Why is Intellectual Property Important in China?

October 6th 7:30-9 p.m. Eastern Time | Zoom Webinar

When:      October 6th   7:30PM-9:00PM

Where:      Zoom Meeting

7:30-7:35PM      Welcome Remark – Demi Wang-Founder, CEO at UCIPF


  • Introduction – Why is intellectual property important in China?
  • Building a Chinese intellectual property portfolio.
    1. Patent
    2. Trademark
  • Minimizing risk
    1. Freedom to operate and clearance searches
    2. Monitoring Competitor’s, Employees’ and Partners’ IP Filings
  • New TM Law and Draft Patent Law
  • Conclusion

Guest Speaker:  Aaron Wininger, Director of China Intellectual Property Practice at Schwegman Lundberg &. Woessner

Moderator:  Jason Lee DeFrancesco, Partner at Hill Wallack LLP

8:15-8: 50PM

  • China is now a top venue to enforce patent rights:  what happened?
  • China is a top innovator – including software
  • IP Courts
  • Degradation of patent rights in the US
  • China is the “Great Equalizer”

See, e.g., Apple/Qualcomm settlement

  • Why file a patent litigation in China?
    • High win rates
    • Foreign patentee do even better (but don’t sue a Chinese chipmaker)
    • Huge China market for sales and manufacturing
    • Virtually guaranteed injunctions
    • Short time from filing to judgment
    • Low cost
    • Venue is fair
    • Validity challenges are more reasonable than other nations
    • Specialized patent courts (trial and appeal)
    • Administrative options
    • Continued development of common-sense rules
  • SEP cases

Guest Speaker   Erick Robinson, Partner, head of China Practice at Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig

8:50-9:00   Q&A

9:00            End

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Featured Speakers

Aaron Wininger

Director, China Intellectual Property Practice
Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner

Aaron Wininger is Schwegman’s Director of the China Intellectual Property Practice. Aaron counsels both U.S. and Chinese companies on patent and trademark portfolio development, non-infringement and invalidity opinions, and cross-border enforcement of intellectual property rights. He has worked with clients in the areas of software, networks, lasers, medical devices, semiconductors and physics.

His knowledge of both the Chinese and American markets allows him to advise his clients as they expand and enforce their intellectual property portfolios. He frequently publishes articles on his blog, China IP Law Update.

Aaron has worked in China for more than a decade and is conversational in Mandarin.

He is a frequent contributor to 闻宁阁美国知识产权报. You can subscribe via WeChat by scanning the following QR code:

Jason Lee DeFrancesco

Hill Wallack LLP

Jason Lee DeFrancesco is a partner in Princeton, N.J. office of Hill Wallack LLP. He is a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property and Corporate Law practice groups.

As an experienced Trademark Attorney, Mr. DeFrancesco handles all trademark related matters: fillings, registrations, USPTO office actions and maintenance.

He works with clients and international associates to find innovative ways of protecting and maximizing brand value through negotiating licensing deals, co-existing agreements and other transactions including opposition and cancellation matters before the USPTO and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

Managing clients’ cross border trade activities Mr. DeFrancesco works with law enforcement agencies and Customs Protection Bureau in the United States to address counterfeiting issues, recover damages and facilitate seizures of counterfeit products.

As a licensed patent attorney with strong background in organic chemistry and years of in-house experience in industrial manufacturing and engineering, Mr. DeFrancesco manages diverse patent portfolios, including mechanical, engineering, design and utility patents.

He litigates on behalf of clients having complex infringement or appellate cases in US Federal Courts.

Mr. DeFrancesco’s clients range from startups to Fortune 500 companies and represent diverse industries with focus on consumer goods, fashion and retail, food and beverage, manufacturing and medical devices.

Mr. DeFrancesco earned his J.D. from Albany Law School, and during his time there he was in extern under Administrative Judge, James Housel, at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He earned an M.S. in Physical Chemistry at Georgia Institute of Technology, and a B.S. in Chemistry at Florida State University.

Mr. DeFrancesco is admitted to practice in New Jersey, New York (2013), Florida (2004), Washington, D.C. (2007), the Ninth Circuit, the Third Circuit and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Mr. DeFrancesco provides representation in matters that include:

  • Intellectual Property
  • Corporate Law
  • Trademark
  • Patent
  • Copyright
  • IP Licensing
  • Litigation
  • Appellate
  • Global Trademark Counseling and Prosecution
  • TTAB Oppositions and Cancellations
  • Domain Names and Internet
  • Patent Litigation
  • Trademark, Copyright, and Media Litigation
  • Patent Portfolio Management

Erick Robinson

Dunlap, Bennett & Ludwig PLLC

Erick Robinson is an expert on Chinese patent issues and manages his firm’s Chinese patent litigation practice.  Erick is also a top trial lawyer in the United States, a US patent attorney, and a leading IP strategist.

Based in both Beijing and Texas, Erick is a partner at Dunlap, Bennett & Ludwig PLLC.  Having tried patent cases at some of the top law firms in the United States, Erick also practiced at top UK and Chinese firms and lived full time in Beijing.  He also has been in-house counsel for both Red Hat and Qualcomm.  Over the last few years, Erick has combined his US and China expertise to create a one-of-a-kind IP practice.  He has over 20 years of experience in cross-border patent litigation, portfolio management, patent prosecution, monetizing patent portfolios and related matters. He has a technical background in computer science and physics, as well as biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and oil & gas.

Erick is a trusted authority on patent and antitrust laws in China and has been selected as one of the Leading 300 IP strategists worldwide by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) for the past six years. He is frequently quoted in the Wall Street JournalFinancial TimesIAMIntellectual Property Magazine, and other publications on Chinese patent and antitrust issues.  He is also the publisher of the award-winning China Patent Blog.

In addition to his Chinese practice, he regularly practices in both the International Trade Commission as well as the Eastern and Western Districts of Texas.