Jason Yao

Partner at Wanhuida Intellectual Property

Jason Yao is a partner at Wanhuida Intellectual Property and a member of the firm’s management committee. He is also the managing partner of the firm’s Shenzhen and Hong Kong offices. His practice covers a wide range of IP matters, including litigation relating to trademarks, patents, copyright and trade secrets; investigation and enforcement against trademark counterfeiting, patent infringement and piracy through administrative and criminal actions; licensing, transferring and acquiring trademarks, patents and copyrighted works; and compliance and government investigations in unfair competition and antitrust matters.

Mr Yao uses a unique combination of in-house and outside counsel experience in managing IP portfolios and corporate legal matters for both multinational and Chinese companies. He led the brand protection team of Proctor & Gamble Company in China and handled over 1,000 cases in seven years, some of which were the very first IP cases of the region. After finishing his higher education in IP law at Boston University School of Law, Mr Yao joined Gillette Company as general counsel for the Greater China region, where he handled a complex investigation and enforcement against a counterfeiting syndicate. After Gillette’s acquisition by Procter & Gamble, Mr Yao joined Acushnet Company, where he served as leading counsel for both IP and general legal matters in the Asia-Pacific region. He successfully coordinated major US golf manufacturers and put together a comprehensive programme for cooperatively and collectively fighting against counterfeit and pirated products in the region, achieving significant results.

As the legal committee chair and vice chair of the Quality Brands Protection Committee of the China Association of Enterprises with Foreign Investment, Mr Yao has worked with legislative authorities, judicial departments and government enforcement agencies to improve the legislation and enforcement of IP rights in China.

Mr Yao was among the Legal 500 Recommended IP Lawyers for 2020 and the 2020 ALB China Top 15 IP Lawyers. He was also listed by World Trademark Review as a recommended individual in the category “Enforcement and Litigation” in 2020.

Professional associations

  • ACLA
  • IACC
  • INTA

Firm details

Wanhuida Intellectual Property
Suite 1506-1508
Fu Chun Dong Fang Building
7006 Shennan Road
Futian District
Guangdong 518000

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