China: Domestic Advance China IP Law Office

Advance China IP Law Office (ACIP) is one of the leading full-service IP law firms in South China, building up its reputation since being founded in 1999. It has four main offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen, in addition to a representative office in San Francisco.

Persistent in high-quality IP rights service, ACIP has grown into a strong team of over 500 professionals. They master rich experience and diversified skills to provide clients with a well-thought-out and cost-competitive service in all areas of intellectual property.

For over 17 years, ACIP has been representing its domestic and international clients in a wide spectrum of IP matters ranging from IP counselling, trademark and patent prosecution and enforcement to IP litigation, dispute resolution and licensing. The firm has built its high reputation on the commitment to efficiency, quality and reliability in professional and customer-orientated service.

Ranked as regional tier 1 in patent prosecution and contentious (2014-2016) by Managing Intellectual Property as well as a recommended firm (2014-2016) by the WTR 1000, ACIP is one of the top trademark and patent filers as well as one of the most comprehensive IP law firms in China.

Quick facts

  • Number of lawyers: 50+
  • Number of partners: 15
  • Number of patent team: 200+
  • Number of trademark attorneys: 90+
  • Network memberships:
  • International Trademark Association;
  • Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property;
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association;
  • International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys; and

Practice areas

ACIP represents its domestic and international clients in a wide spectrum of IP fields, including IP counselling, prosecution, litigation, dispute resolution, patent licensing and trademark and copyright matters.

Our key IP practices include:

  • patent prosecution;
  • patent invalidation;
  • patent litigation;
  • patent mining and mapping;
  • trademark counselling and prosecution;
  • trademark opposition;
  • trademark cancellation;
  • trademark invalidation;
  • trademark litigation;
  • copyright recordation;
  • domain name disputes;
  • anti-counterfeiting;
  • customs protection for IP rights;
  • trade secrets; and
  • anti-unfair competition.

Sector expertise

Professionalism is one of ACIP’s core values and this is well supported by a dynamic patent team comprising over 200 patent attorneys and patent engineers, who can provide an all-round service – from patent application to prosecution – in fields including mechanics, electronics, biology and chemistry. As one of the top patent filers in the region, ACIP files over 6,000 patent applications annually.

Our sector expertise includes:

  • automotive;
  • materials;
  • chemical engineering;
  • mechanical engineering;
  • electrical engineering;
  • electronics;
  • food and beverage;
  • IT and software;
  • medical devices;
  • biotechnology;
  • chemistry;
  • pharmaceutical;
  • telecommunications;
  • robotics;
  • agriculture; and
  • industrial manufacturing.


Technical qualifications and in-depth industry knowledge underpin ACIP’s professional, comprehensive and high standard of services. A diverse group of lawyers and support staff can provide services in languages including English, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin and Cantonese. With a commitment to excellence, ACIP is dedicated to meeting the different needs of clients from different backgrounds.

Contact details

Advance China IP Law Office
Tower A
GT Land Plaza
No 85 Huacheng Avenue
Zhujiang New Town
Guangzhou 510623

T: +86 20 8732 3188
F: +86 20 8732 0273

Professional contacts

Jie Hu, Managing partner

Kevin Zhou, Senior partner

Lucy Zheng, Partner

Other offices

Beijing, San Francisco, Shanghai, Shenzhen

Sample client list

  • Alstom
  • Amway
  • Frito-Lay
  • Longchamp
  • P&G
  • Tencent
  • Toyota
  • Yonex
  • ZTE

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