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Bird & Bird

Intellectual Property

5 ranked lawyersBand 1ChinaGlobal 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

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.

Strengths

"I'm really pleased with their work," an interviewee says, adding: "They react and answer quickly and they really adopt the same mindset as their clients."

"They are one of the best teams internationally," according to further interviewees, who say that the "fantastic individuals" are able to provide "practical solutions."

Notable practitioners

Alison Wong is highly regarded by sources for her "solid practice" in the IP field. She excels at handling the full range of trade mark mandates, frequently acting for clients in the life sciences and biotechnology sectors. She is well equipped to advise on infringement cases, enforcement strategy and regulatory matters.

Market sources endorse Christine Yiu 's strength in the IP space. She is particularly well versed in contentious mandates, with extensive experience handling cross-border patents and trade mark disputes, and offers additional expertise on FRAND licensing matters.

Matthew Laight leads the firm's Asia-Pacific regional IP practice and receives plaudits for his cross-border IP litigation expertise. He attracts instructions from entities in the electronics, pharmaceutical and TMT sectors, with one impressed client reporting: "He sees the big picture in a way that very few people do and gets straight to the point in understanding the client's objectives. What I really like about him is that he brings multi-dimensional strategic thinking into the team and asks the most probing of questions to get to the key issues quickly."

Trilingual Rieko Michishita is regarded as an "experienced IP practitioner" by interviewees. Her extensive knowledge in Japan-related matters and expertise in various IP disputes attracts clients from a wide range of sectors, including retail, technology and gaming. She is based in Beijing and chairs the anti-counterfeiting practice of the firm.

Ted Chwu provides advice on both contentious and non-contentious IP mandates, with a focus on cross-border work. He typically represents clients from the TMT and electronics industries in prosecution strategy, portfolio management and disputes mandates, concerning patents and trade marks.

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Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

China

Intellectual Property (International Firms)


Alison Wong
Band 2
Christine Yiu
Band 4
Matthew Laight
Band 2
Rieko Michishita
Foreign expert for Japan
Ted Chwu
Band 4