Matthew Dresden

Matthew advises a wide range of businesses on corporate and transactional matters at Harris Bricken, with an emphasis on media and entertainment, international intellectual property, and cross-border work. Matthew provides finance, development, production, and distribution legal services for filmmakers and other creative artists, and has worked on behalf of film studios, cable channels, production companies, video game developers, magazines, restaurants, wineries, international design firms, product manufacturers, outsourcing companies, and computer hardware and software companies. Matthew is widely viewed as an expert in Chinese intellectual property law, and is regularly quoted in publications from the New York Times to The Economist to Variety.

How To Stop China-Based Domain Name Theft

How To Stop China-Based Domain Name Theft

Trademark infringement with respect to domain names is a very common problem, particularly for those who do business with China or even just manufacture their product there. It is unsurprising that many in China are quick to register domain names similar to those of the foreign companies they see. We frequently see the following sorts

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Forming a China Company: Seven Basic Issues

There will always be more to being legal to operate in China than simply forming a company there. And there will always be more needed to be truly operational in China than simply being legal. So when forming a China entity for our clients, we nearly always work with them on the following — before

Three Steps to Forming a China WFOE

The Three Steps for Forming a China WFOE

Our China corporate lawyers are often asked about the steps it takes to form a China WFOE. So often, in fact, that we long along drafted a stock response to that question and we are sharing that response below. Please note that the below is a generic roadmap for WFOE formation and the exact details

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Fake News: The China Trademark Version

A recent article on Cult of Mac, Apple pulls popular iOS game after Chinese company steals its name, is as inaccurate about China as anything I’ve seen in a long time, combining ignorance, sloppiness, and an anti-China bias. The problem starts with the headline: “Apple pulls popular iOS game after Chinese company steals its name.”

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China’s Daigou Shopping Model

China’s new e-commerce law, which took effect January 1, 2019, threatens to upend the entire daigou business model. As we’ve written previously, daigou are individual shoppers who purchase goods overseas and then bring them back to China in their luggage for resale in China. Yearly estimates of the value of goods brought into China this way ranges from

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Your China Trademark: Use It or Lose It

Like most countries, China has a use requirement for trademarks: to remain valid, a trademark must be used in commerce at least once every three years. But as we wrote in China Trademarks: When (and How) to Prove Use of a Mark in Commerce: Unlike the United States, China does not have an affirmative requirement

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China Gives Hollywood an Early Christmas Present

As Bloomberg reported last week, China’s propaganda ministry (now in charge of all media-related activity in China) has approved an additional seven foreign films to play in China this year in excess of the 34 film quota. These newly approved films will play theatrically on a revenue-sharing basis, and include the animated films The Grinch

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China Trademarks: The Color of Money

I recently responded to a client on whether a trademark application for a color device (aka logo) should be in color or black-and-white. As I wrote, According to trademark practice in China, registration of a black and white device in China would protect the logo regardless of the actual color scheme used on the device,

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China Descriptive Trademarks

The purpose of a trademark, from both a legal and branding perspective, is to identify the source of goods. It follows, therefore, that the best trademarks are both memorable and distinctive. You want people to associate your brand with your company, not confuse your brand with other brands. You also want to make sure your

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China Trademarks: Anatomy of a Chinese Name

Labbrand, a leading Chinese brand consultancy, recently published an article discussing naming work they’ve done on behalf of Haribo, the German confectionery. I have been a huge fan of Haribo since I was a kid, and was interested to read how Labbrand had adapted Haribo’s brand names for China. I’m excerpting their descriptions below, interspersed with