Yuan Zhuang (Jonathan)

Jonathan Yuan

Areas of practice

Jonathan Yuan concentrates his practice on intellectual property (IP), cross-border mergers and acquisitions, as well as dispute resolution and litigation. His extensive experiences involve representing clients in a wide range of technologies and industries encompassing life sciences, pharmaceuticals, nuclear power and clean energy, electronics and telecommunication, Internet, big data, material science, food science, healthcare and insurance, and medical devices. 

Jonathan once conducted life science research in a world-leading institution for years. Since 2002, Jonathan has been working in IP boutiques and large general practice law firms in both China and the U.S. During his legal career, Jonathan has accumulated rich experiences both as a professional and in business including building and managing practice teams, establishing and running branch offices and founding a new firm. Jonathan’s international perspective is rooted in his profound understanding of China and U.S. His years of diverse roles in the two largest economies in the world allow him to integrate practice skills and wealth of resources to provide innovative, solid, cost-efficient and elegant solutions for international companies in China and Chinese companies going abroad. Jonathan is liked by his clients for smooth communication and always keeping clients’ commercial objectives in mind.

Jonathan counsels clients in all practice areas of IP law, especially in obtaining, managing and enforcing IP rights, dispute resolution of IP and its commercial application. His expertise includes providing advices, strategies, analyses, opinions and agreements involving due diligence, litigation and technology transfer or license. In other practice areas, he was the head of teams in corporate restructuring, financing, M&A, pre-listing preparation, liquidation and other legal matters. He has also counseled and represented clients in negotiations for investment, M&A, technology transfer or patent licensing. His professionalism, commitment, expertise as well as solutions won him appreciation and trust from clients.

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Jonathan's clients range from multinational companies in Europe and the U.S., large domestic enterprises, to start-ups, small and medium-sized enterprises or academic research institutions, in China and around the world.

Jonathan is a co-author of a research paper published and featured as the cover story on Cell (May 1998). He is also the first author or a co-author of other peer-reviewed research papers published on Development, Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, and Genes & Development. He is one of the co-inventors of a PCT patent application relating to genetic engineering. In the field of law, Jonathan co-authored Professional Ethics of Patent Attorneys (Intellectual Property Rights Press, May 2013, in Chinese). His article on introducing the Third Amendment of China‘s Patent law and its Implementing Regulations was published and featured as the cover story on China Law and Practice, an English journal published in Hong Kong. Jonathan served as a member of the expert committee of Intellectual Property Management Practice (Enterprise Management Publishing House, November 2011, in Chinese).

Work experience

Jonathan joined King & Wood Mallesons in 2015.  Prior to that, he was the managing partner for European and U.S. Regions at Shangcheng & Partners as well as a senior strategic advisor in Shanghai Jialu Law Firm. Before that, Jonathan was a partner of Liu, Shen & Associates and the general manager of the firm’s Shanghai office. Prior to Liu Shen, Jonathan was an associate with Perkins Coie’s Los Angeles office, a representative of its Shanghai office and one of the founding representatives of its Beijing office. Jonathan started his legal career as a technical adviser, a patent agent and then an attorney in Scully, Scott, Murphy & Presser in New York, US. Jonathan had conducted research on molecular biology, genetics, and developmental biology in Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory for years before he became a legal professional.

Jonathan graduated from the Biology Department of Peking University with a bachelor's degree in science.  He attended a master’s program on cell biology at Peking Union Medical College and then a Ph.D. program on cell and molecular biology at the Graduate School and University Center of City University of New York. He obtained his master's degree in biology from City College of New York. Jonathan received his J.D. from the School of Law of St. John's University.

Jonathan registered as patent agent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in 2005. He was admitted to practice in New York and Connecticut States and registered as a patent attorney in the USPTO in 2007. He obtained Legal Professional Qualification in China in 2012.

Jonathan's work languages are Chinese and English.


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