Xia Zheng

President at AFD China Intellectual Property Law Office

Xia Zheng is president and founder of AFD China Intellectual Property Law Office, where she is a patent attorney, trademark attorney and attorney at law. She started her IP career in 1987 and has since been actively involved in many areas of IP practice, especially IP strategy, prosecution, post-grant proceedings and IP-related litigation. She has helped clients to successfully obtain IP rights and win patent re-examinations and invalidations, trademark oppositions, cancellations, reviews, domain name disputes and lawsuits. She also counsels rights holders with regard to dispute solutions and legal analysis.

Ms Zheng actively participates in the industry and has been:

  • an adviser on IP services to the Beijing Innovation and Entrepreneurship Medium in 2018;
  • named a National IP Talent by the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) since 2016;
  • named Outstanding Patent Attorney of the Year by the Beijing Patent Attorney Association (BPAA) in 2014;
  • named an excellent legal professional by the Beijing Haidian Judicial Bureau in 2012;
  • honoured for significant contributions to the Chinese patent and IP industries by the CNIPA in 2010;
  • named an excellent patent professional by the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1997; and
  • elected as director of the All-China Patent Attorneys Association, standing director of the BPAA and director of the Beijing Intellectual Property Association.

Before founding AFD, Ms Zheng was a patent engineer and patent attorney. She also advanced from department director to general director assistant to director and partner of an IP firm. Her prior in-house IP work has included patent management, prosecution, foreign filing and analysis. Her industry experience includes research work at the Research Institute relating to catalytic cracking processes in petroleum processing and work at Human Genome Sciences.

Ms Zheng obtained an MSc in organic chemistry and biochemistry from the University of Illinois, an MEn in petroleum processing from SINOPEC Research Institute of Petroleum Processing and a master’s in IP law from Franklin Pierce Law Centre, University of New Hampshire.

Professional associations

  • ACPAA
  • AIPPI
  • INTA

Firm details

AFD China Intellectual Property Law Office
Technology Fortune Centre Tower B
16th Floor Suite 1601A
8 Xue Qing Road
Haidian District
Beijing 100192
China

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