Simmons & Simmons has launched an IP agency in Beijing today, with regulatory approval to file Chinese patents and litigate trademark disputes in state courts for the first time.
Simmons already practises local IP law from its Hong Kong office, which helped it gain similar approval for the Beijing-based IP agency.
Former Rouse lawyer George Chan has joined Simmons as a partner in the Beijing office but will continue to lead the IP agency on secondment from the firm’s foreign law base.
Chan specialises in the management of multinational clients’ IP portfolios in China and the Asia-Pacific region.
He focuses on 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.
Simmons China head Davis Wang said: “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.”
Simmons returned to the idea of opening a Beijing office as a national hub in 2010 having withdrawn a previous licence application when regional managing partner Huen Wong left for Fried Frank in 2006 (31 May 2010).
The firm finally turned to legacy King & Wood partner Wang to lead the launch in June that year (17 June 2010).