Lifetime employment

The Three Most Basic Rules for Doing Business Internationally

Newsweek just ran a story on problems one might encounter while engaging in medical testing in China. Entitled, Meds and Miracles,[link no longer exists] this article is necessary reading for anyone doing business in China, not just those doing medical testing. I strongly suggest you read it. Twice. China has become a worldwide center for

China Software Piracy

China Software Piracy Has Staying Power

CIO Magazine, published out of the Netherlands, just did an excellent article detailing why software piracy is so rampant in China and why it will not be going away anytime soon.  Entitled, Why Piracy Isn’t Going Away in China, the article’s thesis is that software piracy in China will exist in large numbers until the

China IP litigation

Starbucks Wins China Trademark Case

Starbucks Corporation has been in a long running dispute with coffee shops in Shanghai and Qingdao over the use of the Starbucks trademark in China. Starbucks has prevailed in both actions. On November 16, 2005, the Qingdao court ruled in favor of Starbucks and it recently published that decision (in Chinese only) on its intellectual

Doing business with China

Doing Business In China: The Basics

A reader from Madrid, Spain, e-mailed me to ask about some China information posted on the U.S. Government’s export web site.  While perusing it, I came across a very good, yet somewhat outdated and basic, list of what the government calls Essential Advice for Doing Business in China. [Link no longer exists] The article calls

Amazing International Lawyers

Amazing Lawyers And The Criminal Side of China Business

China Law Blog’s own Steve Dickinson has been selected by Washington CEO Magazine [link no longer exists] as one of only five “Amazing Lawyers” and the only international lawyer among the five. I don’t want to go all Sally Fields on you here but I was thrilled to see that Steve and I made up

China Law Blog

Doing Business In China: Assume Nothing.

One of my favorite China business how-to blogs, China Solved, just ran an interesting piece on “managing by checklists” in China.  The article, appropriately entitled, “Checklist Management,” [link no longer exists] talks about how giving a checklist to Chinese employees can minimize cultural misunderstandings.  The post uses the making of a travel reservation as an

China product innovation

Doing Everything Right in China — A Primer

This article from McKinsey Quarterly [link no longer exists] details the China operations of Danfoss, a Danish manufacturer of mechanical and electrical products and controls.  Danfoss appears to have done just about everything right in its China business and their tactics there are quite instructive. I am particularly impressed by Danfoss’s doing the following: Going

International lawyers

How NOT to Handle Your China Legal Matters

There is an expression applied to those who do something particularly unwise in China: “checking one’s brain at the gate.” I got a call the other day from an American who told me he was owed more than $250,000 by someone in China. The American told me he had given this person in China the

China Law Blog

Protecting Your Intellectual Property from China: China IP Registrations are the "Bare Minimum"

Just came across this excellent McKinsey Quarterly article, Protecting Intellectual property in China: Litigation is no substitute for strategy. [link no longer exists] The article is on China Intellectual Property (IP) protection strategies. I like how this article stresses that legal tactics (such as registering and enforcing your IP and using China-specific contracts to secure

China future business

China’s Five Surprises

A reader from Ireland brought to our attention to a recent paper, called “China’s Five Surprises,” written by Dr. Edward Tse, of Booz Allen. This paper does an excellent job discussing where China business is today and where we can expect it to be in the future. Its five main themes are as follows: 1.