China trademark squatting

Is There a Squatter on My China Trademark and if There is What Should I Do?

A number of Chinese trademark law firms have of late been trying to drum up American clients on China trademark matters. I say this because my firm's China trademark lawyers have been getting a steady stream of emails from U.S. lawyers and companies contacted by these Chinese trademark law firms. The Chinese law firms are writing to U.S. lawyers and companies to alert them of trademark filings in China of the same trademarks owned by the company in the United States. These emails from the Chinese trademark attorneys to U.S. trademark attorneys usually go as follows:

Selling Products Overseas

Selling Your Product Overseas: The Business Basics

A startup U.S. consumer product company with an ultra-hot new product line wrote one of my law firm's international lawyers asking what they should do to sell their product through a Chinese company that had expressed interest in being the U.S. company's "Chinese representative." After a few emails on various different legal subjects, our international lawyer wrote the following email (modified a bit) that provides such good and basic business advice that I wanted to share it here.

Payment terms for overseas sales

Payment Terms When Selling Overseas

Whenever my law firm is retained to represent a company that is looking to provide goods or services to a new overseas buyer. China, one of the first things we want to know are the payment terms. If our client is going to get 100% payment before it provides thegoods or services, a written contract may not even be necessary. The old expression about posession being nine tenths of the law holds true, though I'd probably update it to say that it's 99 percent of the law when it comes to selling to many emerging market countries.

China manufacturing contracts

China Manufacturing and the Bike Lock Theory on Preventing Bad Products

Our international litigators have lately been getting more than the usual number of emails/phone calls from companies (mostly American and European) wanting to pursue litigation against their Chinese manufacturers for bad product. In this post we explain one relatively easy way to reduce your bad product risks.

China Manufacturing Agreements

Manufacturing in China: Minimizing Your Risks by Doing Things Right

This very long post aims to provide an overview of the challenges of manufacturing in China, as well as strategies for minimizing risks and maximizing opportunities. It outlines the administrative and regulatory requirements, process and production challenges, and specific cultural and market-specific risks.

Woman with vertigo

Even if You Diversify Your Supply Chain, You Need to Keep Your Head on a Swivel

Small- and medium-sized companies have smaller toolboxes than large manufacturers when it comes to de-risking their supply chains, but even the big players have endured plenty of pain over the past few years. Multinational behemoths including Toyota, Apple and Sony have struggled to meet customer demand for their products, and in many cases, semiconductor shortages

Forced Labor

Uyghur Forced Labor for Export?

Uyghurs for sale is the title of a landmark Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) report on the transfer programs that have seen workers from Xinjiang taken to other Chinese provinces to work as forced laborers. Is Uyghurs for export the next phase? Labor transfer programs have been a critical component of Beijing’s Xinjiang policy, and