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ZHU, Jian (James J. Zhu, Ph.D.) Partner

Practice Area

Professional Experience

Dr. James J. Zhu is a partner at JunHe and the head of the firm’s intellectual property group and the Silicon Valley office by splitting his time between the US and China.

James' practice includes patent procurement, opinion, analysis & strategy, litigation and technology licensing. He primarily focuses on life sciences, material sciences, medical devices, and electronics.

James represents international clients to obtain and enforce their patent rights in China. In particular, James helps international clients to prosecute their patent rights, design intellectual property (IP) strategies for their market entry into China, conducts complex IP due diligence and risk analysis in business transactions, and enforces or defends IP rights by leading litigation or invalidation effort.

Prior to JunHe, James spent eight years at Perkin Coie LLP, became a partner in Perkins Coie's Los Angeles Office and then the Managing Partner of Perkins Coie's Beijing Office. Prior to his advancement in law, James was a co-founder & General Counsel of GanTech International, a Silicon Valley start-up where he spearheaded fund-raising, legal and business development activities. In the early 90s, James was a researcher at Merck & Co..

James is a frequent author and speaker on various intellectual property related subjects, including chapters in books as well as articles in journals such as IP Business & Law & National Law Journal. James also sat on the Boards of BayHelix Group and Wu-Ray Society. The BusinessWeek elected James as one of most influential "sea turtles" (US returnees) in the Sino-American community.

James is a board member of CalTech Associates and General Associations of Zhejiang Entrepreneurs USA.


James graduated from Fudan University, Shanghai. Within a total of seven academic years, James earned a Ph.D. degree from the California Institute of Technology and J.D. & MBA dual degrees from Columbia University.

Professional Associations

A registered patent attorney at the US Patent & Trademark Office and a licensed attorney in California, James is also a member of the State Bar of California and American Bar Association.

Language Skills

Fluent in Chinese and English.

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.