Ferrante Intellectual Property

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Ferrante Intellectual Property is known for being able to see things from a business point of view and for going the extra mile to find a customised solution. “With a very good mix of European and Chinese professionals, the firm’s case management is a smooth process with a good understanding of business needs. They are also extremely proactive and do not need continuous input from the client.” “The team has in-depth knowledge of the Chinese market dynamics and the Chinese legal system, as well as a global perspective of IP management.” “Given their international mindset, they can easily deal with foreign clients. They are also all very approachable, easy to reach and available to discuss ongoing work.” Clients further point out that the IP boutique has an “active approach to IP rights enforcement that is “very effective in achieving its goals” and “efficient in terms of brand protection” for a reasonable cost. Foreign associates cannot help but chime in too. “We appreciate the high level of service offered, especially the consistently prompt and accurate responses. They follow up regularly on every case too. Their recommendations are always commercially astute.” “The legal team truly goes above and beyond to protect our clients’ interests and are always prepared to assist us on urgent matters that require immediate action.” Founder Michele Ferrante is known for being both reliable and a professional to his fingertips. “A true expert on the law and practice of IP protection in China, Michele is extremely knowledgeable.” James Wang takes the lead on contentious matters. “A very forward-looking counsel, James has helped us to build up a consistent and strong IP strategy. Courts recognise our brand position, thanks to him.” Head of anti-counterfeiting Felice Meli is another “very competent” IP professional. “He is very skilled and pays great attention to detail. We really appreciate his ability to build and implement sound strategies for prosecution and anti-counterfeiting.” “Felice joining the partnership adds a fresh air, and is a testimony to the firm’s steady growth and ambition.”

Firm Profile

Ferrante Intellectual Property (Ferrante IP) is an award-winning boutique firm that provides premium-quality services to corporations, small and medium-sized enterprises and individuals in China. We are recognised as a leading Chinese IP firm, providing comprehensive legal services on all aspects of IP rights, consumer protection, anti-counterfeiting and e-commerce throughout Greater China and Southeast Asia.

Ferrante IP is strategically located in China with offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, and has a team of over 40 attorneys. Our partners, associates and IP specialists are from many different nationalities and have graduated from prestigious Chinese and overseas universities with master’s degrees in law, science and technology. Most of our attorneys received IP law practice training in China and other jurisdictions such as Europe, the United States and Latin America.

At Ferrante IP, we communicate in your language: Cantonese, Mandarin, English, Italian, Spanish, French and Portuguese are fluently spoken. Our multicultural environment and vast array of skills blended with advanced knowledge of intellectual property make Ferrante IP an outstanding option for foreign companies.

Ferrante IP’s services are unique, thanks to our philosophy centred on providing clients with unsurpassed legal advice through a thorough understanding of clients’ expectations, needs and budgets. We offer first-class IP strategic programmes to ensure a safe place in the market for our clients, while the legal team delivers brilliant creative thinking and devises tailored solutions. Furthermore, Ferrante IP has strong connections with high-level foreign and Chinese authorities, which can play a key role in supporting some of our positions before various authorities.

Ferrante IP has established a strong reputation in the legal industry and gained significant credibility through working with a wide range of clients. For instance, we partner with Banco Santander, a Fortune 500 company, to provide its clients with legal assistance and protection of IP assets. According to Michele Ferrante, founding partner of Ferrante IP, doing business in China can be challenging for small and medium-sized enterprises, and Ferrante IP is present to help them every step of the way.

We have also turned our attention to diffusing our knowledge of IP law in China through new channels such as Il Sole 24 ORE – the most influential economic newspaper in Italy. For three years in a row, Mr Ferrante has served as a lecturer in Il Sole 24 ORE Business School postgraduate programmes, covering the Chinese legal landscape to share his expert perspective on this emerging market.

Areas of expertise

Ferrante IP’s key areas of expertise include:

  • registration and enforcement of trademarks, patents and copyright;
  • e-commerce law compliance and legal actions;
  • licensing and franchising;
  • civil, criminal and administrative lawsuits;
  • anti-counterfeiting programmes and tailor-made strategies;
  • market monitoring programmes;
  • investigation and raid actions;
  • customs recordation of IP rights, customs seizures and customs training for Chinese officials;
  • online enforcement actions;
  • registration and recovery of domain names;
  • product liability and consumer protection;
  • advertising law, compliance and legal actions; and
  • commercial arbitration.

Awards and recognition

Ferrante IP has been recognised as the Best Chinese IP Firm for two years in a row by the International Legal Alliance Summit & Awards, in 2017 and 2018; the WTR 1000 also recognised the firm as a leading IP law firm in China, in addition to recognising Mr Ferrante as a premier trademark practitioner in its 2018 edition. Also in 2018, the Worldwide Business Review honoured the firm with the IP Law Firm of the Year – China award; and The Legal 500 featured Ferrante IP among recommended firms in the category “Intellectual property – Foreign firms – Other”. These significant achievements are the results of many years of commitment, hard work, determination and dedication to providing high-quality services to our clients.

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