Firm Expands Launching IP Agency (Beijing)

01 Sep 2014

International law firm Simmons & Simmons expands with the launch of a specialist trade mark practice in China.

The launch takes place as of today (01 September) with the arrival of Dr. George Chan, who joins the firm from Rouse as a new partner* and will be seconded to lead the new agency.

The expansion recognises Simmons’ long term commitment to Asia, providing a valuable offering in direct response to client needs.

George specialises in the formulation, implementation and management of multinational clients' IP portfolios in China and the Asia-Pacific region. He has particular experience in the regulatory approval requirements for drugs; trade secrets protection; trade mark and patent prosecution; negotiation and drafting of IP agreements; IP enforcement; and domain name dispute resolution.

Davis Wang, Country Head - China, commented: “China is central to the firm's growth strategy and this new specialist agency, along with George’s arrival, is part of our commitment to build upon and develop our strengths in trademarks and brands in the region.”

David Stone, who leads Simmons & Simmons’ global brands and trade mark practice commented: “China is one of the world’s fastest-growing markets. Our new IP agency in Beijing allows us to represent clients directly before the Chinese trade mark authorities, providing real and practical benefits for them and their businesses.”

Hans-Hermann Aldenhoff, head of the firm’s international dispute resolution practice, added “this is an endorsement of the strong IP capabilities we can build upon in Asia, and around our network.”

*Subject to standard regulatory approvals.

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  3. To effect this expansion of Simmons & Simmons’ specialist trade mark practice, the firm has established a separate legal entity, Simmons & Simmons (Beijing) Intellectual Property Agency Company Limited (the IP Agency) which is permitted by Chinese regulations to provide a range of intellectual property related services.

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