Increasingly, our practice is assuming an international dimension. Many of our clients compete in a global marketplace. In the process of representing the interests of our clients abroad, we have cultivated strong relationships with the best lawyers and law firms in jurisdictions around the world. Likewise, as a result of these relationships, our attorneys have acquired in-depth knowledge of international patent and trademark laws, as well as harmonization-related issues.
As such, we, along with our strategic alliance partners, constitute a valuable collective resource for our clients. We often work together in the filing of patent or trademark applications, prosecution of cancellation or opposition proceedings, negotiation of agreements to license a portion of a client's European patent portfolio, defending a multijurisdictional infringement action alleging infringement of several European and U.S. patents, and maintaining an on-the-ground presence in North America, Europe, or Asia.
The Bilicki Law Firm has managed complex patent proceedings in Europe involving multiple jurisdictions. Moreover, we anticipate and manage the needs of leading U.S. companies in the vehicular lighting and medical products industries, among others, with regularity in the U.K., Ireland, Germany, Italy, France, and the Netherlands.
These needs often include representing our American clients before the European Patent Office as they seek European patent protection as part of their global IP protection plans, which we have helped to develop. We also represent European companies in connection with the preparation and prosecution of American counterpart patent applications, reexamination proceedings, and infringement litigation.
The Bilicki Law Firm also counsels U.S.-based companies working in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Australia, and New Zealand. As such, we have an understanding of the patent, trademark, and foreign investment enterprise laws of these countries.
We are involved in trademark opposition proceedings and filing patent and trademark applications for U.S. companies operating throughout Asia and Australia, as well as forming joint ventures between our U.S.-based clients and Asian entities. In connection with such joint-venture transactions, we are also involved in preparing engineering staffing and manufacturing license agreements for purposes of allowing our clients to develop an on-the-ground manufacturing and sales presence in China, in support of worldwide contracts to supply their customers, such as Mercedes Benz, Volvo, and Scania.