Fish & Richardson will become the second international law firm to have a presence in Shenzhen—the city known as China’s Silicon Valley—now that Chinese regulators have signed off on its application to open an office there.

With approval from the Chinese Ministry of Justice, the venerable intellectual property boutique expects to have its office up and running in January. It will join Chicago-based IP specialists Brinks Gilson Lione, who became the first foreign law firm to open doors in Shenzhen, after announcing plans to land in the city in May 2016 and seeing its application approved in August 2017.

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