Han Kun Law Offices

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The highly capable IP team at Han Kun Law Offices stands ready to assist patrons with both their contentious and non-contentious needs. Currently home to more than 100 IP professionals in Shanghai and Shenzhen, it undertakes everything from basic filings to complex patent litigations and IP strategy. Leading light Lili Wu is a true all-rounder – a sage provider of patent portfolio management, she has also acted in administrative and civil cases leading all the way up to the Supreme People’s Court. Alongside her comes Yan Wang, who leads the IP litigation department and is licensed to practice in China, New York and Washington DC. He has won mandates from some of the leading companies in the consumer electronics space to help steer business-critical litigation efforts. Rui Luo is another notable name from the disputes team and has emerged as a favourite of multinationals.

Firm Profile

Han Kun is a leader and trendsetter in China’s burgeoning IP legal space. With over 100 seasoned IP lawyers across offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Hong Kong, Han Kun provides the full range of IP services for both contentious and non-contentious matters in China. Han Kun represents the world’s leading names in the tech industry, helping them navigate China’s most complex IP issues in all venues, including the Supreme People’s Court, the IP courts and tribunals at different levels, and the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA).

Practice areas

Han Kun has a full-service IP offering for both contentious and non-contentious IP matters, covering prosecution, litigation and enforcement strategies for patents, trademarks and industrial designs. Han Kun is also in high demand for its experience working with international law firms on matters such as global IP antitrust actions, unfair competition disputes, cross-border data protection and transactional IP matters.

In particular, Han Kun represents various licensees against all major SEP licensors (Qualcomm, Huawei, Ericsson, Nokia, IDC) in the global information, communication and technology space.

Professional team

Han Kun’s IP team is diverse, multi-dimensional, collaborative and complementary. Team members include holders of PhDs in engineering and other science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, holders of JDs from the United States, former IP judges and former patent examiners. Many team members have worked outside of China in legal and technical capacities; all team members are fluent in English and some are also fluent in German. Technical backgrounds cover a diverse array of disciplines, including electrical engineering, telecommunications, computer science, machinery, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology. They combine their collective knowledge to solve complex legal and technical problems and provide practical advice.

IP litigation

Han Kun represents the world’s leading names in their most important contentious matters in China. Our pioneer legal theories and aggressive litigation strategies have repeatedly achieved favourable outcomes for clients.

Han Kun focuses on handling the most complex and challenging disputes, including adverse court decisions, cross-border and international litigation, and anti-trust-related preliminary injunctions. Han Kun also provides proactive solutions regarding repeat infringement and evidence collection, which are considered the most difficult issues in the current IP litigation space in China.

IP prosecution

Han Kun represents the world’s leading names in their IP prosecution matters in China. We work closely with clients to understand their business objectives (both immediate and long-term) and provide tailored prosecution strategies to achieve those objectives.

Han Kun assists clients with every step of the prosecution process, including maintaining constant communications with the CNIPA and the National Copyright Administration of the People’s Republic of China. Our careful and tailored drafting results in favourable outcomes and maximises protection for our clients.

Han Kun’s prosecution services do not end with the grant of a patent, copyright or trademark right. Rather, we are keenly focused on the stability and enforceability of the IP right. We follow the lives of IP rights and track the changing judicial and regulatory terrain as it relates to intellectual property, in order to ensure the security of clients’ intellectual property moving forward.

Han Kun’s patent prosecution coverage extends to the entire spectrum of patentable technology, including computer-related patents, especially those involving artificial intelligence and business models.

Han Kun’s trademark prosecution coverage includes traditional brand names, distinctive sounds or shapes, and everything in between.

Transactional IP matters

Han Kun’s IP team complements the firm’s well-established transactional practice, in particular in the technology, media and telecom space. Han Kun’s IP team works hand-in-hand with Han Kun’s transactional team, assisting international and Chinese clients with matters such as IP due diligence, the preparation and negotiation of IP agreements (eg, licensing and technology agreements), transaction structuring and data protection. Our IP due diligence encompasses the full spectrum of needs, including patent suitability analyses and freedom-to-operate analyses.

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