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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.