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Headquartered in Guangzhou, the “very high calibre” Advance China IP Law Office has grown in the space of two decades into one of the nation’s biggest full-service IP firms, home to almost 900 IP professionals. The patent team consists of 417 patent attorneys and engineers – more than enough to advise across all of the major tech verticals. Client service is a point of pride for the outfit – “ACIP treat each of our cases as though it is their most important matter” – and communication is a strength. One highly ranked US patent firm praises the team’s English language skills, while a major Japanese manufacturer expresses appreciation that members can communicate with their attorney in fluent Japanese. Shanghai-based Chong He manages ACIP’s international patent department: “His team represents several of our most important clients in China, ensuring that we obtain the best possible patent scope through their excellent interactions with CNIPA.” He has few peers, one of just three practitioners ranked as “highly recommended” in a crowded prosecution market. Wenwen Wang wins plaudits for work on life sciences patent prosecution: “She understands the technology involved and provides good guidance on responding to office actions. Her professionalism is excellent.” ACIP’s litigation capabilities also deserve a mention. The firms sees its broad geographic footprint as an advantage. From its home base in Guangzhou, its lawyers can supervise evidence collection across China’s high-tech manufacturing heartland, a key challenge given absence of discovery procedures in the country. Up in Beijing, a specialised patent invalidation group offers both offensive and defensive solutions for parties embroiled in conflict. Minhui Zeng is one of the firm’s go-to contentious experts. Based in Guangzhou, his resume includes earning one of China’s biggest patent damages awards for client Gree a few years ago. ACIP recently inaugurated a new office in Wuhan, a major university town and home of several important private sector R&D campuses. International clients should know that the outfit is the first choice of many top Chinese firms. One of the country’s biggest tech firms comments: “They have been a great help to us in terms of patent prosecution and portfolio management. We periodically rank our patent agencies and ACIP attorneys always score highly.”
Wenwen Wang received her PhD in biological sciences from the University of California, Irvine, and joined Advance China IP Law Office in 2013. Before that, she had worked as a university research assistant and as the director of an industrial R&D laboratory, supervising research and IP work. Dr Wang has extensive experience in patent applications in China, the United States, Europe and other countries. She has also been recommended in the individual rankings for patent in the IAM Patent 1000 2019-2021.
She provides IP services to various domestic and foreign companies, universities and research institutes in patent drafting, prosecution, analysis and consulting of patentability and infringement in the fields of biotech, pharmaceuticals, chemistry, materials and medical devices. She also has IP experience in products and manufacturing processes of cosmetics, food industry, biofuel and nanofilm, among other industries.
Dr Wang is also active in IP conferences and serves on the Intellectual Property in China Committee of the American Intellectual Property Law Association; the Asian Practice Committee of the Intellectual Property Owners Association; and the Bio-Pharma Professional Committee of the Guangdong Division of the All-China Patent Attorney Association.
She has participated in a number of IP investigation and research projects funded by China’s National Intellectual Property Administration and WIPO, such as a study of the IP protection status and law developments in Latin America, Mongolia and Chinese industrial cities.
Advance China IP Law Office (ACIP) was founded in 1999 by a group of leading Chinese IP law practitioners who wanted to build a firm with the motto “honest, efficient, professional and enterprising”. In 20 years, ACIP has become one of the largest full-service IP law firms in China with over 900 IP professionals helping clients from all over the globe to obtain and protect their IP rights.
ACIP’s professionals have kept their promise to clients:
- to be a one-stop IP consultancy for the registration, prosecution, litigation and enforcement of their IP rights by competent attorneys who are highly experienced in local practice;
- to provide responsive communication and reliable solutions to their urgent problems;
- to be flexible and creative when devising and providing customised services that are the most cost/time-effective to clients; and
- to offer consistent and transparent quotations and billing.
ACIP is especially proud of its patent prosecution and litigation practice. The firm builds patent portfolios for clients from various industrial sectors with insights, quality and efficiency. In 2020 some 417 patent attorneys and patent engineers specialised in technical fields of three primary technical groups (electrical/electronics, informationa technology and software – 216 professionals; physics and mechanical engineering – 126 professionals; and life sciences and chemistry – 72 professionals) filed over 20,000 domestic applications for invention, utility model and design patents, over 1,200 Patent Cooperation Treaty applications before the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA, the Chinese Patent Office), and over 3,500 foreign-related applications.
Clients trust the firm’s patent attorneys to understand their technology, have comprehensive knowledge of patent-related and general laws and regulations, and plan commercial-oriented strategies. The attorneys’ fluency in numerous languages besides Chinese (eg, English, German, French, Japanese and Korean) ensures responsive and smooth communication with regard to both technical and legal aspects of their work. Patent drafting and prosecution are strictly supervised by senior patent attorneys that include former patent examiners and senior IP rights professionals who have previously worked in famous technology-based companies. Technology analysis, patent mining and training seminars are also frequently provided to clients.
ACIP has also built a team of 45 litigators since 2007, assisted by senior professionals including former re-examination board examiners and technical experts with abundant experience in patent litigation, invalidation and enforcement in the local courts and all the way to the Supreme Court, and before the CNIPA and local IP offices. With an experienced in-house investigation team, ACIP attorneys have helped numerous clients conduct pre-filing investigations and administrative actions to overcome the difficulty of evidence collection due to the absence of discovery in China. ACIP has also established a highly experienced team for patent invalidation in its Beijing office for quick action against attack or as defence in a dispute. In case of patent disputes, ACIP effectively helps its clients achieve their commercial goals by customising their strategies, using local investigation, licensing negotiation, patent assignment, filing or response to request of patent invalidation, administrative petitions, initiating lawsuits and actions against unfair competition.
ACIP specialises in the following, in particular:
- patent prosecution, such as patent drafting and prosecution in China; patent registration in Hong Kong and Macau; patent re-examination and appeal; patent invalidation; patent search and analysis; and patent transactions and licensing; and
- patent litigation and enforcement, such as investigation, notarisation and evidence collection; administrative enforcement; civil and criminal litigation against infringement and unfair competition; IP-related administrative litigation; and customs IP rights protection.
- IAM Patent 1000, 2019 to 2021
- Tier 1 for Patent Prosecution and Contentious in China Southern Region, MIP, 2014 to 2017
- Top 10 Best Chinese IP Firms for Patent Prosecution, IPR Daily, 2017
- Outstanding IP Service Team of China, China Intellectual Property Magazine, 2016
- Four-Star Patent Agency, China Intellectual Property News, 2016
- Vice president of the All-China Patent Attorney Association
- Members of the China Intellectual Property Society
- Member of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property
- Member of the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys
- Member of the Intellectual Property Owners Association
- Member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association