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Silicon Valley Office

Since its establishment in 2010, the JunHe Silicon Valley Office has become an important Chinese IP and business law adviser on the very soil of the United States.  It is one of the very few law firms in the Americas that can provide a full range of Chinese legal services.  At the same time, the Silicon Valley Office also acts as a major gateway for Chinese clients entering the U.S. market. 


Our Team


All partners at the Silicon Valley Office are graduates from top universities around the world and have years of working experience at distinguished law firms in China and the U.S.


As a well-respected patent attorney for more than a decade, and the managing partner of the Silicon Valley Office and the head of the Intellectual Property Department of JunHe, Dr. James Zhu has a Ph.D. from California Institute of Technology and holds a J.D. and MBA degrees from Columbia University.  Dr. Zhu has been named by Business Week as one of the most influential “sea turtles” (U.S. returnees) in the Sino-American community. 


Business Law Practices


China Practice


JunHe Silicon Valley Office provides the following services when a transaction concerns assets, business, or people in, of or related to Great China:


  • Foreign direct investment

  • Cross-border M&A, VC or PE financing

  • Franchises or licensing

  • Anti-trust, anti-money laundering, national security review and other compliance issues

  • IPO, delisting and bond offering in Mainland China and Hong Kong

  • Chinese tax law

  • Foreign exchange control in China

  • Data privacy

  • Labor and employment

  • Invest in the United States


Partners at the Silicon Valley Office have decades of experience in cross-border transactions between the two countries.  We provide a full range of legal services to Chinese companies for their investments and acquisitions in the U.S., particularly as legal advisors in organizing a professional team to help clients with anti-trust review, export control, CFIUS review, due diligence, drafting merger and financing agreements, contract negotiations, closings and solving various legal issues foreseen during the course of investment.

   

IP Practices


Litigation – we assist clients in enforcing patent rights through initiating or defending infringement suits in Chinese courts;


Administrative Action – we assist clients to promptly cease third party infringement activities via administrative proceedings and provide defence to protect clients’ interests in such proceedings;


Patent invalidation proceedings – we work with clients in patent invalidation matters in the Re-examination Board of the State Intellectual Property Office of China and the courts;


Patent and trademark applications – we assist clients in patent rights and trademark applications in China, filing international application materials and patent applications in the U.S.;


Strategy & Counselling – we advise clients concerning China-specific IP issues and general IP strategies to reduce IP risks in the evolving IP environment in China;

    

Opinions (Freedom-to-Operate & Patentability) – we search and analyze patents relevant to clients’ products or technologies, assess possibilities of infringement, design-around or invalidity of third party patents, evaluate patentability and scope for clients’ own patents or applications, and render legal opinions under PRC law;


Technology Transfer and Licensing – we assist clients in technology transfer, collaboration, development, licensing and other types of technology-related agreements, particular in cross-border transactions.

Recent Representative Cases

  • Assisted iRobot (NASDAQ:IRBT) in establishing a sales network in China, protecting its patent rights and solving disputes;

  • Assisted Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd. (COMAC) and Boeing (NYSE:BA) in establishing a joint venture in China;

  • Assisted Zhongnan Construction Group, Ltd. (000961(SSE)) in their investment in PeerNova, a regional chain company in California.

JunHe is the only Chinese law firm to be admitted as a member of Lex Mundi and Multilaw, two international networks of independent law firms. JunHe and selected top law firms in major European and Asian jurisdictions are “best friends.” Through these connections, we provide high quality legal services to clients doing business throughout the world.