Li Zhongsheng


Areas of practice

Mr. Li specializes in civil and administrative I.P. disputes, including, but not limited to, patent infringement, trademark infringement, software copyright infringement, unfair competition, antitrust, patent invalidation, trademark cancellation disputes as well as disputes regarding proprietorship of IPRs.

Mr. Li applies his diverse and unique skills to the representation of his clients. His versatility and commitment to excellence make Mr. Li a much sought-after expert in the practice of IP litigation. In his work at King & Wood Mallesons, Mr. Li has advised a diverse collection of multinational companies to initiate or defend many high profile IP cases and he is firmly committed to protecting the legitimate rights and interests of all of his clients.

With 10 years of experience as a legal scholar and 12 years of judicial experience, Mr. Li has a unique understanding of both the theoretical and practical aspects of the Chinese legal system. Mr. Li has handled hundreds of IP cases during his judicial practice, including cases involving multinational companies. Representative cases include a software copyright dispute involving Intel patent disputes, involving companies such as Sony and Kenwood, and trade mark disputes involving companies such as Vacheron Constantin, Piaget, Cartier, Dunhill, Nike and Louis Vuitton.

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Mr. Li has been widely acknowledged by the Chinese government and foreign parties. Many of Mr. Li's judgments were selected as sample cases and published by the Gazette of Supreme People’s Court, while some of Mr. Li's legal opinions were cited by the Chinese governments as supporting documents in the IPR negotiations between China and the U.S.

Work Experience

Mr. Li joined King & Wood Mallesons in March, 2005. Prior to joining King & Wood Mallesons, From 1983 to 1993, Mr. Li worked as a professor and renowned legal scholar at the School of Law of Jilin University, where he published more than 40 articles published in numerous academic journals such as Chinese Journal of Law, China Legal Science, and Abstracts of New China.

In 1994 Mr. Li moved to the Shenzhen Intermediate People's Court, where he founded the I.P. Tribunal and was a judge as well as Director-General of the I.P. Tribunal. The Shenzhen Intermediate People'sCourt is the first court in China to establish a separate division specializing in I.P. and its judiciary is viewed as among the most experienced in China, with a reputation for expertise in hearing IP-related cases.

Mr. Li obtained his LL.B. and LL.M. degrees from Jilin University in 1983 and 1989, respectively. Mr. Li was admitted to the PRC bar in 1986.

His working languages are Chinese and English.


Legal insights

This provision is applicable only when a patent infringement dispute is taken to court.

30 March 2017

The Qilu Pharmaceutical case is typical of when standard-related pharmaceutical patents are infringed.

15 February 2017

SEP licensing has become a focus of attention from anti-monopoly enforcement authorities around the world

18 August 2015

Recent updates on judicial protection to the IP become hot-spot issues in PRC, which include trademark and patent protection, IP litigation, and etc.

14 May 2015

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