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Frank Liu

Senior Partner
Tiantai Law Firm

Tel: +86 21 5237 7005
Mobile:+86 136 8147 9848
Email: frankliu@tiantailaw.com

Practice areas

Intellectual property; Litigation and arbitration; General corporate law


Frank Liu is a senior partner of Tian Tai Law Firm Shanghai branch. Before joining the firm, Liu worked as a partner at Chang Tsi & Partners where he was head of the Shanghai office and the dispute resolution department. He also worked as a visiting lawyer at London and Hong Kong offices of Linklaters from 2007 to 2008.

Liu is skilled in successfully handling challenging litigation matters of all types, especially cases related to intellectual property. He has handled more than 100 civil lawsuits and is regularly praised for his excellent trial skills. Before entering private practice, he spent five years working as a court judge. He is entrusted by many leading Chinese and international corporations to provide advice and counsel on trademark, patent, domain name, copyright, unfair competition and licensing matters. Although obtaining substantial compensation for IP infringement is challenging in China, Liu has helped secure over US$1 million compensation in both trademark and patent infringement cases.

During his distinguished career, Liu has won a number of high profile cases. In the trademark infringement and unfair competition case recognized by China Business Law Journal as IP deal of the year in 2013, he represented a Fortune 500 company against the local infringers. The case lasted for five years through a complex trial procedure from the intermediate court to the retrial at the Supreme Court, and successfully received a favourable judgment. He represented a beverage company in bottle design utility model infringement litigation that successfully settled when the defendants agreed to provide US$1.5 million in compensation. He helped to secure well-known trademark recognition in administrative litigation against the Trademark Review and Adjudication Board (TRAB). Liu acted as local counsel for a US brand to successfully secure a judgment by the Chinese court to confirm and enforce a US$1.7 million arbitration award.

Due to the high recognition of the value of his work by his clients, Liu was recognized as a leading lawyer for dispute resolution, litigation and IP in China by Asialaw Leading Lawyers in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. He was also awarded by China Business Law Journal as China’s Top100 Lawyers in 2016, 2017 and 2018; selected as one of the world’s leading trademark lawyers by Who’s Who Legal in 2017 and 2018. He was shortlisted as a ‘Rising Star’ for IP in 2014 and selected as a leading lawyer for IP by China Law & Practice in 2014. His professional competence has also been recognized by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, Chambers Asia Pacific, World Trademark Review and Global Law Experts.

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