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In today’s knowledge economy, a large part of the value of your business is based on intangible assets and goodwill. Your intellectual property plays a key role in obtaining a competitive advantage. A cohesive IP strategy, including both commercialisation and enforcement, will ensure you get maximum value from your portfolio. With 150 specialist lawyers in more than 40 countries, we understand your business needs and have worked with some of the best-known brands, from banks to tech companies, pharmaceuticals and FMCG companies. This industry-specific approach can help you realise your commercial goals.

The right brands will win the hearts and minds of your customers. The right patents will prevent others exploiting your ideas or provide a substantial barrier to market access. Copyright, confidentiality and rights to designs also play a vital role. We focus on key sectors relevant to you such as lifesciences, automotive, manufacturing, consumer products, financial services and TMC. This means you get in-depth industry knowledge as well as legal expertise. If you are involved in a dispute, we can guide you through the litigation process, ensuring the best outcome in both domestic and international courts.

In China, we also have strategic collaborations with China Pharmaceutical University (CPU) and other leading academic institutions, enabling high quality technical analysis in a broad range of scientific disciplines and support from leading research professors.

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18 Mar 19
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23 Mar 20
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07 Jan 19
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31 Jan 20
UK In­tel­lec­tu­al Prop­erty Of­fice finds that pat­ent law does not cater...
The UK In­tel­lec­tu­al Prop­erty Of­fice has found that DABUS is not a per­son and so can­not be con­sidered an in­vent­or of a pat­ent. DABUS is an ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence (AI) ma­chine. The UKIPO ac­cep­ted the in­dic­a­tion...
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17 May 19
China re­leases draft re­vi­sion of the Pat­ent Ex­am­in­a­tion Guidelines
The Na­tion­al In­tel­lec­tu­al Prop­erty Ad­min­is­tra­tion of the People's Re­pub­lic of China re­leased the Draft Re­vi­sion of the Pat­ent Ex­am­in­a­tion Guidelines ("Draft") on 4 April 2019. The Draft was open for pub­lic...
19 Sep 17
New De­vel­op­ments on the PRC Cy­ber Se­cur­ity Law
China In­sight - IP
30 Apr 19
China re­vises the rules on trade secrets in the Anti-Un­fair Com­pet­i­tion...
On 23 April, the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee of the Na­tion­al People’s Con­gress is­sued the Amend­ment of the Anti-Un­fair Com­pet­i­tion Law (“Amend­ment”). The Amend­ment mainly ad­dresses the pro­tec­tion of trade...