Shangcheng & Partners
Shangcheng & Partners is one of the premier IP law firms based in China and is authorised by the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) and the State Administration for Industry and Commerce of China. With a strategic presence in two of the most important cities in China – Beijing and Shanghai – the firm provides clients with greater choice and convenience. Shangcheng also has a branch office in Tokyo.
Professionals and working languages
The firm has a well-trained elite team with 130 employees practising in Chinese, English, Japanese and Korean. Of these, approximately 60 are attorneys at law, patent attorneys, trademark attorneys or patent engineers. More than 85% of the firm’s professionals attended prestigious universities and have advanced degrees in subjects including electronics, mechanical engineering, computer science, telecommunications, material science, chemistry, pharmaceutics and biotechnology. More than 40% of the firm’s professionals have overseas education or work experiences.
Practice areas and clients
Shangcheng serves clients around the globe in all areas of IP law and provides a full spectrum of services, including prosecution and counselling on patents and trademarks, copyrights and designs, IP searches, due diligence, IP licensing and transactions, and a variety of IP litigation. The firm’s clients range from major multinational corporations, research institutes and universities to small start-ups and individuals.
Strengths and values
The firm is well known for its highly professional, customised, efficient and client-focused services. The spirit of craftsmanship is the guiding principle of Shangcheng.
Shangcheng has extensive expertise in filing and prosecuting patent applications, with approximately 2,500 new applications being filed in China each year (over 80% are invention patent applications). In 2017 Shangcheng filed more than 2,600 new applications before the SIPO, of which over 85% were invention patent applications and over 94% were from foreign applicants. The firm displays its exceptionality in its grant rate of invention patents – nearly 82% by 2014 – which is among the highest rates in China.
Shangcheng’s reputation for professionalism has been widely endorsed by its clients and associates. The firm is honoured to be recognised among the top global IP firms for its achievements in patent prosecution. With a solid network of clients from leading IP firms worldwide, Shangcheng provides assistance to Chinese entities and individuals for IP affairs outside China and is the harbour firm to several foreign multinational corporations for global patent affairs.
Shangcheng has also achieved a remarkable record of success in patent invalidation and patent infringement litigation by organising a strong and experienced team of IP professionals to address complex and challenging IP affairs. Each professional has an average of more than 10 years practising experience and the ability to handle patent invalidation and litigation independently or as part of a team; this dynamic ensures the most valuable and practical solutions to clients’ needs.
From its inception, Shangcheng has achieved a win rate of over 90% in patent invalidation when representing petitioners and a win rate of over 50% when representing patentees. Moreover, Shangcheng has successfully assisted both domestic and foreign clients in their IP disputes in China, with a win rate of approximately 87% in patent infringement litigation.
Professional activities and up-to-date knowledge
As a standing committee member of the All-China Patent Attorneys Association, Shangcheng plays an active role in many of the important events in China’s IP industry calendar. The firm’s professionals remain up to date with the latest developments in IP practice by regularly participating in conferences, seminars and in-house experience-sharing activities. Shangcheng also informs foreign clients and associates of important developments in China through its quarterly newsletters.
Shangcheng & Partners
Ever Bright World Centre
28 West Ping An Li Avenue