NTD Intellectual Property Attorneys

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“Impressive in its work quality and turnaround time with reasonable fees,” NTD Intellectual Property Attorneys excels in prosecuting trademarks. As “one of the first firms in China to provide general IP legal services”, it has blossomed into a full-service IP outfit with “a deep bench of expertise” through 38 trademark attorneys stationed across three offices in China. Besides being “very prompt and knowledgeable”, the team of premier IP lawyers is “able to summarise complex matters in a way that is easy to understand” and communicates closely with clients to provide outstanding trademark prosecution, enforcement and IP licensing services. “They know how to maximise opportunities and confront challenges as they arise.” Aidi Ge heads the trademark department while Christopher Shen manages contentious matters for well-known global brands. Working closely with Shen on anti-counterfeiting, trademark disputes and unfair competition cases is Nathan Yang, who is “very knowledgeable, fast and detailed in his work”. “Armed with a wealth of experience in Chinese IP law, Nathan is a very dear and trusted advisor, who is hands on and deeply involved in our matters. He takes the time to really understand our business and accommodate us, providing us with legal solutions that work and get real business results. He not only has strong interpersonal and communication skills, he impressed us with his unique business savvy and sharp team-building skills.” Senior partner Fengxi Fu is a favourite among clients and foreign associates alike. “Very professional and experienced in trademarks, Fengxi really thinks from the client’s perspective and exhausts all means to achieve success.” “I highly value Fengxi’s professional expertise and their services as they make sure they meet the expected level of quality.” “She has excellent knowledge on how to use well-known trademarks and a very good understanding of our market and interests too. I am sometimes astonished as to how she knows exactly what a specific, complex case is about and where the problem lies, even if there was no development for quite some time.”

Firm Profile

NTD Intellectual Property Attorneys, established in 1987 under the name NTD Patent and Trademark Agency Limited, was one of the first four Chinese law firms to provide legal services in the area of intellectual property for both international and domestic clients. Over years of development, NTD has grown into one of the leading IP law firms in China, with offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Hong Kong, and liaison offices in Silicon Valley, Tokyo and Munich.

Our services

We are a full-service IP law firm that can meet all of our clients’ diverse needs in the field of intellectual property. Our services include patent prosecution and invalidation; trademark registration, oppositions and cancellations; copyright and domain name registration; anti-counterfeiting investigations; administrative raid actions; IP litigation; customs protection; IP searches and analyses; watch services; IP consultation; IP licensing and assignment; and contract dispute arbitration.

Besides English, we also provide services in Japanese, German and French. In order to meet the increasing needs of our clients, we have set up specialist teams for Japan and Germany. Both teams accommodate people with various technical backgrounds, most of whom have an educational background or professional experience in Japan or Germany.

Our people

We have over 500 staff members, including 51 lawyers, 162 patent attorneys and 38 trademark attorneys.

Our patent attorneys have technical backgrounds covering a broad range of fields, including computer science, networks, telecommunications, electrical engineering, semiconductors, optics, mechanical engineering, automotive technology, machinery, material science, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and chemistry. Our attorneys at law – many of whom have strong technical backgrounds and experience in patent or trademark prosecution – can help our clients to formulate their IP strategies. Our trademark attorneys, who have years of accumulated expertise and experience, are competent in services ranging from trademark registration to resolution of trademark disputes.

Our people are the cornerstone of our development. With high concern for the continued education and wellbeing of our staff, we keep pace with the latest developments in law and technology and devote ourselves to our daily work wholeheartedly and energetically.

Our philosophy

Our goal is to be a reliable service provider in the area of IP law, enabling clients to handle their IP affairs in China efficiently and simply, while at the same time maximising their legal interests at reasonable prices.

Commitment to the public

NTD is committed to public services and members are actively involved in various public service activities. We have made donations to help people affected by serious disasters internationally. Legal services are provided free of charge to some institutions, people with disabilities, students and certain other individuals.

Memberships

NTD provides services to leading companies in a variety of industries worldwide and has received wide recognition among clients.

NTD’s lawyers include a council member of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property China Group, a standing council member of the All-China Patent Attorneys Association, the vice chair of the China Trademark Association and the vice chair of the Licensing Executives Society China.

Awards and honours

  • Patent Firm of the Year by the ASIA IP, which is the region’s leading source for analysis of the IP issues facing companies in Asia 2020
  • Gold tier firm in Trademark Prosecution and Strategy by WTR 1000 2020
  • Gold tier firm in Trademark Prosecution and Strategy by WTR 1000 2019
  • Gold tier firm in Trademark Prosecution and Strategy by WTR 1000 2018
  • Highly recommended firm for Chinese patent prosecution by IAM Patent 1000 2018
  • Tier 2 in trademark prosecution and patent prosecution by Managing Intellectual Property in 2018
  • Band 2 in non-litigation area in China by Chambers & Partners Asia-Pacific in 2018
  • Tier 2 IP law firm by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018

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