Song Zhu Joins Hogan Lovells Intellectual Property Practice in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO, 14 November 2011 – Hogan Lovells announced today that Dr. Song Zhu has joined its Intellectual Property practice as a partner in its San Francisco office. Zhu represents multinational, automotive, and technology clients in IP litigation and other matters, particularly in U.S., European, and Chinese markets.

“We welcome Song with open arms and know that he will be a significant addition to our growing IP practice serving U.S. and international clients,” said Korula T. "Sunny" Cherian, Co-Head of the U.S. Intellectual Property practice.

“Song Zhu brings significant IP and IP litigation capabilities to Hogan Lovells, and particularly strong experience working with Chinese companies and global companies operating in China,” said Eric Lobenfeld, Co-Head of the U.S. Intellectual Property practice. “His strengths will be of great value as these practices see growing demand for such services.”

“Our client base includes many multinational companies with significant operations in China that we believe will value the knowledge and counsel that Song Zhu can provide, specifically around the complexities of Chinese patent law and litigation,” added Raymond A. Kurz, Co-Head of the U.S. Intellectual Property practice.

Carl J. Chiappa, leader of Hogan Lovells' automotive industry sector group said, “Our automotive clients will benefit greatly from Song Zhu’s keen insights as a former senior engineer at General Motors coupled with his thorough understanding of patent law.”

Zhu, who earned his PhD in automotive engineering, previously served as a partner in the Intellectual Property and Technology practice and as Co-Chair of the Automotive Industry group at Squire, Sanders & Dempsey.

“The global reach of Hogan Lovells and its IP practice, and the caliber of their client base, is a perfect fit for my areas of experience and focus,” said Zhu. “Hogan Lovells is well positioned to assist businesses that have a growing need to access intellectual property capabilities in global markets, particularly in China.”

Zhu’s recent representative litigation matters include representing a U.S. client in a patent enforcement action against several Germany- and China-based companies; representing a China-based company in computer software and trade secret litigation in the U.S.; representing a U.S. company in a patent infringement and trade secret litigation matters in China; and representing a U.S. client in a patent infringement case in China against several companies in China.

Zhu also has extensive experience in patent prosecution and has represented clients on patent aspects of dozens of mergers and acquisitions and due diligence reviews.

He has technical expertise in semiconductor manufacturing, electronic devices, telecommunications, computer systems and software, renewable energy, automotive systems, and medical devices.

Prior to practicing law, Zhu was a senior engineer at General Motors, where he conducted research on various vehicle systems such as engine and powertrain systems and electronic and control systems.

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