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IP Lawyers See Grim Year Ahead. Time to Shop Around?

Issued: March 01 2009
Intellectual property lawyers in China are girding for a difficult year. That’s no big surprise, given the worldwide recession’s impact on China, where factories are closing, the middle class is finding itself unemployed and some analysts are predicting not just slowing economic growth, but an actual contraction of the country’s economy.

That’s not to say all is bad in China’s IP universe. The National People’s Congress has recently pushed through reforms to the Patent Law, and lawyers say amendments to the Trademark Law are expected later this year. Perhaps best of all, IP-focused law firms and IP practices are becoming increasingly sophisticated, with some earning stellar reviews from their colleagues both inside and outside of China.

The rankings contained within this story were based on surveys sent to thousands of practitioners who are intimately familiar with China’s intellectual property market and have been reported alphabetically by tier. The rankings do not constitute an endorsement of any particular firm, and neither they nor the stories contained within this section should be construed as legal advice.

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