Tsai Lee & Chen is a top-tier IP law firm with a 20-year history. Headquartered in Taipei, the firm employs more than 160 IP professionals and lawyers representing clients from all over the world. Our practice covers all aspects of intellectual property, including patent and trademark preparation, prosecution, portfolio management, licensing and IP litigation. The professionals at Tsai Lee & Chen provide reliable and comprehensive legal and patent services in the Greater China region, all while adhering to a strict code of professional ethics.
Firm history Founded in 1995 by Thomas Q T Tsai, Tsai Lee & Chen grew with a group of patent professionals specialized in various cutting-edge areas of technology. In the past 20 years, the firm developed at pace and quickly emerged among the giants. Now the current managing partner, Victor S.C. Lee, leads the firm alongside with other partners to continuously represent a wide range of clients in full-scope of IP protection.
Areas of specialization The firm’s patent expertise encompasses the fields of semiconductors, consumer electronics, thin-film-transistor liquid-crystal display technology, light-emitting diode technology, computer hardware and software, telecommunications, biochemistry, pharmaceuticals, mechanical and electrical engineering, business methods and information technology.
The trademark professionals are known by their detail-oriented and attentive working style. Creative thinking makes our trademark group excel, especially in overcoming office actions and handling oppositions and invalidations.
The firm also has a group of elite lawyers who constantly made landmark cases at the TIPO or the IP Court. Their expertise includes patent, trademark, copyright and unfair competition.
International experience Tsai Lee & Chen enjoys more than 1,300 networks with global IP law firms and associates, and has accumulated valuable experiences and networks in China ever since the firm was founded. The firm stays up to date with the most recent IP law developments and challenges by actively participating in international IP groups, including the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property, the Asian Patent Attorneys Association, the Japan IP Association, the International Trademark Association, the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys, the Pharmaceutical Trademarks Group, the European Communities Trademark Association, the Licensing Executives Society, the Intellectual Property Owners Association and MARQUES. Such a global vision enables the firm to advise companies with cogency and convincing points, so as to save time and costs to the clients.
The firm assists both domestic and international corporations in diverse industries, as well as universities and research institutions.
Professional diversity The firm’s talented leading professionals possess diverse technical and legal backgrounds, including qualified lawyers, patent attorneys and patent agents in Taiwan, China and the United States. Integrating the efforts of an elite team, Tsai Lee & Chen can provide cost-effective patent preparation with quality work products for both Taiwan and China, and has demonstrated sophistication in both offensive and defensive IP strategies in resolving IP disputes. The firm has successfully helped many Fortune 500 companies, as well as many small and medium-sized enterprises, to bridge the gap of patent protection between their home jurisdiction and the Greater China region.
Efficiency and Quality Supported by an inhouse-customized software system, the firm is able to accommodate various demands from clients with little effort. The automation system has helped to put the electronic filing into daily practices, generates e-billing codes per clients’ preferences, and reduces the chances of human errors. The smooth automation management has significantly enhanced working efficiency and quality reliability.
Awards In recognition of the firm’s excellence, Tsai Lee & Chen has been selected as the Chambers Asia Pacific Leading Firm by Chambers & Partner, the Leading Firm - Asia Pacific by Legal 500, the Recommended Firm by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM), etc. With a personal focus, the firm’s partners Victor S.C. Lee, Candy K.Y. Chen, and Crystal Chen have been honored by various individual titles including the IP Star by MIP, one of Top 250 Women in IP by MIP, a Notable Practitioner of Chambers Asia-Pacific, one of the WIPR Leaders, etc.
Working languages The firm mainly works in Chinese. English, German and Japanese are also within the language capabilities of Tsai Lee & Chen.
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.
TOPTEAM’s IP service is well-known for its capabilities of patent drafting and global patent prosecution. What now sets TOPTEAM apart from other leading firms is its long and strong support on IP portfolios and strategies for high-tech companies in Taiwan and all over the world.
With nearly 80 professionals, including 30 patent attorneys and 3 lawyers, from diverse technical backgrounds, TOPTEAM keeps providing quality, professional and full range of IPR services in the fields of semiconductor, telecommunication, consumer product manufacturing, mechanics, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, life sciences, software and IT-related technologies.
The business keeps growing in various IP aspects. The quality consultation for trademark filing and prosecution work is highly appreciated by clients.
IP management and strategies, including trade secrets and copyright issues, play important roles due to the international trade condition and business development nowadays. TOPTEAM’s attorneys also provide more consultation work for legal disputes and litigation for related issued.
With a team very strong in chemicals and specialty materials fields, TOPTEAM provides service for the world-class research institutions, and iconic global clients include major players in semiconductor, 3C and manufacturing industries. The firm’s global design prosecution service also helps various European clients to set the filing strategies in Taiwan.
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.