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Silver - Individuals: litigation
Liu, Shen & Associates is one of the true giants of CNIPA patent prosecution work, having long been the first port of call for foreign filers seeking safe sanctuary for their rights in China. It has grown into a colossus of the PCT system as well, joining the select club of firms responsible for more than 1,000 filings through the global patent system in 2020. The scientifically adept and dynamic patent attorney team includes able members Lili Cao, Hongbo Jia and Xiaoning (Sean) Yu. Medical PhD Cao has long focused her practice on providing whole-process patent portfolio management. Previously a software engineer in a telecommunications company, Jia brings his technical insight into his patent prosecution and re-examination practice, whereas Yu has an in-depth understanding of Chinese patent law. On the dispute side, Allen Tao, Jun Qiu and Yali Shao are the leading lights. Beginning his career in 1998, Tao has represented numerous multinationals to defend and enforce their IP interests in China. Qiu is a specialist in semiconductor processing and devices, which allows him to comfortably litigate on behalf of global chipmakers, whereas dual-qualified Shao has a real affinity for SEP patent litigations. Last but not least, the ambidextrous Zongliang (Stephen) Zou and Qing Ge are equally proficient in litigation and prosecution scenarios. Pharmaceutical chemistry doctorate Zou started his career researching and developing diagnostic methods and moved on to represent major pharmaceutical companies in drug regulatory and patent matters. Invalidations for invention patents, utility models and design patents are the métier of seasoned patent attorney and lawyer Ge.