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Gowling appoints Vancouver partner as co-head of Canadian China practice

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 @ 1:11 PM | By John Chunn

Gowling WLG announced the appointment of Vancouver partner Brian Lee as co-head of its Canadian China practice. In his new role, Lee will join current leader Thomas J. Timmins in strengthening and expanding the practice across Canada.

According to the firm’s press release, as part of his individual practice, Lee leverages his understanding of the Chinese intellectual property (IP) and commercial landscape to help clients protect their IP rights in China. In recent years, he has also harnessed this experience as a member of the firm’s China management team, which continues to oversee the steady growth of the firm’s Guangzhou and Beijing offices. In his new role, Lee will work to further integrate the firm’s offices in China and across Canada, providing clients with support and advice across both jurisdictions.

Lee focuses his practice on complex patent matters, with an emphasis on mechanical and materials engineering, electrochemistry, computer-implemented and software technologies and clean technology. He previously served as head of the Vancouver office’s IP group and co-chair of the office’s technology industry group.

“Our China practice has an accomplished track record of helping Canadian businesses access, navigate, and thrive in China’s flourishing economy — and also helping Chinese companies make inroads into Canada,” said Lee. “Together with Tom, I look forward to building on that reputation as we continue to explore new markets and modes of client service.”