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WWL Ranking: Recommended

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China - Trademarks 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Frank Liu is revered for his IP practice, which is built on his “precise insight into what clients really want in complex disputes”.


Frank Liu is a senior partner at Tiantai Law Firm Shanghai Office. Mr Liu is skilled in successfully handling challenging litigation matters of all types, especially IP-related cases. He has handled over 100 civil lawsuits and is regularly praised for his excellent trial skills. Before entering private practice, he spent five years working as a court judge. He is trusted by many leading Chinese and international corporations to provide advice and counsel on matters related to trademarks, patents, domain names, copyright, unfair competition and licensing. Although obtaining substantial compensation for intellectual property infringement is challenging in China, Mr Liu has helped secure over $1 million compensation in both trademark and patent infringement cases. He also has a strong reputation for arbitration and negotiation work. He regularly advises clients on challenging contract disputes and their daily business operations.

During his distinguished career, Mr Liu has won a number of high-profile cases. In a trademark infringement and unfair competition case that was later recognised by China Business Law Journal as its “IP deal of the year” for 2013, he represented a Fortune 500 company against local infringers. The case lasted for five years, from a complex trial procedure from the intermediate court through to retrial at the Supreme Court, and successfully received a favourable judgment. He also represented a beverage company in a bottle design utility model infringement litigation that successfully settled when the defendants agreed to provide $1.5 million in compensation. He helped secure well-known recognition for Lenovo in administrative litigation against the Trademark Review and Adjudication Board, while successfully opposing a trademark application filed by a manufacturer of eyeglasses. Mr Liu acted as local counsel for a US apparel brand to successfully secure a judgment by the Chinese court to confirm and enforce a $1.7 million arbitration award.

Due to his clients’ high recognition of the value of his work, Mr Liu has been recommended in WTR 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals (2020); named as a “leading lawyer” for dispute resolution, litigation and intellectual property in China by Asialaw (2013-2018); included in the China Business Law Journal list of China’s top 100 lawyers (2016-2019); selected as one of the world’s leading trademark lawyers by WWL (2017, 2018 and 2020); and shortlisted as a “rising star” for IP, and named as a “leading lawyer” for IP, by China Law & Practice (both 2014). His professional competence has also been noted by The Legal 500: Asia Pacific, Chambers Asia Pacific, World Trademark Review and Global Law Experts.

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