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Ann Arbor, Mich. — January 4, 2018 — Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., and with an office in Ann Arbor, Michigan, has formally launched its office in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, People’s Republic of China.

An event was held on December 1, 2017 with Xilin Jiang, Director General of the Bureau of Justice in Shenzhen Municipality, offering remarks at the opening ceremony to Brinks’ attorneys, their colleagues, clients and other members of Shenzhen’s high-tech community.

“We were honored that Director General Jiang joined us at our new office,” said James R. Sobieraj, a Michigan native and Brinks president at the time of the office opening. “We are also honored to be the first foreign law firm with an office in Shenzhen and the Pearl River Delta area. We stand ready to provide important counsel about US IP matters to clients in this region, which is one of the world’s most vibrant economic and business communities.”

Since the Chinese government established it as a Special Economic Zone in 1980, Shenzhen has become known as “China’s Silicon Valley,” with a population of more than 20 million. The area’s economy features world-class technological innovation and continues to experience tremendous growth.

The new office is the first Brinks has opened outside of the United States. The firm was granted approval from China’s Ministry of Justice in August 2017.

“We very much look forward to offering advice and guidance to Chinese-domiciled entities on the intellectual property laws of the US, and to helping them protect their IP,” said Gustavo Siller, Brinks president, who spearheaded efforts to open the office and attended the opening event. “We know we will serve a key role protecting the innovations of Chinese companies and defending them against assertions of infringement in the United States.”

Brinks shareholder Harold V. Johnson, who lives in Shenzhen and is the office’s managing shareholder, also attended the opening.

“Guangdong Province offers remarkable opportunities, and we are very pleased to be the pioneering US law firm in this truly impressive city,” Johnson said. “This is a great day for our firm, not only formally opening our first office outside the US, but being the very first US law firm to open an office in Shenzhen. Brinks advises Chinese clients that export to the US about US intellectual property laws, helping them protect their innovations and defending against allegations of infringement.”

Brinks has represented Chinese companies in patent infringement actions in US district courts and before the ITC. The firm successfully defended a major Chinese telecommunications company in four ITC actions, and successfully represented another Chinese enterprise in its first abbreviated new drug application (ANDA) under the Hatch-Waxman Act. Brinks has also represented Chinese clients in litigations in district courts in the District of Delaware, the Northern District of California, the Eastern District of Texas, and the Northern District of Illinois.

The firm’s Shenzhen office is located in SCC Center Section B, Number 9 Wenxinsan Rd., Suite 3417, Nanshan District, in Shenzhen.

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