Jian Xu Legal Director Head of IP prosecution, China

Speaks:  English, Mandarin

Lawyer: 2008 - China

Patent Attorney: 2006 - China

Primary office:  Beijing

Jian Xu

Dr. Jian Xu is a dually qualified Chinese lawyer and patent/trademark attorney. He currently heads up the intellectual property practice at the China office of Gowling WLG.

Dr. Jian Xu joined the firm in 2008 and has been the head of the intellectual property practice of its China office since that date. Prior to that, he was a senior patent attorney at China Sinda, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in Beijing. He has handled all aspects of IPR in business including drafting, prosecution, acquisition, enforcement and licensing of patents, trade marks and brand, design rights, copyright and content. He has conducted litigation and administrative actions against infringers all over China. He also has a strong background in the chemistry and life science sector, with a bachelor's degree from Beijing and a PhD degree in Biochemistry from the University of Manchester.

Dr. Jian Xu is the chair of the Legal Forum of the British Chamber of Commerce in Beijing, the vice chairman of the IPR committee of the European Chamber of Commerce in South China, and an IP expert at the European IPR SME Helpdesk. He has been a featured speaker at several intellectual property conferences, been mentioned as a recognised IP professional by The Lawyer, and has had articles published in the ITMA, the Chinese Patent Agency, China-Britain Business Council IPR Edition, etc.

Dr. Jian Xu is the author of the book: "Chinese Intellectual Property - A Practitioner's Guide", published by the Chinese Intellectual Property Publishing House in January 2013.


"Jian, thank you for all your good efforts in getting this mark registered: it would have not happened without you. Attached is an elephant stamp that is only given to Keltie members for outstanding work and very rarely to those outside Keltie."
David Keltie, founder of Keltie LLP

"What marks out Jian's advice, and which has proved so attractive to clients and fellow professionals across the world, is his intensely practical and commercial style. He is a "solutions person", always looking to see what can be done, not what cannot be done. It is that direct, practical and helpful approach which he brings to this collection of articles and notes to give practical guidance to businesses and professionals regarding the practice of intellectual property in China."
Gordon Harris, head of IP, Gowling WLG

Career & Recognition

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  • 2016

    • Career
      Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, Director
  • 2014

    • Career
      Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co LLP, Director
  • 2008

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Lawyer, China
    • Career
      Wragge & Co LLP, Associate
  • 2006

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Patent Attorney, China
  • 2005

    • Career
      China Sinda Intellectual Property Ltd.
    • Education
      University of Manchester, PhD
  • 2002

    • Education
      National University of Singapore, Visit Study
  • 2001

    • Education
      Beijing University of Chemical Technology, BSc Chemistry