IPR Protection

IPR Protection



  •        SLP manages IPR assets packages for clients, including the acquisition, maintenance, and enforcement and protection of all kinds of IPR. At the beginning of 2013, SLP became one of the first law firms to be filed at the Trademark Office of the State Administration for Industry and Commerce with a trademark agency qualification. Prior to obtaining the trademark agency qualification, SLP had cooperated with trademark agencies for a long period of time and had been engaged in trademark agency business for over 10 years, thus possessing abundant experience in trademark registration planning and legal risk control. At the same time, with the help of our extensive global network and related conventions, SLP helps Chinese clients register trademarks and apply for patents in different jurisdictions.
           Our IPR rights acquisition services mainly include:
    ●Trademarks: acting for or offering consultation regarding registration and application, renewals, review requests, objections, transfer applications, license contract filing, and administrative litigation for trademarks and registered trademark disputes.
    ●Copyright: acting for or offering consultation regarding copyright and computer software registration
    ●Patents: cooperating with patent agencies on all matters relating to official patent procedures, including consultation and preparation before application, patent application, patent examination and approval matters, reviews, requests for the invalidation of patent rights, maintenance and transfer of patent rights, etc.
    ●Handling matters related to IPR customs protection (including filing, applications for protection, etc.)
    ●Acting for or participating in all kinds of investigation, administrative handling and other enforcement and rights protection actions in response to IPR infringement
           Applying for trademark registration and patents is more than just a process in which lawyers/agents write and submit documents. SLP can analyze and determine for enterprises the most appropriate timing and scope for trademark protection and/or patent applications. SLP lawyers also assist companies to identify the most suitable applicants for patents and/or trademarks according to their corporate structure and business purposes and help businesses to plan international applications (for example, in some cases writing patent documents for U.S. patent agents in English, then having Chinese patent agents translate them into Chinese and submitting them as international applications might be a better choice). They then communicate with foreign agents to help the businesses identify and record copyrightable creations. When assisting clients in protecting their IPR, SLP also focuses on the combination of business and law. For example, in trademark protection, attention is paid to planning for trademark use, defensive registration of trademarks, strategies in applying for and developing trademarks, protecting trademarks of domain names, licensing use of trademarks, effective use of trademarks as intangible assets, and treatment of trademarks in acquisitions.
           In the field of rights protection, SLP has many years of rights protection and management experience with famous and well-known trademarks at home and abroad. We have a network of IPR investigation and rights protection partnerships across China, know the methods for dealing with all kinds of infringement, and are familiar with the characteristics of China's IPR environment. We can meet different clients’ demands through protection strategies and case management and balance cost, efficiency and effectiveness when protecting rights.
           Related Experience
    Trademark Protection
    ●SLP dealt with a case of preemptive trademark registration in China for a world leading electric tools enterprise.
    ●SLP, over ten years, helped a local government in China (the subordinate service center) eventually obtain a place-name trademark that had been preemptively registered by one business, but had a long history of common usage by local businesses.
    ●SLP has provided planning and agency services to many Chinese high-tech enterprises for domestic and international applications of trademarks and patents
    ●SLP has provided agency and consultation services to many foreign-invested enterprises and foreign companies for trademarks registration in Mainland China 
    Rights Protection
    ●As an adviser on rights protection to Dell (China), SLP has successfully handled nearly 1,000 cases of unfair competition involving trademark infringement.
    ●Working with the top IPR service providers among international law firms (such as Baker & McKenzie and Hogan Lovells), SLP has handled trademark and copyright infringement cases for world-famous brands from a variety of industries, including Apple, Zegna, Caterpillar, Quaker, Starbucks, Cadbury, and Volvo.
    ●Representing the owner of a world famous sport brand, SLP resolved a major trademark infringement dispute, stopped the infringement, forced the infringer to destroy the infringing mark, and gained considerable compensation for the client.
    ●SLP has been the agent in numerous cases in which goods have been seized by customs due to OEM trademark infringement,

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