head(s):

Guanbin Xie; Jiao Shan

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd

Xiaomi Communications Co., Ltd

Gansu Yinguang Chemical Industry Group Co., Ltd

TOTO Ltd.

Mitsui & Co., Ltd.

Carlyle Group

Blackstone Inc.

Goldman Sachs

Tawreed Investments Limited

Continental Automotive Holding Netherlands B.V.

Work highlights

  • Represented Samsung before Wuhan Intermediate People’s Court against Ericsson and successfully obtained a behaviour preservation ruling (anti-suit injunction) issued by the Court.

About Lifang & Partners
Founded in 2002, Lifang & Partners is a full-service law firm with offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Wuhan and South Korea, Seoul. We provide a full range of award-winning legal services covering intellectual property, antitrust and competition law, securities and capital markets, dispute resolution, and more.

Lifang & Partners is a well-rounded and diverse team that provides one-stop, high value-added services. Many of our partners and lawyers attended 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. Through their exceptional educational backgrounds and rich practical experiences, they have enjoyed successful careers in their chosen fields of expertise. Chambers & Partners, The Legal 500, Asian Legal Business, Managing Intellectual Property and China Business Law Journal have recommended several of Lifang & Partners’ lawyers on multiple occasions.

Believing in service, loyalty, diligence, efficiency, and professional excellence, we provide well-rounded transactional and dispute resolution services that combine our in-depth understanding of China’s legal, social and economic development with rich practical experience and a solid understanding of the challenges facing our clients.

Areas of practice
Intellectual property: Lifang & Partners is one of the few go-to firms for high-profile intellectual property issues in China. Many of our qualified lawyers have also had a technical or scientific education. Additionally, some of them had previously worked in the Chinese Central Government and the courts before they embarked upon their careers in private practice. Such a blend of diverse academic achievements and rich career experiences help us to quickly understand our clients’ complex legal, business, and public policy challenges, allowing us to offer practical legal solutions. We encourage our lawyers to combine their academic knowledge with their practical experience to provide efficient, high-quality legal services.

Lifang & Partner’s intellectual property litigation team profoundly understands technology, possesses strong industry knowledge, and has a proven track record of success. As our clients’ businesses have traditionally focused on creating and marketing products rich in intellectual property, enforcing IP rights and defending against claims of infringement or misappropriation have always been critical components of our firm’s practice. Our litigation team aggressively and successfully pursues our clients’ interests in complex disputes over patents, trademarks, copyright, trade secrets, unfair competition, and other matters.

Antitrust: Our antitrust team was established in 2007. Lifang & Partners is a pioneer of antitrust litigation, having represented in multiple landmark antitrust litigations. For instance, we represented China Netcom (now China Unicom) in the abuse of market dominance lawsuit, which was China’s first antitrust lawsuit following the enactment of the Anti-monopoly Law of China (“AML”). We represented Qihoo in Qihoo 360 v Tencent, the first antitrust case heard by the Supreme People’s Court. We represented Tetra Pak in an abuse of market dominance case, which is the first high-profile follow-on action in China following antitrust authority’s decision.

Moreover, we have acted in multiple antitrust litigations involving standard essential patents for our rich experience in both IP litigation and antitrust litigation, including a series of high-profile litigations between Huawei and Samsung. We participated in almost all the major SEP litigations in China. With our capability to handle both patent and FRAND issues, we can offer our clients optimized litigation strategies to maximize their interest.

Since 2012, our lawyers have substantially participated in several investigations by National Development and Reform Commission (“NDRC”), and now State Administration for Market Regulation (“SAMR”), as counsel to the antitrust authority, respondent, or complainant in different cases. We gained an in-depth understanding of the internal procedures and working style of the antitrust authorities. We participated in a number of landmark investigations such as the LCD panels cartel case, the first antitrust investigation in China, and the Qualcomm abuse of market dominance case, which results in the highest fine ever imposed in China.

Lifang & Partners is one of China’s first firms to be involved in merger control filings. Since 2007, our lawyers have been involved in many cases and have acquired extensive experience in merger control filings. We have handled more than one hundred merger control filings to date.

Compliance: In response to the increasingly growing demand of compliance and regulatory legal services, Lifang reorganized its previous antitrust and anti-unfair competition task force to form the antitrust and compliance team in October 2017 to offer a full range, end-to-end and specialized services to our clients.

Our antitrust and compliance team is dedicated to assisting and/or representing the clients in all their efforts/programs required to ensure compliance including ethical and compliance training, compliance risk profiling and assessment, compliance policy reviewing and drafting; incident handling, response to governmental investigations; and defense in relevant legal proceedings. In terms of the subject matters, we have been advising our clients on a variety of legal areas such as cybersecurity, data privacy, antitrust, anti-unfair competition, anti-corruption, healthcare product clearance, cryptographic product regulation and export control.

Dispute resolution: The resolution of commercial disputes through Chinese arbitration or litigation systems is becoming an increasingly attractive option for both foreign and domestic parties.

Our lawyers have a great depth of experience representing foreign and domestic clients in informal settlement negotiations and formal dispute proceedings. In relation to formal disputes proceedings, such experience includes administrative review proceedings, commercial arbitration, mediation, intellectual property hearings, international arbitration, and civil proceedings in the People’s Courts.

Shortly after engaging us, clients receive an in-depth analysis of the merits of their case. Thereafter, we ensure that clients are provided with regular updates on the progress of their case and an analysis of the final decision.

We have a proven record of providing quality services and delivering solid results to clients in a wide range of cases.

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.

Venture capital investment and private equity funds: Lifang & Partners provides comprehensive legal services for private fund managers and private funds, including fund model design, internal control system construction, change of fund manager reporting, management of legal risks from operations, prevention and control of contract risks, and special legal risks prevention. We help our clients to fulfil their regulatory compliance obligations to the Fund Association and comprehensively clean up and prevent all kinds of legal risks that may occur.

Investments and mergers: Lifang & Partners’ securities and capital markets team has completed well-known and complex investment and M&A transactions on behalf of many publicly listed companies, state-owned enterprises, and private businesses. Other work handled by the team includes listed company reorganizations and mergers, cross-border acquisitions, overseas investment and M&A projects. During these transactions, our team has provided integrated services to clients using their in-depth understanding of the Chinese legal and regulatory environment, and the integration of their expertise in tax, finance, and business matters. We have a deep understanding of client needs and can always provide comprehensive solutions.

Banking and finance: With our lawyers’ professional expertise, sound experience, and high standards, Lifang & Partners’ legal services to the financial sector is well recognized, which include banking, trusts, insurance, funds and financial technology.

Lifang & Partners has provided services for insurance companies, state-owned commercial banks, foreign banks, city commercial banks, village banks, trust companies, and other financial institutions. Our services have involved international financing, syndicated loans, project financing, and financial litigation. Financial institutions, trust loans, bond underwriters and others retain us to provide daily legal advisory services. We offer the full range of legal services required by financial institutions related to the issuance, risk management, disposal and acquisition of distressed assets and financial derivatives.

Insurance and reinsurance: The Lifang & Partners insurance team comprises several experienced legal professionals. It has been focusing on providing legal services to the insurance industry for many years. Our legal services cover all fields of the insurance industry.

Construction and real estate: Construction and real estate have played an important role in the development of China’s economy. Lifang & Partners as a legal services provider takes an active role in the construction and real estate industries.

Our construction and real estate practice combines our knowledge of contract, corporate and property law with industry knowledge. Lifang & Partners has a group of excellent lawyers which form its professional real estate team. Based on profound legal knowledge and industry expertise, our real estate team provides legal services for banks, real estate funds, developers, contractors, project investors and the government. We can handle all aspects of a transaction including land development, project acquisition, engineering construction, real estate project financing, and property management.

Lifang & Partners’ real estate team works closely with our dispute resolution team on construction and real estate matters, enabling us to minimize the potential for disputes or to deal with them expeditiously, should they arise. We assist our clients to mitigate their risks and to achieve their commercial objectives.

Labour law: Human resource management and labour dispute resolutions are a significant component of business operation. Lifang & Partners understands the importance of labour law matters to clients and attaches great attention to this area of practice. Our labour law practitioners possess rich experiences, aim to provide high-quality legal services and maintain close relationships with relevant government administrations, judicial organs, experts and scholars.

Lifang & Partners is capable of providing clients with a comprehensive labour law services, including conducting compliance audits, suggesting improvements for labour relationships, establishing labour management systems, providing key staff with labour law training, managing employee placements in special commercial transactions, handling the employment of foreigners, and resolving labour disputes.

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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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.