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Bird & Bird

Intellectual Property

Band 1Asia-Pacific RegionAsia-Pacific 2022 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Bird & Bird is a law firm with highly reputed IP specialists with strongholds in Mainland China, Hong Kong and Singapore. Offers Japan expertise from its Singapore office and has a growing presence in Australia. Offers an impressive IP skill set, being especially talented in brand management issues, including trade mark enforcement and exploitation. Offers particular industry expertise in the technology, electronics and life sciences sectors. Advises both government and multinationals on intellectual property law. Boasts an array of strategic partnerships with respected local firms in Malaysia, South Korea and Indonesia.

Strengths

Another interviewee appreciates that the team "provides an array of options, supporting clients to weigh out the pros and cons and risks," adding: "Everything is followed up in a timely manner. They seem to have a great external partnership network across various countries - that gives us some great service options as well."

One impressed client appreciates Bird & Bird's ability "to cut through the noise and provide practical and commercial advice."

A client notes: "They are easy to get along with, understand the commercial reality and provide unambiguous advice."

Work highlights

Bird & Bird successfully acted for Merck in bringing a trade mark infringement and unfair competition case against MSD Animal Health (Shanghai) Trading. The Beijing Chaoyang Court ruled in favour of Merck, awarding damages and granting an injunction that prevented MSD Animal Health from using 'merck' on websites and e-mail addresses in China.

Bird & Bird advised Amgen Singapore on two patent infringement lawsuits before the Singapore High Court against Genentech.

Bird & Bird successfully defended Dongkuk Steel in Federal Court patent infringement proceedings brought against it by BlueScope Steel in respect of two patents in Australia relating to its next-generation galvalume rolled steel products.

Notable practitioners

Matthew Laight is the head of the firm's regional IP practice. The key country contact for Australia is Jane Owen, while Lorraine Tay heads the Singapore practice. Alban Kang is a contact for Japan.

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