Hogan Lovells appoints San Francisco IP partner for China cases

Hogan Lovells has hired a Squire Sanders & Dempsey partner in San Francisco to strengthen its IP and IP litigation capabilities, particularly in the Chinese context.

Song Zhu, who was elected to partner at Squire Sanders in 2008, has acted for multinational, automotive and technology clients in IP litigation and other matters in the US, Europe and China. He is particularly experienced in advising patent infringement and trade secret cases with Chinese elements.

Zhu noted that the global reach of Hogan Lovells and the calibre of its client base are the main factors motivating him to join.

He earned a PhD in automotive engineering and served as a senior engineer with General Motors before starting his legal career in 1997. Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, he was a partner and the co-chair of the automotive industry group at Squire Sanders.

In the past six months, Hogan Lovells lost Beijing IP partner Horace Lam to Jones Day and Shanghai IP partner Geoffrey Lin to Ropes & Gray (7 September 2011). It is understood that the firm will soon announce another IP partner lateral hire in Shanghai and a number of IP partner promotions in China.