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Silver - Individuals: prosecution
The market consensus is nothing but overwhelmingly positive: “When it comes to patent work in the domestic Chinese market, few can match the depth and breadth of China Patent Agent (CPA).” “I would think that CPA is one of the best firms there is in China nowadays, for both prosecution work and for invalidity proceedings. In infringement proceedings, the technical qualities of the CPA team are what makes them stand out from the competition.” Comfortably sitting in the gold tier alongside other renowned prosecution shops, the group has both the technical and legal chops to get the job done and to the highest standard. Despite its unparalleled prowess on the prosecution front, CPA’s extensive repertoire of knowledge also makes it a formidable force in the litigation space – it has won mandates from illustrious overseas brands, including Medtronic and General Motors. Taking the lead on both matters is Yanfeng Xiong. Dubbed by one foreign counsel as “simply one of the best Chinese patent attorneys in the country”, he has an enviable track record of success before all levels of the Chinese courts. Yuhe Wu is another sterling litigator – he brings a background in biotech to bear on business-critical patent clashes. The pair are joined by fellow litigators e Chunlong Tang and Liang Wang. Several of Tang’s winning cases have been recognised by the Supreme People’s Court, the Beijing High Court and the Beijing IP Court among their annual top 10 cases. Wang, who is dual qualified in China and New York, has routinely brought home the wins in court with high-stakes patent infringement litigation, patent invalidation and trade secret litigation matters. On the prosecution front the key names are Songqing Zou and Chunyuan Liu. Previously a research and development (R&D) engineer at China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, Zou is notable for his work in the mechanical engineering field. Germany-trained patent attorney Liu has recently succeeded in securing a re-examination decision on behalf of Continental Automotive before the CNIPA. Last but not least, Wayne Ma’s deep chemical engineering expertise and fine-tuned legal knowledge make for a winning combination.