Partner at Zhong Lun Law Firm
Helen Cheng is a partner at Zhong Lun Law Firm’s Shanghai office. She holds a master’s in science and an LLM from Stanford Law School. In addition to her New York Bar licence, Ms Cheng is admitted to both the Chinese Bar and the Chinese Patent Bar.
Ms Cheng has practised Chinese IP law since 2000. Her practice encompasses all aspects of intellectual property, including trade secret and know-how protection, patent and trademark litigation, licensing and technology transfers, IP due diligence and client counselling in a variety of industries. She has many years of first-hand Chinese litigation experience and has represented a number of influential and high-profile IP litigation cases in China. She also has extensive experience assisting multinational companies in structuring and negotiating cross-border IP and technology-related transactions, such as licensing, strategic alliances and joint ventures. She regularly provides IP counselling to multinational companies in acquiring technology and developing IP strategies for R&D activities in China, including advising on IP policies for R&D-related activities, strategies for trade secret protection and IP enforcement strategies in China.
Ms Cheng was recognised by Chambers & Partners as an Outstanding Young Partner (2014), a Leading Lawyer for IP Litigation (2014-2019) and a Leading Lawyer for Healthcare (2015-2019). She was also named among the Top 15 IP Lawyers in China (2016) by Asian Legal Business. Chambers & Partners states that she has “deep professional knowledge and very solid methodology”. She is praised by clients for “her business acumen as well as her communication skills and strategic approach” and “her understanding as well as quick and accurate grasp of key points, [which] helped her clients achieve their goals”.
Ms Cheng is an adjunct professor of the East China University of Politics and Law and the Koguan School of Law, Shanghai Jiaotong University. She has published numerous articles on IP protection in China in a number of influential periodicals and magazines.