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William (Skip) Fisher


William (Skip) Fisher
English, Mandarin
Practice Group
Intellectual Property

Shanghai based partner William (Skip) Fisher is a leading intellectual property lawyer in China. His practice focuses on IP counselling, transactions and litigation in both the U.S. and China, primarily in the areas of patents and trade secrets, but also including trademarks and copyright. Skip regularly represents U.S., European and Asian companies in contentious and non-contentious IP matters. He helps companies procure and enforce their IP rights and minimize risk to their IP assets globally.

His practice includes both high-stakes technology-related litigation (including patent and trade secret litigation) and complex licensing and technology transfer matters, with an emphasis on cross-border litigation and transactions with China. Who's Who Legal, Patents 2014 states Skip is 'in high demand' from multinational companies looking to manage and minimize risks to their patent assets in China, and in IAM Patent 1000 2014.

Skip is recognised as an 'eminent' patent litigation practitioner in China 'renowned for his top-end work. Skip has experience in a wide range of technologies and industries, including computer hardware and software, computer networks, mobile devices and applications, telecommunications, Internet and e-commerce, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, chemical, medical devices, mechanical and industrial products, aerospace, automotive, and manufacturing. Skip is the former Chair of the IP Practice in China Committee and IP Practice in the Far East Committee of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) and was AIPLA's representative on the U.S. Bar-State IP Office (SIPO) Liaison Council from 2013-15. He is also a member of the Asian Practice Committee of the IP Owner's Association (IPO) and a member of the Asia-Pacific Subcommittee of the International Amicus Committee of the International Trademark Association (INTA).

Skip is recognized as an 'eminent' patent litigation practitioner.

IAM Patent 1000 2014

Representative Experience

Advising U.S. pharmaceutical company on patent litigation and other IP issues in China, including inventor remuneration and technology import and export.

Advising global leader in power and automation technologies on trade secret and copyright claims against Chinese state-owned company, including overseeing complex domestic and overseas investigation.

Representing Chinese pharmaceutical company in pharmaceutical in-licensing and collaboration transaction with French drug research company involving drug used for treatment of inflammatory diseases.

Education and admissions


  • B.A. Chinese, University of Massachusetts
  • J.D., Boston University School of Law
  • M.S. Criminal Justice with Honor, Northeastern University


  • American Chamber of Commerce (Shanghai)
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association, Representative to U.S. Bar-SIPO Liaison Council (former Chair, IP Practice in China Committee)
  • European Chamber of Commerce (Shanghai), Member of IPR Working Group
  • Intellectual Property Owner's Association, Member of Asian Practice Committee
  • International Trademark Association, Asia-Pacific Subcommittee of the International Amicus Committee
  • Licensing Executives Society
  • U.S.-China Business Council

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • Washington

Court admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • Washington Courts
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