forced labor sanctions

Staying On Top of the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act

The past couple of weeks have seen a flurry of important Uyghur Forced Labor Protection Act (UFLPA) developments. This post flags the things importers need to know now in a way that links back into the bigger picture of what importers need to be doing to achieve UFLPA compliance. Let’s start with the latest UFLPA

China software antitrust

Sourcing Agents When Manufacturing Overseas: The Long Version

You have a great product that you want to be made in a foreign country about which you know little. What do you do? Do you use a sourcing agent and if you do, how should you pay that agent and what should you have it do? Perhaps most importantly, how should your various contacts

How to terminate a china employee

China Employee Terminations: Make Them Mutual When Possible

1. Why Mutual Termination Agreements With Departing Employees Are So Important Terminating China-based employees is difficult. Article 40(2) of China’s Labor Contract Law permits an employer to unilaterally terminate an employee, with severance, if the employee is incompetent and remains incompetent after training or assignment to a different position. In practice though, Chinese courts tend to be

China contract drafting

The Best Way to Send a Draft Contract to Your China Counterparty

The other day I cleaned up and revised the various email templates our China lawyers sometimes use to answer frequently asked questions sent to us by our clients and potential clients. One of the common questions we get from clients is on how to send to the Chinese side of a deal the contracts our

International product sourcing

Thinking the Right Way About the New China Sourcing Environment

I have recently been helping a company source and develop a new product in China. This post contains the questions that have arisen during that process, along with my answers. 1. What is the right way to think about China sourcing now? A. Use Supply and Demand to Your Benefit The future will be rough,

Webinar Replay: Moving Your Manufacturing from China to Mexico

On February 23, Dan Harris (Harris Bricken) and Andrew Hupert hosted a webinar to discuss the practical aspects of moving your manufacturing to Mexico from China, the various ways to start with Mexican manufacturing, and how to successfully manufacture there. For anyone who missed this event, we’ve embedded a link to the replay below. We

International trademark lawyers

Managing Intellectual Property Rights in the U.S. Customs Regulatory Environment

Questions & Answers on Managing Intellectual Property Rights in the U.S. Customs Regulatory Environment   Earlier this year I sat down with the Asociación Interamericana de la Propiedad Intelectual (ASIPI) to discuss what can be done to protect trademarks, copyrights, and patents in the U.S. Customs regulatory environment. The following questions and answers are from