Wanhuida Intellectual Property
Wanhuida Intellectual Property is a leading IP service provider in China. It has two main legal entities: Wanhuida IP Agency and Wanhuida Law Firm. The firm is now home for some 450 employees working exclusively in the field of intellectual property. Many of its practitioners are recognised leaders in their respective fields. Their expertise has been honed in a wide range of positions, from private practice and in-house counselling to government services in courts, police departments and administrative agencies.
Our professionals have broad, as well as in-depth experience. Over the years, they have cumulatively litigated over thousands of IP cases in courts all over China, prosecuted tens of thousands of patent applications, and filed hundreds of thousands of trademark registrations. Many of the cases are first of their kind. They are recognised by industries, courts and administrative agencies as exemplary cases for their legal significance.
Trademark practice has been our traditional strength since the firm’s creation. In this area, we are known to clients and peers for our stellar credentials on trademark laws and regulations. Our top-notch practice team has generated a record of firsts and landmark cases in the nation’s trademark prosecution and litigation history. We also make frequent contributions to the development of trademark laws in China.
In the patent area, we have some 120 professionals with experience in patent litigation, prosecution and counselling. Their diverse backgrounds add to our strength in understanding our clients and the Chinese system and in delivering services to our clients effectively. Some of our patent cases have been selected by courts or agencies as exemplary cases. They include cases selected as Guiding Cases of the Supreme People’s Court on IPR Trial, Annual Report of the Supreme People’s Court on Intellectual Property Cases, Top 10/50 IPR Cases of the Chinese Courts and 10 Exemplary Cases of the Patent Re-examination Board. These cases have contributed to patent law development in subjects such as claim construction, claim amendment, inventiveness determination and sufficient disclosure.
Our reputation in the copyright field is rising and we are developing top copyright practitioners. Our copyright litigation practice is expanding. We have recently won copyright cases before the Supreme People’s Court, successfully persuading the court to re-adjudicate erroneous lower court decisions. We have also obtained favourable decisions in various lower courts, obtaining injunctive as well as sizeable monetary reliefs for our clients.
We are at the leading edge of litigation. Each year, our 100 or so IP litigators tackle hundreds of cases, accumulating abundant experiences with the dynamic practices of courts across China. We are at the forefront of frequently litigated issues, such as procedure, jurisdiction, enforcement, evidence admission, burden of proof and interim reliefs. We litigate both civil and administrative cases before administrative agencies and at all levels of courts, focusing on more developed areas. Our experience also extends to litigating criminal trade secret cases and arbitration matters. We have litigated over 30 cases selected in the Supreme People’s Court Gazette or selected among the court’s annual 10/50 exemplary cases in China. Some of our cases involve parallel litigations in China and other jurisdictions.
Obtaining evidence for enforcement is often a challenge in China. To support our litigation and enforcement services, we have a team of professional investigators and an extensive network of investigation for evidence gathering. We have experience in obtaining difficult physical evidence for our clients. We are also experienced in dealing with technical evidence and electronic evidence and working with third-party experts, such as technical appraisal and electronic evidence experts, to address the most challenging evidence issues.
We advise our clients on a broad range of IP matters, including strategy, and provide legal opinions, such as freedom-to-operate opinions, non-infringement opinions, and validity and patentability assessment. We also advise and represent clients in IP transactional matters, such as reviewing, drafting and negotiating licences and conducting due diligence investigations.
Wanhuida Intellectual Property
Yiyuan Office Building
1 Zhongguancun Street South
- Haiyan Ren, Partner
- Hong Kong