Patent Enforcement and Trends in China by Dr. James Zhu, Ph.D. , Partner with JunHe LLP


Title:  Patent Enforcement and Trends in China
Speaker: Dr. James Zhu, Partner and the Head of IP Practice at JunHe LLP
Description: Effective on April 1, 2017, Chinese patent office (SIPO) will consider software-based computer methods (no longer non-patentable subject matter), post-filing data supplement, and certain flexibility in claim amendment during invalidation proceedings.  In light of these changes and in combination with real-life experience enforcing or defending IP rights for US companies in China, Dr. Zhu will discuss a variety of topics including:

  • the reality of patent enforcement in China
  • the underlining difference in patent litigations between the US and China that leads to frustration or misconceptions of US counsel and companies
  • the improving IP court system in China
  • the impact of the changing patent regulations in favor of patent holders
  • strategies for US companies to:
    • ease qualms about PRC patent litigation
    • leverage the difference between patent laws in the US and China
    • obtain enforceable IP rights to defend or enforce these rights against potential infringers or competitors (not necessarily just domestic China companies) in the world’s second largest marker

Dr. James J. Zhu, a patent partner at JunHe LLP, is the head of intellectual property practice and the managing partner in the firm’s Silicon Valley office.  James' practice areas include patent litigation, procurement, opinion, strategies, technology licensing, primarily focusing on biopharmaceuticals, chemistry/materials, medical device, and computer/electronics.

James represents clients to obtain and enforce their patent rights in China.  For example, James helps clients to enforce or defend intellectual Property (IP) rights by leading litigation effort in China, procures PRC patent rights, provides strategic IP counselling for companies’ market entry into PRC, and conducts due diligence in investment and M&A to evaluate and mitigate IP risks.

James spent eight years at Perkin Coie LLP, became a partner in Perkins Coie's Los Angeles Office in 2007, and the Managing Partner of Perkins Coie's Beijing Office in 2008.  Prior to his legal career, James was a co-founder & General Counsel of GanTech International, a Silicon Valley venture-backed start-up.

James is a frequent author and speaker in the field. James was the Chairman of the Board of BayHelix Group. The BusinessWeek elected James as one of most influential "sea turtles" (US returnees) in the Sino-American community.  James graduated from Fudan University, Shanghai. Within a total of seven academic years, James earned a Ph.D. degree from the California Institute of Technology and J.D. & MBA from Columbia University.

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