Lee and Li is a full-service law firm and understands the need to diversify and specialize. In response to the rapid developments in trade and technology and to satisfy the needs of our clients, we are constantly refining and expanding our practice areas. Over the decades, we have built one of the largest intellectual property right practices in Taiwan, and have been involved in the phenomenal growth of foreign direct investment since 1970s. We were a pioneer in developing banking and capital market practice in the 1980s, and played a pivotal role in the formation of technology law practice in the 1990s. We are also active in public construction, government procurement and merger and acquisition. We stay relevant by staying current on the latest developments in every industry and apply our legal skills to help clients achieve their business goals.
Constant improvement, teamwork and specialization enable us to provide quality services. We restructured our resources and formed practice groups, which span the five departments of the firm, i.e., banking and capital markets, corporate and investment, trademark and copyright, patent and technology and litigation and ADR. Our professionals are placed in the groups in accordance with their expertise and interests (please log onto our website for further details). We believe that the practice groups match the clients with the appropriate specialists and ensure both efficiency and specialization.
In addition to the vertical integration achieved through practice groups, we also formed cross-department, cross-specialty special task forces ("STF") dealing with mainland Chinese and Japanese markets and dispute prevention and settlement (i.e., P.R.C. Practice STF, Japan Practice STF and Dispute Resolution STF). We integrated resources horizontally to further enhance the quality of our service. Our services are performed by over 100 lawyers admitted in Taiwan, patent agents, patent attorneys, trademark attorneys, more than 100 technology experts, and specialists in other fields. In order to provide services related to law or intellectual property right issues, most of our professionals have degrees in law, technology and/or business management in Taiwan or from abroad. Many of our colleagues are licensed to practice law in the United States, and some have also passed the bar exam in the People's Republic of China or are licensed patent attorneys in the United States and the People's Republic of China.
Recognition By Our Clients And Friends Our professionalism and achievements have long been recognized and relied on by our clients in Taiwan and abroad, many of whom have been with us for decades. The bond between our clients and us can be mostly ascribed to our strong work ethic and an abiding sense of responsibility. Because of our seamless teamwork, functional specialization and various quality-control mechanisms (for example, the legal opinion review mechanism), we are highly sought after by clients and consistently recognized as the preeminent law firm in Taiwan.
Recognition has come from abroad as well. We are often named as one of the best law firms in evaluations of international law firms/intellectual property right firms. For instance, we were selected as the best pro bono law firm in Asia and the best law firm in Taiwan many years consecutively by the International Financial Law Review (the IFLR); we were also named the National Deal Firm of the Year for Taiwan and awarded the Super Deal of the Year by Asian Legal Business. For many years, the renowned Global Competition Review has included Lee and Li on its list of the top 100 competition law firms in the world; we have the distinction of being the only law firm in Taiwan on this list. Meanwhile, our intellectual property right practice has been chosen by Managing Intellectual Property and Asia Law & Practice as the best intellectual property right law firm in Taiwan. Our performance is not only recognized by our clients but also by international professional institutes.
Global And Cross-Strait Networks We are highly qualified to serve transnational enterprises. Many of our colleagues have studied in the United Kingdom, the United States, Japan, New Zealand, Australia and so on and are fluent in English or Japanese and experienced in representing international clients. Furthermore, Lee and Li has forged long-term relationships with renowned law firms in the United States, Europe, Africa and Asia. Our pool of specialists and the international network we have built over time are the key to providing peerless transnational legal services.
We work closely with distinguished international consulting firms, accounting firms and financial institutes and are thus able to integrate specialized resources and promptly provide comprehensive information about financial and investment conditions. To better cope with the needs of our clients in mainland China, Lee and Li provides legal services on both sides of the Taiwan Strait. Valued for our professional ability and familiarity with clients' global strategies, we are sought by an increasing number of clients to assist with the legal issues they encounter in mainland China. As cross-strait trade activities gather pace, Lee and Li provides integrated legal services in the Greater China area for many clients. Dr. C. V. Chen, Nigel N. T. Li and Chia-Ching Lee are arbitrators of the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission.
Lee and Li has set up platforms to provide cross-strait legal services/intellectual property right services by collaborating with law firms and intellectual property agencies in Mainland China. With such two-way collaboration, we provide clients in the Greater China area with professional services that they need. We have formed alliances with L&L-Leaven, Attorneys-at-Law in Shanghai, which consolidated with our strategic alliance Leaven, Attorneys-at-Law in Shanghai, and Lee and Li-Leaven IPR Agency Ltd. in Beijing. Such alliances allow us to render extensive and timely services in the Greater China area.
Through the Greater China service platform established by Lee and Li, we have assisted a considerable number of clients on cross strait matters, including a Taiwanese listed company's disposal of shares in its Chinese subsidiary, a well-known Chinese private equity fund's investment in a Taiwanese company, initial public offerings in Taiwan of Taiwan listed companies' Chinese subsidiaries, joint ventures in China by Taiwanese listed companies and litigation or arbitration in China or elsewhere of the Chinese subsidiaries of Taiwanese listed companies. The effectiveness of the Greater China service platform is widely recognized and trusted by our clients. This platform not only significantly saves the clients' time in identifying and contacting suitable lawyers in China but also enables the clients to make investment and operation decisions efficiently and accurately because any misunderstanding of the differences in the legal systems and practices across the Strait has been averted. In view of the positive performance of the Greater China legal service platform and the execution of the investment protection agreement between Taiwan and China, Lee and Li and our strategic alliances have been engaged by a Taiwanese company to advise on the expropriation of the land owned by its subsidiary in China.
Tsai, Lee & Chen Patent Attorneys & Attorneys at Law is a top-tier IP law firm based in Taipei, Taiwan, with more than 180 full-service IP professionals and lawyers.
Firms History Founded in 1995, Tsai, Lee & Chen Patent Attorneys & Attorneys at Law boomed with the advent of Taiwan’s high-tech industrialization. The firm is a full-service IP law department that encompasses all areas of intellectual property in prosecution, portfolio management, searches, litigation, licensing negotiation, etc., with constant trust among its reputable domestic and international clientele.
Industry Sector Strengths The firm’s patent expertise is led by 40 patent attorneys licensed in both Taiwan and China, while another 45 patent attorneys licensed in either Taiwan or China. Their technical backgrounds encompass the fields of semiconductors, consumer electronics, thin film transistor liquid crystal display technology, mechanical and electrical engineering, optics, artificial intelligence, financial technology, computer hardware and software, telecommunications, biochemistry, pharmaceuticals, business methods and information technology.
IP filing and Portfolios Managed The firm remains a dynamic momentum to grow. Every year it files more than 8,500 patent applications globally, while 2000 new trademark filings from domestic and international clients.
Litigation and Dispute Resolution The firm has a record of handling many landmark cases at Taiwan IP Court. The types of litigation and disputes range from trademark, patent, copyright, unfair competition to breach of contracts. The team is sophisticated in complex trademark enforcement issue, patent invalidation and infringement as well as non-infringement analysis and declaratory actions.
The firm is joined by a senior attorney sophisticated in the Company Act and the Securities and Exchange Act, along with a strategic alliance with a Chartered Accountant. This expands the horizon of the legal expertise to resolve corporate disputes relating to company merger and acquisition, including the shareholders’ meeting, company management, investment and transaction, as well as transfer of company assets and tax issues resulting from IP.
Clients Tsai, Lee & Chen is reputable for its representation for the globally renowned international and domestic clients in electronics, software and semiconductor industries, as well as companies in pharmaceuticals and medical devices areas.
Over the past 60-plus years, Tai E International Patent & Law Office has matured into a major international IP law firm in Taiwan. Today we provide the highest level of quality legal service to our valuable clients from every corner of the world. With their support and trust, Tai E takes great pride in being referred to as one of the pioneering IP law firms in Taiwan. We are encouraged by the success and recognition that we have achieved so far, and our goal is to increase our efforts in order to meet the strictest professional standards and our clients’ every request in the future.
Our legal and technical professionals
We employ more than 270 professionals, including attorneys at law, patent attorneys, trademark agents, technical specialists and legal consultants, in four Taiwan offices. These professionals are experienced in providing customized solutions on a cost-effective basis. Many of them hold postgraduate degrees, including PhDs, in either legal or technical fields from top institutions in Taiwan or overseas. Their outstanding academic credentials are enhanced by active engagement in advanced professional activities, from writing IP textbooks and articles to lecturing on IP courses held by the government and academic institutions.
Every professional of the firm is proficient in at least one foreign language, including English, German and Japanese; while some of them are multilingual. Tai E’s professionals are trained in various categories of law and specialize in a wide range of technical fields, including pharmacology, chemistry, biotechnology, immunology, computers and software, electronics, semiconductors, physics, mechanical engineering and industrial design. Depending on the nature of a case, our professionals collaborate with one another to ensure that the best result is achieved for each client.
Tai E also offers a wide range of consulting and educational programs to local enterprises and is frequently consulted by government agencies. A number of our professionals have been invited to participate in public hearings regarding amendments to IP laws or regulations, such as the Trademark Act, the Patent Act and the Examination Guidelines. In addition, Tai E has played an active role in a number of professional organizations and has provided pro bono legal service at the Taiwan Intellectual Property Office.
Simple philosophies, solid commitments
We vow to provide services that exceed our clients’ expectations, catering to all requests.
Our reasonable fees guarantee the value of our services and we ensure that the best staff with the right expertise will be appointed to the task.
We believe that a stable operation benefits our clients and that this can be achieved only by recognizing the outstanding performances of all our team members. Everyone at Tai E is encouraged to take part in advanced education and to create a comfortable working environment. These simple philosophies encourage our staff to progress in their careers at Tai E and to provide an unequalled excellence of service to each and every client.
The firm has faced many challenges over the past decades, yet one thing has remained the same: our persistent pursuit of professionalism, excellence and faithful service to our clients. These are values that we have cherished since the first day of the firm. We are determined to continue to preserve and uphold these values in the future.
Through Tai E’s endeavor on behalf of a plaintiff in civil litigation, we convinced the court that the disputed invention patent could not be proven invalid for lack of novelty and inventive step based on the prior art cited by the defendants. Moreover, we persuaded the court that the elements recited in the claims of the patent could be read on the allegedly infringing product. The lawsuit in this case lasted for more than seven years. The defendant had made persistent efforts and filed multiple appeals, however, the court's four decisions were in our favor. In the end, the court ruled that the defendants pay US$101,900 to our client as compensation for the damages caused by their infringement.
Deep & Far attorneys-at-law was founded in 1992 and is dealing with all phases of laws with a focus on the practice in separate or in combination of all aspects of intellectual property rights (IPRs) including patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, unfair competition, and/or licensing, counseling, litigation and/or transaction thereof.
Deep & Far prosecutes worldwide patent matters for local clients. For international or foreign clients, Deep & Far prosecutes patent matters mainly in Taiwan, and significantly in China & Hong Kong, with minor representation in Macau, Singapore, Korea & Japan.
The patent attorneys and patent engineers in Deep & Far normally hold outstanding and advanced degrees and are generally graduated from the top three universities in this country. Our prominent staffs are dedicated to provide the best quality service in IPRs in this country. As a proof, about one half of top 100 incorporations in this country have experiences of seeking patented their techniques, but more than one fifth of the top 100 incorporations has ever used services of this firm. Furthermore, Hi-Tech companies in the science-based industrial park located at Hsin Chu had ever played the most important role in booming the economy of this country. About one half of them has experiences in seeking patented their techniques, and out of more than 50% of the patent-experienced companies in that park have ever entrusted their IPR works to this firm. Certainly, we must also represent international giants, e.g. InterDigital, Gleason, Grenzebach, Beckhoff, NovaLed, BYD, Baidu, Schott Glas, MPS, Lenovo, Oppo, Cypress, Haribo, Armani, CICC, Sun Pharma, Dr. Reddy, Intercept, Torrent, Lupin, Piramal…
It is our philosophy to provide competent legal services that other firm cannot comparably provide. The necessitated ensuing problem is how we can so provide? Deep & Far so achieve by selecting, edifying and nurturing peoples who have the following personalities: learned in expertise, morally earnest and sincerely behaved in mind and strictly disciplined between give and take. It is well-believed that such properties are key factors for peoples to properly and competently behave themselves.
By the perseverance that we only do what and only perform works which enable this firm to be deep and far, Deep and Far can then equate the reality with its name.
If challenges similar to the following are desired to show our extraordinary competence, we would like to take them: (1) Sending a pending or granted patent for our comments on how we can improve its claims; (2) Sending a pending patent specification without the claims for us to draft new claims for comparison with the original claims; or (3) Sending an initial disclosure at the same time to the client’s current counsel and this firm in order to compare and find out which claim set is the better one.