Lessons for advertisers from Audi’s ad plagiarism scandal in China05 July 2022
A marketing attempt by Audi to impress the Chinese consumers with an advertisement embracing Chinese traditions backfired, when the ad was accused of plagiarism. Starring Hong Kong superstar Andy Lau, the ad consisted of a monologue about Xiaoman, the eighth solar term of the traditional Chinese calendar. Xiaoman literally means “small full”, which refers to the buds of grain, a vivid symbol for China’s agricultural traditions to embody the beginning of summer. In the ad, Lau commented that Xiaoman represents a stage towards fullness, and the ad presented Audi as a vehicle for the pursuit of fullness. Released aptly on May 21, Xiaoman of 2022, the ad instantly became a viral hit, with millions of likes on Lau’s social media account. But soon the ad was accused of copying almost word for word from a TikTok post by a Chinese vlogger who has more than 3 million followers.
Patent waiver for Covid-19 vaccines finally approved30 June 2022
The World Trade Organization (WTO) has finally approved the patent waiver that will tear down barriers mounted by intellectual property restrictions to greater production of Covid-19 vaccines and their equitable distribution among nations.
China issued Standards for Judging General Trademark Violations11 May 2022
To optimize the management of trademarks and the enforcement against trademark violations, the Chinese National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) issued Standards for Judging General Trademark Violations.
Vink, Tang urge INTA attendees to seek out innovation02 May 2022
Brands are always big business at the International Trademark Association’s Annual Meeting Live+, so it was no surprise when much of the meeting’s open ceremonies were devoted to what brands can do in today’s world.
Publicity rights: IP issues arising from fame02 May 2022
“What’s in a name?” Nowadays, there could be ample commercial value in a name, if the person is famous. In industries such as entertainment and sports, there are countless cases in which the celebrity makes a fortune out of their name, image, or likeness in addition to the earnings from their profession. To protect against the unauthorized use of an individual’s name, or other traits of their personal identity, such as nickname, voice, signature, or image for commercial benefit, in IP there is the concept of right of publicity, also known as personality rights.
Cryptocurrency, CBDC need to straddle data privacy and financial compliance, says finance executive25 March 2022
There is a real tension between data privacy and financial compliance.
China rejects over 400 malicious registrations of Olympics-related trademarks02 March 2022
The Beijing Winter Olympics provided not only a stage for athletes around the world to shine, but also a tempting opportunity for trademark perpetrators to exploit the fame of the memorable figures of the games. The Chinese National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) announced on February 14 that it rejected 429 applications for trademarks that involved Olympics-related names, such as the official mascot Bing Dwen Dwen and freestyle skiing gold medallist Eileen Gu
China joins Hague System to make international design protection easier28 February 2022
China officially submitted the accession documents to join the Hague System, as well as to join the Marrakesh Treaty, to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) when director general Daren Tang visited the country to attend the opening of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games. The accessions will come into force on May 5, 2022.
China Bans Copyright Deals24 February 2022
Digital music platforms are not permitted to establish exclusive copyright agreements unless there are specific conditions, according to China's copyright administration, which is cracking down on monopolistic activity in the country's private sector
IP protection mechanisms in place for 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, Paralympics28 January 2022
As far as intellectual property rights protection is concerned, the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics are ready, even with the continued onslaught of the Covid-19 global pandemic.
Report Says That China Has Around 700,000 Patent Inventions In 202118 January 2022
The China National Intellectual Property Administration (NIPA) said at a recent conference that 696,000 inventive patents were approved in 2021.Shen Changyu, the NIPA's director, presented the conference with a work report outlining recent developments in the field of intellectual property rights (IPR), which is critical for fostering innovation and high-quality development.
China Releases 2021-2022 Outline for Building a Powerful Intellectual Property Country05 January 2022
On January 4, 2022, the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) released the 2021-2022 Outline for Building a Powerful Intellectual Property Country and the Annual Promotion Plan for the Implementation of the 14th Five-Year Plan which consists of 115 points divided into seven categories. This is to explain how China will implement the IP portion of the Central Government's current 5-year plan from 2021 to 2022.
People and places
In 2021, China issued the Outline for Building a Powerful Intellectual Property Country (2021-2035), and has showed its determination to improve the top-level design of national intellectual property system by revising a number of important laws, regulations and departmental rules. To name a few, the Civil Code, the amended Patent Law, and the third amendment of the Copyright Law have come into force in 2021. Guidelines and provisions were also issued or amended by the China Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) regarding patent examination, infringement disputes, trademark examination and trial, trademark violations, etc.
Meanwhile, the number of IP-related cases in courts across China continues to increase, with an average annual growth rate of 24.5 percent. New types of disputes have emerged, involving the internet, genetics, information communications, artificial intelligence, platform economy etc. Thus, it is becoming more difficult to determine complex technical facts and apply laws, bringing new challenges to the IP industry of China.
Another important development for China’s IP ecosystem is that China has officially joined the Hague Agreement since May 5, 2022. It is a significant step to facilitate the filing of international design applications by domestic and overseas applicants through the Hague Agreement system.
Local Law Firms
Established in 1999, Advance China IP Law Office has offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Silicon Valley. With more than 1,000 IP professionals, the firm is led by founder and managing partner Jie Hu, supported by over 15 partners including Minhui Zeng, Shelley Zheng and Kevin Zhou. The firm provides comprehensive IP services covering pre-filing strategy, filing and prosecuting patent and trademark applications, post-grant proceedings, enforcement and litigation. Clients they serve include Toyota, Tencent and Gree. The firm was named patent prosecution firm of the year at the 2022 Asia IP China Awards, as well as winning Guangzhou firm of the year.
Founded in 2002, AFD China is a full-service IP firm providing one-stop service, including filing/registration, strategy, transaction, asset management, litigation and other related concerns. With a specialization in patent applications, the firm serves a wide range of clients including many well-known Fortune 500 companies. The firm’s drafting and filing of standard patents are ranked second among the Top 10 agencies in terms of quantity. The firm is also recognized for its capability of tackling difficult cases in complex scenarios, having earned testimonies such as “the firm’s strong suit lies in its creativity” and “shrewd arguments in administrative contentious proceedings give the firm an edge”. Founder and president Xia Zheng is a key contact. The firm was named pharma, biotech and life sciences firm of the year at the 2022 Asia IP China Awards. Its sister law firm, BHTD Law Firm, focuses on IP-related litigation and legal counseling.
Headquartered in Shanghai, AllBright Law Offices isa full-service law firm founded in 1999. The firm has an association with the Hong Kong law firm Stevenson, Wong & Co. and a strategic partnership with Bird & Bird. There are 795 partners with 3,300 associates, 37 legal counsel and 652 paralegals across China. Senior partner Lily Zhou is a key contact. The firm also has offices in with offices in Beijing, Hangzhou, Shenzhen, Suzhou, Nanjing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Taiyuan, Qingdao, Xiamen, Tianjin, Jinan, Hefei, Zhengzhou, Fuzhou, Nanchang, Xi’an, Guangzhou, Changchun, Wuhan, Urumqi, Hong Kong, London, Seattle and Singapore.
An, Tian, Zhang & Partners works closely with foreign law firms and counts multinational companies amongst its loyal client base, which covers industries such as food and drink, fashion, agriculture and chemical, automobile, energy, pharmaceuticals and life science, and retail. From its head office in Beijing, it has set up a multilingual and multidisciplinary patent translation network and an investigation network for collecting and finding evidence. Managing partner David Tian is a key contact.
With offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, AnJie Law Firm’s IP team advises clients on all aspects of IP, with a strong focus on litigation, advisory and portfolio development. The firm has worked with clients in the pharmaceutical, manufacturing, energy, construction, media, retail, food, finance, tourism and real estate industries. Partner Zhixing Chen is a key contact.
Founded by Lulin Gao, the founding Commissioner of China National Intellectual Property Administration, along with an experienced team, Beijing East IP Ltd. and Beijing East IP Law Firm provide patent prosecution and other IP services for clients from startups to Fortune 500 corporations to domestic multinational companies. The firm has offices in London, Tokyo and California’s Silicon Valley. Vice president Guorong Li and partner Yan Zhang are key contacts.
Beijing Gaowo Law Firm specializes in international intellectual property work, including litigation, prosecution and enforcement, from its base in Beijing as well as offices in Dallas and Tokyo. The firm, which was established in 2004, has more than 130 patent and trademark attorneys as well as a group of specialized lawyers. It handles thousands of patents and trademarks each year, and has clients including CCTV, Moutai Group, Gamewave, Hydron, Uni-President and Lenovo. The firm says it has cooperated with IP agencies from over 168 jurisdictions worldwide. Attorney Lindong Liu and Lin Zhu are key contacts. The firm won trademark prosecution firm of the year at the 2022 Asia IP China Awards.
Beijing Hengbo IP Firm is a comprehensive intellectual property service provider with patent invalidation and patent operation work as its main focus. The firm employs a number of former CNIPA examiners, including senior partner Shengxiang Fan, who served on the Patent Reexamination Board and in the examination management department.
Named trademark prosecution firm of the year at the 2022 Asia IP China Awards, Beijing Janlea Trademark Agency has handled tens of thousands of trademark registrations, thousands of trademark infringement and unfair competition cases and hundreds of IP lawsuits. It has also had a large number of its clients recognized as well-known trademarks in China, including Sprite in Chinese, Disney in Chinese, Nestlé in Chinese and Hu Tong in Chinese. Beihua Zhuge is the firm’s founding partner; managing partner Ning Cui and Zachary Zhang are key contacts.
Founded in 1986, Beijing Sanyou Intellectual Property Agency has since expanded into Beijing Sanyou Intellectual Property Group to include four agencies that provide a “one-stop IP service chain” including IP agency, IP legal service, IP consultancy and international IP affairs. Sanyou is led by founder and president Qiang Li.
Beshining Law Office is a full-service law firm based in Shanghai, and has offices in Wuhan, Changsha, Qingdao, Xi’an, Hangzhou, Ningbo and Houston. Founded in 2013, the firm has more than 250 lawyers, patent attorneys and other legal and technical professionals. The firm is noted for its business-friendly approach to legal work; a client calls the advice it received from the firm’s lawyers “timely, innovative and practical.” The firm’s IP practice boasts lawyers with scientific backgrounds in fields including mechanical engineering, electronics, physics, biology and chemistry. In 2021, senior partners Weikun Zhong and Xiaorong Wang both joined the firm.
Beyond Attorneys At Law has been growing steadily since it was established in 2004. With more than 700 employees, the firm provides work on the full range of IP services, including patent, trademark, copyright, domain name and others. Founder Larry Min is a key contact of the firm
Borsam Intellectual Property is headquartered in Shenzhen with offices in Hong Kong, Xiamen and Fuzhou. Including founding partners Zhizheng Lin, Ming Zhang and Dong Lin, the team comprises about 60 staff members with patent and trademark attorneys serving both domestic and international clients across fields of biological, electronic, mechanical, chemical, arts and telecommunications.
Based in Beijing, Boss & Young IP Legal Office provides law services in the full field of IP. Since its formal establishment in 1999, it has provided services to many multinational corporations as well as Chinese companies for their IP needs including trademark, patent and copyright. The firm is a sister entity of Boss & Young Attorneys at Law based in Shanghai, and has branch offices in Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Suzhou, Chongqing, Hangzhou and other cities across China.
Bridgeon Law Firm is a Beijing-based firm focusing on IP and corporate commercial law business, specializing in handling large-scale IP litigation. The firm is good at strategic planning of patent layout, and has rich experience in litigation rights protection. It has also participated in the formulation of many industry and national standards. Partner Youping Ma is a key contact.
Led by Chuanhong Long, CCPIT Patent and Trademark Law Office is the oldest and one of the largest full-service IP law firms in China. The firm has 213 patent attorneys and 60 trademark attorneys, and more than 100 employees with lawyer’s qualification. The firm provides consultation, prosecution, mediation, administrative enforcement and litigation services relating to patents, trademarks, copyright, domain names, trade secrets, trade dress, unfair competition and related matters. Headquartered in Beijing, it has branch offices in New York, Silicon Valley, Tokyo, Madrid, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Shanghai. The firm won multiple awards at the 2022 Asia IP China Awards, including trademark and patent prosecution as well as IP firm of the year.
Named trademark prosecution firm of the year at the 2022 Asia IP China Awards, Chang Tsi & Partners has been providing full-service IP support to companies in China for nearly two decades, priding itself as representing more US Fortune 500 companies than any other Chinese firms. Clients who testify to the firm’s role in their Asia strategy include Twitter and Campbell Soup. Founding partner Spring Chang and managing partner Simon Tsi lead a team of about 350 staff from the firm’s Beijing headquarters, with offices in Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Nanning, Hong Kong, Hainan and Seoul. Kim Lu has been promoted to partner at the firm.
China Patent Agent (H.K.) has a full-service offering incorporating both prosecution and litigation strengths. The firm advises both domestic and overseas clients from its main office in Hong Kong, supported by a network of offices in Beijing, Shenzhen, Shanghai, New York, Tokyo and Munich. Top management includes Yanfeng Xiong, Jingchao Wang, Shaohui Yuan and Yuhe Wu, who oversee 560 staff members, including 230 patent attorneys, 34 trademark attorneys and 85 attorneys-at-law. The firm won two awards at the 2022 Asia IP China Awards, including patent litigation and licensing and franchising firms of the year.
Specializing in the science and technology sector, China Science Patent & Trademark Agent emerged from being the exclusive agent working under the state funded national research institute Chinese Academy of Sciences in the 1990s to become a private firm. The firm now has approximately 300 professionals in offices of Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Wuhan, Hong Kong, Osaka, Tokyo and Washington. Each professional in the highly-technical firm holds at least one science or engineering degree, and over a third has research background prior to practicing patent law. The firm is led by senior partner Liyan Zhang, who also serves as the chairman of the board.
China Sinda Intellectual Property is known for its work on a wide spectrum of IP matters; it has offices in Beijing, Washington, Tokyo, Singapore, Hong Kong and Munich. More than 300 experienced team members serve clients worldwide with leverage of digitization which made it one of the first “paperless offices” among IP law firms in China. Senior partner Sherrie An is a key contact.
Beijing-based Chofn IP provides a range of IP services as well as legal technology solutions. The firm is led by managing partner Tingxi Huo and Xiangyun Jin. Huo has been involved in applications for trademark registration, opposition, reexamination, investigation in infringe-ment, litigation and strate-gic planning for enterprise trademark since 1998. He is also the author of The Clas-sification of Similar Goods and Services for Registra-tion of Trademarks in the People’s Republic of China, a must-have reference book for trademark agents and practitioners in related industries. Jin specializ-es in technical fields such as photo-electricity, me-chanics, semi-conductor and telecommunication. His practice covers patent search, infringement anal-ysis, drafting, prosecution, reexamination, invalida-tion and litigation for in-vention, utility model and designs.
Co-effort Law Firmhas provided litigation support to many of the world’s leading companies in the areas of online game, computer software, chemical, pharmaceutical, IT, coating, media and e-com-merce. The team also provides extensive non-litigation support to government agencies, trade associations, cultural organizations and initiatives. The firm was named copyright firm of the year at the 2022 Asia IP China Awards. Senior part-ner Gang Fu is a key contact.
DeHeng Law Offices were founded in 1993; today, it has 3,000 legal service professionals in 38 domestic offices and 11 international offices, including Hong Kong, The Hague, New York, Paris and Dubai, as well as in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Laos. The firm offers the full range of corporate, commercial and criminal expertise in addition to its intellectual property, technology and international trade practices. Partner Yamei (Michelle) Lv in Beijing specializes in civil and commercial litigation and arbitration and the enforcement of judgments (or awards), especially in the areas of intellectual property, labour disputes and enterprise management risk control. Shanghai-based Zhe (Cheney) Chen has represented domestic companies, multinational enterprises, inventors and other individuals in a variety of IPR issues; he is especially skilled at computer software, database technology, big data, communication technology, signal analysis and processing matters.
In November 2015, Dentons became the largest law firm in the world through a merger with Chinese law firm Dacheng, and through other merger deals occurring around the same time. The firm operates 45 offices in China alone. Senior partner Mingyue Dun is the key contact for Dentons’ IP and technology practice, having represented clients such as ExxonMobil, Nike and Hennessy & Co. The firm, known by Dentons in most of the world, is known as 大成 – Dacheng – in China. The firm won Asia Pacific copyright firm of the year at the 2021 Asia IP Awards.
After becoming private in 2001 from its roots as the Patent Service Center of the state-owned Ministry of Information Industry, DEQI Intellectual Propertyhas its own patent and trademark attorneys providing a range of IP support including patent prosecution, trademark registration, copyright recordation, customs action, negotiation and litigation. Patent attorney Shihua Chen is a key contact.
Beijing-based Dragon IP represents leading foreign companies through its offices in Suzhou, Hebei and Hunan, as well as overseas branches in Japan, the United States and Europe. The integrated IP firm has over 300 staff providing services in patent, trademark, copyright, domain name and other related matters. Partner Xianying Jin is a key contact.
Full-service law firm Duan and Duan’s IP practice is led by partner Y. Tony Song and Spring Liu from its Shanghai headquarters. Song is noted for his work dealing with complex disputes both inside and outside China, representing clients such as Microsoft, Lucent, Monsanto, Rohm, ContiGroup, 3M and Tetra Pak.Intellectual property is a major practice area of East & Concord Partners. The firm, which was named copyright firm of the year at the 2022 Asia IP China Awards, has a team with extensive experience that has successfully rendered legal services to domestic and foreign clients. They have aided numerous enterprises in acquiring copyright, trademarks, logos and patents for effective protection. Partners Bing Guan and Charles Feng are key contacts.
Fairsky Law Firm has strong prosecution and litigation practices for patents and trademarks, and is both an IP agency and a litigation firm. The firm focuses on IP services and commercial dispute resolution. Dan Chen is a key contact at the firm, where she leads the trademark team. She is a recognized 2021 Asia IP Expert for trademarks.
Fangda Partners has a standout team in the market representing clients on a range of IP registration and protection matters, as well as handling technology transfer, licensing and protection of confidential information in China. It has commendable technical skills in relation to trademarks, copyright and antitrust work. Its leading practitioners include Daniel Huang and James Hu, who have represented global clients such as Watson Pharmaceutical, Rolex and New Balance.
With a team of lawyers that includes former IP judges and senior in-house counsels, FenXun Partners collaborates with courts, local authorities and private investigators to take swift actions to protect client interests. Through the Baker & McKenzie FenXun Joint Operation Office in Shanghai, it provides international and local legal solutions to help protect, enhance, and maximize the value of clients’ IPRs everywhere. Partner Aggie Liu and Binxin Li are key contacts. Counsel Lu Zhang joined the firm in July 2021.
Fieldfisher merged with the former Beijing-based JS Partners in November 2016 under a Swiss verein, giving the UK-based firm access to the China market. JS Partners has adopted the Fieldfisher brand and will remain a licensed Chinese law firm with the ability to practice all aspects of Chinese law, a setup similar to the one used in the 2012 King & Wood merger with Australian firm Mallesons Stephen Jacques and the 2015 merger between Dentons and Dacheng Law Offices. IP partner Laura Feng is a key contact.
Ge Cheng & Co is a Beijing-based intellectual property specialist. Its clients include small enterprises, multinational corporations, universities and research institutions and Chinese companies in fields including electronics, biochemistry, engineering, publications, entertainment and education. Managing partner David Cheng has an LL.M. from the Peking University law school and an M.D. from China Medical University and has a past career as a medical researcher. He is a former vice president of NTD Patent & Trademark Agency and a former senior partner at Jeekai & Partners; he undertook many prosecutions and litigations relating to biochemistry, biotechnology and pharmaceutical matters.
Based in Beijing, GEN Law Firm hashandled IP litigation and transactional matters for semiconductor, wireless, pharmaceutical and medical device patents; difficult bad faith trademarks as well as cross-border trade secrets. Partners Steve Zhao and Wen Zou are key contacts.
The history of Global Law Office in Beijing dates back to the establishment of the legal consultant office of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade in 1979. The firm was renamed in 1984 to take an international perspective on its business. The firm has been involved in a number of key cases, including the 2019 Redbull trademark case. It also represented the China Chamber of International Commerce in a high-profile Section 301 investigation initiated by the United States with respect to China’s technology acts, policies and practices in 2017. The firm was named licensing & franchising, and technology, media & telecoms firm of the year at the 2022 Asia IP China Awards.
Founded in 2007 by Tim Meng, GoldenGateLawyers began with six lawyers and now has about 20 professionals who are able to work on comprehensive IP disputes and other IP-related matters. The firm has represented a wide range of clients worldwide, including Cambridge University and Samsung. Linda Zhao and Frank Chen are key contacts.
Han Kun Law Offices is a full-service firm with offices in Beijing, Shang-hai, Shenzhen, Haikou, Wuhan and Hong Kong. Its intellectual property capa-bilities including patents, trademarks, copyright, proprietary technology, trade secrets, trade dress, breeders’ rights and inte-grated circuit layout de-sign. Lilli Wu is a key con-tact at the firm. She is a recognized 2021 Asia IP Ex-pert for patents, enforce-ment, IP litigation, and IT & telecoms-related work.
Intellectual proper-ty is HengDu Law Firm’s cornerstone business, with patent and trademark be-ing its specialty. Its IP team is led by senior partners Yinying Zhang, who heads the patent department, and Wen Zhong, who is director of Hengdu’s national legal centre. Headquartered in Beijing, the firm has more than 1,700 professionals working in 23 branch-es across China, including Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Nanjing, Hang-zhou, Tianjin, Chengdu Qingdao, Chongqing, Quanzhou, Wuhan, Zhengzhou, Xi’an, Kunming, Haikou, Sanya, Kunshan, Rizhao, and Danyan. The firm won the award for pharma, bio-tech & life sciences firm of the year at the 2022 Asia IP China Awards.
HFG Law & Intellectual Property provides services in contentious and non-contentious matters in conjunction with commercial and corporate law services from Shanghai and Beijing offices. In particular, the firm has strong expertise in oil and chemicals, food and beverage, luxury and fashion, internet, gaming, retail, cosmetics, automotive, pharmaceuticals and machinery accessories. Partners Fabio Giacopello and Reinout van Malenstein are among the firm’s IP experts. The firm was named trademark and patent litigation firm of the year at the 2022 Asia IP China Awards, as well as winning the award for Shanghai firm of the year.
Established in 1995, Hiways Law Firm is a comprehensive legal service provider, with IP being one of its major practice groups. As a member of TAG Law, an international alliance of independent law firms, it works closely with more than 300 law and accounting firms in over 150 jurisdictions to provide services to local and overseas clients. In addition, it has established strategic partnership with the Intellectual Property Academy of East China University of Political Science and Law, which grants the firm support from experts and professors. The firm was named enforcement firm of the year at the 2022 Asia IP China Awards. Apart from its headquarters in Shanghai, it also has offices in Beijing, Changsha, Zhengzhou, Chengdu, Shenyang, Kunming, Jinan, Harbin, Xi’an, Chongqing, Changzhou and Urumqi.
With offices in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Beijing, HongFangLaw was named a enforcement firm of the year at the 2022 Asia IP China Awards under the leadership of managing partner Xu Zhang. The firm’s services include trademark, patent, copyright, court proceeding, licensing, legal risk assessment, contracts, customs and due diligence.
Intellectual property is one of the key practice areas of Hui Ye Law Firm, which is based in Shanghai and was one of the first law firms in China to provide comprehensive IP legal services. Its practice covers all aspects of patent, trademark, copyright, domain name, and anti-unfair competition, including prosecution, licensing and transaction, and enforcement. A few of the firm’s IP litigation cases were selected and listed as the “guiding IP cases” or “exemplary IP cases” by the Supreme People’s Court or the relevant High People’s Courts. The firm endorses a multi-disciplinary approach, in which its IP team advises clients along with other practice groups on matters related to IP, such as financing, IPO on China’s Sci-Tech innovation board, mergers and acquisitions, restructuring, disposal of IP in bankruptcy etc.
Hylands Law Firm is a full-service law firm with an IP practice led by Xiaogang Ma, a founding partner and renowned Chinese IP expert. Besides traditional IP services such as copyright, trademark and patent registration and administrative services, including dispute resolution, Hylands also offers consultancy services in corporate, investment and financial affairs with respect to IP, ranging from commercial market development and franchising to corporate training. The firm has multiple offices across China, with Beijing being the headquarters.
Beijing-based IntellecPro offers a full range of intellectual property services to both domestic and foreign clients, including many Fortune 500 companies. Key areas of expertise include services related to trademarks, patents, copyright issues, software, integrated circuits, domain names, investigations and enforcement action, customs-related IP protection, litigation, and patent and legal translation. Hu Qi and Tianying Zhao are key contacts, and have both been recognized as 2021 Asia IP Experts.
Named enforcement firm of the year at the 2022 Asia IP China Awards, IP Leader Attorneys-at-Law is a Qingdao-based firm with offices in the heart of city’s Laoshan financial district, as well as the Qingdao Research and Innovation Center in the China Electronics Optics Valley. Established in 2007, the firm has built a team of legal professionals with comprehensive accomplishments, including adjunct experts of the China (Yantai) Intellectual Property Protection Centre, deputy director of Intellectual Property Committee of the Shandong Lawyer Association, member of the Qingdao Intellectual Property Research Association etc.
Formerly the Co-Talent Intellectual Property Firm, IP March was established in March 2016 and provides comprehensive legal services for patents (inventions, utility models and designs), trademarks, copyright and anti-unfair competition. The firm’s patent attorneys can serve clients in Chinese, English, Japanese, German and French. In October 2021, the firm established a European liaison office in Frankfurt, and appointed a qualified European patent attorney as the director of this office. It also opened a new branch office in Changsha in 2022. The firm was named patent litigation firm, and pharma, biotech & life sciences firm of the year at the 2022 Asia IP China Awards. Managing partner Stephen Yang and partner Nina Li are key contacts.
IPO Pang Xingpu is known as one of the oldest joint venture law firms and operates as a leading international boutique firm out of Shanghai with affiliate offices in the United States. IPO’s IP practice boasts a team of seasoned IP lawyers, litigators, advisory counsel, agents and investigators who handle all aspects of IP law with a focus on infringement protection and enforcement. The firm is led by founder and chairman Peter Pang, who himself focuses on intellectual property, foreign direct investment and labour law after serving as IP counsel at major companies such as Shell Oil.
Based in Beijing, Yunze Lian is the founder and head of Jadong IP Law Firm (formerly the Aaison IP Law Firm). Founded in 2018, this young boutique firm is dedicated to providing full services of IP. The firm has six specialized teams, namely: trademark, patent, copyright, anti-counterfeiting, litigation and domain name.
Jeekai & Partners provides advice in patent, trademark and copyright matters, as well as representation in litigation. The Beijing-based IP firm employs about 120 people, including 80 patent attorneys and technical specialists, eight trademark attorneys and 20 patent administrators. Senior partner Robin R. Zhao and Mo Guo, manager of the patent administration department, are key contacts.
Based in Beijing with 12 other offices across China and one in Tokyo, Jincheng Tongda & Neal’s IP practice services international and domestic clients in a broad array of areas including IP and trade secret protection, technology transfer, technical service, trademark licensing and lawsuits related to patents, trademarks and software. Clients are predominantly companies involved with high technology, extending from startups to MNCs in a variety of industrial sectors including chemical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, IT, semiconductors, telecommunications, materials, electronics, software, multimedia, manufacturing and finance. Senior partner Linyan Ma is a key contact.
Founded in the early 1990s, Jingtian & Gongcheng is a full-service business law firm headquartered in Beijing, with offices in Shanghai, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Tianjin, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Guangzhou, Sanya and Hong Kong. The firm maintains more than 200 partners and around 500 lawyers and legal assistants. Its IP department is recognized for achievement in recreation law, copyright infringement, invalidation and verification of patent, internet improper competition, standard essential patent, and anti-monopoly. The firm was named patent litigation, and technology, media & telecoms firm of the year at the 2022 Asia IP China Awards.
Jin Mao Law Firm handlescontentious and non-contentious copyright, patent and trademark work. The patent team maintains solid cooperation with the Shanghai Intellectual Property Service Center and the Shanghai Zhangjiang High-Tech Park IP Service Platform, and is entrusted to manage the IP service platform operation of Shanghai Zhangjiang National Independent Innovation Pilot Zone in the districts of Jinshan, Fengxian, Baoshan and Putuo. Partner Jun Guo and Rui Qiang Xie are key contacts. Alibaba and Huawei are clients.
JunHe is a full-service firm that is home to over 880 professionals, including more than 240 partners and legal counsels and 640 associates and legal translators. Its Beijing head office is supported by 12 branches and fully-licensed offices across China as well as New York and Silicon Valley. The firm has represented the Chinese affiliate of iRobot Corporate in patent infringement litigation and supported BMW Group in its entire trademark process in China.
Headquartered in Beijing with offices across China, JunZeJun Law Offices’ IP practice covers patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret and domain name matters in the telecommunications, electronics, software, semiconductor, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, e-commerce, media and other traditional sectors. Partner Jie Ma and Liangyong Liu are key contacts. Last year, the firm established a new office in Nanchang. The firm was named enforcement and technology, media & telecoms firm of the year at the 2022 Asia IP China Awards.
Named trademark litigation firm of the year at the 2022 Asia IP China Awards, Kangxin Partners has grown into one of the leading IP firms in China; its head office is in Beijing, and affiliate offices are cross the country as well as in Germany, the United States and Japan. The group is structured as four entities providing IP support, litigation, consulting and training services, respectively. Managing partner Samson Yu ranks as one of the top patent attorneys in the country. Gloria Wu, Shirley Dong, James Chen and Gary Wu are other key IP practitioners. In 2021, the firm opened new offices in Wuhan, Hangzhou, Guangzhou, Qingdao and Dongguan.
The IP team at global law firm King & Wood Mallesons advises on all areas of IP including copyright, domain name, dispute and enforcement, licensing and exploitation, trademark as well as patent. The firm’s clients include some of the most famous household brands in the world such as Nestlé and Colgate-Palmolive, and recent works include patent filing and prosecution for IBM and patent litigation efforts for ABB.
Kingvie Lawyers was founded in 2020 as a full-service law firm, providing IP and corporate and commercial legal services across the country. Dajian Wu is the firm’s managing director; Jianxin Li is director at the firm. The firm’s partners get high marks for being easily accessible to clients and available at every stage of the transaction.
LexField Law Offices is a Beijing-based IP firm, where the trademark and dispute resolution group is led by senior partner Jan Liu, who is widely recognized as one of China’s foremost trademark attorneys. David Huang leads the patent and dispute resolution group, and managing partner Hongyi Jiang oversees copyright and other IP-related offerings.
Lifang & Partners is headquartered in Beijing with regional offices in Guangzhou, Wuhan, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Seoul. Operating mainly in the spaces of IP, antitrust, commercial and dispute resolution, some of Lifang’s most notable IP cases include representing Samsung in patent disputes with Huawei. Partner Guanbin Xie is a key contact.
Linda Liu & Partners was founded in 2003; today, the firm has offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou and Dalian. The firm provides services including patent and trademark prosecution, IP litigation, anti-counterfeit, evidence gathering of IP infringement, copyright, unfair copetition, license contract for technology or trademark, preservation of evidence for prior use right, search of patent documents, analysis of tracing investigation of trademark applications etc.
Noted for its work in patent prosecution, Liu, Shen & Associates is recommended by clients for smooth interactions in terms of workflow management and expertise. Perry Yang, one of the firm’s founders, specializes in patent filing, prosecution and invalidation proceedings in the field of mechanical engineering. Yang has over 30 years of experience and comes highly recommended; past work includes representing a major international toy manufacturer and successfully having two of the client’s trademarks recognized by the court as well-known trademarks.
Established in 1994 in Hong Kong, Lung Tin IP Attorneys is one of the first private Chinese IP firms approved by the government to represent international clients in China. These days, the firm is a prominent full-service IP firm led by founding partner and president Tai Keung Cheng, who trained and worked as a scientist at the Research Institute of the China Aviation Department, focusing on patent and trademark management and technology transfer. The firm has more than 400 staff members spread over nine offices, including its headquarters in Beijing, plus Shanghai, Shenzhen, Shenyang, Xi’an, Xiamen, Hong Kong, Osaka and New York. The firm was named patent prosecution and copyright firm of the year at the 2022 Asia IP China Awards.
NTD IP Attorneys was established in 1987 and has main offices in Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai, and liaison offices in Munich, Silicon Valley and Tokyo. With over 500 staff members, NTD provides IP services to all major industrials including mechanics and electrical engineering to high-growth technologies such as communications, computer network and biotechnology. Senior partner Christopher Shen is a key contact. The firm was named patent prosecution and licensing & franchising firm of the year at the 2022 Asia IP China Awards.
IP boutique Panawell & Partners advises on all aspects of intellectual property protection, as well as on IP investment, strategy and management. William Yang is a key contact for trademark matters; he previously served the Ministry of Supervision of the PRC and as deputy director of the legal affairs department at a large IP law firm. Shute Shu Xu is recommended for his work in patents; he was an assistant research fellow of the Institute of High-Energy Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences as, engaging in accelerator design and routine operation, before beginning his IP career with CCPIT and China Patent Agent (H.K.)
PC & Associates has offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, as well as representative offices in Hong Kong and San Francisco. The firm has about 100 staff members, including 36 patent attorneys, 12 trademark attorneys and 24 attorneys-at-law, 16 of whom have two or more qualifications. The firm’s litigators are well-respected. Managing partner Dong Wei and senior partner Yan Zhao are key contacts.
Founded in 2003, Peksung IP aims to provide agile and efficient legal solutions for multinational and Fortune 500 companies, boasting clients such as Bayer, BASF, Allergan and Porsche. Managing partner Jiancheng Jiang is a key contact and under his leadership, the firm was named pharma, biotech & life sciences firm of the year at the 2022 Asia IP China Awards.
R&P China Lawyers is a Shanghai-based, China-licensed boutique law firm that supports international business in the country through a variety of practice areas, including IP. Managing director and founder Maarten Roos leads the firm to represent major European and American companies with business interests in China, and is himself an expert to the China IPR SME Helpdesk and the EU initiative to educate small businesses on IP protection in China.
Based in Guangzhou, Schinders Law providesintellectual property protection as well as litigation and arbitration services in the fields of copyright, patent and trademark in a variety of industry sectors.Managing partner Henry Liao is a key contact.
Shangcheng & Partners is headquartered in Beijing, with branches in Shanghai and Tokyo. Firm president Chun Long served in 1984 as director of the patent agency at what is now the State Food and Drug Administration, then worked with a Japanese patent law firm, before co-founding Jeekai & Partners and, in 2008, Shangcheng & Partners. The firm focuses on patent prosecution and counselling, trademark and design work, IP litigation and search due diligence and transactional work.
Led by Frank Liu, Shanghai Pacific Legal’s IP services cover all aspects of patents, trademarks, copyright, trade secrets and domain names in the fields of, in particular, telecommunications, electronics, software, semiconductors, integrated circuit design, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, e-business, media as well as other traditional industrial areas.
Shanghai Patent & Trademark Law Office is one of the oldest and largest IP firms in China. Many of its attorneys are members of INTA, AIPPI, LESI and other organizations. It has offices in Beijing as well as Hong Kong and is headquartered in Shanghai. Patent attorney Jia Lu is a key contact.
Partner Jason Sun and Robert Chanestablished Sun & Chan Intellectual Property in May 2016 to provide domestic and foreign clients with legal services for patents (invention patents, utility models, designs), trademarks, copyright and anti-unfair competition. Industry sectors served include machinery, chemistry, biotechnology, medicine, metallurgy, electronics, communication, semiconductors, computer software and hardware.
Founded in 1995, Tee & Howe Intellectual Property Attorneys is a comprehensive firm licensed by the China Patent Office primarily focusing on foreign IP service. Its practice covers all aspects of IP including patent, trademark and copyright, and encompasses all phases of administrative and judicial services such as pursuing, maintaining and licensing. The expert areas include biotechnology, pharmaceutical, chemistry, computer hardware and software. It has over 200 employees, including about 80 patent attorneys and 30 patent engineers, 10 trademark attorneys, five attorneys-at-law, 28 administrative and civil agents ad litem approved by the Supreme People’s Court, three foreign patent attorneys and several foreign experts. The firm was named enforcement firm of the year at the 2022 Asia IP China Awards.
Named a copyright firm of the year at the 2022 Asia IP China Awards, Beijing-based Tiantai Law Firm is made up of more than 600 practicing lawyers, most of whom have worked within the Chinese government, which gives them the contacts needed to influence IP law, whether through the legislative, judiciary or executive government departments. Senior partner Cherry Guo is a key contact.
Founded in 1992, Tian Yuan Law Office isheadquartered in Beijing with branch offices in Shanghai, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Hangzhou, Xi’an, Haikou, Suzhou, Guangzhou, Hefei, Kunming and Hong Kong. It is a general-service Chinese law firm that provides legal support for ma licensing & franchising firm of the year at the 2022 Asia IP China Awards.ny transactions involving complex IP issues. Partner Yan Sun has represented clients in a number of well-known dispute resolution or settlement cases in China. The firm was named
Founded in the early 1980s, TransAsia Lawyers boasts a team of 70 professionals, who provide service from offices located in Beijing, Shanghai, an associated office in Hong Kong and an alliance office in Tokyo. It has advised some of the most prominent global and Chinese tech, telecom, media and consumer product companies on IP-related matters, as well as advising global and local publishers on copyright protection, anti-piracy work, license-driven China distribution and partnerships, copyright licensing packages, and contracting with domestic and overseas authors, producers and publishers for publishing and distribution, and TV and film adaptations. The firm was named copyright, and technology, media & telecoms firm of the year at the 2022 Asia IP China Awards.
Twelve Tables Law Firm has merged with Yuanhe to create a new firm called Yuanhe & Twelve Tables Law Firm. Yuanhe is an established, award-winning law firm which specializes in dispute resolution, intellectual property, capital markets and American legal services. Over the years, Yuanhe has provided services to some of the world’s most innovative companies, earning their trust and representing them in domestic and international high-profile, high-stakes cases. Twelve Tables lawyers specialize in IP and antitrust litigation. The firm’s attorneys, led by founding partners Hairuo Zhang, Andy Xiang and Bob Jin, have handled more than 200 complicated and trans-border IP cases, included 20 cases won before China’s Supreme Court. Six cases have been named to the Supreme Court’s Top IP Cases list, and three have been named representative cases by the Beijing High Court, the Beijing IP Court and the Shanghai IP Court. Zhang, a former KWM and Baker McKenzie lawyer, has handled more than 100 of those cases. The merged firm’s chair will be Kirk Xing; its managing partner will be Hairuo Zhang.
Unitalen Attorneys at Law houses a large number of attorneys, paralegals and clerks to serve clients from its Beijing headquarters and 22 other offices in China including Shanghai, Shenzhen and Hong Kong. With additional offices in Tokyo, Munich and San Francisco, Unitalen prides itself in representing a diverse range of clients from startups to Fortune 500 companies such as Tencent. President Bradley Yu is a key contact. The firm won multiple awards at the 2022 Asia IP China Awards, including trademark litigation and Beijing firm of the year.
With offices in 11 major Chinese cities, Beijing-based Wanhuida Intellectual Property is now home for 50 IP-related partners, who handle trademark and patent issues including litigation and enforcement. Partner Jason Yao has been highly regarded by clients for profound knowledge of IP issues, and comprehensive approach in dealing with complex legal issues. With offices in 11 major Chinese cities, Beijing-based WanhuidaIntellectual Property is now home for 50 IP-related partners, who handle trademark and patent issues including litigation and enforcement. Partner Jason Yao has been highly regarded by clients for profound knowledge of IP issues, and comprehensive approach in dealing with complex legal issues.
Watson & Band’s IP team consists of professionals including lawyers, agents, engineers, professors, scientific researchers and senior consultants. Fields served include chemistry, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, machinery, electronics, telecommunications, data, optical physics, automatic control, metallic materials and semiconductors. Their services include agency and consulting, enforcement and litigation as well as commercial. Director Yiwen Huang is a key contact.
Based in Shanghai, Yang & Associates has handled many trademark applications, and has also handled invention, utility model, design and PCT patent applications. Founding partner Zi Luo Liu and Jia He Yang are key contacts.
Yingke Law Firm is a global commercial law firm based in Beijing that has a network of affiliated offices across 104 international cities. Positioning itself at the heart of China’s Belt and Road initiative, Yingke has signed a cooperation agreement with DFDL Legal and Tax, a full-service law firm that specializes in emerging markets in the ASEAN region.
Yuanhe has merged with Twelve Tables Law Firm to create a new firm called Yuanhe & Twelve Tables Law Firm. Yuanhe is an established, award-winning law firm which specializes in dispute resolution, intellectual property, capital markets and American legal services. Over the years, Yuanhe has provided services to some of the world’s most innovative companies, earning their trust and representing them in domestic and international high-profile, high-stakes cases. Twelve Tables lawyers specialize in IP and antitrust litigation. The firm’s attorneys, led by founding partners Hairuo Zhang, Andy Xiang and Bob Jin, have handled more than 200 complicated and trans-border IP cases, included 20 cases won before China’s Supreme Court. Six cases have been named to the Supreme Court’s Top IP Cases list, and three have been named representative cases by the Beijing High Court, the Beijing IP Court and the Shanghai IP Court. Zhang, a former KWM and Baker McKenzie lawyer, has handled more than 100 of those cases. The merged firm’s chair will be Kirk Xing; its managing partner will be Hairuo Zhang.
Yuhong is based in Beijing; its president,Dajian Wu, has been named China’s National Outstanding Patent Attorney by the State Council of China. He previously served as president of China Patent Agent (H.K.). With branches in Changsha, Chengdu, Shenzhen and Jinzhou, the firm provides a full range of IP services, including patent drafting and its own translation company.
Headquartered in Beijing with offices in Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Wuhan, Chengdu, Chongqing, Qingdao, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Haikou, Hong Kong, Tokyo, London, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Almaty, the IP department at Zhong Lun Law Firm has lawyers as well as trademark and patent agents providing a full range of services including litigation, due diligence, licensing, application, strategizing and portfolio management. Equity partner Jihong Chen is a key contact.
Zhongzi Law Office is a leading full-service firm with over 300 professionals in China. Its IP practice encompasses patent, trademark, copyright, unfair competition, trade secret, franchising, licensing, IP management and transaction; and extend to other IP support services such as advertising, technical document search and translation. The IP group’s primary contacts are partners Bonan Lin, Chengen Duan and Gesheng Huang.
Established in 1998, ZY Partners has a prominent IP litigation practice with experience in conducting trials and appellate work in the areas of patent, copyright, trademark, unfair competition and trade secret. All partners are experienced litigators, each with about 20 years of experience; some have even worked in courts or at the CNIPA, and a few of their cases have been published as guiding precedents. The firm also has a strong patent prosecution team specialized in electronics, telecoms, semiconductor, IT, mechanical engineering, solar/nuclear energies, biotech, pharmaceuticals and chemical engineering. The firm manages trademark portfolios for MNCs in a wide range of industries as well. Partner Richard Huang is a key contact.
International Law Firms
Swedish law firm Awapatent operates its Asia units out of AWA Asia in Hong Kong and AWA Asia’s wholly-owned Chinese IP consultancy, AWA IP (Beijing). Ai-Leen Lim serves as the chief executive officer and principal counsel of AWA Asia, and serves mainland Chinese, Hong Kong and international clients with a focus on brand management and social media matters. AWA IP (Beijing) is a licensed PRC trademark agency that is able to file and enforce trademarks directly in China before the Trademark Office and the administrative authorities. Patent attorney Hongyue Li has joined the firm since August 2021. The firm was named China international trademark firm of the year at 2021 Asia IP Awards.
Named Asia IP international copyright firm of the year for China and trademark firm of the year for Asia Pacific in 2021, Baker McKenzie has offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, and maintains an impressive team of IP specialists backed by an international network. Senior partner Loke-Khoon Tan and Isabella Liu are key contacts.
Named winner for China international patent firm of the year and Asia Pacific patent firm of the year at 2021 Asia IP Awards, Bird & Bird established its Hong Kong office in 1995, followed by Beijing in 2004 and Shanghai in 2008. The international firm entered into an association with local firm Lawjay Partners in 2009 to increase coverage in contentious IP matters in Chinese courts. The China and Hong Kong team is led by partner Matthew Laight, who has represented some of the world’s leading companies in a broad range of sectors including electronics, pharmaceuticals, communications, information technology, media, broadcasting, and food and beverage.
The intellectual property team at Clyde & Co in advises international clients on contentious and non-contentious intellectual property matters, with a focus on strategic protection, exploitation, and enforcement of patents, trademarks, copyright as well as trade secrets. They provide strategies for optimizing IP portfolios across the Asia Pacific region and cross-border patent, trademark and copyright disputes as well.
Deacons combines one of the most established teams in Hong Kong with a solid presence in China. Assisting global brands including 50 of the world’s top 100 brands as identified by Interbrand, the very capable IP practice operates out of the firm’s Hong Kong main office. Key contacts are partners Annie Tsoi, Charmaine Koo and Catherine Zheng.
In November 2015, Dentons became the largest law firm in the world through a merger with Chinese law firm Dacheng, and through other mergers occurring around the same time. The firm operates 45 offices in China alone. Senior partner Mingyue Dun is the key contact for Dentons’ IP and technology practice, having represented clients such as ExxonMobil, Nike and Hennessy & Co. The firm, known by Dentons in most of the world, is known as 大成 – Dacheng – in China. The firm won Asia Pacific copyright firm of the year at the 2021 Asia IP Awards.
DLA Piper’s intellectual property and technology practice encompasses nearly 500 lawyers in over 24 countries, with DLA Beijing managing partner Horace Lam co-heading IPT to provide greater China coverage across Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. Edward Chatterton is a key contact.
- Advance China IP Law Office
- Beijing East IP
- Beijing Gaowo Law Firm
- Beijing Sanyou Intellectual Property Agency
- Beshining Law Office
- Dragon IP
- East & Concord Partners
- Fairsky Law Office
- Ge Cheng & Co
- HFG Law & Intellectual Property
- Hylands Law Firm
- IP March
- Jeekai & Partners
- Peksung IP
- Shanghai Pacific Legal
- Shanghai Patent & Trademark Law Office
- Uni-intel Patent and Trademark Law Firm
- Wanhuida Intellectual Property
- Yuhong IP Law Firm
- AnJie Law Firm
- China Patent Agent (HK)
- China Sinda Intellectual Property
- Ge Cheng & Co
- GoldenGate Lawyers
- Han Kun Law Offices
- HFG Law & Intellectual Property
- IP March
- Lawjay Partners
- Lung Tin Intellectual Property
- Tee & Howe IP Attorneys
- Tiantai Law Firm
- Watson & Band
- Zhongzi Law Office
- ZY Partners
- An, Tian, Zhang & Partners
- Beijing Gaowo Law Firm
- Beijing Sanyou Intellectual Property Agency
- China Science Patent & Trademark Agent
- China Sinda Intellectual Property
- East & Concord Partners
- Fairsky Law Office
- HFG Law & Intellectual Property
- Hylands Law Firm
- IP March
- Lung Tin Intellectual Property
- Peksung IP
- Shanghai Pacific Legal
- Tee & Howe IP Attorneys
- Zhongzi Law Office