Aaron Wininger is a Senior Attorney and the firm’s Director of China Intellectual Property. Aaron counsels both U.S. and Chinese companies on portfolio development and preparation of their patent applications and office action responses. He has worked with clients in the areas of software, networks (wired and wireless), lasers, medical devices, semiconductors and physics.
Aaron prosecutes both Chinese and U.S. trademarks. He has also drafted and prosecuted hundreds of U.S. and international patent applications in a broad spectrum of areas, including computer hardware and software, the Internet, multimedia distribution systems, computer games, digital and analog circuitry, and semiconductor design and fabrication, to name a few.
Most recently, Aaron has counseled Chinese companies on freedom to operate analyses for their entry into the U.S., represented a U.S. gaming company with operations in China, handling Series A and IP issues in China through to IPO; a U.S. scanning electron microscope company, handling their patent portfolio from incorporation through exit via acquisition, and a U.S. wireless company through acquisition. His knowledge of both the Chinese and American markets allows him to advise his clients as they expand their patent portfolios and look for investors to help the company grow.
Aaron has been in China for more than a decade and is conversational in Mandarin. He is a frequent contributor to ZhiChanLi. You can subscribe via WeChat by following zclglobal or visit here.
Fordham University School of Law
B.S. Applied Physics, 1994
United States Patent & Trademark Office
SHENZHEN SEMINAR, Shenzhen, China, July 9, 2019.
U.S. PATENT LAW SEMINAR, Shenzhen, China, June 4, 2018.
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY SEMINAR AND ITC SECTION 337 MOCK TRIAL DEMONSTRATION, Beijing, China, April 24, 2018.
MADE IN CHINA 2025: IMPLICATIONS FOR U.S. LAW, Shanghai, China, April 20, 2018.
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW SEMINAR, Shanghai, China, November 9, 2017.
PATENT MONETIZATION FOR CHINESE COMPANIES, Jinan Hi-tech Zone Capital Market Association and Hi-tech Zone Emerging Service Development Center / Jinan, China, September 14, 2017.
INTERNATIONAL TRAINING COURSE ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY PRACTICES, Shijiazhuang Science & Technology & Intellectual Property Bureau and Hebei Intellectual Property Research Association / Shijiazhuang, China, August 21, 2017.
INTERACTING WITH U.S. COMPANIES, AN IP PERSPECTIVE, California Center, Chengdu, March 22, 2017.
INTRODUCTION TO CHINESE IP LAW, Entrepreneur’s Organization, Shanghai Branch, November 17, 2016.
U.S. POST GRANT PETITIONS, Xi’an Hi-Tech Industries Development Zone, November 15, 2016.
HANDLING MANAGEMENT IN CORRUPTION AND HARASSMENT CASES IN CHINA, American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai Legal Committee, May 7, 2014.
PATENTS FOR MEDICAL DEVICE START UPS, International Medical Device Forum 2011, Beijing, China, April 19, 2011.
OVERVIEW OF U.S. PATENT LITIGATION, IP TALK, Shanghai Pudong New Area Intellectual Property Protection Association, October 26, 2010.
UTILITY MODEL PATENTS: AN OVERLOOKED CHINESE IP RIGHT, Law 360, August 28, 2019
BEST PATENT PRACTICES FOR US COMPANIES WITH CHINESE R&D, Law 360, May 7, 2019
10 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE CHINESE PATENT PROCESS, Law 360, February 25, 2019
ZhiChanLi – Blog on US Intellectual Property Law for Chinese Readers (weekly since 2016) with 1500+ regular readers.
CHINA’S PATENT PROSECUTION HIGHWAY: TIPS FOR US APPLICANTS, Law360, August 2015.
CHINA’S NATIONAL PEOPLE’S CONGRESS AMENDS THE CHINESE TRADEMARK LAW, American Bar Association, The Year in Review, China Section, 2014.
BUILDING A U.S. PATENT PORTFOLIO QUICKLY AND COST EFFECTIVELY (如何既快又省地构建美国专利群) China Invention & Patent, January 2012.
INCREASING REVENUE VIA FREEDOM TO OPERATE (FTO) SEARCH AND ANALYSIS, China Intellectual Property News, April 2011.
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ADMINISTRATIVE ENFORCEMENT IN CHINA, by Aaron Wininger and Xiao Lu, American Bar Association IPL Newsletter, Spring 2007.
Featured in “RISING COSTS, RISING PROFITS: WHAT LIES IN STORE FOR SHANGHAI FIES IN THE NEW YEAR?” by Sheila Wong, Shanghai Business Review, March 2007.
RECENT DEVELOPMENTS AND ROUTES FOR ENFORCING INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS IN CHINA, by Peiyu Sun & Aaron Wininger, Currents, Winter 2005.
Quoted in June 8, 2005, Sing Tao Daily article.
A NEW INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHT FOR A 450 MILLION CONSUMER MARKET, by Stephan Zeuner & Aaron Wininger, IPL Newsletter, Spring 2005.
DIFFERENCES IN TAIWAN & US PATENT LAW FOR THE TAIWANESE AMERICAN ENTREPRENEUR, by Aaron Wininger & Viola Wang, NATEA 2005 Journal.
AWARENESS OF FOREIGN FILING REQUIREMENTS FOR INVENTIONS ORIGINATING ABROAD PREVENTS ADVERSE CONSEQUENCES FOR FOREIGN INVESTORS, by Aaron Wininger, New Matter.
THE REAL COST OF FILING PCT APPLICATIONS,” by Aaron Wininger, Intellectual Property Today, January 2003.
RECENT CHANGES IN PATENT COOPERATION TREATY PRACTICE, by Aaron Wininger, Intellectual Property Today, August 2002.
BUSINESS METHOD PATENTS APPEAR TO GAIN GROUND OVERSEAS, by Aaron Wininger, Intellectual Property Today, December 2001.