19 November 2018

Fish & Richardson to capitalise on China's innovation

IP specialists to open office in Shenzhen renowned as the innovation capital of China's Silicon Valley,

Fish & Richardson, the US intellectual property law, has received approval from the Chinese Ministry of Justice to open a representative Office in Shenzhen, China.

Innovative concentration

Fish will provide US and EU legal work for the firm’s Chinese clients, which include Huawei Technologies, Ant Financial, and Hisense Electric Co. Ltd. Shenzhen boasts the highest number of patent cooperation treaty (PCT) applications of any city in China. The city is home to some of China’s most innovative companies who account for almost 50 percent of Chinese PCT filings. Peter Devlin, President of Fish & Richardson, commented ‘we are excited to be opening an office in China’s Silicon Valley. We serve many of China’s leading innovators, and this will give us a base of operations to meet their needs on the ground, in real time, whenever they need us.’ Ryan McCarthy, a principal of the firm, will serve as the firm’s chief representative in residence. Yong (Eric) Peng PhD, an associate, will also represent the firm in the new Shenzhen office. Dr. Peng speaks fluent Mandarin.

New partnership

Fish has helped China’s leading companies obtain, enforce and defend their intellectual property rights in the US and Europe for many years. Fish attorneys help Chinese companies in the telecommunications, electronics, financial technology, life sciences, and medical device industries obtain patent and trademark protection in the US and Europe and represent Chinese companies in federal district and appeals courts, at the International Trade Commission (ITC) and before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). In addition to opening the Shenzhen office, Fish has forged a partnership with Zhejiang Hangzhou Future SCI-TECH City (STC). Fish plans to use STC as a platform to meet with clients and potential clients in East China.