Carol Yan

Senior Associate


Wei (Carol) Yan, a senior associate in Orrick’s Beijing office, is a member of the Intellectual Property Group.

Carol’s practice focuses on patent filing and prosecution, patent-related legal advice and patent litigation across a broad range of industries, including chemistry, materials science, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, semiconductor and auto mechanics. Carol has extensional experience in patent, trademark, domain name, copyright and trade secret.

Before joining Orrick, Carol worked with Lung Tin International Property Agent Ltd. and in Jones Day’s Beijing Office.

    • Successfully defended Advanced Technology & Materials and four co-respondents in a trade secrets misappropriation investigation before the US ITC, terminating the investigation at the close of fact discovery, without any concession or settlement agreement.
    • Representing multinational chemistry, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, semiconductor and auto parts companies. Carol has handled more than 500 Chinese patent applications and has extensive experience in patent application documentations and other related drafting and filing responses to office actions, reexamination and invalidation matters.
    • Proposing legal advice for multinational chemistry and auto mechanic companies regarding operation of their China programs, including the assessment of potential patent infringement risks.
    • Providing legal advice for multinational pharmaceutical and semiconductor companies regarding their intellectual property litigation in China, including trial preparation, trial and post-trial counseling on patent lawsuits.
    • Section 337 U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) litigation.
    • Assisting a U.S. pharmaceutical company with submissions to the China State Food & Drug Administration (SFDA) and for medical device import registrations and licenses.