karo IP | China Business

karo IP supports German and European companies active in China as well as Chinese clients operating in Germany and Europe. Our karo IP China Desk Team has many years’ experience in advising in cross-border projects, investments, and business activities involving intellectual property rights.

In close collaboration with our Chinese native speakers of the team, who received their legal, technical and scientific training in China and Germany, our patent and trademark attorneys have built long-term trust-based relations with Chinese IP law firms and companies for many years. There is a regular and close professional exchange with the aim of bundling expert knowledge as well as advising clients in the best possible way.

For years, there has been a growing interest of our Chinese clients in investing in Germany and Europe, as well as an increasing involvement of German companies in China. With the expertise and commitment of the karo IP China Desk, our firm is able further to increase our support for such activities significantly from the legal side. With our Chinese clients we communicate in English and Chinese.

In our China Blog we regularly inform you about current topics in IP law (patents, trademarks, designs) and about IP strategies, e.g. relating to digital technologies, such as IoT and industry 4.0.

Experts at the Think Tank "Nanjing Overseas Intellectual Property"

January 2022: Dr. Yingkun Brunner and Matthias Rößler, LL.M. will work for the "Nanjing Overseas Intellectual Property"-Think Tank in Nanjing, China as certified experts for many companies from China for the next 2 years.

The main task and function of the expert pool is to support Chinese companies in IP-relevant legal issues, especially when it comes to information around the registration and enforcement of IP rights and the development of IP strategies, as well as in case of patent litigation matters.

The karo IP China Desk Team also sees this commitment as an opportunity to actively shape the exchange of knowledge and experience - both in the interest of Chinese companies that want to place their products and services outside of China and in the interest of companies in Europe that follow up with international protection of their IP.

About the organization: The "National Advisory Center for Overseas Intellectual Property Dispute Settlement" (also: Nanjing Branch) is a governmental organization belonging to the Chinese Patent Office (CNIPA). At the end of 2021, 15 patent experts - from Europe, Japan and the USA - were selected in order to contribute their expertise to inquiries from Chinese companies, primarily from Jiangsu, an economically strong province near Shanghai that is very active in the field of IP protection rights.

Our experts

Dr. Yingkun Brunner (European Patent Attorney) is familiar with all aspects of European and German patent applications, in particular in the field of life sciences and pharmaceuticals.

Her practice areas include patent prosecution procedures before the European Patent Office, in particular examination decisions and opposition proceedings; appeal proceedings before the European Patent Office; patent infringement matters, issuing expert opinions on the legal validity and infringement of patents, freedom-to-operate analysis as well as advicing in licensing matters.

Dr. Brunner advises Chinese clients in the field of intellectual property rights in Germany and Europe. She has extensive knowledge and experience regarding the Chinese patent system. As a native speaker of the Chinese language, her services and her advice are particularly appreciated by clients from China.

Technologies: Biology, Biochemistry, Life Sciences
Location: Munich
member of: German Chinese Business Network DCW

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Limin Cheng is technical expert at karo IP and in training to become a European Patent Attorney. She supports the karo IP China Desk Team in the field of engineering, in particular in patent prosecution procedures as well as in opposition, nullity and infringement proceedings.

Technologies: Electrotechnology, Engineering
Location: Düsseldorf


Patent attorney Matthias Rößler (Partner, Düsseldorf) and Patent attorney Dietmar Haug (Senior IP Counsel, Munich) maintain a network with Chinese law firms, companies and R&D institutions in China.

The patent attorneys have extensive experience in assisting German, European and Chinese clients in filing patent applications, handling infringement litigation and developing IP strategies, as well as in assisting Chinese clients in their business activities in Germany or German European clients in China. They have a deep understanding of the peculiarities of the Chinese legal system.

Further information:
China IPR SME Helpdesk

The China IPR SME Helpdesk is an initiative of the European Commission which provides information on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in China, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan.

The free service is addressed to European small and medium-sized enterprises participating in EU-funded research projects and SMEs involved in international technology transfer processes.

An overview of the differences between IP systems in Europe and China is provided by the China IPR SME Helpdesk online (Intellectual Property Systems: China / Europe comparison). If you have any further questions regarding the protection of your IP, please do not hesitate to contact us.