Had a great discussion with a bunch of our China lawyers the other day regarding how so many of our clients are expanding in Asia beyond China and of how so many of them have an Asia strategy, of which China is just one large part and usually initial part.

We then talked of how

Our clients often ask that we put a provision into their manufacturing agreements prohibiting their Chinese manufacturer from making the same product for anyone else. This naturally leads to a long discussion, that often goes somewhat like the following, using a laptop computer bag as the example:

China Lawyer:  What do you mean by a

It is not uncommon for one of our China lawyers to receive an email along the following lines:

I am leaving for China tomorrow to meet with potential Chinese manufacturers and I just learned that a US-style NDA is of little to no value in protecting my trade secrets from Chinese companies.  Can you get

We are always telling our clients that they cannot be too specific with their product requirements when buying product (OEM product or otherwise) from a Chinese manufacturer.  Words like “blue” or “good quality” or “typical in the industry” are meaningless.  There is a wide range of blues and unless you specify the exact blue that

I’ve been deleting old emails today and in doing so I have deleted far too many that relate to China product quality problems.  Here’s the most recent such email, with all identifiers removed to protect the victim:

My company purchased hundreds of _____ from a company in China for about $65,000. Most of these _______