William Yang

Ranked in China: Domestic
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Panawell & Partners has successfully established itself as a potent force in the patent space. With its dual engine in Beijing and Chengdu crunching through Chinese patent grants, the team of seasoned patent attorneys works tirelessly to craft watertight patent applications to the satisfaction of local and overseas inventors. Partner William Yang is the name to note. An alumnus at China Patent Agent (HK), he has been involved in a raft of significant IP disputes and licensing negotiations throughout his spectacular career.

William Yang's Profile

William Yang graduated from the Sichuan Normal University Foreign Language Department in 1988 and the Law School of Renmin University in 1990.

Mr Yang served the Chinese Ministry of Supervision from 1990 to 1995. In 1996, he moved to China Patent Agent (Hong Kong) as an attorney-at-law and deputy director of the legal affairs department, during which time he represented a number of multinational companies from different continents in litigation. Mr Yang joined Panawell & Partners in January 2007.

Mr Yang has broad and significant experience in IP licensing and assignment, IP customs protection, anti-unfair competition, anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy, patent and trademark registration and litigation, computer and copyright registration, domain name registration and dispute resolution, and domestic and international trademark clearance and prosecution, for both domestic and overseas clients. In addition, he has handled a wide range of complex infringement litigations for domestic and international corporations, at trial and on appeal. Mr Yang is a frequent speaker at both local and international IP seminars.

Mr Yang was trained in US law firms. He is a member of the AIPPI China, LES China, FICPI China, the China Trademark Association, and has been selected as an expert by the Intellectual Property Office (BJIPO) of Beijing Municipal Government in its IP Experts Pool.

Mr Yang’s working languages are Chinese and English.

Firm Profile

Panawell Intellectual Property – which combines IP firm Panawell & Partners LLC and law firm Panawell & Partners – is committed to providing efficient, quality and professional IP services to local and international clients.

Panawell’s services cover IP counselling, patent and trademark filing and prosecution, anti-unfair competition, trade secrets protection, freedom-to-operate analyses, IP transactions, enforcement and litigation.

Panawell has a strong, professional team of IP attorneys who have graduated from famous Chinese universities with master’s or doctoral degrees in science, technology and law. The firm’s professionals have been trained in China, the United States, Germany and the United Kingdom, and have significant expertise in IP practice, particularly with regard to patent and trademark prosecution and litigation, in which most of the firm’s partners have over 20 years’ experience.

Panawell has been providing tailored services and best solutions to different clients to achieve well-established and better-enforced IP rights in China and internationally, satisfying clients’ diverse business needs and increasing their investments’ value.

Panawell and its attorneys are the members of the All-China Patent Attorneys Association, China Trademark Association, Beijing Patent Attorneys Association, Capital Intellectual Property Services Association, the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property China, Licensing Executives Society China, the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys China and the British Chamber of Commerce in China.

Our commitments

  • We respond swiftly to your diverse needs with optimal solutions.
  • We leverage our team’s talents to provide comprehensive and top-quality legal services.
  • We boost your interests by tailoring our services.
  • We maximise cost reduction to provide the best value services.

Patent services

  • Drafting, filing and prosecuting
  • Re-examination proceedings and court appeals against rejections
  • Invalidation proceedings and court appeals against official decisions
  • Patent Cooperation Treaty application filing and prosecution
  • Advice, drafting and negation of licences and assignments
  • Administrative proceedings against infringement or other disputes
  • Infringement litigation
  • Patent annuities payment
  • Patent search and opinion
  • Patent watch
  • Infringement analysis
  • Market clearance search, investigation and analysis
  • Patent protection and strategy advice
  • Hong Kong and Macau patent and design registration

Trademark services

  • Filing for registration (including domestic filing, overseas national filing and international filing)
  • Re-examination and court appeals against rejections
  • Opposition proceedings and court appeals against official decisions
  • Cancellation proceedings and court appeals against official decisions
  • Advice, drafting, negotiation and filing of assignments of trademark applications and registrations
  • Advice, drafting, negotiation and recordal of licensing agreements
  • Renewals, change of applicants’ or registrants’ names and addresses
  • Administrative actions against infringement
  • Civil and criminal actions against infringement
  • Watch service
  • Trademark protection and strategy advice
  • Hong Kong and Macau trademark registration

Litigation services

  • Invalidation proceedings and court appeals against official decisions
  • Re-examination proceedings and court appeals against rejections
  • Infringement litigation
  • Re-examination and court appeals against rejections
  • Opposition proceedings and court appeals against official decisions
  • Cancellation proceedings and court appeals against official decisions
  • Copyright litigation in courts at different levels
  • Computer software litigation in courts at different levels

Other services

  • IP rights customs protection
  • IP rights due diligence investigation and legal opinion
  • Domain name registration, dispute resolution and enforcement
  • Registration and protection for integrated circuits topography
  • Counselling on IP rights protection for domestic and overseas companies
  • Trade secrets and trade dress protection
  • Anti-unfair competition
  • IP rights training
  • IP assets management

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