This month we’re pleased to spotlight Kangxin Partners, P.C. in China. Kangxin is licensed by the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO), the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) and is one of the few IP firms in China with ISO certification. Kangxin regularly contributes to its community through its college and university scholarship programs, charity programs for child education in underdeveloped areas of China, its participation in the Society of Entrepreneurs & Ecology (SEE), and its pro bono legal services.
By way of example, in early January 2013, Kangxin began working as legal counsel to the National Ballet of China (NBC) on a pro bono basis. The NBC is a well-respected ballet with a repertoire of Western classics such as Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Giselle, Carmen, and The Little Mermaid. The NBC has performed the world premieres of The Red Detachment of Women, The New Year Sacrifice, Yellow River, Raise the Red Lantern, The Peony Pavilion, and The Chinese New Year, and also has a repertoire of nearly 200 ballets which are now considered to be classic Chinese works of art. The NBC is a bridge between China and the world, promoting its art locally and showcasing Chinese culture internationally.
Kangin’s pro bono services to NBC are provided under the counsel of Attorney Celia Li, a partner at Kangxin. Ms. Li specializes in patent and trademark infringement litigation, and assists clients in developing IP strategies. Through Ms. Li’s guidance, Kangxin handles trademark, copyright and contract matters for the NBC on a regular basis.
When asked why it was important to provide the NBC with pro bono legal services, Ms. Li responded:
“The National Ballet has been working to create Chinese-style ballets, which helps to propagate Chinese culture and facilitate the culture exchange between China and western countries. Providing legal services for such an organization is a great experience and satisfaction arises from the approval of our work from the National Ballet. Furthermore, such pro-bono work helps me have a better understanding on the social responsibility of an attorney, who should not only focus on protecting the legal right of the clients but also take social responsibilities. I hope that pro bono practice can further develop throughout China for the national and local organizations that are doing great things in China and for Chinese people.”
Pro bono activities from Kangxin have included registering the NBC’s trademarks, reviewing printed promotional materials to ensure proper trademark use and notices, developing guidelines for creating and maintaining ownership of new trademarks created by employees, providing advice regarding copyright ownership for newly-created works, and assisting NBC with the proper use of third party content. In addition, Kangxin has drafted numerous settlement agreements for NBC in connection with the use of the NBC’s trademarks and content, such as for the recorded performance of “Coming Home” by the famous director, Zhang Yimou, who is known internationally for his films Hero and House of Flying Daggers and for directing the opening and closing ceremonies at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Kangxin’s Managing Partner, Samson Yu, has also established a foundation for the NBC to help young dancers at the NBC train with international groups/coaches.
We celebrate Kangxin’s pro bono work for the National Ballet of China. It is an excellent example of the “Paying It Forward” philosophy, and we expect the benefits to will multiply throughout Kangxin’s community.