SIPS is an IP consultancy established in 2012 to provide the highest possible standard of IP services to clients in the Greater China region.

Our partners are top-rated practitioners known for their expertise in IP matters in Greater China. All SIPS advisers are fluent in Mandarin and have an intimate knowledge of the commercial, legal, cultural and political context in the region. The firm has close to 70 professional and support staff, with approximately half of those based in China.

SIPS helps clients managing their IP portfolios, including registration, enforcement and licensing of trademarks, copyrights and patents. In addition to these core services, SIPS assists clients with investigations management, advice on supply chain integrity, trade secret protection, data privacy, retail and wholesale distribution, e-commerce, distribution and sourcing agreements, and regulatory matters relating to intellectual property and other high-tech sectors.

Our expertise is mainly in the Greater China region, but we also assist clients with IP matters throughout Asia. For our Asia-based clients, we also assist with IP matters on a global basis with the help of our network of local service providers.

In 2017 we enhanced our existing capabilities by opening a fully licensed trademark agency in China, SIPS (Shanghai) Ltd. The agency operates from offices in Shanghai and Beijing, allowing us to directly represent our clients before the Chinese authorities.

Clients include household names across a broad range of industries, including fashion and apparel, luxury goods, sports, electronics, information technology, manufacturing, food and beverage, toys, chemicals, hospitality, automotive, chemicals, medical instruments, financial services, and media and entertainment. We also assist small and medium-sized enterprises that require support in protecting their intellectual property in both the sourcing and distribution of their products in China.

We are passionate about intellectual property and active in government affairs and association work that puts us on the front lines of IP policy making in China. This helps ensure that our clients have timely access to information that can affect their IP strategies.

SIPS, along with its practitioners, is consistently recognised as a leading IP firm by all main industry benchmarking publications, including WTR 1000, Managing IP’s IP Stars, Chambers, Legal 500, World IP Review, Who’s Who Legal and Asia IP.

Our main services include:

  • intellectual property – portfolio management; clearance and registration of trademarks; anti-counterfeiting; enforcement of copyrights, patents, trade secrets; online IP protection; investigations management; supply chain consulting; licensing; due diligence; domain name registration and enforcement; and
  • technology, entertainment and commerce – technology transactions and licensing; software licensing and development; internet and social media; data protection, privacy and security; e-commerce, advertising and promotions; franchising and retail operations; manufacturing, distribution and services; supply chain management and audits; author, contributor and publishing agreements; television and film production and distribution.

Client feedback in the media

What sets SIPS apart from others is its combination of fluency in English and Mandarin and its first-hand familiarity with US businesses and legal departments – it means there are no barriers to effective communication. Its analysis is also far deeper and more insightful than that undertaken by other Chinese firms. It is responsive, practical and, most importantly, gets superb results.

They take the time to understand your business and always look for ways to innovate and provide creative solutions. They are wholeheartedly recommended to anyone needing IP services in the region.

Contact details

3 Lockhart Road
25th Floor
Hong Kong

Professional contacts

Other offices

  • Beijing
  • Shanghai