Stephen Yang

Managing partner at IP March
Ranked in China: Domestic
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“IP March is the best IP firm I have worked with in my patent career.” The market consensus on IP March is nothing but positive: “I always feel that all their attorneys do take the time to put the sufficient effort into each task to make it very productive to both them and us. The right effort put on each task minimises the number of exchanges needed to complete the task to a minimum. They recommend; we approve.” It prides itself in maintaining the highest standard of work, making no compromise on work quality. Leading auto manufacturers from around the world find that the firm’s patent services meet their exacting standards. Boasting superb language capability and command of technical expertise, the dynamic patent group continues to thrive, adding two chemical and pharmaceutical specialists this year. The credit goes to managing partner Stephen Yang, who steers the ship and expands the firm into a full-fledged one-stop patent service provider.

Stephen Yang's Profile

Stephen Yang is a Chinese patent attorney and managing partner of IP March, a boutique IP law firm in China. His practice covers patent search, drafting, prosecution, invalidation, opinion and litigation in a wide variety of technical fields, particularly mechanics, energy, electronics, software and high-tech areas. Mr Yang also has extensive experience in utility model and design patent practice.

Mr Yang began to practise patent law in 1997 and worked at a number of Chinese IP law firms in Beijing where he contributed significantly to these firms’ business growth. In addition to private practice in China, Mr Yang worked in-house in Toronto in a high-tech company where he gained an industrial perspective to his IP work. Having spent five years in Canada, Mr Yang has also gained deep insights into western culture and practice; this, combined with superior language skills, makes him stand out from his peers and helps bridge any cultural gap by allowing smooth communication and understanding of his clients’ needs, while advising them in a way they can clearly understand. His clients, many of which are prominent industry leaders around the world, recognise the quality of Mr Yang’s services.

Mr Yang’s technical background is in mechanical and industrial engineering. He received two BEngs from Tsinghua University and a master’s from the University of Toronto. Mr Yang is a frequent speaker at international conferences and webinars. He is also a prolific author of articles and books. In particular, Mr Yang is the main author of IP Protection in China, published by ABA Publishing in 2015. He is also a lecturer of the prestigious McGill University IP courses and created the China content for the course.

Mr Yang has been recognised multiple times by various sources as one of the leading practitioners in IP law.

Firm Profile

IP March is a mid-size boutique firm that offers prosecution, litigation and consulting services related to IP law to domestic and overseas clients that range from start-up companies to prestigious multinationals, many of them leaders in their respective industries.

Headquartered in Beijing, the firm employs high-calibre patent attorneys, trademark attorneys and attorneys at law with rich academic, industrial and professional experience. Many of the firm’s professionals have over 10 years of experience and are widely recognised as leading practitioners in IP law. Specifically, IP March currently has 11 partners, 25 patent attorneys, 10 patent engineers, eight trademark attorneys and six attorneys at law. All of IP March’s attorneys at law are dual qualified as patent attorneys, with technical backgrounds covering mechanical, electronics and biotechnology. In addition to mainland China, IP March’s services also cover the Greater China Region, including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, through local agents.

Services

Patents

  • Search, drafting, prosecution and re-examination.
  • Invalidation and administrative litigation.
  • Infringement litigation and administrative enforcement.
  • Assignment and annuities.
  • Technology transfer.

Trademarks

  • International and domestic registration, renewal, assignment and licensing.
  • Re-examination, cancellation, opposition, dispute and administrative litigation.
  • Anti-counterfeiting, infringement litigation and administrative enforcement.

Copyright

  • Registration and protection.

Domain names

  • Registration, renewal, transfer and dispute resolution.

Customs protection

  • Recordation and enforcement of rights at customs.

Integrated circuit layout designs

  • Registration of layout design of integrated circuits.

Other

  • Consultation and litigation related to trade secrets, trade dress and unfair competition.

Technical areas

IP March’s patent attorneys work in most technical areas, including agrochemicals, mechanics, biology, pharmaceutics, medical devices, chemistry, chemical engineering, materials, metallurgy, electronics, communications, semiconductors, computer software and hardware, artificial intelligence, fintech and quantum computing.

Languages

IP March can provide services in multiple languages, including Chinese, English, Japanese, Korean, German and French. In particular, a good portion of IP March’s daily work is patent drafting in either Chinese or English.

Why choose IP March

  • Smooth communication – In addition to in-depth understanding of Chinese laws, IP March attorneys have superior languages skills and knowledge of foreign cultures and practices, which enables them to bridge the cultural gap, precisely understand their clients’ intentions and advise them in a way that the clients can clearly understand. Smooth communication clearly makes IP March stand out from other Chinese IP firms.
  • Focus on professional advice – IP March focuses on value-added services instead of acting as a mail stop. Providing high-quality professional advice is IP March’s core competitive advantage. In addition, IP March takes a proactive approach to advising clients so as to avoid unnecessary costs.
  • Responsiveness, care and personal attention – IP March’s clients enjoy extremely responsive service. IP March attorneys apply the utmost care and personal attention to their work. Having many attorneys who once worked in-house in the industry, IP March thinks from its clients’ standpoint and understands their needs. Dedicated account managers coordinate the internal resources at the firm.
  • Most stringent quality control – Quality work is IP March’s paramount consideration. IP March applies the most stringent quality control measures known in the profession. Each and every piece of work is reviewed by a partner of the firm. IP March’s top-notch quality and service are recognised by various awards bestowed by clients.

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