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Registering, managing, licensing and enforcing your intellectual property (IP) assets in China is a strategic imperative. To succeed in China, you need a team that combines in-depth skill and insight, extensive local knowledge and sophisticated experience - all with an underlying goal of providing clients with commercial, strategic and prompt assistance in a cost-effective, easy-to-understand way.

Gowling WLG is the firm you're looking for. Our professionals in China provide rapid, strategic advice for IP filing and prosecution work at a competitive price. We complement this with formidable expertise in IP licensing, enforcement and litigation, so you can ensure your intangible assets remain fully protected.

With offices in Beijing and Guangzhou, along with a far-reaching network of local counsel and private investigators, we offer our international clients quality on-the-ground service every day.

Our team is proud to manage the trademark, patent and design portfolios of numerous companies, from Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to world-famous global brands. We've also helped a large number of IP firms worldwide with the filing and management of their clients' patent and trademark portfolios in China. In addition, our team has assisted global household names as well as SMEs enforce their valuable IP in courts and with administrative authorities across China with very high levels of success. The team has been recognised by the World Trademark Review, IAM Patent and Managing IP.

Our IP team in China can assist with the following.

IP portfolio strategies

  • Registrability strategies
  • Clearance and prior art searches
  • IP due diligence
  • IP evaluation
  • IP monitoring
  • IP licensing, assignment and other commercial transaction services
  • Ownership, infringement and validity opinions
  • Freedom to operation opinions
  • IP portfolio planning and management
  • Domain name disputes

Filing and prosecution

  • Filing patent applications
  • Filing PCT international patent applications
  • Filing requests for patent re-examination
  • Patent invalidation and appeal proceedings
  • Trademark registration, review and appeals
  • Trademark opposition and cancellations
  • Recordal of copyright works
  • Recordal of IP rights with Customs
  • Dealing with office actions
  • Annuity payments


  • Licensing (including standard essential patent issues)
  • Regulatory
  • Anti-trust


  • Trademark, copyright and unfair competition enforcement and litigation
  • Anti-piracy and anti-counterfeiting strategies and enforcement (civil and criminal)
  • Invention patent, utility model patent and design patent enforcement and litigation
  • Off-line enforcement strategies and take-downs
  • Customs recordal and enforcement
  • Entitlement proceedings

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You can rely on our award-winning China team with extensive experience and commercial expertise in IP portfolio management. Let's make the most of your IP together.