America's largest IP specialist firm opening office in China

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Fish & Richardson has been given approval to open a representative office in Mainland China.

The largest intellectual property law firm in the US will open its Shenzhen office to provide US and EU legal work for the firm’s high profile Chinese clients – which include, among others, Huawei Technologies, Ant Financial, and Hisense Electric Co. Ltd.

“We are excited to be opening an office in China’s Silicon Valley. We serve many of China’s leading innovators, and this will give us a base of operations to meet their needs on the ground, in real time, whenever they need us,” said Peter Devlin, President of Fish & Richardson.

The new office will be led by Ryan McCarthy, a principal of the firm, and will include fluent Mandarin speaker Yong (Eric) Peng, Ph.D who is an associate.

In addition to opening the Shenzhen office, Fish has forged a partnership with Zhejiang Hangzhou Future SCI-TECH City (STC). Fish plans to use STC as a platform to meet with clients and potential clients in East China.

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