Fish & Richardson P.C., a world-leading intellectual property (IP) law firm based in the United States, has set up an office at China Resources Headquarters in Nanshan District, Shenzhen. An opening ceremony was held in the city Thursday, sznews.com reported.
Fish & Richardson P.C. is a global patent, intellectual property litigation, and commercial litigation law firm with 12 offices and more than 400 attorneys and technology specialists across the United States and Europe. It has provided patent, trademark and copyright application, consultation and litigation services for Chinese customers including Huawei, Ant Financial and Hisense.
“We are delighted to have an office in Shenzhen, known as the ‘Silicon Valley’ of China. The office will provide an all-round service platform for innovative leaders in China,” said Peter Devlin, president of Fish & Richardson P.C., at the opening ceremony.
Located in the center of the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong development axis, Nanshan District is home to 80 percent of Shenzhen’s innovative resources. In 2018, the number of patent applications in the district reached 60,000, accounting for 26.6 percent of the total in the city.
The number of international patent applications in Nanshan was 7,055, accounting for 12.8 percent and 39 percent in China and Shenzhen, respectively. There were 10,274 copyright registrations, accounting for 12 percent and 51 percent in China and Shenzhen, respectively.
Trademark applications and registrations in the district stood at 65,000 and 39,623, accounting for 22.3 percent and 23.4 percent of the city’s totals, respectively.
As the construction of the Guangdong-Hong Kong- Macao Greater Bay Area advances, the judicial bureau in Nanshan District has made great efforts to strengthen the legal protection of intellectual property rights and actively introduce high-quality and high-end law firms.
In 2017, Nanshan welcomed U.S. intellectual property law firm Brinks Gilson & Lione to set up an office in the district, making it the first foreign law firm with an office in Shenzhen.
Shenzhen has been very active in the IP protection field across the country. The city recently adopted a strict IP protection rule that bans enterprises and individuals with a record of IP infringement from taking government projects or subsidies for five years or longer.