Elliot Papageorgiou has joined Gowling WLG in Beijing as head of intellectual property strategy. Papageorgiou joined the firm in June 2021 from Clyde & Co., where he had been a Beijing- and Shanghai-based partner.
He has practised intellectual property law on several continents since 1995 – first in Australia, then Europe and, since 2005, in China. Papageorgiou now advises international clients on contentious and non-contentious IP matters, with a focus on strategic protection, exploitation, and enforcement of patents, trademarks, copyright as well as trade secrets. He advises on strategies for optimizing IP portfolios across the Asia-Pacific region, as well as cross-border patent, trademark and copyright disputes.
Additionally, Papageorgiou is the national chair of the European Chamber in China (EUCCC)’s Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Working Group. He has been actively involved in supporting the Chamber’s IPR Working Group in one role or another since 2006, and in recent years as Vice-Chair, Shanghai Chair and especially National Chair.
He represents a number of Fortune 500 companies and other MNCs on China IP litigation, with a focus on patent litigation. His client briefs include developing IP strategies for one of Europe’s largest VC funds, for global automotive technology companies, global engineering and manufacturing conglomerates, as well as some of Europe’s best-known FCMG and jewelry brands.
Papageorgiou joins Jian Xu at Gowling WLG, the firm’s legal director and head of intellectual property prosecution in China since 2008. The firm’s Beijing office is a representative office which provides on-the-ground coordination for Chinese and global companies; the firm’s lawyers have strong relationships with the Chinese government, international trade associations and top-tier Chinese law firms. The firm also has an office in Guangzhou.