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CPA Global
20 March 2014

CPA Global strengthens patent research expertise in Asia

Underlines commitment to providing specialist local market support in fast-growing IP region

CPA Global, the world’s leading intellectual property (IP) management software and services company, has strengthened its patent research capabilities in Asia with the appointment of local market experts in China and South Korea.

The team will provide critical market intelligence and IP decision-making support to corporations and law firms based in Asia or with IP interests in the region. In addition, they will be a key resource for CPA Global’s patent research clients globally by providing enhanced access to and greater awareness of Asian language prior art and technical literature.

The new appointments are Daniel Chen, a qualified Chinese patent attorney, former Chinese patent examiner Xiaoyu Sun, and Korean patent attorneys Bohyun Chung and Daeyoun Kim. Their combined expertise covers a broad range of technology areas, including electronics, semiconductors, mobile telecommunications, broadcast communications, mechanical devices, and chemistry.

The team has extensive experience in patent landscaping analytics, infringement and invalidity research, patent prosecution, IP litigation, and IP valuation for corporations from Asia and around the world. Chen worked previously in the Hong Kong offices of international law firms Bird & Bird and Marks & Clerk, and in-house at Hong Kong-based global manufacturing company Techtronic Industries. Sun was formerly a patent engineer at Eagle IP Ltd, a top-ranked patent and trademark agency in Hong Kong, and prior to that was a patent examiner within the telecommunications department of China’s State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO). Chung joins CPA Global in South Korea from Lumens Co., Ltd. one of the country’s leading LED manufacturers, where he was in-house patent counsel. Kim was previously an Associate at Korean patent firm KBK & Associates, with responsibility for conducting preliminary US reference searches, drafting patent applications and working with clients to develop effective patenting strategies.

CPA Global is one of the world’s largest patent search providers, with Chen, Sun, Chung and Kim joining a wider team of 200 patent researchers based in the US, Europe and India.

Joanne Hon, CPA Global’s Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific, commented: “High quality patent research is becoming increasingly important in ensuring that IP professionals have the best information on which to base strategic IP decisions. China and Korea are the two fastest growing regions for IP in the world and CPA Global recognises the importance to our clients of having local language expertise in patent search and other patent landscaping activities in these markets. The new appointments underline our commitment to providing localised support for clients in Asia as well as international clients looking to better understand the IP landscape in the region.”

For more information about CPA Global’s patent research services, click here