Oliver Lutze is Spruson & Ferguson’s Country Manager for China. He is based in Beijing and advises on patent matters with a special focus on China activities.
Oliver’s practice primarily involves providing advice in relation to global patent matters including validity and enforcement, patent drafting, patent strategy and infringement.
Oliver has considerable experience in advising on patent matters in the field of life sciences, pharmaceuticals and chemistry having worked in-house for a German multinational company as a Senior Patent Counsel for over 15 years. Prior to joining our firm, he has worked and lived for over 5 years in China. Oliver was the leader of this multinational’s Intellectual Property Rights Team for Greater China. He is a well-known expert on IP strategy and patent practice in China, including advising on IP support issues for local R&D centres.
Oliver’s technical qualifications include a doctoral degree (Chemistry) from the University of Münster, Germany. He was a post-doctoral fellow with the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA. During his industry career he qualified as a European Patent Attorney and German Patent Attorney.
In Shanghai, Oliver chaired the Intellectual Property Working Group of the European Chamber of Commerce in China until September 2013. He is a frequent speaker at many international conferences on China related IP topics, including inventor remuneration policies.