Christopher J. Woods
Practice Head: Asia Trademarks and Brands

Unit 1003 Level 10, Yintai Office Tower No.2 Jianguomenwai Avenue, Chaoyang District, Beijing China 100022

The Grace Building 1114 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY USA 10036


Chris, a founding partner of our New York and Beijing offices and co-author of the popular textbook "Technology Transfer in the PRC", is the Managing Partner of our Beijing office. Chris is the head of our China trademark team and represents many of the world’s top brand owners throughout the region. He is currently involved in the creation, protection, and exploitation of IP rights across many industries, and works with clients who are new to the China market and those who have a well-developed presence in the region. His work covers a wide variety of issues including IP dispute resolution, trademark protection and enforcement, commercial and corporate transactions, and the procurement of IP rights.

In addition to practicing as a Hong Kong and New York attorney, Mr. Woods is also licensed to practice in the United Kingdom. As part of his global practice he is therefore able to work with a growing number of Chinese, Taiwanese and Hong Kong corporations as they expand their businesses and encounter disputes in Europe and the U.S.

Mr. Woods has been recognized repeatedly as one of the top 20 trademark lawyers in the U.S. by World Trademark Review and in 2016 it noted that "Kilpatrick is a premier trademark group in the United States with an incredible bench including experienced professionals with deep knowledge of all relevant substantive areas. The highly regarded Woods leads the Asia practice." Mr. Woods has received the prestigious Burton Award for excellence in legal writing. He has been recognized several times by: AsiaLaw as a Leading Lawyer in Asia; by the Euromoney Guide to the World's Leading Trademark Practitioners, by The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers; by the International Who's Who of Trademark Lawyers; and by the LegalMedia Group China Guide. Mr. Woods has been named an "IP Star" in 2023 and the ten years immediately preceding by Managing Intellectual Property magazine. He was named a "Trademark Leader" in 2023 by World IP Review. Mr. Woods was recommended in 2019 by Legal 500 US for Non-Contentious Trademark Law. In July 2013, Kilpatrick was named by Who's Who Legal as one of the world's most highly regarded trademark firms, and Mr. Woods was featured as one of the globally recognized practitioners in the firm. In 2014, the firm was recognized in the Who's Who Legal 100 as one of the world's top 100 firms. Mr. Woods was recognized as one of its leading practitioners and it was noted that clients praised his "accessibility, flexibility and originality" and it was also noted that he is especially sought after by Chinese, Taiwanese and Hong Kong brands seeking to expand globally.

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