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David Lee

Partner | Attorney At Law | Patent Attorney

E-mail: davidlee@changtsi.com
Phone: +86 10 88369999

David Lee is the director of Chang Tsi & Partners, Shenzhen office. He focuses on anti-infringement actions and litigation for all types of intellectual property cases, such as trademark, patent, and copyright cases. In his twenty years of practice, David has worked as in-house counsel in a large company and as a professional attorney in Chinese law firms. He has provided professional intellectual property services to Fortune 500 companies (such as Tupperware, Apple, 3M, Kohler, ITW, Levi’s etc.) David Lee is fluent in English and Chinese.

Practice Areas

  • Specialized in many aspects of intellectual property rights, including prosecution, enforcement and dispute resolution of trademarks, copyrights, and domain names.
  • Specialized in trademark, patent and copyright enforcement, and IPR dispute negotiations.
  • Supervised team members and external attorneys to handle more than 100 cases per year.
  • Collected patent compensation from other companies.
  • Provided senior legal support for patent litigation in US, Europe and China.
  • Handled  Labor, Corporate, Real  Property, Contract, Tort, and Criminal matters.

Professional Experiences

  • Partner/ Attorney At Law/ Patent Attorney, Chang Tsi & Partners
  • Counsel Manager, Neo-Neon Holdings
  • Lawyer, Guangzhou Office of DeHeng Law Offices
  • Lawyer, Guangdong Nanyue Law Office
  • Legal Specialist, Zhujiang Beer

Education

  • L.L.M., Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China (2001)
  • B.S., Engineering Design and Manufacturing, Xiangtan University, Xiangtan, Hunan, China (1992)

Representative Cases

  • On behalf of Six Continent Hotel Group, successfully protected the rights of the client in the trademark infringement case of Six Continent Hotel Group vs. Zibo Crowne Holiday Hotel. The case was awarded “Case of the Year 2015” by China Business Law Journal.
  • Secured well-known recognition for the LEVI’S mark in administrative proceedings.
  • Made great progress on trademark and patent protection for Tupperware by working out and enforcing IP protection strategy.
  • Lead attorney in gas stations acquisitions for Petro China, valued at more than RMB 100 million.

Selected Awards

  • David Lee is recognized as “Leading Lawyers in Asia” by Asia Law 2014
  • As the lead attorney in China for Six Continent Hotel Group, David Lee successfully represented Six Continent Hotel Group in a trademark infringement suit against Zibo Crowne Holiday Hotel. The case was awarded “Deals of the year 2015” by China Business Law Journal.

Bar Admission

  • China Bar (1996)
  • Chinese Patent Bar (2006)

Publications

  • Resolving Differences of Opinion on OEM Trademark Infringement
    China Business Law Journal, March 2014

Team Overview

Chang Tsi & Partners is proud of our excellent team of attorneys. Our attorneys are international, professional, well-educated and experienced in handling all types of commercial matters. Our partners include a few of the earliest legal practitioners in in China. Before they went into private practice, most of our partners served at government organs, judicial institutions, and/or big corporations and are thus very familiar with the internal mechanisms of these organizations. They also have established extensive, close contacts within these organizations. So our partners have the ability to integrate their social resources and create synergy to maximize the benefits for our clients.

Chang Tsi & Partners currently employs a total of 200 attorneys, agents and foreign consultants. The majority of our lawyers hold master's degrees and above, from prestigious law schools both domestic and international. Some of our lawyers have studied and/or worked abroad and have qualified as lawyers and patent agents in America and Canada.

At Chang Tsi, we highly value teamwork and cooperation. We also stress sharing of resources and experience in order to provide our clients with the best services. Their years of practice and extensive experience working with foreign firms, make our attorneys well-qualified to handle the most complicated and challenging legal matters for clients all over the world.