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ALB MAY 2018

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12 A S I A N L E G A L B U S I N E S S – M AY 2 0 1 8 W W W. L E G A L B U S I N E S S O N L I N E . C O M C O V E R S T O R Y W W W. L E G A L B U S I N E S S O N L I N E . C O M T E X T B Y M A R I C E L E s TAV I L L O The brewing trade war between the United states and China over intellectual property (IP) policies and the unexpected sudden withdrawal of the former from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement —an ambitious trade deal that sought for a new gold standard in IP protection— have not dampened the growth of IP transactions and enthusiasm for increased IP protection in most parts of Asia. If anything, these turn of events only proved the growing roles of IP and Asia, with China at its front and centre, in global trade. In August 2017, the U.s., following the directive of its newly elected leader, Donald Trump, whose top policy agenda include protectionism, formally launched its investigation into what it described as China's "unfair" IP policies. The U.s., for the most part, has blamed China for its huge economic losses from counterfeiting, piracy and trade secret thefts, which it estimated to have reached $600 billion annually. The results of its special 301 investigation into China, released in March this year, recommended the C H I N A D O M E S T I C PATENTS TIER 1 • CCPIT Patent and Trademark Law Office • China Patent Agent (HK) • Fangda Partners • King & Wood Mallesons • Liu Shen & Associates • Wan Hui Da TIER 2 • An, Tian, Zhang & Partners • AnJie Law Firm • China Sinda • JunHe • Zhongzi Law Office TIER 3 • Boss & Young • Dacheng Law Offices • HFG Law Firm & Intellectual Property • Hylands Law Firm • Unitalen Attorneys at Law • Zhong Lun Law Firm • ZY Partners TIER 4 • CN-KnowHow Intellectual Property Group • Guantao Law Firm • Hengdu Law Firm • Tahota Law Firm COPYRIGHT/TRADEMARK TIER 1 • CCPIT Patent and Trademark Law Office • China Patent Agent (HK) • JunHe • King & Wood Mallesons • Liu Shen & Associates • Wan Hui Da TIER 2 • AnJie Law Firm • An, Tian, Zhang & Partners • China Sinda • Dacheng Law Offices • Fangda Partners • Hylands Law Firm • Unitalen Attorneys at Law • Wintell & Co • Yingke Law Firm • Zhong Lun Law Firm • Zhongzi Law Office TIER 3 • Boss & Young • CN-KnowHow Intellectual Property Group • Guangdong Guangda Law Firm • Guantao Law Firm • Hengdu Law Offices • HFG Law Firm & IP Practice • Tahota Law Firm • ZY Partners C H I N A I N T E R N AT I O N A L PATENTS TIER 1 • Allen & Overy • AWA Asia* • Baker McKenzie/Baker McKenzie FenXun (FTZ) Joint Operation Office • Bird & Bird • CMS • Deacons • Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner • Hogan Lovells • Jones Day • Mayer Brown JSM • Morgan Lewis • Morrison & Foerster • Norton Rose Fulbright • Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe • Ropes & Gray • Rose TIER 2 • DLA Piper • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer • MMLC Group* • Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & sullivan • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom • Spruson & Ferguson • Vivien Chan & Co TIER 3 • Clifford Chance • Dechert • Marks & Clerk • Oldham, Li & Nie • Perkins Coie • Simmons & Simmons • Squire Patton Boggs • Wilkinson & Grist COPYRIGHT/TRADEMARK TIER 1 • AWA Asia • Baker McKenzie/Baker McKenzie FenXun (FTZ) Joint Operation Office • Bird & Bird • Deacons • CMS • Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer* • Hogan Lovells • Mayer Brown JSM • Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe • Rouse • Wilkinson & Grist TIER 2 • Allen & Overy • DLA Piper • Jones Day • MMLC Group* • Norton Rose Fulbright • Ropes & Gray • Spruson & Ferguson • Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & sullivan • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom • Simmons & Simmons • Squire Patton Boggs • Vivien Chan & Co • Hylands Law Firm • Unitalen Attorneys at Law • Wintell & Co • Yingke Law Firm • Zhong Lun Law Firm • Zhongzi Law Office TIER 3 • Clifford Chance • Dechert • Marks & Clerk • Morgan, Lewis & Bockius • Oldham, Li & Nie

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