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.
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP is essentially a GP of IP, a true full-service IP firm with experts in every area of IP and every technology. A comprehensive approach to clients IP needs and Finnegan’s mega-boutique size underpin their year-to-year, decade-to-decade pre-eminence in IP litigation across all industries and tribunals.
From offices in the United States, Asia and Europe, Finnegan continues to be one of the world’s largest firms focusing on intellectual property law, practising all aspects of patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret law, representing clients on IP issues relating to US and European patent and trademark law, international trade, portfolio management, the Internet, cybersecurity, e-commerce, government contracts, antitrust and unfair competition.
Finnegan offers full-service IP legal and technical experience in virtually every industry and technology: biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, biologics and biosimilars, combination products, chemicals, oil and gas, electronics, semiconductors, computers and software, FinTech, Internet of Things (IoT), automotive, aerospace and aviation, industrial manufacturing, consumer products, food and beverage, outdoor recreation, sports and fitness, digital health, medical devices, clean energy and renewables, robotics, textiles, artificial intelligence (AI), and 3D printing.
More than 300 of Finnegan’s legal professionals hold degrees in scientific disciplines (65+ hold PhDs), more than 230 are registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and more than 30 are former USPTO patent examiners.
Surveys conducted by legal and business publications rank Finnegan as one of the leading intellectual property law practices in the world. The firm is consistently ranked in the United States for contentious and prosecution trademark and patent work by publications including Managing Intellectual Property, Intellectual Asset Management, World Trademark Review, and The Legal 500, which has ranked Finnegan as a top tier firm in nearly every significant IP category since 2009. The publications cite the firm’s winning record, technical expertise and deep bench of talent in all aspects of IP litigation, including trials, appeals and proceedings at the US Patent and Trademark Office and US International Trade Commission investigations.
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.