GoldenGate Lawyers

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Although IP boutique GoldenGate Lawyers serves a largely foreign client base – including the likes of Informa UK, Corelle Brands and Columbia Sportswear Company – it also dishes out advice to domestic giants such as Lenovo Beijing for its overseas trademark applications and overall strategy. “They don’t just provide information but guidance; and are honest even though it is not polite to have an opinion different from the client.” Founder Tim Meng is a New York-qualified lawyer, who excels in trademark prosecution and strategy alongside Linda Zhao. Foreign associates enjoy working with Bruce Fu too: “I have always found Bruce easy to deal with, very knowledgeable and responsive. He is above all practical and appreciative of the client’s commercial objectives.” All three were involved in obtaining Rmb1 million in damages for the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company in a trademark infringement and unfair competition suit against Dandong Riz-Carlsen Hotel Co, Ltd.

Firm Profile

GoldenGate Lawyers, located in the Central Business District of Beijing, is a dynamic boutique law firm specialising in promoting foreign interests in China. Established in 2007 with six lawyers, the firm currently has 30 professionals, all able to handle the most complex disputes and IP-related matters. The firm provides a full range of legal services for large multinational companies, as well as individuals. GoldenGate Lawyers endeavours to provide high-quality services and practical solutions to its clients through the close cooperation among its lawyers and professionals.

The firm’s rich and diverse expertise enables it to provide clients with commercial legal services that include IP matters. GoldenGate Lawyers’ dedication to the legal profession sees it strive to provide the highest quality services to both its domestic and international clientele. Its services in foreign direct investment, international trade, intellectual property, labour laws, international family law, real estate, international commercial disputes, and especially international arbitration and intellectual property, have won international praise by clients and industry peers.

In China’s growing economy, GoldenGate Lawyers emerges as a top legal services firm. With a team of English-speaking lawyers familiar with local laws and practices, GoldenGate Lawyers understands each client’s specific needs, tailoring unique solutions and continuously improving its practices to guarantee success.

Areas of practice

Intellectual property

GoldenGate Lawyers is very active in the IP area and assists with strategy, supervision and monitoring of all categories of clients’ IP rights in China. The firm is particularly active in trademark prosecution and enforcement and advises on all aspects of trademark portfolio management. Our trademark attorneys have successfully represented clients in landmarks cases that are highly recognised by the Supreme Court of China.

We are committed to Patent Cooperation Treaty applications and patent infringement. Our patent clients cover a broad range of industries such as high-tech, healthcare, manufacture and telecoms.

We have a strong copyright team providing full-service copyright-related legal work from copyright recordal to infringement.

Our IP lawyers also have extensive experience in licensing-related legal work including drafting and reviewing licence agreements, due diligence, licence recordal and licensing disputes, among other things. We work for owners with thousands of IP rights in China, as well as licensees which are mostly large companies with comprehensive product lines.

Entertainment law

Entertainment law is a new area for our firm, but we are growing rapidly. We represent clients on both the talent and industry sides in the publishing, music, motion picture, television, sports, Internet, digital media, video game, virtual reality, art collection, theatre, derivatives licensing and branded entertainment industries.

International arbitration and litigation

The firm has vast experience in defending companies in all phases of dispute resolution before the arbitration tribunals and courts, both domestically and abroad. The cases that the firm has handled cover a wide range of areas, such as joint venture, financing, construction and share transfer.


We are equipped with specialised commercial lawyers. With years of experience managing corporate issues, GoldenGate Lawyers accurately advise on the structure and implementation of a transaction. We draft contracts to ensure that they are enforceable in China and suitable for the particular transaction. Our experience in foreign direct investment in China enables us to anticipate many issues that may occur in a transaction, and to avoid them before they arise or quickly resolve them. We provide daily consulting services for Ogilvy & Mather in China.


GoldenGate Lawyers’ labour and employment practice covers the full range of services, including providing all employment-related advice, drafting documentation such as labour contracts, employee manuals, company rules and regulations, and representing international and domestic clients in labour court cases. Among its cases, clients that GoldenGate Lawyers have represented include Frasers Apartment Management, and Mr Donewald, the former basketball coach.

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