Professional Biography
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Scott J. Palmer Partner

Beijing Office Managing Partner

  • Beijing

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  • New York

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    New York, NY 10036-2711




Scott Palmer provides comprehensive counsel on intellectual property registration, maintenance, licensing, enforcement and litigation for foreign companies in China and for Chinese companies in the United States.

In his management of IP portfolios for large major multinational companies, Scott oversees their wide range of needs, from IP registration to administrative and criminal enforcement of IP. Scott’s experience includes trademark and patent prosecution, the acquisition and maintenance of IP rights, and the licensing and transfer of IP and know-how. In addition, Scott is an experienced litigator who has resolved disputes for plaintiffs and defendants in matters involving trademarks, trade names, trade secrets, copyrights and patents in China.

As part of his IP practice, Scott manages anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy programs for large and small companies alike. He leads companies through IP customs and cross-border registration/enforcement, and has extensive experience in helping global companies protect their brands in the online and offline space.

Scott regularly assists companies in the areas of brand development, advertising and product quality, as well as license approvals and regulatory compliance for products and services in highly regulated industries. Scott also represents information technology firms before the China Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), and regularly advises on internet governance and cyber security issues in China.

Scott began his legal career in China more than two decades ago, is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and receives international recognition for his counsel to top brands and companies in such industries as apparel, retail, hospitality, automotive, software, musical instruments, entertainment, life sciences, cosmetics, transportation and green energy. Scott has been listed in Chambers Global and Chambers Asia as a Leading Lawyer since 2011, and has received recognition from The Legal 500 Asia Pacific and World Trademark Review.

Scott is a co-chair of the AmCham China Legal Affairs Committee, and is active with committee work for the International Trademark Association (INTA). He served as the first chair of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law Global Advisory Board, and is a lecturer in IP law in the Temple University Beasley School of Law LL.M. program at Tsinghua University.

Scott Palmer Chambers Global 2022

Chambers Global 2022

Intellectual Property (International)

Professional Recognition

  • Listed in Intellectual Asset Management Patent 1000, China: Foreign, 2020  2022
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in China 2020 by China Business Law Journal: Intellectual Property Law (International Firms)
  • Recognized as an IP Star by Managing IP, 2019  2023
  • Recognized in the World Trademark Review 1000—The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals, 2010  2023
    • China and SARs: China: Foreign (Gold)
  • Named as a leading IP practitioner by World IP Review (WIPR) Leaders, 2019 – 2023
  • Ranked by Chambers Global as a Leading Lawyer, Intellectual Property, 2015  2022
  • Ranked by Chambers Greater China Region as a Leading Lawyer, Intellectual Property, China, 2011 – 2023
  • Recognized as highly recommended lawyer by World IP Review (WIPR) Insights China International Trademark Rankings, 2023

Professional Leadership

  • INTA, Chair, Trademark Office Practices Committee
  • INTA, China Global Advisory Counsel
  • AmCham, Chair, Intellectual Property Forum
  • Copyright Society of the USA
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Indiana University Maurer School of Law Global Advisory Board, Chair