William Yang

Partner at Panawell & Partners
Ranked in China and SARs: China: Domestic
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Silver - Individuals: prosecution and strategy

Under the stewardship of partner William Yang, the trademark outfit at Panawell & Partners concentrates its effort into prosecution and licensing matters. The IP professionals, mostly well-connected with foreign counsels, have become the preferred choice when it comes to China-related instructions. Headquartered in Beijing and operated in Chengdu and Tokyo, the entity has a very strong presence in both Southwest China and Japan, offering a smooth and deft cross-regional IP service. Yang has practised in the IP field since 1990s and since become a consummate trademark practitioner with a long list of successes.

William Yang's Profile

William Yang graduated from the Sichuan Normal University Foreign Language Department in 1988 and the Law School of Renmin University in 1990.

He served at the Chinese Ministry of Supervision from 1990 to 1995. In 1996 he moved to China Patent Agent (Hong Kong) Ltd, where he was an attorney at law and deputy director of the legal affairs department. During this time he represented a number of multinational companies in litigation. Mr Yang joined Panawell & Partners in January 2007.

Mr Yang has broad and significant experience in IP licensing and assignment, IP customs protection, anti-unfair competition, anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy, patent and trademark registration and litigation, computer and copyright registration, domain name registration and dispute resolution, and domestic and international trademark clearance and prosecution, for domestic and overseas clients. In addition, he has handled a wide range of complex infringement litigations for domestic and international corporations, both at trial and on appeal. He is often a speaker at local and international IP seminars.

Mr Yang is a member of the Licensing Executives Society China, the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys China, the China Copyright Association and the China Trademark Association. Further, he has been selected as an IP expert by the Intellectual Property Office of the Beijing Municipal Government. He speaks Chinese and English and has trained in US law firms.

Firm Profile

Panawell Intellectual Property, formed by IP firm Panawell & Partners, LLC and law firm Panawell & Partners, is committed to the provision of efficient, quality and professional services of IP law to the local and international clients.

Panawell’s practice includes the drafting, filing, prosecution, licensing, assignment and enforcement of patents, trademarks, copyright, computer software, trade secrets and domain names. This includes taking action against IP rights infringement, counterfeiting and unfair competition before government bodies and courts at all levels. Panawell’s professional team also advises on IP investment, strategy and management.

Originally, Panawell primarily served the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and its subsidiary R&D institutes, as well as Chinese universities and enterprises seeking IP protection in China. Panawell now has a strong, experienced team of IP professionals, and has been recognised as one of the most active and prestigious IP law firms by clients from diverse business and technical fields.

Most of Panawell’s attorneys graduated from prestigious Chinese universities, colleges and CAS R&D institutes with doctoral or master’s degrees in science, technology and law. Many have over 10 years’ experience in IP law practice, with significant expertise in patent and trademark prosecution and litigation in particular. Most of the partners received IP law practice training both in China and abroad, including the United States, Germany and the United Kingdom.

Panawell is committed to providing clients from different parts of the world with time-efficient, cost-effective, top-quality professional services to enjoy well-established and enforceable IP rights in China and abroad. Panawell’s goal is to use the exceptional expertise of its professional team to satisfy clients’ diverse business needs and maximise the value of their investments.

Panawell cooperates with the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property, the Licensing Executives Society International, the International Trademark Association, regional trademark and patent attorney associations, law firms, corporations and research institutes worldwide.

In addition, Panawell and its attorneys are members of the All-China Patent Agents Association, the China Copyright Association, the China Trademark Association and the China Intellectual Property Society.

Patent practice

  • Drafting, filing and prosecution
  • Re-examination proceedings and court appeals against rejections
  • Invalidation proceedings and court appeals against Patent Re-examination Board (PRB) decisions
  • Filing and prosecution of Patent Cooperation Treaty applications
  • Drafting and negotiation of licensing and assignment agreements
  • Administrative proceedings against infringement or other disputes
  • Infringement litigation
  • Payment of patent annuities
  • Patent searching and opinions
  • Watch services
  • Infringement analysis
  • Market clearance searching, investigation and analysis
  • Advice on patent protection and strategy
  • Hong Kong and Macau patent and design registration

Trademark practice

  • Filing for registration (including domestic filing, overseas national filing and international filing)
  • Re-examination and court appeals against rejections
  • Opposition and cancellation proceedings and court appeals against China Trademark Office (CTMO) and Trademark Review and Adjudication Board (TRAB) decisions
  • Drafting, negotiation and filing of trademark application and registered trademark assignments
  • Drafting, negotiation and recordal of licensing agreements
  • Renewals and change of applicants’ or registrants’ names and addresses
  • Administrative actions against infringement
  • Civil and criminal actions against infringement
  • Watch services
  • Advice on trademark protection and strategy
  • Hong Kong and Macau trademark registration

Litigation practice

  • Invalidation proceedings and court appeals against PRB decisions
  • Re-examination proceedings and court appeals against rejections
  • Infringement litigation
  • Opposition and cancellation proceedings and court appeals against CTMO and TRAB decisions
  • Copyright protection counselling
  • Copyrighted works registration and enforcement before government bodies and courts at different levels
  • Computer software registration and enforcement before government bodies and courts at different levels
  • Copyright licensing and assignment

Other services

  • Customs protection of IP rights
  • IP rights due diligence investigations and legal opinions
  • Domain name registration, dispute resolution and enforcement
  • Registration and protection of integrated circuit topography
  • Counselling on IP rights protection for domestic and overseas companies
  • Trade secrets and trade dress protection
  • Anti-unfair competition
  • IP rights training
  • IP asset management

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