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Gowling WLG Launches in Shanghai, Hits UK Rival For China IP Follow

Gowling WLG has launched a Shanghai workplace that may deal with offering mental property companies. The agency has additionally taken nearly all of Clyde & Co’s China IP observe to workers its mainland places of work and its new native ally, Aquila Legislation Agency.

Chongqing-based Aquila, which makes a speciality of patent submitting and enforcement of IP rights, has entered into an unique referral relationship with the Anglo-Canadian agency. With the injection of Clyde’s group, Aquila now counts six authorized professionals, together with 4 companions.

In Shanghai, Gowling has launched with a group of IP professionals. The agency plans to proceed to develop its presence there by way of lateral hires in each IP and company and business practices.

Gowling already has places of work in Beijing and Guangzhou, each of which deal with IP work but additionally have some company and actual property deal functionality. The Shanghai launch and association with Aquila will give Gowling direct patent submitting capabilities and the suitable to seem in entrance of native courts for contentious IP issues.

Gowling already holds a direct trademark submitting license in Beijing, which permits it to file trademark purposes immediately with out having to refer work to native businesses in China.

Clyde’s China IP group was led by companion Elliot Papageorgiou, who shall be based mostly in Gowling’s Beijing workplace as companion and head of the agency’s IP technique.

In accordance with a Gowling spokesperson, the switch of Clyde & Co’s IP workers was an amicable one. Each corporations had labored collectively for months on the transition of the group, suggesting Clyde & Co might have determined to again off from doing IP work in China.

Clyde & Co didn’t reply to a request for remark. The agency’s web site at present lists one patent and trademark litigation companion in China—Li Weng, who’s a part of its joint legislation enterprise, Clyde & Co Westlink JLV in Shanghai.

Various legislation corporations have expanded their IP practices in China in current months. Earlier this yr, Ok&L Gates launched its Chinese language emblems company in Beijing to realize direct entry to IP prosecution work, file purposes, deal with oppositions, revocations and renewals.