China movie business

Media Piracy and the End of Chinese Cultural Exceptionalism

A reader sent me a link to a report on Media Piracy in Emerging Economies. The report, put out by the American Assembly at Columbia University, “is the first independent, large-scale study of music, film and software piracy in emerging economies, with a focus on Brazil, India, Russia, South Africa, Mexico and Bolivia.” It is

China counterfeit lawyers

How to Stop China Counterfeiting or at Least Reduce it

A number of our clients manufacture products that sell for relatively high prices due in large part to distinguishing characteristics of our client’s company or product. In other words, the exact kind of product counterfeiters love to copy. Not sure why, but we have been spending more time lately in helping our clients prevent counterfeiting

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How to Stop Your Supplier from Becoming Your Competitor

Renaud Anjoran over at the Quality Inspection Tips blog recently wrote on How your Chinese suppliers might become your competitors. Renaud provides excellent suggestions for preventing your foreign product supplier from competing with you, based on his notes from a talk by Paul Melkebeke, Samsonite’s Vice President for Asia. Melkebeke talked of how Samsonite protects

Getting your product made in China

Contracts for Product Purchases from China

Product manufacturing in China’s coastal regions has become increasingly challenging for manufacturers and buyers alike. Wages and rent have risen dramatically over the past five years while at the same time the economies of major buyers have suffered severe setbacks. This has put tremendous pressure on the small and medium businesses that make up the

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China ≠ Hong Kong ≠ Taiwan ≠ Macau

I gave four China law speeches last month and three out of four generated questions as to whether what I had said applied to Hong Kong or Taiwan. My answer in all instances was a resounding “no.” Mainland China has its own legal system, separate and apart from Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao. In thinking

Protect Your IP from China

China’s Trademark Environment

We have long advocated for prompt China trademark registration. For companies that manufacture and export from China, registration of the English language trademark is essential. For companies that sell products and services in China, registration of the existing English language marks and the Chinese language marks for the product is essential. China now has the


What You Need to Know About China NNN Agreements

Virtually every Non Disclosure Agreement (NDA) our China lawyers see is defective. One of the things that most frequently makes them defective is that they call for disputes to be resolved in a U.S. court. The problem is that Chinese courts do not enforce US court judgments and so even if the American company prevails

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How to Protect Your China IP: Don’t Hire Anyone

Your enemy won’t do you no harm Cause you’ll know where he’s coming from Don’t let the handshake and the smile fool ya Take my advice I’m only try’ to school ya From the song, Smiling Faces, by the Temptations You know how when you buy a new car, you immediately start seeing your same

Technology license

China Technology Licensing

The Globe and Mail did a story, Bombardier to share railway technology with Chinese, on how Bombardier granted a ten year license of its tram technology to “a subsidiary of China South Locomotive & Rolling Stock Corp. Ltd., the biggest player in the railway manufacturing sector.” Under the deal, “Bombardier will supply documentation, training and

International IP lawyers

China IP Protection: Deja Vu All Over Again

When we first started this blog way back in 2006, we would constantly write how if you want to protect your IP in China, you have to register your IP in China.  Our thesis was (and is) that if you don’t bother registering your IP in China, you really have no right to complain about