Clyde & Co
Clyde & Co is a leading international law firm with more than 440 partners and 2,500 legal professionals. We operate from over 55 offices and associated offices across six continents. Clyde & Co has advised clients on the business opportunities offered by China’s evolving markets for over 35 years, and has 13 offices and associate offices in the Asia Pacific region. Clyde & Co Westlink JLV is a joint law venture between international law firm Clyde & Co and Chinese local law firm Westlink Partnership. The establishment of our Shanghai office in 2006, and the Beijing and Chongqing offices in 2013, significantly reinforced the firm’s capability and presence in the region and is in line with our strategy to be present in all major trading centres of the world.
We are well known for our advice on high-profile and complex cross-border matters and for our work in emerging markets. We advise businesses that are at the heart of global trade and commerce. Clyde & Co is recognised as a leader in the insurance, transportation, energy, infrastructure, trade and commodities sectors. We are also able to provide legal services in relation to intellectual property, corporate and commercial, dispute resolution, employment, regulatory and cyber security. We have over 30 legal staff in China who have extensive local experience and knowledge of the complexities of how business is done in China. Our lawyers are multilingual and qualified to practise in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, England and Wales, the United States, Australia and New Zealand.
Unlike many other international law firms that provide local legal services through their affiliated firms or partners, Clyde & Co Westlink JLV is licensed by the Chinese Ministry of Justice, meaning that we can provide seamless onshore and offshore advice as a single entity, including representation in Chinese courts and issuing formal Chinese legal opinions, drawing together Clyde & Co’s international expertise with the full domestic China law capability of Westlink Partnership. Should litigation (whether IP or commercial, or any other type) in China be required, we offer clients a one-stop-shop proposition.
Clyde & Co’s China IP Team provides a full range of strategic IP services covering Greater China. Featuring a team of experienced and enthusiastic IP lawyers permanently based in China, the range of IP services provided by Clyde & Co covers the full IP lifecycle from advising on, building and prosecuting strategic IP portfolios, assessing, managing and extracting value from intellectual property in commercial/licensing transactions, through to the enforcement of intellectual property by way of trademarks, designs, copyright, patents and utility models, actions against unfair competition/passing off, and any other IP litigation and administrative enforcement. Through longstanding dialogues with international IP advocacy groups in China and overseas, the team are also able to provide unparalleled IP insights and advocacy services to international businesses with an interest in China and Greater China.
With over 14 years’ experience in China, the IP team has accumulated extensive expertise in trademarks and brands, as well as technology law and patent practice. The patent and trademark prosecution practices are set up in both the Beijing office (essential for optimum access to China’s Patent Office and Trademarks Office) and the Shanghai office. Members of our team have been successful in delivering consistently high-quality service to our clients all over the world. We provide a full range of China patent services, including filing patent application by route of Patent Cooperation Treaty or Paris convention, prosecution, licensing and dispute resolution.
We offer a full range of trademark-related services, including conducting availability searches; advising on appropriate specifications of goods and services; advising on registrability of marks; preparing and lodging applications; prosecuting applications; drafting licences and assignments; conducting recordation; and managing renewals, cancellation actions and oppositions. Our strength lies in our ability to offer clients both Chinese knowledge and experience with international best practice.
Clyde & Co
Shanghai Two IFC
8 Century Avenue
- Elliot Papageorgiou, Partner