Allen & Overy has welcomed Benjamin Bai as a partner to head its intellectual property practice in China. Bai will be based in Shanghai and will spearhead the China component of the firm’s stated strategy to develop a leading global IP litigation practice.
Bai is a trained scientist with a PhD in chemistry. He is also a US patent attorney with over 13 years’ experience representing multinational companies in enforcing and protecting their IP rights in China, defending Chinese companies in US courts in infringement actions, and advising on non-contentious IP matters.
His recent endeavours include acting as lead IP counsel to a Canadian manufacturer on comprehensive IP strategies for a billion-dollar strategic alliance with its Chinese counterpart, and negotiating successfully against the Chinese party; advising several Global 500 companies on IP licensing strategies in China and IP strategies for R&D activities in China; defending Chinese companies in patent infringement suits in various US courts; and advising Chinese companies on IP due diligence and building strategic patent portfolios.
“IP is of growing importance to multinational companies and Chinese businesses, and we expect more competition will be IP-driven around the world,” said Bai.
Bai was previously a partner at Jones Day and built and co-headed its IP practice in China.