Han Kun Law Offices hires new IP partner

IP lawyer Jian Zhang joined Han Kun Law Offices as a partner in its Beijing office. Zhang specialises in patent disputes.


IP litigator returns to Fangda Partners

Fangda Partners welcomed IP litigator Muran Sun back to the firm as IP partner in its Shanghai office. Sun is a certified patent agent.


Kewei Law Firm brings in an IP litigator

Kewei Law Firm recruited Peng Lei as an IP partner in its Beijing office. Lei specialises in IP disputes, with notable expertise in patents. He was previously with Han Kun Law Offices. Kewei Law Firm established a joint operation with international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills in 2019.



CMS bolsters IP team in London

CMS hired Toby Sears as a partner in its London office. Sears, who specialises in patent litigation, joined from Allen & Overy. Soft IP associates Paul Sweeden and Melissa Li Trenta also joined in January 2022 from Locke Lord.


prins hires partner to lead its new office

prins hired soft IP practitioner Chantal Koller to lead its new office in Geneva. Koller was previously with Novagraaf, where she was managing partner and head of trade marks.


Taliens recruits a new partner

Taliens welcomed IP disputes lawyer Grégoire Triet as a partner in its Paris office. Triet joined from Gide Loyrette Nouel.


Mewburn Ellis appoints diversity chief

Mewburn Ellis appointed Robert Andrews as its chief inclusion & diversity officer to lead its diversity initiatives. Andrews is a partner and European patent attorney who specialises in biochemistry work.


Eisenführ Speiser expands its partnership

German firm Eisenführ Speiser’s partnership expanded following the promotion of patent attorneys Christine Cirl and Max von Vopelius and lawyer Constantin Brecht.


Hoyng Rokh Monegier promotes four across Europe

Michiel de Baat (Amsterdam) and Ivan Dimitrov (Düsseldorf) were promoted to the partnership, while Carina Höfer (Düsseldorf) and Tim Robrechts (Brussels) became counsel in the firm.


Hannes Snellman hires counsel

Hannes Snellman hired IP litigator Vilhelm Schröder as a counsel in its IP and technology practice. Schröder was previously with Lindfors & Co Attorneys.


Plasseraud IP promotes three to partner

Plasseraud IP promoted patent attorneys Jean-Marc Coquel and Charlotte LeLeu and trade mark attorney Charlotte Montaud-Chanial to its partnership. Coquel leads its Bordeaux and Angoulême offices while Leleu is head of the Toulouse office. Lyon-based Montaud is in charge of the firm’s contracts & valuation practice.


Pestalozzi hires IP Star as head of IP

Pestalozzi recruited IP litigator Lara Dorigo as partner and head of IP practice. Dorigo joined from Lenz & Staehelin.


Locke Lord strengthens in Europe

Locke Lord hired three soft IP practitioners in London: Dominic Farnsworth (partner), Giovanni Visintini (senior counsel) and Neale Christy (counsel). Farnsworth joined from Lewis Silkin, where he led the trade mark practice. The firm also welcomed IP lawyer Bart Lieben as a consultant in its Brussels office.


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