Jones Day Launches IP Agency In China

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 11:04

October 2012 – Jones Day has announced the establishment of the Jones Day Intellectual Property Agency (Beijing) Co., Ltd. (the "IP Agency"), a fully licensed domestic intellectual property agency in China. The IP Agency has been formed to meet growing demand for intellectual property consulting services, including trademark and copyright agency services, in China. 

Jones Day Beijing partner Horace Lam said, "The Jones Day IP Agency in China is a significant addition to our worldwide services portfolio. We are committed to enhancing our local knowledge, understanding, and capabilities, and the development of our own IP Agency is a critical element of our practice here in China. The IP Agency allows us to support our clients more completely by enabling us to directly protect and enforce their intellectual property rights while also helping to advance the rule of law in China." 

The IP Agency is licensed to handle a wide range of trademark and other non-patent intellectual property matters in China. Specifically, the IP Agency is able to provide a wide array of services including devising and implementing anti-counterfeiting strategies; conducting administrative raid and market sweep actions; handling trademark matters before the China Trademark Office, the Trademark Review and Adjudication Board, and the People's Courts in China; and attending to Chinese Customs seizures. 

The IP Agency officially commenced operation on October 1, 2012. 

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October 2012 –  Jones Day will receive the Turnaround Management Association's (TMA) prestigious Turnaround of the Year: Large Company Award for 2012 for the business turnaround of Harry & David (H&D), one of the largest suppliers of premium fresh fruit and gourmet food gifts in North America. 

In September 2011, H&D emerged from bankruptcy less than six months after filing and the reorganized company had no long-term debt. H&D remains a leader in the direct marketing fruit and gift space and is well positioned for continued growth. 

The Jones Day team advising H&D included Cleveland-based partner David Heiman, Chicago-based partners Brad Erens and Mark Cody, and Chicago-based associates Timothy Hoffmann and Robert Krebs, all of the Business Restructuring & Reorganization Practice. TMA will present the award to the firm and co-advisors Alvarez & Marsal and Rothschild on November 3, 2012, at the special Awards Brunch held during the Association's 24th Annual Conference in Boston, Massachusetts. 

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October 2012 – Jones Day ranked #1 globally in M&A league tables for the first nine months of 2012, maintaining a position it has held for 48 consecutive quarters.

Jones Day led all law firms for number of completed deals worldwide in the Q3 2012 M&A rankings released by Thomson Reuters. The firm received credit from Thomson for 287 completed deals worldwide. Thomson also ranked the firm #1 for announced deals with U.S. targets with 181 deals. The firm captured the #1 ranking in every published Thomson league table based on deal count.

In the Bloomberg league tables, which are based on announced transactions, Jones Day ranked #1 both for number of worldwide deals and for number of deals involving U.S. companies as well as for number of deals involving French companies. Bloomberg published 21 rankings based on deal count. The firm ranked #1 in five of these and in the top 10 in 18 of the 21 total.

The firm has maintained the #1 worldwide ranking for number of deals in both the Thomson and Bloomberg tables every quarter since year-end 2000.