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 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.
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.