King & Wood Mallesons

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Highly-recommended - Firms: transactions

Gold - Firms: litigation

Gold - Firms: prosecution

King & Wood Mallesons remains a cut above its peers, once again wearing the triple crowns as the only firm on the market topping our prosecution, litigation and transactions charts. With eight individuals ranked across the board, there is simply no shortage of talent at the prestigious Red Circle outfit. Captaining the IP department as well as the electrical engineering group is Maohua Wang, whose superb legal and technical chops make him a go-to IP counsel in the country. Co-head of IP Nongfan Zhu draws judiciously on his Columbia PhD pedigree to provide incisive counsel on Sino-US cross-border disputes, technology transfer and licensing negotiations. Boasting an acclaimed life sciences practice, Tina Tai is a well-respected market leader who has a stellar track record as the principal representative of numerous innovative pharmaceutical companies in milestone cases. Another pharmaceutical don Wenping Chen has been a trusted ally to medical innovators such as Gilead Sciences, Merck Sharp & Dohme and Bayer to fend off threats to the validity of blockbuster rights. A former patent office examiner who adjudicated validity disputes over Chinese patents, Jin Mao has moved to help patrons in contentious disputes nationally recognised for their influential nature. Jing Xu has recently teamed up with Zhenhua (Ben) Ni to take on major SEP matters. Xu is an IP all-rounder who has helped foreign companies navigate wireless disputes and antitrust FRAND matters; Ni has won mandates from major rights holders drawing on competition law knowledge to help design licensing programmes for the China market. Rounding out the all-star line-up is licensing maven Yirui (Alicia) Zhang, who makes her debut on the IAM Patent 1000 this year for smart IP strategic advisory and technological acumen.

Highly-recommended - Firms: transactions

Gold - Firms: litigation

King & Wood Mallesons’ patent dispute group ranks firmly as the country’s crème de la crème, as reflected on our litigation table as one of the only two outfits listed in the gold tier. What impresses its clients the most is its “ability to think practically and about how to achieve the commercial goals”. The storied ensemble, spearheaded by Matthew Swinn, Kim O’Connell, Suzy Madar and Scott Bouvier, has gone from strength to strength on both sides of the contentious/transactional divide and has long been considered as a fixture on the scene. Managing partner of the dispute resolution and tax department, Swinn once again defends his spot in the gold tier for litigation. He frequently litigates complex patent matters for corporations in the life sciences and manufacturing sectors. Another life sciences specialist, O’Connell has been regularly called upon when it comes to high-stakes, cross-border pharmaceutical litigations. Madar is the go-to name for health products companies looking to enforce their patent rights and defend themselves against infringement and opposition claims. She has received effusive praise from one of her patrons: “Suzy’s excellent knowledge of the law, ability to explain complex legal concepts in a clear and concise manner, commercially sensible and practical advice, and firm but measured negotiating style helped us achieve a result that we were happy with.” On the transactional front, Bouvier has been dubbed “the best IP lawyer I have ever worked with – commercial, practical, technically fantastic and a genuinely nice person”, and he is widely recognised as one of Australia’s pre-eminent IP commercialisation and research sector lawyers. Recently moving over from Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Kate Hay brings over 20 years of experience to the mix and further strengthens KWM’s robust IP offering. She shines bright when tackling multi-jurisdictional mandates and her client-oriented approach and dedication comes through in every brief.

Firm Profile

King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) is an international law firm headquartered in China. We have more than 1,800 lawyers in 14 offices across China and more than 2,700 lawyers in 29 offices globally spanning the United States, Australia, Europe, the Middle East and Japan. We are a global law firm that provides a one-stop legal service covering laws in (among others) the People’s Republic of China, the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, Germany, Italy, Spain and the Middle East. With a large legal talent pool equipped with local in-depth and legal practice, we provide legal services in multiple languages.

Our IP practice, especially patent practice, is uniquely situated against this rich international backdrop. We have provided services to multinational and domestic clients in profound legal experience and technical expertise. KWM’s high regard for clients’ intellectual property is the foundation of our business and our core practice. We aim to provide solutions to clients in their variety of IP-related issues. In that effort, we seek to break down old barriers and create new and innovative models to protect clients’ interests. We have been recognised as one of the leading IP practices in China by clients, peers and trade associations.

As one of the five large practice groups at the firm, our IP group provides full service in IP areas ranging from patents, trademarks and IP transactions to IP litigations. All the practices are spearheaded by 59 partners in different practice areas.

The patent prosecution team has more than 130 patent attorneys, patent agents and patent engineers covering all major technical fields including telecommunication, computer science, semiconductors, internet technology, electronics/electricity, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, biotechnology, chemicals, materials, automobiles, mechanicals and designs. The team provides our clients with high-quality patent searches/watch, patent application drafting and prosecutions. Our patent team is highly experienced in patent re-examinations, patent invalidations, opinions on patent validity and non-infringement, patent administrative lawsuits and advice on strategies for patent protection.

KWM’s patent litigation team has an authoritative presence in the highly competitive Chinese market. We have successfully represented many leading and influential patent litigations in China and set many new precedents. Many of our cases have been selected as annual representative IP cases by the Supreme People’s Court and other courts.

Our team has a wealth of experience in trial and appeal courts. Our winning recipe is the combination of technical competency and in-depth legal understanding. Nearly 90% of our patent attorneys have graduate degrees in technical areas and their ability in comparing patent claim features and targets can substantively aid our clients’ cases. Our colleagues with previous behind-the-bench experiences also add helpful guides by focusing arguments on key issues. Our patent litigators have worked full time on patent infringement and invalidation cases for many years. We have developed special litigation capabilities and capacities in telecommunications, semiconductors, computer software, pharmaceutical and life sciences, artificial intelligence and robotics.

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