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Intellectual property protection and enforcement are increasingly vital in today’s global marketplace.

To develop and maintain a competitive edge, an effective business plan requires competent, creative and cost-efficient counsel to identify, protect, manage, and increase the value of intellectual property assets.

Miller Canfield’s IP attorneys have the technical, legal and business backgrounds to help domestic and international businesses and entrepreneurs, individual inventors, start-up enterprises and academic institutions obtain, protect, enforce and license their IP assets.

We also have a dedicated IP team in our Shanghai, China, office specifically to assist clients with Chinese intellectual property laws, including;

  • Original patent drafting, worldwide filing and prosecution
  • Prosecuting Chinese National Stage PCT Applications
  • Trademark registration, including translation of non-Chinese marks into Chinese, and handling objections from China's Trademark Office
  • Copyright registration, especially for patentable software
  • IP enforcement, including litigation in Chinese civil courts, administrative agencies and criminal prosecutions, patent invalidation proceedings before the SIPO, cancelling third party trademark registrations and domain name disputes.

We also excel at helping clients navigate China's complicated IP registration protection infrastructure, and with due diligence. 

Our China IP team can also help Chinese companies with their international IP needs in the U.S. and elsewhere.