Intellectual Property (International Firms) - China
What the team is known for
Bird & Bird has a substantial practice with well-established IP credentials, especially accomplished in managing complex cross-border patent litigation. The team also handles a range of copyright and trade mark transactions and disputes as well as data protection and regulatory advice. Handles licensing and franchising agreements, in addition to technology transfers. Brings together practitioners with a range of specialist backgrounds, including engineering and life sciences. Clients benefit from its formal association with PRC law firm Lawjay Partners and its separate trade mark agency staffed by PRC-qualified staff, which enables the team to deal directly with mainland government agencies.
Matthew Laight leads the firm's Asia-Pacific regional IP practice and receives plaudits for his cross-border IP litigation expertise. He continues to attract instructions from entities in the electronics, pharmaceuticals and TMT sectors. One impressed client cites him as "exceptional and reliable lead strategist," adding: "He uses his experience in infringement cases to help us to navigate the case, which no one has done before. He is able to guide us in the new waters."
Alison Wong is highly regarded for her depth of experience in the IP field. She excels at handling the full range of trade mark mandates, frequently acting for clients in the life sciences, biotechnology and chemicals sectors. She is well equipped to advise on infringement cases, enforcement strategy and regulatory matters.
Christine Yiu moves up in the rankings after impressing market sources with her expertise in a wide range of IP mandates. Market commentators note: "She is a technically very sound and very solid lawyer." She has extensive experience handling cross-border patents and trade mark disputes, and offers additional expertise on FRAND licensing matters.
Trilingual Rieko Michishita has extensive knowledge in Japan-related matters and expertise in various IP disputes. She attracts clients from a wide range of sectors, including publishing, chemicals and entertainment. A client appreciates "she can explain Chinese manners and customs so that we can understand the situation of the matters adequately." She is based in Beijing and chairs the anti-counterfeiting practice of the firm.