Qinghui (Nick) Liu

Ranked in China: Domestic
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Recently merged with Broad & Bright Law Firm, full-service AnJie Law Firm never disappoints its patrons when it comes to high-stakes litigations. Legal nous is supplied in abundance by its IP team – many of whom are former senior judges, former senior examiners and litigators and are preferred by leading China high-tech companies, internet companies and foremost innovators. Qinghui (Nick) Liu, ex-IP judge at Beijing High People’s Court, spearheads the IP department with aplomb. Throughout his career, he has handled over 2,000 IP-related civil and administrative cases, many of which had profound impacts on the IP industry practice. He recently represented AstraZeneca in a series of very tricky patent invalidation cases. 

Qinghui (Nick) Liu's Profile

Qinghui (Nick) Liu is a highly experienced and respected lawyer who concentrates his practice on the full spectrum of intellectual property, antitrust and competition, litigation and arbitration.

Prior to joining AnJie Law Firm (now AnJie Broad), Dr Liu served as an IP judge in the Beijing High People’s Court. He had tried more than 2,000 IP cases, including civil cases regarding patents, trademarks, copyright, trade secrets and unfair competition disputes, as well as administrative cases regarding patent re-examination, patent invalidation, trademark re-examination and trademark invalidation, many of which had a profound impact on the IP industry practice. Dr Liu specialises in cases involving trademarks, patents and trade secrets.

As a partner of AnJie Broad, Dr Liu has handled numerous high-profile cases, such as Sharp v OPPO (a very famous SEP case in China, which was rated as one of the top 10 IP cases in Chinese courts in 2020), AstraZeneca v Patent Re-examination Board (a milestone case for chemical compound-related inventions, which was rated as one of the 50 typical IP cases in Chinese courts in 2018) and Qualcomm v Apple.

Dr Liu has published three IP-related academic monographs, Guideline for Patent Infringement Litigation in China, Application of the Law on Invention/Utility Model Administrative Lawsuits – Rules and Cases and Liability of Internet Service Providers on Indirect Intellectual Property Infringement. These books received wide acclaim among lawyers in China and are regarded as guidelines for resolving various IP-related issues. Dr Liu has also published many influential trademark or IP-related articles and essays in some well-known journals and magazines.

Dr Liu is often invited as a guest of honour by major IP conferences and conventions, where he has delivered keynote speeches on the rules for determining trademark infringement, patent administrative litigation practices and issues, the rules for determining patent infringement and interpreting patent claims, among other topics.

Firm Profile

AnJie Broad is the result of the merger in 2022 of AnJie Law Firm with Broad & Bright – one of the largest law firm mergers in China in the past decade. AnJie Broad aims to become a top-tier full-service firm in China.

The firm has around 400 attorneys and supporting staff, and offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Nanjing, Haikou, Xiamen and Hong Kong. As a law firm offering comprehensive legal services, AnJie Broad has extensive experience and outstanding performance in various areas, including intellectual property, antitrust and competition law, dispute resolution (litigation and arbitration), banking and finance, bankruptcy and restructuring, capital markets, M&A (domestic and international), corporate governance and compliance, infrastructure and project financing, real estate and construction, and energy and mineral. Our lawyers and professionals can provide legal services in Chinese, English, Korean and Japanese.

Our partners are frequent speakers at various international conferences or seminars. A number of partners have also published books or articles in premier Chinese and foreign legal journals. Their knowledge is widely recognised by academics and practitioners at home and abroad.

AnJie Broad has been working closely with many top law schools and research institutes such as Peking University and Tsinghua University. Some of our lawyers are part-time professors, graduate supervisors or researchers at these institutions.

Our lawyers have maintained good relationships with many authorities, courts at various levels and industry regulatory bodies. Some of our lawyers have served as legal counsels in government departments, industry associations, and non-governmental organisations. Our lawyers are frequently invited to participate in seminars held by regulatory authorities including the Ministry of Commerce, the China Securities Regulatory Commission, the National Development and Reform Commission, the State Administration for Industry and Commerce, the State Administration of Foreign Exchange and academic institutions – contributing themselves to legislations and amendments, and helping to actively promote the Chinese law-making process and enforcement of the law.

Intellectual property is a prominent business area of AnJie Broad. AnJie Broad’s IP team has more than 30 professionals, including several former senior judges, former chief IP counsel in multinational companies and IP veterans recruited from top-tier trademark practices.

Our team has been providing high-quality IP services for leading companies primarily in the technology, entertainment, pharmaceutical and fashion industries in and out of China, and has maintained good communication with IP administrative authorities and courts all over China. With broad experience in all areas of IP law, we help our clients identify and secure their IP rights, exploit them in the marketplace, and enforce or defend them anywhere they do business.

In the field of dispute resolution, our IP team has rich experience in litigation cases involving patent, trademark, copyright, domain name, anti-unfair competition (know-how, business information secret, corporate name, trade dress). The cases that our partners have represented clients in or tried have been selected among the top 10 IP cases of China courts, typical cases by the Supreme People’s Court, top 10 IP cases of Beijing High People’s Court, top 10 innovative IP cases of Beijing High People’s Court and top 10 cases and cases listed in the work report of other courts.

In the non-litigation field, our IP team has handled a large number of IP strategy consulting, trademark and patent application and portfolio management, IP infringement complaints, IP asset acquisition and license, technology transfer, IP audit and due diligence.

Our IP practice is ranked in Chambers Asia-PacificIAM Patent 1000World Trademark ReviewThe Legal 500 and ALB.

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