CCPIT Patent & Trademark Law Office

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Very few IP establishments in China can compete with the breadth and depth of the patent practice at CCPIT Patent & Trademark Law Office. Comfortably sitting in the gold tier alongside other reputable prosecution shops, the group has both the technical and legal chops to get the job done and to the highest standard. With offices in Beijing, New York, Silicon Valley, Tokyo, Munich, Madrid, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Shanghai, it has delighted many domestic and international clients alike. Vice president Chuanhong Long shrewdly guides patent applications through the CNIPA gauntlet. A much sought-after chemical expert in his own right, he has also been entrusted with invalidation, enforcement and licensing matters. Despite its unparalleled prowess on the prosecution front, CCPIT’s extensive repertoire of knowledge also makes it a formidable force in the litigation space – it has won mandates from illustrious overseas brands including Apple and Canon. Making their mark are Weijie Tang and Jianzhong Kang, both of whom were previously trained in US law firms. Tang focuses on matters arising from pharmaceutical companies, whereas Kang’s practice effortlessly traverses the contentious/non-contentious divide.

Firm Profile

CCPIT Patent and Trademark Law Office is the oldest and one of the largest full-service IP law firms in China. Our firm has 322 patent and trademark attorneys, among whom 93 are qualified as attorneys at law. We provide consultation, prosecution, mediation, administrative enforcement and litigation services relating to patents, trademarks, copyright, domain names, trade secrets, trade dress, unfair competition and other IP-related matters. Headquartered in Beijing, we have branch offices in New York, Silicon Valley, Tokyo, Madrid, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Shenzhen.

Our mission is to render tailored services to clients with high quality, efficiency and reliability, in a cost-effective manner. We strive continually to improve the reliability and flexibility of our portfolio management system and the effectiveness of our quality-control mechanisms. We appoint teams of professionals with complementary expertise and organise brainstorming discussions when necessary. Our professionals are encouraged to be proactive and creative, providing commentary and guidance and devising value-added solutions for our clients.

Our clients represent every sector of industry and commerce, from start-ups to multinational giants. Through decades of practice, we have successfully obtained hundreds of thousands of patents and trademark registrations and enforced thousands of patents and trademarks for our clients. Our extensive legal and technological expertise enables us to satisfy the demands of our clients in all aspects of IP protection.

Our professionals are required to undertake continuous professional training and education to keep pace with rapidly changing laws and technologies. We organise in-house academic and experience-sharing activities on a regular basis. We send our professionals to attend training programmes or pursue further education in law. Some of our attorneys are active speakers and participants at IP-related conferences and seminars.

History

Our history goes back to January 1957, when a trademark agency was established within the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) – a non-governmental trade promotion organisation – to represent foreign companies before Chinese authorities. The agency was the sole trademark agency in China until the mid-1980s. A patent agency was organised by CCPIT in the early 1980s when China began to establish its patent system. The patent agency was authorised as the first Chinese IP law firm to have cross-border representation. In 1993, the two agencies merged to form the CCPIT Patent and Trademark Law Office.

Honours

Our reputation for professionalism is widely recognised among peer professionals and clients, domestically and internationally. Since 1999, we have been ranked among the top Chinese IP law firms in the annual surveys conducted by Managing Intellectual Property and

have been nominated time and again as a leading Chinese IP firm by publications such as Asia Legal Business, IAM and Chambers & Partners.

Core values

  • Integrity – we follow internationally recognised ethical rules and take social responsibility as legal professionals.
  • Diligence – we render tailored services to clients with high quality, efficiency and reliability, in a cost-effective manner.
  • Teamwork – we integrate the expertise of attorneys from different disciplines and incorporate the experience of senior professionals with the vitality of junior professionals.
  • Proactivity – we actively provide comments and guidelines in light of local law and practice to clients.
  • Solutions-oriented – we provide practical solutions to clients in response to their demands.

Practice areas

Patent services include:

  • pre-filing consultation;
  • patent prosecution and re-examination;
  • patent administrative litigation;
  • patent search and analysis;
  • patent invalidation;
  • patent infringement search and analysis;
  • administrative and judicial enforcement;
  • patent licensing and technology transfer;
  • annuities payment; and
  • patent and non-patent document search and surveillance.

Trademark services include:

  • trademark registration consultation;
  • trademark application and review;
  • trademark administrative litigation;
  • disputes concerning trademark registration and use;
  • trademark opposition and invalidation;
  • trademark licensing, transfer and contract drafting;
  • trademark renewal;
  • due diligence investigation;
  • trademark search and surveillance; and
  • administrative and judicial enforcement.

Other services include:

  • copyright and computer software registration;
  • domain name registration and dispute resolution;
  • registration of integrated circuit layout design;
  • recordation of intellectual property with customs;
  • consultation and litigation on trade secrets and unfair competition; and
  • IP financing and transaction.
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