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How To Hide Your Imports From China

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If you import a product into the United States from China, the odds are good that your competitors can find out about it. And by find out about it, I mean they can easily and very cheaply (sometimes even for nothing) use a service such as Import Genius, Panjiva or Tradesparq or others to determine what you… Continue Reading

Hiring A China Employee Through A Dispatch Company. Don’t Forget About Your IP.

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Despite the increasing restrictions on using employee dispatch companies for hiring of “your” China employees, our China lawyers have seen very little by way of a slowdown in smaller companies choosing to go that route, especially if doing so will allow them to delay having to form a China WFOE that much longer. The legal… Continue Reading

China Rep Office Hiring Rules

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Just updated our research regarding China Representative Office rules relating to employees and note the following. Q.  How many foreigners can work for the Rep Office? What is the proper term for referring to these employees? A.  A Rep Office may hire no more than four foreign persons, each of whom is called a representative…. Continue Reading

How To Write A China Contract. Arbitration Versus Litigation. Part II. Trade Secrets.

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About a week ago, we did a post, entitled, How To Write A China Contract. Arbitration Versus Litigation. Say Where?  That post discussed an issue that had been raised on China Group on Linkedin, (which just hit 7,700+ members): which forum is better for resolving disputes with Chinese companies, the courts or arbitration?  Our post came… Continue Reading

China Intellectual Property Law. A Radio Interview For World Intellectual Property Rights Day

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I have to admit that one of the things I love about both China and Russia is that they take various international days seriously, that nobody even knows about in the United States.  I suspect that is due to communism and/or its remnants.  Anyway, as part of today’s World Intellectual Property Rights Day (how many… Continue Reading

Your China NDA Is DOA. Again.

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Just fired off the same email I’ve probably sent at least two dozen times.  It was in response to someone who just realized that their Chinese manufacturer or potential manufacturer had used confidential or trade secret information. Here’s the email to me (changed to get rid of any identifiers): I had my Chinese factory sign… Continue Reading

The China NDA (Non Disclosure Agreement). Shut The Barn Door BEFORE The Horse Bolts.

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Just received the following comment to our post, How To Find And Deal With Chinese Manufacturers: I have a question, I sent a picture of a unique [product] and they sent back an email saying that they would like to manufacture it and when I said mine they corrected me by stateing ours. is this normal?… Continue Reading

The Four Keys To China Trade Secret Protection

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Had a telephone conversation with a client today (yes I am working today) regarding the steps it should be taking to protect its trade secrets in China.  Client is an American company that has been doing business in China for nearly a decade but is “for the first time being forced by its competition to… Continue Reading

How To Protect Your China IP. Don’t Hire Anyone….

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Your enemy won’t do you no harm Cause you’ll know where he’s coming from Don’t let the handshake and the smile fool ya Take my advice I’m only try’ to school ya From the song, “Smiling Faces,” by the Temptations You know how when you buy a new car, you immediately start seeing your same… Continue Reading

Protecting Your Intellectual Property In China, Part I.

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This post is part I of what is going to be a multi-part, somewhat irregular series on protecting your IP in China. This part I and tomorrow’s part II, were written by Steve Dickinson, and are based in large part on a talk Steve gave last week in Qingdao. Over the last couple of years,… Continue Reading

The Most Common China Law Issues.

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Clients, potential clients and the press are always asking me what foreign companies that do business in China need to know to stay out of legal trouble.  Next time I get such a question, I will refer them to the list below as it sets out the most common legal issues foreign companies face when… Continue Reading

How To Protect Your China IP. Don’t Go There?

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Your enemy won’t do you no harm Cause you’ll know where he’s coming from Don’t let the handshake and the smile fool ya Take my advice I’m only try’ to school ya.  ”Smiling Faces,” by the Undisputed Truth Must-read article out today in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. The article is entitled, “Apple tries to avoid Motorola’s… Continue Reading

Why Non Disclosures (NDAs) Alone Are Not Enough For China.

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The other day, I did a post on why Non-Disclosure Agreements are so often critical for those doing business with China. Within a few hours of that post, entitled, “China Non Disclosure Agreements (NDA). A Really Good Thing,” my co-blogger, Steve Dickinson, was pointing out how if we were going to talk about non disclosure… Continue Reading

BREAKING NEWS: CLB’s Steve Dickinson To Appear On CCTV To Discuss China IP

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On Thursday, April 19, China time, China Law Blog’s own China lawyer, Steve Dickinson, will be appearing on CCTV International’s Dialogue program to discuss China intellectual property protection (trademarks, copyrights, patents, and trade secrets). The focus of the show will be on China’s current regime for protecting IP and, in particular, its impact on foreign… Continue Reading

China’s Service Sector Will Reign, Part VII — Typical Legal Considerations

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In Part IV of this series, we talked about the growth in foreign service businesses in China and their continued opportunities. In Part V, I talked about the legal framework of foreign service businesses in China. In Part VI, I talked about forming a Chinese entity (typically a WFOE) for a foreign service business. This… Continue Reading

Protecting Your IP In China

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Alicia Beverly, Chief IP (intellectual property) strategist with IP Wealth, an Australian company, “based on the Gold Coast in Queensland, [that] specializes in identifying, protecting, managing and monitoring intellectual property assets for clients around Australia and overseas,” wrote a helpful article entitled “Protecting and Enforcing Your IP Rights In China.” The article starts out with… Continue Reading

Nike On China IP Protection: Just Do It With Green Tea

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Last week I attended the United State’s Patent and Trademark Office‘s two-day conference on “Protecting Your Intellectual Property In China and The Global Marketplace.“  China Law Blog’s own Steve Dickinson was asked to speak there on how to protect your trademarks and trade secrets while doing business in China, but work commitments prevented him from… Continue Reading

Take Your Brain With You, Or How NOT to Handle Your Chinese Legal Matters

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There is an expression applied to those who do something particularly unwise in China: “checking one’s brain at the gate.” I got a call the other day from an American who told me he was owed more than $250,000 by someone in China.  The American told me he had given this person in China the… Continue Reading