GGI World Conference – Dealing with China: What to Expect in the Next Five Years

Next month, Harris Bricken attorney Jonathan Bench will host a workshop during GGI’s 25th-anniversary conference in Montréal, Canada. He will share his legal expertise in the latest developments surrounding doing business in and with China for the next five years as the 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party is convened. This is a

China and Web3

China’s Blockchain Developments and Opportunities

Blockchain technologies are inherently international, and China has had its share of news lately. I have spoken on China and web3 from both business and national security perspectives. These new technologies present challenges and opportunities both inside and outside China. This post focuses on the for-profit blockchain developments and opportunities in China.

China IP theft

The Chinese Government is Coming for Your Company Secrets

The CCP is incredibly powerful and ruthless. Most of you already know this. If the CCP wants your IP, it will use its power and ruthlessness to get it. How does it do thatwhen you are not even located in China or you are always extremely careful about what you reveal of your IP in China? Very simple. It leans on your employees to force them to turn over your IP.

China design Patents

China Co-Development and Design Patents

Where there is no Chinese patent protection, it is perfectly legal for an unrelated Chinese factory to knock-off the product. Only some form of patent can stop the knock-off. That is, absent patent protection, a knock-off does not constitute infringement. So where no invention patent applies, a design patent is a powerful tool. If the design is registered as a patent, the owner of the patent can prevent any other factory in China from making a product using that design. The patent owner can also register with customs, preventing the export of the knock-off product.

Stick a fork in Hong Kong arbitration

The Death of Hong Kong Arbitration

One can argue all one wants regarding the risks of Hong Kong arbitration, but the mere fact that a lot more lawyers now view Hong Kong as a riskier arbitration venue than Singapore, New York, Geneva, Paris, and London, ought to be reason enough NOT to draft your contracts with a Hong Kong arbitration provision.