Regular readers know that CLB generally does not like to write much about upcoming laws. There are three reasons for this. One, there are plenty of existing laws about which to write and those, for obvious reasons, tend to be more central. Two, upcoming China laws often never come. Three, it is difficult to write about a law without having seen it in action first.
On top of that, I generally avoid writing about patent laws because I am not a patent lawyer.
But I am going to violate all of the above by pointing out an excellent Wall Street Journal opinion piece, entitled, “Patent Reform With Chinese Characteristics: Beijing’s amended intellectual property law holds dangers.” The piece is written by Ronald A. Cass, dean emeritus of Boston University School of Law, president of Cass & Associates, and former vice-chairman of the U.S. International Trade Commission. The reason I so much like this article is because it so clearly explains much of the current patent situation in China and the likely implications of the Third Amendment to China’s patent law, which was approved in late December and is scheduled to go into effect in October.
If you are interested in learning more about China’s IP policies, this article is a must read.

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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.