Trademark symbol and a bomb

China Trademark Squatters: A Danger for All

When it comes to China IP protection, one of the greatest mistakes a brand can make is failing to register its trademarks in China. An unregistered trademark is a tempting target for trademark squatters (and other bad-faith actors, such as unscrupulous competitors), who register trademarks in the hopes of a payday from legitimate owners. China trademark squatters are looking for victims all the time. What's more, they will take their chances on just about any trademark, regardless of how small the brand, as long as there is a chance their bet will pay off. And given that it's not very costly to register a mark in China, the chances of success don't have to be high for the gamble to make economic sense.

Two passports. China Dual citizenship

Dual Citizenship: Free Webinar on March 17

The panelists will also discuss the different legal approaches to dual citizenship. In the United States, acquisition of a foreign citizenship does not jeopardize status as a U.S. citizen. On the other hand, countries such as China do not recognize dual citizenship. This makes dual citizenship a dynamic legal issue, with different implications depending on the two countries in question. Though the United States does not prohibit its citizens from holding a second passport, there are still important considerations to be taken into account by Americans who are or are. contemplating becoming citizens of a foreign country. Fred will draw on his experience as a former U.S. consular officer to illustrate some of the potential risks. In some cases it may be more convenient for an American to use a second passport to enter a particular country (perhaps because that country requires Americans to obtain visas). However, in case of arrest, the person may be denied access to U.S. consular assistance. A second citizenship could also complicate efforts to obtain security clearances from the U.S. government.

Global Law and Business Podcast – Dami Adepoju (Nigeria and Hospitality)

Listen HERE or stream on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Stitcher, or Soundcloud! At Harris Bricken, we keep close tabs on what is happening around the world, and we know that our friends and clients do, as well. We are happy to provide this podcast series: Global Law and Business, hosted by international attorneys Fred Rocafort and Jonathan Bench, where we look

How not to get China Scammed

How Not to Get China Scammed

Scammers love operating internationally because it makes them more difficult to track and it also makes suing and collecting more complicated as well. They also seem to work better than domestic scams because the person being scammed too often thinks this is just how things are done in foreign country X because they do not actually know how things are done in  foreign country X. Crossing borders increases confusion stemming from a lack of knowledge regarding language, culture, and regulation. All this combines to make international scams widely popular. In this post we discuss some of the more common scams and, most importantly, we discuss how to avoid getting scammed. 

International Manufacturing Lawyers

How to Calculate Your China Risks

As the Chinese government continues to expand its power and get more concerned about its slowing economy and how it is viewed by its citizens, it just keeps getting tougher on foreign businesses that are not 100% abiding by its laws. China is right now in one of its perpetual crackdowns on foreign companies doing business in China. This makes now a good time for foreign companies doing business in China or with China to determine their China risks. The following questions are a good starting point for making that calculation.

Chinese Free Look Schemes to Steal your IP

Chinese Free Look Schemes to Steal your IP

Last week, I wrote about how Chinese companies use fake investment scams to trick foreign companies into turning over their IP. This post goes into additional detail regarding the China fake investment scam, but it also goes beyond it to ecompass the various IP theft scams our China lawyers have been seeing in the last couple of years.

China Steal your IP

Investing in Your Business to Steal your IP

One of the more sophisticated and costly scams we see is what we call the "investing in your business to steal your IP scam." We see this scam maybe 4-5 times a year, mostly before they happen and mostly before the company  realizes a scam is about to take place. 

Russia's War and China impacts

Russia’s War Will Impact Your China Business, Part 2

In our initial post, Russia's War Will Impact Your China Business, we talked about why there would be an impact. That post was less than a week ago, but since then we have become more certain that Russia's war will impact your China business and we now view that impact as likely to be even greater than what we posited it would be just days ago. 

Latam China

Cozying Up to China Is Risky for Latam

Russia's invasion of Ukraine starkly illustrates the risk of cozying up to China, which Latam governments and countries should heed. The international community's strong repudiation of Russia's invasion of Ukraine highlights the risks of snuggling up to autocracies, in particular those with military adventurism in mind. As governments and companies in Latam increase their China exposure, they should be mindful of these risks, with Chinese characteristics.

Russia's War and China impacts

Russia’s War Will Impact Your China Business

Russia's war will impact your China business. We live in an interconnected world and what is happening with Ukraine will impact doing business with China. It's just a question of how and by how much. In this post and in its follow-up post, I will discuss how Russia's war against Ukraine is likely to impact doing business in and with China and what you can do to try to minimize that impact.