Sindy Ding-Voorhees is an associate 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, including global trademark and copyright prosecution and enforcement, brand protection counseling, and litigation, dispute resolution in courts and arbitrations in Greater China. She has extensive experience in managing trademark and copyright portfolios, leading enforcement projects and creating brand protection strategies for the world’s leading brands in Greater China, including one of the world’s biggest social media brands, one of the world’s largest technology brands, a number of prominent fashion groups and apparel brands, and various global academic and industry associations.
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.
Fordham University School of Law, LL.M., Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law (2013)
Wuhan University School of Law, Wuhan, China, LL.M., Legal Theories (2012)
Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Nanjing, China, Graduate Certificate, International Relations (2011)
Wuhan University School of Law, Wuhan, China, LL.B., Law and French (2010)
Lille II University School of Law, Lille, France, Exchange Program, French and European Law (2009)
New York (2015)
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
“Sindy Ding-Voorhees Quoted in "4 Intellectual Property Guidelines that are Crucial for Luxury Brands",” Jing Daily, November 26, 2019
“8 Key Takeaways | Trademark Enforcement in China: Power of Precedent,” October 9, 2019
“Trademark Enforcement in China: Power of Precedent,” 2019 Advancement Trademark Law Seminar, September 26, 2019
“Kilpatrick Townsend's New York Office is Pro Bono,” September 17, 2019
“Retail Survival in Turbulent Times,” Fashion Law Institute, September 6, 2019
“Anti-Counterfeiting Enforcement in the U.S. and China – Setting Priorities and Allocating Resources,” Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Webinar, August 14, 2019
“Will Louis Vuitton’s ‘Dad Shoe’ Lawsuit Stomp Out Imitators?,” Jing Daily, May 24, 2019
“Kilpatrick Townsend Expands Asian Presence with Strategic Move into Beijing,” January 14, 2019
“How to Use Trademarks to Protect a Brand: with an emphasis on International company’s strategy in trademark enforcement in China,” SINAR MAS GROUP - Asian Pulp and Paper (APP) China, March 17, 2016