Partner - Kangxin Partners PC
After graduating from Beijing Mechanical Engineering University with a BSc in mechanical engineering, Mike J Chen received his LLB from the University of Political Science and Law of China in 1995. In 2004, Mr Chen obtained his LLM from London Metropolitan University in the United Kingdom.
Mr Chen began his professional career in 1996, serving as a judge at the IP Tribunal of the Beijing First Intermediate Court for five years. After he left the court, Mr Chen was invited to be legal counsel for Beijing Founder Electronics Co Ltd, where he successfully litigated the famous Trap Evidence Collection case (selected as one of 100 cases published by the Supreme Court). Mr Chen joined Kangxin Partners PC as a partner in 2008.
Mr Chen specialises in IP litigation and dispute resolution.
He has accumulated abundant experience in the legal profession and has been distinguished as one of China’s top IP practitioners. He advises clients on IP litigations across a wide range of industries, including mechanical engineering, electrical and electronic engineering, telecommunications, chemistry and biotechnology.
Other work highlights include:
• successfully defending Ford Co in a utility model patent infringement suit;
• successfully acting for Unilin Company, a leading floor manufacturer in Europe, in a patent invalidation case and assisting with its technology licence work in China; and
• successfully representing well-known enterprises in patent litigation, trademark litigation and patent invalidation cases, such as:
• Swarovksi Co in patented design infringement cases;
• German company Huber+Suhner Co in patent infringement litigation;
• Solvay Co in patent infringement investigation and evidence collection;
• Tsingtao Brewery Co in trademark infringement litigation; • COFCO in trademark infringement litigation;
• Zi Co in an invention patent infringement case; and
• Haier Co, Gree Electric Appliances and ZTE in invention patent invalidation cases.
Mr Chen’s working languages are Chinese and English.
Kangxin Partners PC
A48 Zhichun Road
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