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Bringer, Mathieu


  Location: Toulouse, France
  Email: mathieu@bringer-ip.com


  Mathieu Bringer is a French Intellectual Property Attorney with around 20 years of practice including 4 years in P.R China. He holds a PhD in data processing, a master degree in engineering, and is graduated top ranked from CEIPI law school. He has founded BRINGER IP law firm in 2016 (boutique firm of 7 attorneys and experts – ranked tier 1 by Legal 500) after serving for more than 15 years in various Intellectual property law firms in Europe and in Asia. He has lived and work abroad for nearly 20 years among which 12 years in Asia (Shanghai, Hanoi and Hong-Kong).

  Mathieu counsels a large variety of organizations in terms of intellectual property (corporations, SMEs, Research centers) for defining international tailored IP strategies; drafting patent applications; following examination proceedings; filing oppositions against competitors patents; performing FTOs analysis; undertaking infringement actions; organizing transfers of IP rights; dealing with trademark issues in the Asian region; negotiating cross-borders licenses and monetizing IP rights. Mathieu is also an IP expert of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Academy based in Geneva.

Carver, Tom

Firm:  Gunnercooke
Location: London, UK
Email: tom.carver@gunnercooke.com


   Tom Carver is a partner at Gunnercooke who specialises in intellectual property and has substantial experience in multiple-jurisdiction patent and design right litigation in the UK and in China. Tom is now based in London, having previously spent three years living in China, and advises clients on the enforcement of intellectual property rights in China as well as other China-related issues, including commercial law. Tom also advises Chinese companies on UK law.  He is a regular speaker on the topic of IPR in China and has published several articles on this subject.

Casucci, Giovanni F.

Firm: Dentons Europe Studio Legale Tributario - Italy
Location: Milan, IT
Email: giovanni.casucci@dentons.com 


Giovanni F. Casucci is partner and Head of Intellectual Property and Technology group of Dentons Europe studio legale tributario. IP litigator in Italy since 1992. From 1999 to 2005 director of a Master program in IP Management at the Politecnico of Milano University. Since 2008, director of the Master program of ICE (Italian Trade Commission) on IP and China (“Ideacina”) and member of the faculty of the MBA programs of MIP Politecnico of Milano.

Current Coordinator of the Commissions “Design” and “Trade Fairs” at CNAC (Italian National Authority for Anti Counterfeiting)

He was active in the training seminars in China within the IPR2 program. In particular, in September 2006 (within the EU-China Trade Project) lecturer at the National Judge College of Beijing (one-week seminar), 2010 Chinese roadshow seminar about EXPO IP enforcement, and Mock trial at the EXPO 2010 in Shanghai.

The main contributor to the IPR2 Study on “Protecting IPR at EU Trade fairs and Exhibitions”, 2008.

Author of several publications on IP Rights and active in several training courses on IP.

Chang, Yu-An


Firm: Hogan Lovells
Location: Shanghai, China
Email: yu-an.chang@hoganlovells.com


As a Senior Associate of Hogan Lovell's Intellectual Property, Media and Technology (IPMT) Group, Yu-An works with a team of international IP lawyers to assist multinational companies on procuring, protecting and enforcing intellectual property rights in Greater China and the APAC region.

Yu-An has broad experience in advising and litigating on intellectual property matters with a focus on brand protection, copyright, and unfair competition in China. He also regularly advises on intellectual property aspects of multi-jurisdictional commercial transactions, assisting clients with intellectual property licensing and transfers, and performing due diligence audits. Since he joined Hogan Lovells in 2006, Yu-An has acted for various IP owners in the region, including consumer brands in the retail industries, as well as technology, healthcare, education and toy companies. 

Cheetham, Simon

Firm: Erinyes International Ltd
Location: London, UK
Email: scheetham@erinyes-intl.com


Simon Cheetham is the Team Leader of the China IPR SME Helpdesk. He is a China IPR Enforcement expert with over 30 years' experience in commercial investigations, due diligence and IPR enforcement in China and internationally. He has lived and worked in China and South-East Asia for over 17 years. He is also the Managing Director of ERINYES INTERNATIONAL LTD, a firm he founded to capitalise on his extensive experience of international investigations, loss prevention and enforcement work. He manages and directs the operations of the Company from Europe to the Far East.

Simon began his career with the Hong Kong Police, where he was responsible for the detection and prosecution of a wide variety of crimes, including fraud and homicide. While in South-East Asia Simon was Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce Intellectual Property Committee and acted as an advisor to the International Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force on China. He has lectured frequently around the world on security issues and IPR and has written articles and papers on a variety of related topics, including a chapter in 'Intellectual Property Law and Practice in the People's Republic of China' published by Kluwer Law International B.V. He is fluent in English and Cantonese.

Chen, David

Firm: Ropes & Gray
Location: Shanghai, China
Email: David.chen@ropesgray.com


David Chen joined Ropes & Gray in 2011 having worked previously for Hogan Lovells for three years. He specialises in IP-related transactions, licensing, IP-risk assessment and in areas of trademark, copyright, patent, trade secrets, and unfair competition. His practice focuses on contentious and non-contentious IP matters in China, including litigation matters, patent infringement analyses, patent landscape and freedom to operate, and technology transfer and licensing. The clients he represents are from a wide range of industries including energy, chemical, manufacturing, technology, software, telecommunications, and consumer products. David has a J.D. and M.A. in International Relations from Boston University, USA and an LL.M. in Chinese Law from Tsinghua University, China. David has a B.A. in Business Economics and Sociology, and previously worked as a financial analyst for 3 years. David is fluent in English and Mandarin.

Chen, Tony


Firm:  Jones Day
Location:  Shanghai, China
Email:  tonychen@jonesday.com


Tony Chen's practice focuses on patent litigation and portfolio management, technology licensing, R&D collaborations, and strategy counseling. Between 2010 and 2012, he co-chaired the IP subcommittee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai.
Tony was trained as a molecular biologist before studying law at Harvard University. He practiced patent law in California for more than a decade where he represented a wide range of high-tech and biotech companies in patent litigation, prosecution, and licensing. He also acted as an in-house patent counsel for a leading specialty pharmaceutical company managing patent litigation, IP due diligence, and technology agreements.
Since moving to China in 2004, Tony has represented multinational companies to enforce their intellectual property rights in civil and criminal actions in China and to assist them in reducing IP risks in R&D activities in China. 

Chies, Alessandra


Firm:  Barzanò & Zanardo
Location: Milan, Vicenza, Pordenone (Italy)
Email: alessandra.chies@hotmail.co.ukA.Chies@barzano-zanardo.com 


Alessandra has almost a decade of direct experience in assisting European and International companies on Intellectual Property prosecution and enforcement in China, conducting administrative, civil and criminal actions, with special focus on online sale of counterfeits, customs border protection, trademark and design registration strategies and prosecution actions. She also collaborated with the EU-China Project for the Enforcement of IPR (IPR2) where she served as co-editor of IP related publications and she was a speaker to numerous seminars and workshops related to IPR protection in China.  Alessandra holds a magna cum laude law degree from the University of Bari, Italy, an LLM in international and European business law from Anglia Polytechnic University, Cambridge  and a further Master in IP Law with a special focus on Chinese IP Law from Milan Polytechnic University in collaboration with Tongji University- Shanghai. She speaks Italian, fluent English and basic Mandarin. 

Chiu, Georgia

Firm: DeLab Consulting
Location: Hong Kong
Email: georgia.chiu@delab.com.hk


Georgia has wide experience handling contentious intellectual property matters including patent and trade mark litigation and anti-unfair competition actions in China. Georgia's experience also includes non-contentious intellectual property matters such as providing freedom to operate opinions in a wide number of fields and counselling on intellectual property portfolio management. Georgia has substantial experience in advising clients on technology transfer matters.

Georgia is currently acting for multi-national companies in respect of intellectual property matters in China, including contentious matters involving patents, designs and anti-unfair competition lawsuit for power and automation technologies, electrical appliances, toys, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and household products. A native of Shanghai, Georgia speaks Mandarin, Shanghainese and Cantonese as well as English.



Firm:  LLR China
Location:  Beijing
Email:  vallee@llrchina.com


Clémence VALLEE-THIOLLIER works with national and international customers in the field of patent law, both as regards patent acquisition procedures and consultancy on freedom-to-operate and industrial property strategy.
Further to several years of professional experience in China, she has developed a specific know-how in Chinese industrial property law, to complete her original background in European and French IP laws.

Clémence VALLEE-THIOLLIER is used to conduct training sessions about intellectual property in China or Europe, particularly for Chinese or European companies or for national offices of France (INPI, Institut National de la Propriété Industrielle) and China (SIPO, State Intellectual Property Office of China). Clémence VALLEE-THIOLLIER is involved in a wide range of technical fields in mechanics, telecommunications and IT (automotive, medical devices, metal casting, cosmetics, food industry, waste collection, petro chemistry, computer security, signal processing, web technologies, etc.).She provides consultancy services to companies on definition of strategies, follow-up of litigations or negotiations, setting up of internal procedures, employee awareness and training on industrial property and valuation of the patent portfolio.

Corne, Peter


Firm: Dorsey
Location: Shanghai, China
Email: corne.peter@dorsey.com


Qualified to practice in England & Wales, Hong Kong and Australia, Peter leads Dorsey & Whitney’s mainland China offices from his base in Shanghai. Peter specializes in the area of Chinese corporate, commercial and regulatory practice and is recognized as a leading practitioner in the fields of mergers and acquisitions and corporate restructuring.

Daniel Albrecht


Firm:  Starke
Location: Beijing, China
Email: law@beijing-starke.com


Daniel is a German attorney at law and has been running Starke since 2014. He specializes in corporate law, commercial law as well as trademark law and labor law. He also assists his clients in drafting and negotiating complex contract documentations. Further on Daniel advises international businesses on the acquisition or sale of public and private companies. Before founding Starke, Daniel practiced for a well-known law firm in China and the oldest foreign law firm in Japan, where he represented mostly German speaking companies in the field of corporate and IP law. He had his first professional encounter with his own law firm in Frankfurt am Main, Germany for more than five years. His first professional encounter with China was in 2004 as a law clerk and he worked at one of the top Chinese law firms in mainland China.

He is a Rotarian and Visiting Professor for civil law at the China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL) 中国政法大学.

Daniel speaks German, English and Japanese.

De le Court, Valentin

Location: Brussels, Belgium
Email: vdlc@daldewolf.com

Valentin de le Court is a Belgian qualified lawyer with more than fifteen years of experience in the intellectual property field, including four years of practice in China. His area of expertise covers contentious and non-contentious IP matters relating to patents and trademarks, trade secrets protection and management, with a strong focus on China related IP strategies and technology transfer. Over the past years Valentin has assisted European MNCs and SMEs active in a wide range of sectors (semiconductors, automotive, mobile gaming, digital communication, F&B, fashion and medical device) with their China related IP issues. Today he co-heads the IP/IT team and leads the China IP Desk at DALDEWOLF, a full service Belgian business law firm. Valentin is fluent in French, Dutch and English.


Deltombe, Philippe

Name: Deltombe, Philippe
Firm: Partner at AGM abogados
Location: Barcelona, Paris, Singapore
Email: pdeltombe@agmabogados.com


For 10 years, Philippe has been assisting innovation players from Europe to China and to South East Asia.

He provides negotiation and legal support in areas ranging from intellectual property to technology transfers and internationalization strategy.

Philippe is admitted at the Brussels Bar since 2003 and fluently speaks five languages.


DEWIT, Bernard

Firm: Dewit Law Office
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Email: dewit@dewitlawoffice.be


Bernard Dewit graduated in law from the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) in 1978. He has been lawyer at the Brussels Bar since 1978. He is currently the senior partner of Dewit Law Office based in Brussels, with a representative office in Beijing, China. Since 1983, Bernard Dewit has always shown interest in China. He has provided legal services to many European enterprises and organizations concerning their projects in China, among which legal advice on different aspects of Chinese Intellectual Property Law. Mr. Dewit is also an accredited foreign arbitrator for the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC), as well as chairman of Belgium-Chinese Chamber of Commerce since 1996.

Elio de Tullio

Elio de Tullio

Firm: De Tullio & Partners
Location: Rome, Italy
Email: edt@detulliopartners.com


Elio De Tullio is an Italian lawyer admitted at the bar of Bari and trade mark attorney. After 10 years of experience in IP matters, he founded in 2005 the law firm De Tullio & Partners, with offices in Rome and Bari and a liaison office in New York. Managing Partner of De Tullio & Partners, he acts as trade mark attorney in the strategic assessment of IP protection and in prosecution and opposition processes at domestic and international level. He is also a litigation lawyer before the Italian Courts specialized in Intellectual Property. He specializes on trademark, design and patent issues, from a strategy, business intelligence, competition, filing and prosecution perspective. He has written some articles on Italian and European law on intellectual property rights which have been translated into Chinese and South-East Asia languages.


En, Liu

Firm: S&P Law Firm
Location: Beijing, China
Email: liuen@splf.com.cn

Mr. En Liu graduated from Edinburgh Law School and is also a professor at Xiangtan University. En Liu sits on the Expert Panel of CIETAC Arbitration Commission, and is a member of the Law Commission and Cultural Industry Commission of ICC China. Mr. Liu is a licensed trademark agent in China and has been retained as the counsel of many high profile projects including the new James Bond sequence. En Liu specialises in copyright and trademark issues as well as developing an intellectual property protection strategy for foreign enterprises. En Liu speaks Mandarin, English and French.

FENG, Charles (Chao)


Firm: East & Concord Partners
Location: Beijing
Email: Charlesfeng@ecp-ip.com


Mr. Feng was educated in top level law schools in the US and China. He is an IP specialist with substantial experience on intellectual property and anti-trust law in the past 15 years, focusing on IP litigation, IP transaction as well as patent and trademark portfolio management.

Mr. Feng has represented a number of foreign clients from EU, the US and Japan at various levels of courts as well as enforcement agencies in China. He has been in the forefront of the law, being experienced in addressing clients' commercial needs in the areas of IP litigation and arbitration, including copyright, trademark, patent, and domain names, unfair competition, trade secrets and other dispute cases. In addition to his work in the courtrooms, he has been involved in IP transactional work, including the drafting, negotiation and enforcement of IP assignment or licensing agreements. Mr. Feng is also experienced in dealing with anti-trust law matters, particularly those relating to intersection of intellectual property law and antitrust law. The design patent infringement case handled by Mr. Feng has been listed as No. 1 of 50 exemplary cases by Supreme People’s Court of China in 2013.

Mr. Feng is currently the Vice Director of Copyright Society of China, Vice Director General of China Association of Geographic Indication Industry, a Standing Committee Member of China Intellectual Property Law Association as well as a member of American Bar Association, China Bar Association and INTA.

Ferrante, Michele

Firm: Ferrante Intellectual Property
Location: Shanghai, China
Email: mailbox@ferrante.asia

Michele Ferrante is founding and Managing Partner of FERRANTE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY. Michele is a lawyer admitted to the Milan Bar: he started his career in the same city practicing corporate law and intellectual property law. He also practiced in the UK and France in different fields. Since 1999, the main focus of Michele’s practice is advising high-profile foreign companies in the protection of their IP rights and design tailor made anti-counterfeit strategies in China. He assists Fortune 500 companies in developing and enforcing brand protection strategies in PRC. Michele regularly speaks at international IP conferences and has written articles on IP issues published in different international magazines. He speaks Italian, English, French and Spanish.

Garcia Zapata, Jose Angel


Firm: Bird & Bird
Location: Madrid, Spain
Email: joseangel.garcia@twobirds.com


José Ángel is an associate in the Intellectual Property Practice of Bird & Bird, based in Madrid. His practice covers all IP-related matters, from patent and trademark litigation to prosecution, including advice on agreements. He holds a degree in law from the University of Alicante in 2005 and a Masters Degree in Intellectual Property and Information Society Law from the University of Alicante. Before joining  us in January 2010, he worked for Gómez-Acebo & Pombo (2007-2009) in the area of Intellectual Property.

Garmón, Alex


Firm:  GH IP&Legal Service
Location: Shanghai, China
Email: a.garmon@ghiplegal.com


Alex Garmón is founder and managing partner of GH IP&Legal Service in Shanghai. He is certified lawyer in Spain and has more than 10 years experience assisting European and Latin American companies on Intellectual Property protection and enforcement in China as well as in foreign investment. He assists his clients on the design of strategies for intellectual property protection both related to trademarks and patents, and his career has been specially focused on trademark disputes and enforcement cases related to the sale and export of counterfeited products in China. He has been speaker in numerous conferences on IP protection and foreign investment. He speaks Spanish, English and Chinese.

Giacopello, Fabio

Firm: HFG Law firm
Location: Shanghai, China
Email: giacopello@hfgip.com


Fabio Giacopello is one of the managing partners of HFG Law & Intellectual Property. He has been widely recognized as one of the most valuable Intellectual Property practitioner in China. Fabio is a member of the Internet Committee at INTA and Arbitrator at the Shanghai International Arbitration Center (SHIAC, former CIETAC Shanghai).

Among the awards and recognitions Fabio received recently the following: “Recommended lawyer” by Legal500, “Winner of Client Choice Award – Trademarks (China)” by ILO, “IP Star” by Managing Intellectual Property, “Notable practitioner” by Chamber and Partners, “Leading practitioner” by WIPR, “Expert in the trademark category” by Asia IP.

He is author of several articles published by International and local publishing houses. Fabio often cooperates with education institutions and associations for giving lectures about Chinese IP System and/or European IP System (INTA, CIPA, Indicam, SMI, China-Italy Chamber of Commerce, etc.). 

Fabio has substantive experience in trademark portfolio management, trademark disputes and litigations, and enforcement including anti-counterfeiting. Fabio’s practice includes technology transfer, patent and trade secret litigations, and arbitration in relation to disloyal behaviors of employees. He has also achieved brilliant results in commercial and corporate transactions on behalf of international companies.

Founded in 2003, HFG counts over 70 professionals distributed in Shanghai and Beijing and represents clients at various levels before all state-level agencies, administrative and judicial authorities. HFG is a recommended practice by Legal 500 (no. 1 in Shanghai) and by Managing IP.

Girard-Foley, Philippe

Firm: GIRARD-FOLEY & Associates
Location: La Rochelle, France; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Email: pgf@jurisasie.com 


Over a continuous presence of more than 25 years, Philippe Girard-Foley has helped many European companies protect and defend their IP rights and establish a successful business in Asia, through direct investment, partnership, distributorship, agency, franchising or otherwise. He is a regular speaker at events focusing on China matters, including 'Horizon Chine' with former French PM Jean-Pierre Raffarin, and has authored several publications on China IP laws.

Philippe Girard-Foley has received both a civil law and common law education (Paris Sorbonne, Paris Institute of Political Sciences 'Sciences Po', University of Pennsylvania Law School, CIArb London) and is a member of the Paris Bar from France as well as an associate member of the Victoria Law Institute from Australia. Philippe joined China IPR SME Helpdesk network in 2011.

Goddar, Heinz


Firm:  Boehmert & Boehmert
Location:  Shanghai, China; Munich, Germany
Email:  goddar@boehmert.de


Heinz has a technical background as well as PhD degree in physics, with a focus on polymer physics. He teaches Patent and Licensing Law as an Honorary Professor at the University of Bremen, Germany, as a Lecturer at the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center (MIPLC), Munich, Germany, and as a Visiting Professor at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA, U.S.A., the Tsinghua University School of Law, Beijing, China, and as a Consultant Professor at Huazhong University, Wuhan, China. Professor Dr. Goddar furthermore is an Adjunct Professor and an Honorable Consultant in International Legal Services at the National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, Yunlin, Taiwan. He is a Director to the Global Institute of Intellectual Property (GIIP), Delhi. He is a Past President of LES International and of LES Germany and has received the Gold Medal of LES International in 2005. In 2014, he has been inducted into the IAM IP Hall of Fame. 

Groot, Jurjen


Firm: Jurjen Groot
Location: Utrecht, The Netherlands
Email: jurjen.groot@gmail.com


Jurjen Groot advises European clients on corporate, commercial and intellectual property matters related to their business in China. He spent over 3 years working in Shanghai and currently he works for CMS in The Netherlands.

Jurjen’s recent IP related work includes advising a Dutch market leader in optical fiber on licensing and IP protection matters, assisting a world known Dutch innovative storm umbrella company on its IP protection and anti-counterfeiting strategy in China, and advising a winner of the Shell Livewire Young Business Award on protection of its IP in China. Jurjen regularly publishes articles and was invited as a speaker and panellist on several occasions. On 2 January 2011, Jurjen participated as a China expert in Dutch national TV discussion program "Buitenhof", commenting on legal matters in China, including IP protection. He speaks Dutch, English, German, French and Chinese.

Hsiao, Heather


Firm:  Eiger
Location:  Taipei, Taiwan
Email:  heather.hsiao@eiger.law


Heather Hsiao is a senior associate at Eiger, a Greater China-based law firm. Focusing her practice on IP counseling and employment issues, Heather has overseen litigation regarding a variety of trademark, copyright and trade secret-related matters. Heather also regularly speaks to international audiences on a number of timely legal issues.

Heather obtained her LL.B. and LL.M. degrees at National Taiwan University, as well as an LL.M. degree at Chicago’s Northwestern University. Prior to joining Eiger, Heather worked as in-house counsel of a major technology company. Heather is fluent in English and Chinese.

Hui, Huang

Firm: Wanhuida
Location: Beijing, China
Email: huanghui@wanhuida.com


Dr Huang Hui is Senior Partner of Wanhuida. He is a scholar, lawyer, trademark attorney, Research Fellow of Intellectual Property Centre of China Academy of Social Sciences and the Arbitrator of Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre of CIETAC. Prior to joining Wanhuida, Dr Huang served 12 years at the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC). He also studied international industrial property law and graduated from the Centre of International Study of Industrial Property (CEIPI), Robert Schuman University in France. After graduation, Dr Huang conducted academic research on the protection of well-known trademarks within the China Academy of Social Sciences ("Legal Protection of Well-Known and Famous Marks") (Law Press, 2001), where he was awarded the degree of doctor at law. Dr Huang is also an active practicing attorney who represents clients before the People's Courts of China in a wide variety of litigations, some of which have become landmark decisions in the industry.

Huynh, Catherine Heng Yee


Firm: Catherine Heng Yee Huynh
Location: Paris, France
Email: huynh.catherine@avocat-conseil.fr


Catherine Heng Yee is a bi-cultural (French born Hongkongese) IP & Data protection lawyer. She founded her own boutique law firm so as to make the SMEs benefit from her experience in big firms. She worked in France, mainland China and Australia. She was previously an in-house counsel for a French multinational company based in Shanghai (successfully leading an anti-counterfeiting program). Her areas of practice inlcude copyright, trademarks, designs and data privacy matters / advice & litigation. She also has an expertise in designing a worldwide strategy of protection of creations, especially on the geographical axis France, European Union, mainland China, Hong Kong and Asia. She is co-directing a Master's Degree in Intellectual Property Law and Digital Law at the Institut Supérieur du Droit (Paris). Catherine speaks French, English, Mandarin and Cantonese.

Jamie Rowlands


Firm: Gowling WLG
Location: Guangzhou


Jamie Rowlands is a partner who has had 15 years of experience enforcing and protecting clients' valuable intellectual property rights; in particular patents and brands. He is client focussed and always strives to get to the nub of an issue to deliver the most relevant and commercial advice.

He is Gowling WLG's Chief Representative Officer in Guangzhou working with his team on both transactional and litigation services, with a particular focus on intellectual property related issues. He has very extensive experience of all aspects of the court system in Mainland China and understands the complexities and cultural challenges well.

His work has always been internationally-focussed and includes acting on global disputes involving parties from the UK, Europe, USA, China, Japan and Africa. He is first rate at managing large teams (including lawyers from different jurisdictions) to provide a cost effective and streamlined service for clients. Jamie combines in-depth technical expertise with broad sector experience; work includes acting for clients in healthcare, aviation, advanced manufacturing and hi-tech sectors.

Jill Sun


Firm: Garrigues
Location: Shanghai, China
Email: jill.sun@garrigues.com


Jill Sun joined Garrigues' Shanghai office in 2009 and specializes in intellectual property law. Before joined Garrigues, she has worked in China Trademark Association, State Administration for Industry and Commerce, and has accomplished a special training programme about the Community Trade Mark System in OHIM (The European Trademark and Design Office).

Jing, He

Location: Beijing, China
Email: hejing@genlaw.com


He Jing is a senior consultant at AnJie Law Firm and has extensive experience in IP litigations and IP advisory matters. He regularly advises clients on IP licensing and negotiation related to transactions and IP disputes. He Jing is lead counsel and has handled a number of high profile cases. He Jing also advises corporate clients and industry associations on regulatory and government policy issues. He is a fellow affiliated with the School of Intellectual Property of Renmin University. He graduated from Peking University with B.Sc in Physics and obtained his law degree from the University of Notre Dame in 2000. He passed the State Bar of California in 2000 and the USPTO patent exam in April 2001.

John Eastwood


Firm: Eiger
Location: Taipei
Email: john.eastwood@eigerlaw.com


John has many years of professional experience counseling clients on their investment projects, commercial ventures, employment, litigation, and intellectual-property and technology matters, both within the Asia region and on both sides of the Strait in Greater China. As a senior partner of Eiger's Greater China Practice, John has headed up the firm's intellectual-property and technology practice for the past several years, assisting clients with trademark, patent, copyright and trade-secret matters. In John's role chairing the the European Chamber of Commerce Taiwan (ECCT) Intellectual Property Rights Committee for the past many years, he has worked closely with the European Commission, U.S. State Department, prominent academics and local government authorities on intellectual-property policy matters. John regularly speaks on IPR issues at conferences.

Klaczynski, Michal

Firm: Klaczynski Legal Consulting
Location: Warsaw, Poland
Email: michal@klaczynski.pl


Michal Klaczynski has over ten years experience in both Polish and international practices and now runs his own consulting firm specialising in international transactions and regulatory matters, including assistance in Chinese business and IP related matters. His experience includes assisting companies establishing business in China, advising on foreign direct investment regulations and negotiating joint venture agreements. He also advises on various aspects of Chinese copyright law, trade secrets, trademarks, as well as negotiating licensing, manufacturing and distribution agreements related to operations in China. Michal graduated from Harvard Law School (LL.M.) and Jagiellonian University; Poland. He studied at Sichuan United University (Chengdu, China), and is currently working on his doctoral degree in international law.

Leung, Anita


Firm: David Lo & Partners
Location: Hong Kong
Email: aleung@dlplaw.com.hk



Practice Areas 
IP protection, enforcement, litigation and commercialization.  Licensing, franchising and distribution, IP audit and due diligence, strategic filing programs, cross-border anti-counterfeiting, product regulatory compliance, data privacy and cybersecurity. Played an active role in lobbying the Hong Kong government on many legislative and policy changes, including copyright, patent, company name and drug safety issues. 

Professional Memberships 
Council Member, Licensing Executives Society China (Hong Kong Sub-Chapter); Steering Committee Member, BIP Asia Forum of Hong Kong Trade Development Council; Committee Member, Intellectual Property Committee of Hong Kong Law Society; Panel Member, Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal; Working Committee Member, Intellectual Property Rights Protection Alliance.

Li, Alice


Firm: Gowling WLG
Location: Guangzhou


Alice Li helps clients to enforce their intellectual property. She has more than ten years' experience working in intellectual property law, focusing on civil enforcement of patents and trademarks against infringers of clients' intellectual property rights, including managing investigators, notaries and local counsel. Previously the in-house counsel at Motorola and Amway, she advised on all aspects of their intellectual property strategy, with particular focus on the enforcement of trade marks by both civil and administrative actions. She is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.

Alice Li is the Chair of the IPR Working Group of the European Chamber South China Chapter.

Li, Zuxing

https://www.china-iprhelpdesk.eu/sites/china-hd/files/public/field/image/Zuxing-Li-pic2.jpg  Firm: Zhong Lun Law Firm
  Location: London, UK
  Email: zuxingli@zhonglun.co.uk


Dual-qualified as an English solicitor and Chinese lawyer, Zuxing Li has broad experience in advising clients of various sizes, from multinational companies to start-ups, on a wide range of UK-China cross-border IP related projects, with a focus on IP licensing and enforcement in education,    food & beverage and high-tech sectors, and creative industries.

From Zhong Lun Law Firm’s London office and together with a multi-jurisdictional team of Zhong Lun’s IP, commercial contract and litigation experts, he has advised a number of UK independent schools and universities in relation to their international projects in China that often involve setting up affiliated schools by way of brand licensing, and has also helped a series of prestigious international brands on the registration, procurement and enforcement of their intellectual property rights in China. Zuxing advises clients on both contentious and non-contentious matters, with extensive experience in trademark infringements and data protection.

He is a native Chinese speaker, proficient in English and fluent in Cantonese. His significant experience in commercial contracts, acute awareness of the social and business cultures of both the UK and China as well as language advantage has enabled him to help his clients develop synergy with their partners in the negotiations in UK-China IP deals and build a winning scenario in a cost-and-efficient manner.

LIU, Dan


Firm: Elzaburu Consulting (Beijing) Company Ltd.
Location: Beijing, China
Email: dnl@elzaburu.es
Linkedin: https://cn.linkedin.com/in/dan-liu-29737835


Dan is an IP consultant in Elzaburu Consulting (Beijing) Company Ltd., helping clients on patent, trademark, copyright, technology transfer and other IP related affairs. 

She worked as the IP Focal Point in Airbus (Beijing) Engineering Center Company Ltd. for over 4 years, in charge of the operation and management of IP related issues within the company. In 2014, she joined the Magister Lvcentinus IP LL.M Project to extend her knowledge of European and Spanish IP law. After one-year study, she worked in Elzaburu Headquarters in Madrid for 6 months. During this period of time, she had the opportunity to understand IP issues also from a legal professional perspective to complement her experience as a lawyer by working in a large multinational.

Dan obtained her Lawyer License of P.R. China in 2013. She speaks Mandarin, English and Spanish.

Liu, Guizeng (Wayne)


Firm: Yuanhe Partners
Location: Beijing, China
Email: liuguizeng@yuanhepartners.com



Liu is Adjunct Professor of the School of Juris Master, China University of Political Science and Law; Mentor of Graduate and Guest Professor, the School of Law, Beijing Foreign Studies University; Expert of the Intellectual Property Guiding Case Research Base (Beijing) Expert Advisory Committee of the Supreme People's Court of PRC; Arbitrator of Wuhan Arbitration Committee; Co-Chair, INTA Bulletin Law & Practice Asia-Pacific Subcommittee; Council of INTA Global Advisory Council, Asia-Pacific;

Liu has published dozens of articles on the subject of intellectual property in both Chinese and international publications, and is a frequent speaker at industrial and professional conference both at home and abroad.

Liu is Member of LES China, AIPPI China and INTA.

Luo, James


Firm: Lawjay Partners
Location: Beijing, China
Email: James.Luo@lawjay.com.cn


Dr. James Luo, managing partner of Lawjay Partners, is counsel of choice for international clients. He is consistently ranked by Legalband as a band-one leading individual in IP litigation and by MIP as a Trademark Star, and is recognised as among China's leading IP lawyers by Chambers and Partners, WTR1000, and Who's Who Legal, among others. Every year, James represents various top luxury brands and world-famous marks in over a hundred lawsuits for trademark and copyright infringement.

Among the recent victories he had won for top luxury brands include obtaining an award of RMB 4.3 million in damages in a trademark infringement action against an online counterfeiter and its online service provider, winning a lawsuit against an OEM that exported counterfeit goods, and a triumphant lawsuit against a popular Chinese e-commerce platform that sold fake luxury goods. Likewise, the Supreme Court and the National Bar Association respectively ranked a trademark case he handled as among the 2014 Top 10 IP Litigation Cases in China, and LVM’s landlord liability cases have been ranked as among the QBCP Top 10 Best Practice Cases for 2015-2016 and the Top 50 Best Practices IP Litigation Cases in China for 2014, while other cases were ranked as Top 10 IP Litigation Cases in other provinces.

With over 20 years' experience in IP law, James is an established legal authority in IP litigation and enforcement. Presently, James sits as a legal expert of the Supreme Court's IP Case Law Center expert advisers committee, a guest professor at Renmin University Law School and the China University of Political Science and Law, and is an arbitrator at the Chinese European Arbitration Center. In 2013, James was recognised by the Beijing Bar Association as among the top 10 IP lawyers in Beijing. He is a former IP partner at Bird & Bird and had worked for Baker & McKenzie, Motorola and prestigious law firms and had served as chair of the Trademark Committee of the Beijing Bar Association, chair of the China sub-committee of INTA’s anti-counterfeiting committee, and vice chair of Quality Brands Protection Committee (QBPC).

James earned his PhD in IP at Renmin University of China and his LLM in IP at King’s College London. He was a visiting scholar to the University of London and a visiting researcher at Franklin Pierce Law Center. He is a frequent speaker at international conferences.

Lyu, Pei

https://www.china-iprhelpdesk.eu/sites/china-hd/files/public/field/image/dd.jpgFirm: GEN Law Firm
Location: Beijing
Email: lvpei@genlaw.com


Ms. LYU is a senior associate at Beijing office of GEN Law Firm. She is extensively involved in both contentious and non-contentious matters, involving trademark and unfair competition infringement disputes, trade secret infringement disputes, commercial licensing, as well as portfolio strategy, management and prosecution. She is a frequent contributor of IP case and policy updates for World Trademark Review, Managing IP and other IP platforms and institutions. She is named IP Rising Star 2019 by Managing IP and 2020 LEGALBAND 30 Under 30. Ms. LYU received her bachelor’s degree from Renmin University of China Law School and LL.M from Cornell Law School. She is admitted to Chinese Bar and State Bar of New York.

Mak, Toby

Firm: Tee & Howe
Location: Beijing, China
Email: toby.mak@teehowe.com



Dr. Toby Mak would be familiar to readers of the UK CIPA Journal, as his China IP Update articles appear therein every three months. He is also the author of three chapters in the book “Patent Law in Greater China”, which received very positive comments from IPKat. He has a somewhat unique background as a registered Chinese patent attorney. Before obtaining the Chinese qualification, he was trained under the UK patent system, and has passed some of the UK patent attorney’s examination papers. Because of these, Toby can draft patent specifications in both English and Chinese. Toby has a PhD degree in chemistry, and over 18 years of experience in the patents and designs industry, with substantial exposure to the handling of both contentious and non-contentious matters. Before joining Tee & Howe, he worked at one of the largest Hong Kong law firms on IP matters for more than 8 years. His clients include investors, local and overseas research institutes, multinational power tool company, manufacturer of adhesives and elastomers, universities, video-on-demand company, and companies specialized in gene detection and pharmaceutical compositions development. He is frequently invited by various organizations around the world to speak on Chinese IP, including the USPTO, the European Patent Office, the European Chamber of Commerce, the UK Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA), Licensing Executive Society, the Stanford University, and the Canadian Embassy. He is a member of the All-China Patent Agents Association and AIPPI, and a foreign member of the UK CIPA.

Meng, Tim


Firm: GoldenGate Lawyers
Location: Beijing, China
Email: tmeng@goldengatelawyers.com


Mr. Tim Meng has served as Managing Partner at GoldenGate Lawyers since its establishment in 2007. GoldenGate Lawyers is a dynamic boutique law firm, and basically works for foreign interests in China. The Firm provides a full range of legal services for large multinational companies, as well as individuals, which endeavors to provide high quality services and practical solutions to its clients through the close cooperation among its lawyers and professionals with diversity expertise.
Mr. Meng earned his LLB from Beijing University Law School in 1990, and his LLM from the American University in 1996. He was admitted to the Chinese National Bar in 1994 and to the New York Bar in 1998.
Mr. Meng has been heavily involved in complex commercial litigation/arbitration and IP-related matters. He has represented over 50 files before CIETAC, ICC, DIS, HKIAC and SIAC, and litigated in over 50 courts in different cities at all levels all over the country.  

Michael Werner


Firm: Eiger
Location: Taipei
Email: michael.werner@eigerlaw.com



Michael is a senior associate at Eiger, a Greater China-based law firm, supporting foreign business on different IP, commercial and tax matters, with a strong focus on Taiwan. As member of Eiger’s IP-team he coordinates TM filings and further IP support within Greater China and in various jurisdictions in Asia.

Michael is a member of INTA and GRUR and speaks on a regular basis about current legal matters concerning Taiwan and the Greater China area. 

Michael obtained his law degree at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Germany and LLM at University of East Anglia, U.K. 

Michishita, Rieko


Firm: Bird & Bird
Location: Beijing, China
Email: Rieko.michishita@twobirds.com


Rieko is Partner in the Intellectual Property Group of Bird&Bird based in Beijing. 
Having lived in China for over nineteen years, she has acquired deep insights into the handling of legal matters in China. She has managed IP portfolios for global clients across numerous industries including gaming, publishing, retail, technology, electronics and industrial machinery. She has extensive experience in coordinating of IP disputes including patents, copyrights, trade mark, trade secrets and unfair competitions in China. Rieko leads the anti-counterfeiting practice in China and works closely with regional partners and specialists in the Asia Pacific region on cross-border matters. 
She started her journey in China as a language student in Beijing in 1994 and was one of the first foreign students to study Chinese Law, undertaking the undergraduate programme at People’s University in 1996. After graduating, Rieko worked for a leading Japanese law firm in Beijing and moved to Shanghai to establish its second branch office. She then joined another leading law firm’s IP group in Hong Kong and relocated back to Shanghai, working there for five years. Rieko has also earned an LLM degree from Northwestern University in Chicago and qualified in New York.


Olivas Caceres, Ester

Name: Olivas Caceres, Ester
Location: Valencia, Spain
Email: esterolivas@gmail.com

With almost 20 years of professional experience, Ester is a Lawyer specialized in all aspects related to Geographical Indications (GIs) from a technical, legal and political point of view. Bearing over 14 years of experience in strategic counseling, legal advising and representation of GI producers of agricultural products, wines, spirits and handicrafts, Ester has worked on the direction and management of key international organizations, as Secretary General of ORIGEN ESPAÑA -the Spanish Association of Designations of Origin- and as Secretary General of oriGIn - the first International Network of Geographical Indications-, where she represented and defended the interests of GI products from all over the world.

Senior Consultant to international organizations for the implementation of technical assistance and international cooperation projects, Ester provides legal and technical counseling on GIrelated matters throughout the world, supporting government authorities in the establishment and management of their GI legal framework as well as local stakeholders in the identification, establishment, management, recognition and protection of their GIs.

Paolo Beconcini


Firm: Squire Patton Boggs
Location: Beijing/Hong Kong
Email:  paolo.beconcini@squirepb.com


Dr. Paolo Beconcini consults companies seeking legal action against infringers, advising on issues of law and enforcement, conducting evidence gathering and piloting their cases through the Chinese legal system. A sought-after authority on IP litigation in China, Paolo regularly appears in Chinese courts and attends IPR raids on local counterfeiters. His record of success in patent infringement lawsuits includes a landmark case once designated "case of the year" by several IP journals. He leads business intelligence teams that pursue evidence of counterfeiting operations, particularly in China’s automotive and mechanical industry, but also in its fashion industry.

Pattloch, Thomas

Firm: Taylor Wessing
Location: Munich, Germany
Email: t.pattloch@taylorwessing.com


Thomas Pattloch specialises in industrial property rights and technology transfer with a particular focus on China. He provides comprehensive assistance and advice with regard to all aspects of Chinese industrial property law, covering inter alia strategic establishment of industrial and intellectual property rights in China, enforcement of rights and assisting clients in particularly sensitive fields of technology, competition-related aspects of license agreements, drafting of software and technology license agreements, designing R&D projects as well as IP transactions. His remit also comprises assistance in fighting product piracy in China and Asia. Thomas went to law school in Munich. Afterwards, he did his doctorate at the University of Passau, with a thesis on Chinese IP rights, and was a research assistant with the Asia department of the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Patent, Copyright and Competition Law. After obtaining his doctorate degree, he practised law in Shanghai. Before joining Taylor Wessing he was the European Commission's IP Officer in Beijing, China.

Pfaffenzeller, Xia

Firm:Boehmert & Boehmert
Location: Munich
Email: pfaffenzeller@boehmert.de


Xia Pfaffenzeller is working for Boehmert & Boehmert as a German Patent Attorney and European Patent and Trade Mark Attorney in Munich. Her professional work focuses on technical intellectual property rights, especially patents and utility models. She represents her clients in patent prosecution and opposition proceedings before the German Patent and Trademark Office and the European Patent Office, in patent invalidation proceedings before the German Federal Patent Court, and in patent infringement proceedings before German Civil Courts. Her technical fields of practice include general physics, electronics, semiconductor, information technology and software inventions. Xia studied physics and obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. She obtained her doctorate degree from the physics department of RWTH Aachen University in Germany. She is also an author of several articles about IPR in China and is fluent in Mandarin, English and German.

Rainy Liu


Firm: Beijing Lawconstant
Location: Beijing, China
Email: rainy@lawconstant.com.cn ; tm@lawconstant.com.cn


Rainy is the director of Beijing Lawconstant. Owing to her master degree of Intellectual Property Law in United Kingdom, Rainy has specialised in trademark-related work in China since 2004. She has handled a number of trademark, copyright, domain names cases. To her clients, she is not a trademark attorney only but also a business advisor for the brand management. 

Ranjard, Paul

Firm: Wanhuida
Location: Beijing, China
Email: ranjard@wanhuida.com


Paul Ranjard is a seasoned IPR lawyer from France with extensive experience dealing with IPR infringements in China. He has spent more than 10 years working with China IPR issues. He is the chair of the IPR Working Group of the EU chamber of commerce in China and represents UniFab (Union des Fabricants). He is also the vice chair for the quality brands protection committee and is lawyer of counsel for the Wanhuida intellectual property agency. He has represented large companies such as Lacoste in carrying out IPR enforcement in China. Paul Ranjard is an active speaker at academic seminars and international conferences.

Reinout van Malenstein

Firm: Senior Counsel, HFG Law & IP
Location: Shanghai, China
Email: rvanmalenstein@hfgip.com 


Reinout van Malenstein is Senior Counsel at HFG Law & Intellectual Property in China (Beijing and Shanghai). As a lawyer with a Chinese law firm, with great expertise in intellectual property rights in China, he advises companies on trademarks, copyright, patents, and trade secrets in China.

Since 2014 Reinout has worked on intellectual property for the European Commission in Greater China and has successfully advised the European Union, the 28 Member States and more than two thousand European companies with regard to intellectual property rights in China. He was also actively involved in the intellectual property negotiations between the European Union and the Chinese government. Before that he was the head of the China practice at KienhuisHoving NV and a lawyer in the Netherlands on intellectual property at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. Having worked as a lawyer at leading law firms in Europe, and having graduated with honours in the Netherlands (Bachelor/Master of Laws in Dutch/EU law from Utrecht University) as well as summa cum laude in China (Master of laws in Chinese law from Peking University), Reinout is well positioned to advise clients on intellectual property cases with a European/Chinese dimension. Reinout is fluent in Chinese (Mandarin), Dutch, English and conversational in German.

Sai Chen


Firm: Linda Liu & Partners
Location: Beijing
Email:  linda@lindapatent.com



Sai CHEN is an attorney-at-law, partner and manager of the Legal Department of Linda Liu & Partners, Linda Liu Group. She has significant experience in IP infringement litigation, administrative proceedings, anti-counterfeiting, border seizure, copyright works protection, domain name disputes, IP right licensing and technology transferring. Sai frequently delivers speeches and publishes articles in Europe, US and Japan on enforcing IP right in China. Sai has represented clients from medium sized companies to Fortune 500 from Japan, US, Germany and around the world. She helped Bridgestone Corporation win a favorable decision enforcing its design patent in the Supreme People’s Court in the retrial. She helped a world leader in soldering machinery in a patent invalidation administrative lawsuit, securing the invalidation of a competitor’s patent from first instance throughout retrial. She also represented a major consumer electronics company as the plaintiff in an infringement lawsuit, where it was awarded Rmb3.2 million compensation and listed by the Supreme People’s Court of China among the Top Ten IP Cases ruled by Chinese courts in 2016. In a recent case she successfully established indirect infringement in court for patent owner, which is still uncommon in China.


Scheil, Joerg-Michael

Firm: Schulz Noack Bärwinkel (SNB Law)
Location: Shanghai, Ho Chi Minh City
Email: jm.scheil@snblaw.com


Dr. Joerg-Michael Scheil is a partner of Schulz Noack Bärwinkel (SNB Law) and chief representative of the firm’s Shanghai Office since 1999 and the Ho Chi Minh City Branch since 2012. He studied law and sinology at the University of Göttingen and Chinese law at the East China Institute of Politics and Law. Before joining SNB, he worked at the Duesseldorf office of a major international law firm. Michael advises mainly European industrial clients on a broad range of IP issues in Asia, including patent and trademark matters, as well as on commercial and corporate law. He has represented many European patent owners on strategic patent disputes and infringement cases with Chinese competitors, covering a range of sectors including food and healthcare, automotive, chemistry and industrial equipment manufacturing. Technology transfer projects and joint ventures in the healthcare industry in China and Vietnam have become another focus point of his work. He is the author of several monographs and many essays on Chinese and Vietnamese law, and, with his series of articles “News from the People’s Republic China” a regular contributor on practical issues relating to patent law in China in Mitteilungen der deutschen Patentanwälte, a leading German IP magazine. Michael is admitted to the bar in Hamburg, Germany. His working languages include English, German and Chinese and he also has basic knowledge of Vietnamese.

Seybold, Martin


Firm: Rödl & Partner
Location: Beijing, China
Email: martin.seybold@roedl.pro


Martin works for Rödl & Partner in Beijing. He has over ten years of experience advising European SMEs and scientific institutions on China IP issues. His specialties are enforcement of IP rights and hands-on IP strategies for foreign enterprises, as well as licensing and IP registrations in China.

Martin is a German qualified lawyer, holding a doctor's degree in constitutional law and a LL.M. degree in international and European economic law. He has in-depth experience on different IP approaches between China and Europe, and resulting conflicts. He is fluent in written and spoken Chinese. Examples of his daily business are: IP enforcement through Chinese authorities, coordination of IP litigations, representation in arbitration (CIETAC, BAC) and mediation, drafting of IP related contracts (licensing, technology transfer, cooperation), and management of IP portfolios in China.

Skou, Jannik

Firm: Thomsen Trampedach
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Email: js@thomsentrampedach.com


Jannik Skou has fifteen years of experience within the domain name and brand protection industry. He has worked with a number of Fortune500 and Europe Top 500 companies in the areas of domain name strategy, domain name management, brand protection, investigation, domain name audits and business process optimization.

Mr. Skou is a partner at the Swiss consulting company, Thomsen Trampedach GmbH, who work with large international corporate clients to implement either best practice or client specific strategies and solutions. He holds a Master of art from Copenhagen University and an executive MBA from Copenhagen Business School. He is on the INTA Anti Counterfeiting Committee, and is engaged at the IP Constituency at ICANN.

Smith, Tim

Firm: Rouse
Location: London
Email: tsmith@rouse.com


Tim is Deputy Head of Rouse's Dispute Resolution Team in China. Tim advises international companies on IP protection and enforcement in China, and has particular experience in copyright and IP litigation in China.

Tim trained at Ashurst in London, qualifying into the IP litigation team where he handled trade mark, design, copyright and patent work, including copyright enforcement programmes for retail and media-owning clients. Before joining Rouse in 2008, he was Senior Legal Adviser at IFPI, the international trade body for the recording industry. At IFPI he was responsible for a number of high-profile litigation cases, including the groundbreaking action for the industry against Yahoo! China. Tim has managed litigation in more than 20 jurisdictions in Europe, South America and Asia.

Soler, Francisco


     Firm: Garrigues
     Location: Valencia, Spain
     Email: francisco.soler.caballero@garrigues.com  



Francisco joined Garrigues in 1996, and has spent his entire career at Garrigues. In 2005 he moved to Shanghai to establish the Garrigues Office in the city, of which he was managing partner for six years.From 2011 partner in the commercial Department of Valencia. Specialist in foreign investment in China, corporate law and commercial Contracts.He has participated as a speaker in various seminars and conferences on foreign investment in China as well as on M&A, corporate and commercial issues.


Sousa, João Miranda

Firm: Garrigues
Location: Madrid, Spain
Email: joao.miranda@garrigues.com


João Miranda de Sousa is Head of Garrigues' worldwide Intellectual Property practice. Before joining Garrigues, Mr. Miranda de Sousa was Director of General Affairs and External Relations at the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), where he coordinated EUIPO's relations with its counterparts in other countries, other EU institutions, the press, the business community and the world of industrial property professionals.

During his 12-year long career at the EUIPO, the agency saw its international standing improve dramatically. Only in 2007, the agency received some 90,000 trademark registration applications, making it the EU's largest Registry Office. In recognition of his work, he received the Business Outstanding Achievement Award last year in London at the Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) Awards.

Vidon, Patrice


Firm: Vidon IP Group
Location: France
Email: pvidon@vidon.com


Patrice Vidon, 55, MSc., LLM, MA (Economics & Management) is a European and French Patent and Trademark Attorney having gained a rich practice of Intellectual Property protection, licensing, management and enforcement in the P. R. of China, especially in relation to technology, patents of invention, know-how, R&D and technology investment and transfer contracts. 
He is a Founding and Managing Partner of Vidon IP Law Group (Europe - Asia), a network of more than 40 IP consultants, attorneys and lawyers in 8 offices, including Paris and Shanghai. Patrice VIDON is a former President of the French Institute of industrial Property Attorneys (CNPI) and of the European Committee of National Institutes of Industrial Property Attorneys (CNIPA).
Patrice Vidon practices from both the European and Shanghai offices of VIDON IP Law Group (Europe - Asia). 


Wong, Deanna


Firm: DeLab Consulting Limited
Location: Hong Kong
Email: deanna.wong@delab.com.hk 


Deanna Wong is the founder of DeLab Consulting Limited with operations in China and Hong Kong. The company specializes in IP legal advisory work and use management/coaching consulting methodologies in providing legal business solutions.

Growing up in Greater China, she first qualified in New Zealand (with a law degree and a science degree in biochemistry and genetic molecular biology) and has been in Greater China since 1999.
She first qualified in New Zealand (with a law degree and a science degree in biochemistry and genetic molecular biology) and have been in the Greater China region since 1999. Deanna's practice focuses on the international aspect of the firm's IP asset management, commercial exploitation, development and enforcement of different types of intellectual property rights. She also advises and coordinates the strategic commercialisation of clients' IP rights which covers technology transfer and/or distribution.  She assists clients from IP inception right through the value cycle with insight from business and legal perspectives.

Separately, Deanna is also professional executive coach with a focus on professional service industry clients.


Xu, Jian


Firm:  Gowling WLG
Location:  Beijing, China
Email:  jian.xu@gowlingwlg.com


Dr. Jian Xu is a dually qualified Chinese lawyer and patent/trademark attorney. He currently heads up the intellectual property practice at the China office of Gowling WLG.
Dr. Jian Xu joined the firm in 2008 and has been the head of the intellectual property practice of its China office since that date. Prior to that, he was a senior patent attorney at China Sinda, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in Beijing. He has handled all aspects of IPR in business including drafting, prosecution, acquisition, enforcement and licensing of patents, trade marks and brand, design rights, copyright and content. He has conducted litigation and administrative actions against infringers all over China. He also has a strong background in the chemistry and life science sector, with a bachelor’s degree from Beijing and a PhD degree in Biochemistry from the University of Manchester. 

Yan, Rae


Firm: Hogan Lovells
Location: Beijing, China
Email: rae.yan@hoganlovells.com 



Rae Yan is a Beijing-based partner of Hogan Lovells (Shanghai) Intellectual Property Agency Service Co., Ltd., a domestic IP service affiliate established by Hogan Lovells Hong Kong in September 2007. Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Rae worked for 11 years in a local trademark agency, NTD Patent & Trademark Agency Ltd, heading the trademark prosecution department. She has extensive experience in advising both multinational and domestic clients on brand protection, which involves a large number of trademark registrations, oppositions, cancellations and administrative litigation cases.


Yiu, Christine

Firm: Bird&Bird
Location: Shanghai, China
Email: christine.yiu@twobirds.com


Christine is an IP partner based in Bird & Bird's Shanghai office. Christine has solid experience in handling complex and cross border litigation.  She is an expert on the issue of FRAND resulting from the undertakings given by patent owners to various standard setting organisations as part of their IP policies and advises clients extensively on FRAND's development around the world.  Christine is a member of the expert panel of the China IPR SME Helpdesk since May 2010.  She was recognised as one of the "Top 250 Women in IP" by Managing IP two years running in 2016 & 2017. 

Zeng, Jiancheng


Firm: Tee & Howe
Location: Hannover, Germany
Email: zen88@teehowe.com


Jiancheng Zeng is a Chinese patent attorney with over 5 years of experience in patent prosecution and litigation in China. He studied at the University of Technology Darmstadt, Germany and started his career as a patent engineer in a local German company and later in a IP law firm. At present Jiancheng Zeng is a partner heading Tee & Howe's European Office in Hannover, Germany where he advises on IP matters both in Europe and in China. He is a member of the All-China Patent Agents Association and Association of Patent Professionals in Industry in Germany (VPP).

Zhang, Yan


Firm: Lifang & Partners
Location: Beijing, China
Email: yanzhang@lifanglaw.com


ZHANG Yan is fully engaged in IP litigation and administrative enforcement. He advises clients on IP portfolio management and integrated protection strategies, and enforces IP protection strategies in a manner that maximises the gains of his clients. Managing IP has previously described him as having “made an excellent first impression by gaining an understanding of our business very quickly and working tirelessly on our cases.” Mr. Zhang has rich experience in fighting against IP infringement in China, as well as defending against infringement actions in the fields of patent, trademark, unfair competition, business secrets and copyright. He enforces IP against infringers through administrative and criminal procedures by working with local authorities and courts. IAM has previously called him “talented at defending and initiating infringement proceedings.” Mr. Zhang also advises clients on various licensing agreements, as well as corporate issues relating to IP. He provides advice on crisis management, public relations, and legal compliance solutions. IAM has previously stated that “Yan Zhang is one of a handful of domestic experts with in-depth knowledge of how to structure licensing deals and transactional agreements.” He has represented clients in multiple milestone and pioneer cases in the field of IP, including 3D trademarks, parallel import, well-known trademarks, such cases were listed by different legal media, administrations, and Chinese courts, including the Supreme Court.