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Gowling WLG expands presence in China

Wednesday, September 29, 2021 @ 1:08 PM | By John Chunn

Gowling WLG announced a significant expansion of its intellectual property (IP) practice and relationships in China.

According to the firm’s press release, earlier this year, Gowling WLG worked closely with Clyde & Co. to finalize the transfer of the latter’s Chinese IP practice, giving Gowling WLG clients access to a broader range of IP services.

As previously reported, Elliot Papageorgiou, an IP professional with more than 20 years’ experience working in China, has joined as head of IP strategy in China. Qualified in England and Wales, New York, Victoria (Australia) and Hong Kong, Papageorgiu is accompanied by a team of IP professionals and support staff, all previously based at Clyde & Co. 

As part of the expansion in China, Gowling WLG has forged an exclusive referral arrangement with Chongqing Aquila Law Firm (Aquila Law). This arrangement will allow Gowling WLG to provide clients with access to the Chinese courts and intellectual property offices.

Based in Chongqing, Aquila Law’s professionals offer patent and trademark services, portfolio management and enforcement solutions across the full spectrum of IP rights — with technical strength in biotech, advanced manufacturing, aviation, tech and engineering, among other areas.

Gowling WLG has opened a new office in Shanghai, an extension of the firm’s IP agency in Beijing. This office will complement the firm’s existing locations in Beijing and Guangzhou, as well as Aquila Law’s office in Chongqing, which together offer clients an array of IP and corporate services.