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Sindy Ding-Voorhees is a counsel in the Greater China Brands team and works between our New York and Beijing offices. She focuses her practice on trademark, copyright law, and fashion law-related matters, and she has extensive experience in creating brand protection strategies, managing trademark/copyright portfolios, and leading online and offline enforcement programs for the world’s renowned brands in Greater China. Her substantial experience with the full range of trademark and copyright issues in China, as well as her bilingual language skills (English and Mandarin Chinese), are dedicated to creating thoughtful brand expansion and protection strategies that adapt to the Chinese market and culture. She is uniquely positioned to bring a Western-style of law practice to solving problems and creating solutions working within a different civil code-based legal regime.

Sindy has substantial experience in addressing trademark infringement issues, pursuing contentious actions with the Chinese administrative bodies, and litigating civil infringement cases with Chinese courts. She not only helps her clients assess risks in every action, but focuses on prioritizing issues and developing big-picture strategies from both legal and business perspectives. She has obtained numerous favorable trademark decisions from the Chinese Review and Adjudication Board, and on appeal from the Beijing Intellectual Property Court. She has represented clients in high-profile, high-stakes trademark and domain name infringement litigation, and has obtained favorable rulings from the Beijing Higher Court, and local Intermediate Courts in Nanjing, Shandong and Shenzhen.

Her experience in pursuing take-down complaints with major online shopping platforms in China and the U.S. dates back to when she was in-house at one of the world’s leading apparel companies in New York. She has a deep understanding of traditional and emerging shopping and social media platforms and their online reporting mechanisms. She has taken down over 5000 infringing listings across over 20 various major platforms in both the U.S. and China (including Amazon, Alibaba, Taobao, Google, Baidu Cloud, Douban, BBS, WeChat, Weibo, etc.).

Sindy was born and raised in China and received her education in China, France and the U.S. Her native language is Mandarin Chinese and she is fluent in English and French. In her spare time, she is also a graphic designer and loves fashion design and art. She has been invited to comment and publish articles on hot legal issues in trademark and fashion law issues in both the U.S. and China by The Trademark Reporter and Chinese IP think tanks.

Sindy was recognized in 2021 as one of the "Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch" for Intellectual Property Law by The Best Lawyers in America®.

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Fordham University School of Law LL.M. (2013) Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law

Wuhan University School of Law, Wuhan, China LL.M. (2012) Legal Theories

Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Nanjing, China Graduate Certificate (2011) International Relations

Wuhan University School of Law, Wuhan, China LL.B. (2010) Law and French

Lille II University School of Law, Lille, France Exchange Program (2009) French and European Law

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New York (2015)

Professional & Community Activities

New York State Bar Association, Member

New York City Bar Association, Fashion Law Committee, Member

International Trademark Association, Member

The Civil Legal Advice and Resource Office (CLARO), Volunteer Lawyer

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