Alexandra (Pu) Yang

Partner at Fangda Partners
Ranked in China: Domestic
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Litigants who need the best of the best to represent them in Chinese courtrooms call on Fangda Partners first. Some of the world’s most valuable tech companies have relied on the firm’s IP litigators for years and with good reason. The 70 lawyers at Fangda are consistently seen arguing China’s most complex and financially impactful patent and competition cases, all the way up to the Supreme People’s Court. Foremost among them is “the most impressive and formidable IP litigator in China”, Alexandra (Pu) Yang. Satisfied clients cite Yang’s deep understanding of patent law, the technical issues involved in each case as well as the nuances of various courts’ local practices. “Alex is the strongest patent litigator in the country – her ability and level of expertise in helping clients achieve their business goals is simply unmatched.” Apple has engaged Yang in multiple cases, including a long-running dispute over technology related to the Siri voice assistant in which the Cupertino company has had to defend itself against the highest civil patent damages claim in Chinese history. A mainstay of the Chinese litigation rankings over the years, Gordon Gao’s recent highlights include work for Astellas Pharma Inc against Chinese generics manufacturers in an exemplary case related to patent-drug linkage issues. It will come as little surprise that Fangda lawyers are heavily involved in the FRAND space, which has seen a multitude of globally significant disputes take place in Chinese courts in recent years. Fang Qi and Haining Song have each been involved in high-stakes SEP disputes of late.

Alexandra (Pu) Yang's Profile

Alexandra (Pu) Yang is one of China’s preeminent IP litigators. As a recognised consulting expert to the Supreme People’s Court’s Intellectual Property Research Centre, she has extensive experience in every area of IP law, including patents, copyright, trademarks and trade secrets. Ms Yang represents many Fortune 500 companies and leading technology companies in their most important matters, such as Apple v Qualcomm, Apple v IPCOM, Apple v iRobot, Intel v VLSI, Microsoft v Neodron, Cisco v Dunjun, Facebook v Wireless Wonders, Xperi v Samsung, Eli Lilly v Watson, Power Integrations v Fairchild, Navinfo v Baidu and Telsa v Gao. Many cases led by Ms Yang are groundbreaking in furthering the development of IP and competition laws in China. She has taken more than 20 cases to trial in the Supreme Court, with four recognised as Annual Top Cases or Guidance Cases by the Supreme Court. 

Landmark patent cases handled by Ms Yang include:

  • Apple v Qualcomm (one of the most significant trials of the century);
  • Eli Lilly v Watson (the only invention patent case recognised as a Guidance Case by the Supreme Court between 2010 and 2020);
  • representing Astellas in patent actions against 10 generic companies (exemplary cases contributed to the formation of patent linkage system in China);
  • Apple Inc v iRobot (the highest damages claim of patent case in history in China – that is, Rmb10 billion); and
  • Intel v VSLI (novel and creative litigation strategies were developed to counteract non-practising entities).

Ms Yang has been ranked among the best IP litigators in China by many professional directories and is recognised as one of the “the country’s most formidable patent litigators”. The most recent awards include: 

  • Tier 1 Patent Litigator, IAM Patent 1000 (2021); 
  • Tier 1 Trademark Litigator, WTR 1000 (2021); 
  • Patent Star, Managing IP (2021); 
  • Litigation Star, Benchmark (2021); and
  • Leading Practitioner, Chambers (2021).  

WTR has also recognised Ms Yang as “the crème de la crème of Chinese IP litigators” who has been entrusted by clients with their “most high-prolife and high-stake IP litigations”.
 

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