Yiyuan Office Building, Friendship Hotel
No.1 Zhongguancun Street South, Haidian District
Partner: Haiyan Ren
Firm - Year of Establishment: 1999
Number of Partners: 50+
Number of IP Practitioners: 500+
Languages: Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, Korean
Network Memberships: AIPPI, APRAM, ECTA, FICPI, INTA, Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO), MARQUES, UNIFAB
The Wanhuida Intellectual Property began with Beijing Wan Hui Da Intellectual Property Agency (Wan Hui Da), which was established in 1999, with its head office in Beijing. For growing professionals and for meeting clients’ growing service needs, some core members of the Wan Hui Da team who were licensed to practice law left Wan Hui Da and created Beijing Wan Hui Da Law Firm. Because of their history and their providing different aspects of services for their shared clients, Beijing Wan Hui Da Intellectual Property Agency and Beijing Wan Hui Da Law Firm, in spite of their independent legal status, share the brand name and commercial reputation of Wan Hui Da. Their cooperative development under joint leadership of core teams of both organizations resulted in a united Wanhuida intellectual property service that is more comprehensive, professional, and potent.
Wanhuida is now home for some 500 employees working exclusively in the field of intellectual property. It has some 120 IP lawyers specialized in IP litigation and enforcement work, 90 trademark attorneys, 70 patent attorneys and other professionals, including investigators and supporting staff. Many of them are recognized leaders in their respective fields. They have a wide range of experiences from private practice, in-house counselling, to government services in courts, police departments and administrative agencies.
The firm’s professionals have broad and in-depth experience. Over the years, they have accumulatively litigated over thousands of IP cases in courts all over China, prosecuted tens of thousands of patent applications, and filed hundreds of thousands of trademark registrations. Many of the cases are first of its kind. They are recognized by industries, courts and administrative agencies as exemplary cases for their legal significance.
Wanhuida understands the law and its context through years of study and practice. It also actively participates in the policy process for the development of laws. Since its creation, the firm has been closely associated with the legislative progress of Chinese IP laws and regulations. It continues to play an active role in the improvement of the Chinese legal and regulatory environment. Its practitioners are involved in the processes for revising the trademark law, patent law, copyright law, anti-unfair competition law, and relevant judicial interpretations through submission of comments to draft laws and organizing platforms for discussion and communicating with authorities responsible for policy development.
The firm’s active involvement in policy and law developments gives it good sense on the direction of the laws and equips its professionals with insights that can be critical for protecting the interests of its clients. It also has the pulse on the application of the law in context through thousands of cases before courts and administrative agencies.
This mix of legal expertise and result-oriented practical approach has been critical to the firm’s past success and is the constant among the dynamic changes it will keep as it launches into the future.
Key IP Areas
Copyright & related rights, Designs, Intellectual property (contentious), Intellectual property (prosecution), IP transactions, Life sciences IP, Patent, Patent contentious, Patent prosecution, Trade mark, Trade mark contentious, Trade mark prosecution
Key Sector Expertise
Agriculture, Arts, Automotive, Biotechnology, Chemical, Computer technology & services, Construction & materials, E-commerce, Electrical, Electronics, Fashion & luxury goods, FMCG, Food & beverage, Gaming, Hospitality & leisure, ICT & software, Industrials, Internet, Life sciences, Manufacturing, Mechanical, Media, Medical device, Music, Pharmaceutical, Publishing, Retail, Sports, Telecommunication, Tobacco