Maturity Stage (2011)
After years of rapid growth, the office space back then was no longer sufficient for our operations. In 2011, TOPTEAM was relocated to Nangang Software Park to further upgrade our office capacity and speed up our investments in IT software and infrastructure for the following development. We also set up offices in mainland China. At this stage, Mr. Hong has become the sole owner of TOPTEAM. He set up a managing committee with executives to construct a dynamic and comprehensive decision-making mechanism.
Since then, TOPTEAM has put an effort into expanding its in-house legal team which enables the firm to offer clients a full range of intellectual property right protection services, from patent search, analysis and investigation at the R&D stage; strategic planning and patent applications for R&D results; IP rights maintaining, monitoring, enforcement and dispute resolution; to litigation, legal opinions, consulting and other regulatory services.
TOPTEAM’s performance and experience now has been widely recognized and much valued by its clients and foreign associates and has attracted even more international companies to choose our services.
In order to have broader worldwide exposure, the firm has participated in top law firm rankings which are held by leading legal media outlet Chambers and Partner, Legal 500, Managing IP Star and IAM. These annual rankings, compiled by independent researchers, analyze information about law firms, individuals, the marketplace and service feedback. TOPTEAM has been ranked the highest level since 2012, for its patent prosecution practice in Taiwan and overseas.
To keep in close contact with our partners overseas and access latest IPR information at first hand, TOPTEAM frequently takes part in international exchange activities held by, for example, the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), International Trademark Association (INTA), Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA) and European Communities Trademark Association (ECTA). What is more, many of TOPTEAM’s attorneys are senior members of the Taiwan Patent Attorney Association (TWPAA) and the Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA). They lead or sit on standing committees, which organize major events, facilitate networking as well as promote Taiwan’s IPR services to the world.
In 2016, Mr. Hong established the Hong Shui Shu Charity Foundation in response to a religious calling. The reason behind it is expressing our gratitude to Taiwan’s society for its supportive environment that allows TOPTEAM to achieve sustainable success. So as a way of giving back to the community, the foundation has been working with government welfare agencies and NGOs and provides material and financial resources for individuals and families in need.