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Copyright Takedowns in China, Part II: Searching, Linking or Storing?

Posted in China Business, China Film Industry

This is the second in a series of posts about China’s system for the takedown of copyright subject matter stored or posted online without the copyright owner’s approval. In our first post, Copyright Takedowns in China, we provided a general summary of the regulations that establish the takedown procedures. These regulations enable enforcement of the… Continue Reading

Copyright Takedowns in China

Posted in China Business, China Film Industry

China has a pretty good system for takedowns of copyright subject matter stored or posted online without the approval of the copyright owner. Our China lawyers are have helped motion picture producers, motion picture distributors, gaming companies and other copyright owners invoke this process and the results are generally good when the copyright owner is… Continue Reading

Six Strategies for Exporting to Asia/China

Posted in China Business

I love to talk about what I call our “accidental exporter” clients. These are companies (mostly in the United States, but also in Europe) who literally lucked out into becoming China exporters. And by “lucked out,” I mean that they were quietly going about their own business when literally out of the blue they were… Continue Reading

TPP: An Embrace, Distance or Disaster Decision? And What About China?

Posted in China Business, Events

Although China did not participate in or sign on to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (“TPP”), the agreement is an issue many of our China clients are monitoring. The countries that signed the TPP together represent 40% of global GDP. Several of the signatory countries – including Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, and Vietnam – represent key Asian… Continue Reading

How To Keep Your China Manufacturer Motivated And Why That Matters

Posted in China Business, Recommended Reading

After having worked with literally hundreds of foreign (mostly American and European) companies that outsource their product manufacturing to China, I have become convinced that those who put in real time and effort at establishing a good relationship with their China suppliers tend to have far fewer supply problems than those who just phone it in…. Continue Reading

The Calm Before the TPP Storm

Posted in China Business, Legal News

Over the past year, the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (“TPP”) has been the subject of intense debate and considerable international press. Understandably so as TPP represents intense efforts by twelve countries representing nearly forty percent (40%) of the world’s Gross Domestic Product (“GDP”) — but not China — to proactively reduce or eliminate their countries’ barriers… Continue Reading

Best Practices for Doing Business in China: The Two Minute Version

Posted in Basics of China Business Law, China Business, Legal News

I often “clean” my computer on Saturday and in doing so today I found an email that contained my notes from an AmCham talk I gave four or five years ago in Beijing, focusing on what it takes to conduct business in China successfully. If I recall correctly, I was on a panel with a… Continue Reading

China: The 29th Most Innovative Economy On Earth

Posted in China Business

The below is a guest post by Roberto De Vido.* The 2015 edition of the Global Innovation Index (GII), co-published by Cornell University, INSEAD, and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), puts China in 29th place as an innovative economy, leading the pack of middle-income nations that trail the “usual suspects” perennially found at the top… Continue Reading

Copyright Pledges in China Film & TV Finance

Posted in China Business, China Film Industry

Copyright in China is a bundle of personal and property rights attaching to certain types of works. Copyright works include written works (such as screenplays) and cinematographic works (such as motion pictures). The rights in written works include a right of cinematography, being the right to adapt the written work into a cinematographic work. Producers… Continue Reading

China Manufacturing Contracts: Yet Another Reason Why You Should Have One

Posted in Basics of China Business Law, China Business, Legal News

What with China’s economy slowing, our China lawyers are getting a fairly steady stream of emails and phone calls from companies (mostly America) whose Chinese manufacturers have shut down and/or disappeared. The below is email correspondence I recently had with one of these companies, changed to camouflage anything that might enable anyone to identify this company…. Continue Reading

China Manufacturing: NDA v. NNN v. OEM

Posted in Basics of China Business Law, China Business, Legal News

Much of our China legal work still involves helping foreign companies navigate the legal terrain with respect to their China manufacturing. This means that one of the most common things we do is alert our potential clients to the need to use a China-focused NNN Agreement with China manufacturers because US-style NDA Agreements simply do… Continue Reading

China Dream or China Nightmare

Posted in Basics of China Business Law, China Business, Legal News

The frustrating thing about China is that even 15 years after China’s entry into the WTO, many of the attractive business opportunities in China are still closed to foreign investors. There are many examples: telecoms, insurance, transportation. And though foreign investors are frustrated, cash poor Chinese entrepreneurs are similarly frustrated because these “closures” make it… Continue Reading

China As Middle Income Country: Is The Downturn The New Normal?

Posted in China Business

Way back in 2011, when China’s economy was still going gonzo, Economist Magazine came out with a special report on whether China would be able to escape the Middle Income Trap. The lead article in that report was titled: Beware the middle-income trap: China’s roaring growth cannot last indefinitely, and I remember it well. I remember it well because… Continue Reading