William (Skip) Fisher has practiced IP law in the U.S., China, and internationally for over 20 years. His practice focuses on strategic counselling, high-stakes litigation, and complex licensing in all areas of intellectual property, with a particular emphasis on patents and trade secrets. 

Skip works closely with large and small companies to establish and implement strategies for procuring, protecting, commercializing, and enforcing their patent, trade secret, and other IP rights in China, the U.S., and globally. Having spent the past 20 years practicing both U.S. and Chinese IP law, with 12 years based in China, Skip has the unique ability to explain Chinese IP laws, practices, and procedures to U.S. and other Western clients in a way they can easily understand and likewise to explain U.S. IP laws, practices, and procedures to Chinese clients. Because of this, he is often called on by clients to act as a strategic advisor on IP matters involving one or both jurisdictions. 

Skip represents companies in a broad spectrum of IP matters, including managing multi-jurisdictional IP litigation and enforcement actions; negotiating and drafting cross-border licenses, collaboration and development contracts, and other IP-related commercial agreements; and conducting due diligence on IP assets for M&A and other investment transactions.

Over the years, Skip has worked in a variety of industry sectors, 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.

Client quote: "I really like [Fisher]…He is very, very strong in the patent category. Clients love him, he does very good work.” (Chambers Global & Greater China Region 2022)