Fred Rocafort

Fred is a former diplomat who joined Harris Bricken after more than a decade of international legal experience, primarily in China, Vietnam, and Thailand. His wide range of experience includes starting and operating his own business in Asia, working as an in-house counsel for a Hong Kong-based multinational, as well as many years as a State Department official, providing a client-centric perspective to his legal work. Fred co-hosts Harris Bricken’s weekly Global Law and Business podcast, which covers legal and economic developments in locales around the world to decipher global trends in law and business with the help from international guests.

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Must I Register My Company Name as a Trademark in China?

Clients often ask our IP lawyers whether they need to register their company name as a trademark in China. As I am the product of an American law school, it’s hard to resist the gravitational pull of responding with “it depends,” but in this instance I have little difficulty. English-language company names have virtually no

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China Trademarks: What’s your Chinese Company Name?

Though I recommend foreign companies filing for trademarks in China avoid the Madrid system and file a national application – that is, an application directly submitted to the Chinese Trademark Office (CTMO) – the Madrid system does provide one minor advantage. National applications must include the applicant’s Chinese name, whereas Madrid applications have no such

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Forced Labor in China: Companies Need to Start Paying Attention

On July 14, the U.S. Senate passed the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act. In an era of hyperpartisanship, the Act is a rare instance of truly bipartisan legislation. Cosponsors included figures from across the political spectrum, from Josh Hawley to Elizabeth Warren. This in itself is something businesses should take note of, as it is

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Managing an International Trademark Portfolio

Trademark protection is a critical task for companies manufacturing and distributing products overseas. While many large multinationals have armies of lawyers policing their intellectual property rights (IPR), small- and medium-sized businesses that are expanding overseas often need help figuring out the best and most cost-effective way to protect their trademarks, patents and copyrights. What perhaps

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China Trademarks: Register via Madrid or in China?

Whenever clients ask about filing a trademark in China via the Madrid System, my answer is simple: filing a national application directly with China’s own Trademark Office is better. The one-size-fits-all Madrid process makes registering a trademark in China seem easy. Really easy: all you have to do is check a box marked “China.” However, while Madrid applications are

Forced Labor: What's Coming

Forced Labor: What’s Coming

Last week I participated in a call on the topic of forced labor and I thought I’d share three key takeaways. First, the issue is not going to go away, certainly in the context of China, and more specifically Xinjiang. In fact, enforcement is ramping up. Forced labor WROs and findings are non-tariff trade weapons.

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China on the G7 Agenda

The 47th G7 summit was held from June 11-13 in Cornwall. China is, of course, not a member of the G7, yet the country was on everyone’s mind, as illustrated brilliantly by @relevantorgans. While the word “China” was “only” mentioned four times in the communiqué issued by the summit’s participants, each mention was ponderous. First,

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What China’s Three-Child Policy Means for Foreign Companies

Couples in China will be allowed to have up to three children, continuing the country’s path away from its long-standing one-child policy. The relaxation is part of China’s efforts to reverse its decline in births, and will be accompanied by other support measures. Responses to the announcement have been an almost universal chorus of “it

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Seven Steps To Take When Your IP Has Been Compromised

Our international IP lawyers are often called upon to help companies whose IP has been compromised or infringed upon. We have formulated the following basic checklist for handling these IP problems, be they international or domestic. 1. Identify the client’s IP problem This step is sometimes straightforward, but often the information our client is getting