The Experience Not Logic blog has a post, entitled, “China IP Litigation Data: What Does it Mean?” tabulating the results in IP litigation from various Chinese courts, involving both domestic versus domestic litigation and foreign versus domestic litigation. I hate to draw too many deep conclusions from such raw data, but even I who am always touting the need to and benefits of protecting one’s IP in China am a bit surprised by the frequency of victory by the IP holder. I expected such numbers in trademark cases, but the numbers in patent cases are better than I expected and in copyright cases much better than I expected.
My firm has yet to handle a copyright infringement action in China because the dollar amounts in those cases presented to us have tended to be too low to warrant pursuit, so I would love to hear from anyone who has participated in a copyright case in China. Is it as easy to prevail as the numbers from this tabulation seem to indicate?

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Dan is a founder of Harris Bricken, an international law firm with lawyers in Los Angeles, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, China and Spain.

He primarily represents companies doing business in emerging market countries, having spent years building and maintaining a global, professional network.  His work has been as varied as securing the release of two improperly held helicopters in Papua New Guinea, setting up a legal framework to move slag from Canada to Poland’s interior, overseeing hundreds of litigation and arbitration matters in Korea, helping someone avoid terrorism charges in Japan, and seizing fish product in China to collect on a debt.

He was named as one of only three Washington State Amazing Lawyers in International Law, is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory (its highest rating), is rated 10.0 by (also its highest rating), and is a recognized SuperLawyer.

Dan is a frequent writer and public speaker on doing business in Asia and constantly travels between the United States and Asia. He most commonly speaks on China law issues and is the lead writer of the award winning China Law Blog. Forbes Magazine, Fortune Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Investors Business Daily, Business Week, The National Law Journal, The Washington Post, The ABA Journal, The Economist, Newsweek, NPR, The New York Times and Inside Counsel have all interviewed Dan regarding various aspects of his international law practice.

Dan is licensed in Washington, Illinois, and Alaska.

In tandem with the international law team at his firm, Dan focuses on setting up/registering companies overseas (via WFOEs, Rep Offices or Joint Ventures), drafting international contracts (NDAs, OEM Agreements, licensing, distribution, etc.), protecting IP (trademarks, trade secrets, copyrights and patents), and overseeing M&A transactions.