Outstanding IP Litigation Teams in China (2014)

By China IP,[Comprehensive Reports]

CHOFN IP Litigation Team
CHOFN IP Litigation Team currently consists of over 80 professionals including 24 attorneys-at-law, 43 patent agents, 22 foreign-related trademark agents, most of whom have more than 5 years of experience on IP. The team is formed by experts listed in WTR 1000 trademark attorneys and Asia IP Experts, members in advisory committee of China IP Assistance Centers and INTA Enforcement Committee, and lecturers of patent agents training held by SIPO. They can provide all-round and one-stop IP legal service for clients both in China and abroad on patent and trademark administrative and civil proceedings as well as consultation. The team has handled over 300 administrative and civil IP cases on patent and trademark, among which the “JINZHU” trademark dispute and administrative litigation has been named as one of the top ten trademark events of 2013 in China. Besides, the team has also involved in the consultation of Wuliangye Group’s IP development plan, and Panzhihua Iron and Steel Group’s brand development plan.
Dacheng (Shanghai) IP Litigation Team
Leading by well-known IP expert Mr.Tao Xinliang, who has been awarded as one of the “Most Influential People on China IPR Protection 2012” and “China IP Most Influential People 2013,” the IP department of Dacheng Law Offices (Shanghai) has grown into an experienced and professional IP litigation team with remarkable achievements. Many of the cases handled by the team have been selected as the Supreme People’s Court’s top ten IP litigation cases of the year, top ten innovative IP litigation cases and top ten cases of Higher People’s Courts at all levels including Beijing and Shanghai. Some of the ongoing cases handled by the team have great significance and influence, which include the case of unfair competition between Baidu and Qihoo 360, patent infringement case between Zhizhen and Apple Inc. on Xiao i Robot, trademark infringement case between Shanghai Gaotong and U.S Qualcomm, and trademark infringement case on DiDi Taxi software. Some of the team members actively involve in IP legislation and revision researching work, including Patent Law, Trademark Law, Copyright Law and Contract Law.
China Patent Agent (H.K.) Ltd. IP Litigation Team
Accompanying the launch of the Patent Law of the People’s Republic of China, China Patent Agent (H.K.) Ltd. (CPA) was incorporated in 1984. It is one of the three pioneer Chinese IP agencies and now has blossomed into the largest IP agency in terms of scale. It now has 560 staff, of whom 213 are patent agents, 35 trademark agents, and 62 licensed attorneys. CPA IP litigation team is composed of top staffs from its legal department and other business sectors who have rich practical experience and outstanding ability on handling complicated cases. With wide range of knowledge background coverage including communication, mechanics, electrics, chemicals, biology, medical science and law, most of the members have over 10 years of working experience on IP. Meanwhile, in virtue of various team members’ professional ability, CPA attaches great importance on team cooperation and coordination. When facing complicated cases, its attorneys work closely with agents who have related professional background, they endeavors to provide high quality personalized solutions to their clients with the full play of team spirit.
HENGDU IP Litigation Team
Hengdu focuses on high-end IP litigation for years, providing services in traditional IP areas including patent, trademark, copyright, integrated circuit mask work, domain name, franchise, anti-unfair competition, trade secrets, proprietary technology and etc. Besides, it also offers IP legal services such as IP strategy system planning, IP protection evaluation, legal risk prevention, right application and infringement investigation, IP protection, customs filing on IP etc. The team has over 200 high-quality licensed attorneys and staff members, most of whom have doctorate’s or master’s degrees on law, business or engineering from prestigious universities in China and abroad. Some of them have certifications of public accountant, tax agent, patent agent and other jurisdictions qualification and experience.
UNITALEN IP Litigation Team
UNITALEN is a professional law firm that focuses on IP legal services only, it is also known as “IP litigation expert.” In view of professionalism and complexity of IP litigation, UNITALEN set up litigation teams to handle every case they are entrusted. There are 109 staff members in the teams so far, besides licensed attorneys, patent agents, patent engineers, trademark agents are also included to give assistance. All UNITALEN attorneys have handled a large number of difficult and complicated IP cases which enable them to accumulated rich experience and practical litigation skills. Moreover, the team members are familiar with IP legal mechanism both nationally and internationally, they closely track the IP protection issues brought by the development of information technology. Since 2009, at least one case handled by UNITALEN has been selected into top ten IP cases of the year by the Supreme of People’s Court. The unfair competition case between Tencent and Qihu 360 in 2014 handled by UNITALEN has attracted great public attention. The team, which adheres to its professionalism, is eager to make progress. It has already become the leader among the IP litigation service providers in China.
Sunshine IP Litigation Team
Established in 2000, Sunshine Intellectual Property International Co., Ltd is a patent and trademark agency registered respectively at the State Intellectual Property Office of China (SIPO) and Trademark Office of China, and it is also listed in the first batch of “National Brand IP Service Agency.” With nearly 150 members, among whom nearly 100 are licensed attorneys and patent agents, 70% of whom are with master degree or higher. Sunshine adopts the most strict quality control system with each case gone through domestic and international novelty retrieval. 93% of the invention patents filed by Sunshine for its clients are granted, 80% of the patent invalidation applications and litigation handled by Sunshine receive a favorable judgment. It is nominated for 7 consecutive years in the overseas early warning and emergency relief project by Beijing Intellectual Property Office, and the project results have received approval and praise from government officials, experts and enterprise representatives. With the aim of gathering IP elites, offering high quality services, making significant achievements, Sunshine is committed to become the most respected IP service agency in China.
Tuo Ying IP Litigation Team
Led by attorney Tuo Ying and Sha Haitao, the Tuo Ying IP litigation team consistently upholds the service faith of professional, cooperative, practical and trustworthy. It offers high quality IP litigation service covering areas of litigation for patent, trademark, and copyright infringement, trade secret, domain names dispute, anti unfair competition, etc. Tuo Ying, the Director of Tuo Ying Law Offices (Shanghai), is a well-known IP lawyers on overseas business. He has over 20 years of experience and holds a U.S. master degree on IP and a doctorate of law, and also has lawyer qualification both in China and U.S. He can provide convenient and advantageous services when people encounter IP litigation in U.S. Sha Haitao, partner of the law firm, has over 16 years of IP litigation experience. He has handled many cases with great influence in China.
CO-EFFORT IP Litigation Team
Co-effort IP department is one of the core departments of the Co-effort Law Firm, it provides professional IP services to clients worldwide. In 2013, “Jin Junmei” trademark case and Sheng Laikete trade secret case handled by Co-effort IP department had attracted great public attention and been selected into the top ten IP cases by the Supreme People’s Court. IP seminars held by the department every year have already become a branding IP event. The department involved in the construction of the “Legal Service Platform of Shanghai Cultural and Creative Industry,” based on which the department established the “IP Mediation Center of Legal Service Platform of Shanghai Cultural and Creative Industry” in China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone (SHFTZ) and had successfully mediated the first IP case of the SHFTZ in April 2014. The case, which only took 10 hours, 3 meetings to reach reconciliation, had caused wide attention from the public because of its high efficiency.
ZHONG LUN IP Litigation Team
Zhong Lun Law Firm, as one of the first Chinese law firms set foot in IP, has provided comprehensive and profound IP services to clients both in China and abroad, and it also has accumulated rich experience and made great achievements during the process. The IP department of Zhong Lun Law Firm has maintained a leading role with competitive advantage in IP service in China, mainly because of its long-term and close attention to national and international IP development, its rich experience and professional knowledge on real estate, finance, corporation, international trade and etc. Many lawyers of the IP department are invited to work as consultants in National IP Strategy Office, Beijing IP Protection Association, Beijing Key Industries IP Alliance, and are invited to be involved in China’s legislation work, including Patent Law, Trademark Law, Copyright Law, Anti-unfair Competition Law, Telecommunication Law, Electronic Signature Law and etc.

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