K&L Gates launches Chinese trademark agency

26 March 2021

K&L Gates launches Chinese trademark agency

Global law firm K&L Gates has launched a Chinese trademark agency – the K&L Gates IP Agency – which now allows the firm to file and prosecute trademark applications directly with the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA).

While K&L Gates’ global trademark team previously used the services of local firms to file and prosecute trademarks in China, the team now can file applications and handle oppositions, revocations, and renewals entirely on its own. Launching the agency is in direct response to the client need seen by the team at K&L Gates, and allows K&L Gates to offer clients a streamlined trademark solution across four continents.

This streamlined solution offers clients competitive pricing with the firm’s global IP team covering Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Europe, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.

Chris Round, a Melbourne-based partner and one of K&L Gates’ IP procurement and portfolio management practice group coordinators, said: “Registration of trademarks in China is critical to the success of our clients’ global operations. The creation of the K&L Gates IP Agency allows us to streamline our engagements with clients to remove a level of administrative process so that we can offer a fully integrated trademark solution in China with the cost benefits of this efficiency.”

Significant strategic benefits come from having local teams on four continents when managing an organization’s global trademark portfolio, allowing K&L Gates lawyers to continue to use their international platform to register and enforce marks worldwide.

A team of dedicated intellectual property lawyers led by Beijing-based counsel Edward Yao supports the integrated K&L Gates IP Agency.

K&L Gates intellectual property lawyers manage global and regional trademark portfolios for leading multinational organizations and advise clients on their multi-jurisdictional enforcement, anti-counterfeiting, and design protection matters.

K&L Gates’ intellectual property practice has more than 200 lawyers and professionals – including approximately 100 registered patent lawyers, agents, and technology specialists with technical or advanced science degrees, nearly 20 with doctorates.

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