Hogan Lovells adds another partner to US-China IP team

Hogan Lovells has hired an IP partner in Shanghai to bolster its Chinese practice.

William Fisher joins the firm from Perkins Coie in Seattle, where he was of counsel.

His arrival follows the hire of China expert Song Zhu from Squire Sanders & Dempsey earlier this month, another move to beef up its Chinese IP capabilities (15 November 2011). While Zhu’s practice is focused on the Chinese market, he is based in the firm’s San Francisco office.

Fisher focuses on patents, trademarks, trade secrets and copyright and previously spent two years as a lawyer at Hogan Lovells legacy firm Lovells’ Shanghai office.

The firm said the hires form part of its strategy to add weight to its Sino-Pacific IP practice.

Hogan Lovells co-CEO David Harris said: “[Fisher] is a stand-out in the China IP context with that very rare blend of local and US experience which is increasingly demanded by the market.”

Fisher said: “It’s great to be back with the firm and I look forward to supporting our clients in Europe and the United States with their business in China.”