At Zhongzi Law Office, we have built up the largest IP practice of the general commercial firms in China. The IP practice group provides the full range of services in all aspects of IP law, including counselling, prosecution, enforcement and litigation. The group’s practice encompasses patents, trademarks, copyright, unfair competition, trade secrets, trade dress, breeders’ rights, integrated circuit layout design, franchising, licensing, IP management and transactions. Our service further extends to other IP and technology-related matters, including advertising, consumer rights, product liability, technical document research and translation and administrative procedures relating to the pipeline product protection of pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals.
The patent team comprises highly experienced and specialised attorneys with degrees from the country’s leading universities and institutes in practically all fields of science and technology, including pharmaceuticals, biotech, chemistry, chemical engineering, telecommunications, computer science, electronics, material science, physics, machinery and mechanical engineering. While actively representing clients in traditional industries, we place an emphasis on high-tech areas: life sciences and healthcare, telecommunications and computer science.
The team’s attorneys have practised for over 20 years and have represented both domestic and foreign clients, including world-leading corporations and research institutions. They have experience in providing patentability counselling, infringement analysis and validity studies and opinions. Senior attorneys of the team are leading experts in patent matters in China and six of them are members of the All China Patent Attorneys Association Expert Committee. They have frequently provided consultation on patent law and practice, as well as the examination guidelines for competent authorities.
The trademark team consists of attorneys at law and trademark attorneys who have received education and training both in China and abroad, and have experience in representing clients in various industries, including automotive, computer/telecommunications, food and drinks, pharmaceuticals, advertising and entertainment. They are responsible for trademark and trade name clearance, registration, maintenance, transfer, licensing and enforcement. Attorneys in the team have handled trademark, domain name and related matters for leading domestic, international and multinational corporations, and are proactive in assisting clients in enforcing their rights. They have provided expert opinions regarding the revision of trademark laws and regulations, and have frequently provided opinions for competent authorities or submitted statements on complex trademark matters.
The litigation team provides proactive representation for clients that wish to enforce their rights through administrative and court proceedings. The team’s combined knowledge of legal procedures and technologies is particularly notable. The team includes both technical and legal experts with knowledge and mastery of litigation tactics and strategies and an understanding of key technical issues. Its attorneys have successfully assisted many clients in enforcing and defending their rights. Over the years, they have accumulated the experience, knowledge, expertise and skills needed to successfully guide clients – even in an uncertain enforcement environment. We are truly proud of their winning capabilities both in and out of court.
While emphasising the experience, expertise and knowledge of our attorneys, we do not underestimate how modern technologies can assist us in perfecting our service to clients. Our customised and reliable computer system has greatly improved our capacity to attend to renewals, annuity payments and IP portfolio management.
Members of the firm sit on the board of the China Intellectual Property Society and are directors of the Chinese group of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI). The firm’s attorneys are active members of many international IP organisations, including the International Trademark Association, the AIPPI and the Licensing Executives Society. They are frequently invited to give talks or presentations on laws and practices in China. Their articles have been published in numerous publications both at home and abroad.
7F New Era Building
26 Pinganli Xidajie
Bonan Lin, Managing partner
Xiaoguang Yang, Partner
Zheng Li, Partner
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