In the past decade Matthew has worked extensively in the electronics and life sciences sectors and represents some of the world's leading companies in these areas.
Matthew heads Bird & Bird's intellectual property group for China. He specialises in both contentious and non-contentious matters, advising clients across a broad range of sectors including electronics, pharmaceuticals, communications, information technology, media, broadcasting, and food & beverage.
With 20 years of experience in representing multinational companies in the People's Republic of China, Matthew advises on all aspects of IP, including patents, trademarks and commercial IP matters.
He also advises on major IP litigation throughout Asia and is well-known for managing complex, multi-jurisdictional disputes, working closely with Bird & Bird's network of partner firms and developing strategies for cases across the different legal and regulatory environments in the Asia-Pacific region.
Matthew's life sciences experience includes contentious matters such as patent, trademark and unfair competition litigation; and commercial work such as clinical trials agreements, joint promotion and joint marketing agreements, collaboration and development agreements.
In the electronics sector, Matthew has been heavily involved in standards issues and the interplay between standards and patents.
Matthew has a longstanding reputation as a leader in his field and continues to be ranked by the major industry publications and legal directories including Chambers Asia Pacific, Legal 500 Asia Pacific, Asialaw Profiles, Asia IP Profiles, IAM Patent 1000, IAM Life Sciences 250, and The International Who's Who of Patent Lawyers.
Chambers Asia Pacific 2012 notes that Matthew 'has outstanding experience of handling IP matters in the life sciences and electronics sectors', and The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2014 says that he is 'highly regarded'.
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