Managing Intellectual Property (MIP), the most authoritative and comprehensive international guide in the IP industry, has named nine King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) partners as 2016 IP Stars in the patent and trade mark categories.
The ‘stars’ are China partners - Zhu Nongfan, Wang Maohua, Shi Yusheng and Fred Liao; Kim O’Connell, Matt Swinn, John Swinson, Katrina Rathie and Scott Bouvier in Australia.
Nongfan Zhu, global coordinator of the Intellectual Property practice at King & Wood Mallesons, and head partner of the China IP group, said, “We are honoured to have been recognised by a leading global authority in IP. Top-tier professional IP experts make all the difference when navigating enterprises through the fast-evolving commercial environment and helping them leverage and develop their IP assets. With a team of prestigious lawyers in our IP practice, KWM continues to safeguard both domestic and international brands in today’s highly competitive market.”
The research for IP Stars covers well over 70 jurisdictions, including the most active for IP protection, exploitation and enforcement. It is carried out over a six-month period by a team of researchers based in London, New York and Hong Kong.
Earlier this year, KWM was named “Firm of the Year Asia Pacific” and “Firm of the Year - China Contentious” (for the second consecutive year) at the MIP Global Awards Ceremony, and was again ranked as Tier 1 in four categories, namely; patent prosecution, patent contentious, trade mark prosecution and trade mark contentious in China.
MIP’s full analysis of the KWM’s IP practice can be found here.