Frank Liu

Frank Liu
Unit 2901, T1 Office Building
Raffles City 1133 Changning Road
Changning District
+86 21 5237 7005
+86 21 5237 7009


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Frank Liu is a 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 entrusted by many leading Chinese and international corporations to provide advice and counsel on their trademark, patent, domain name, copyright, unfair competition and licensing matters. 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 the trademark infringement and unfair competition case recognised by China Business Law Journal as IP deal of the year in 2013, he represented a Fortune 500 company against the local infringers. The case lasted five years through a complex trial procedure from the intermediate court to the retrial at the Supreme Court, and successfully received a favourable judgment. He represented a beverage company in 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 (TRAB), while successfully opposing a trademark application filed by a manufacturer of eye glasses. 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 the high recognition of the value of his work by his clients, Mr Liu has been recognised as “leading lawyer” for dispute resolution, litigation and intellectual property in China by Asialaw Leading Lawyers in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018; awarded by China Business Law Journal as “China’s top 100 lawyers” in 2016, 2017 and 2018; selected as one of the world’s leading trademark lawyers by Whos Who Legal in 2017 and 2018, and shortlisted as a “rising star” for IP in 2014 and selected as a “leading lawyer” in the practice of IP by China Law & Practice in 2014. His professional competence has also been acknowledged in Asia Pacific Legal 500, Chambers Asia Pacific, World Trademark Review and Global Law Experts.

WWL says: Frank Liu is described by sources as “excellent at strategic advice and litigation”.

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