China trademark registrations

I’ve Registered My China Trademark, Now What?

As we regularly point out in these pages, registering your trademark "is as close to a no-brainer as there is in China IP." We say trademark, because in most cases that is the key IP, but copyrights and patents could be a part of the mix.  Trademark registrations, however, are not - or at least should not be - objectives in and of themselves. Though a registered trademark has inherent value as a deterrent against counterfeiting and other bad-faith actions, it is best to conceive of the registration as a tool to be actively used. Here are some tips on what to do once you have registered your China trademark.

China employee non compete agreements

China Employee Non-Compete Agreements

Be careful with your China employee non-compete agreements. Do not just insert a non-compete provision into your China employment contracts without first thinking through the repercussions of doing so. You also need to be careful to act on any non-competes before any impending employee termination.

Manufacturing Outside China

Manufacturing Outside China: Nike Likes It And You Should Too

What can you learn from what Nike is doing? You can learn that there are plenty of countries other than China that manufacture quality items at a price that makes sense for a highly sophisticated international company like Nike and that alone ought to open your eyes to the manufacturing world outside China. Due to tariffs and shipping costs, manufacturing outside China makes increasing sense for many companies.

Moving Your Manufacturing to Mexico

Moving Your Manufacturing From China to Mexico: FREE Webinar

Join Harris Bricken attorneys Dan Harris and Adrián Cisneros Aguilar on Tuesday, February 8th at 2pm CST/12pm PST for a FREE webinar on Moving Your Manufacturing from China to Mexico. Both attorneys will focus on the practical aspects of successfully rearranging your value chains out of China, how to enter the Mexican market and how to operate successfully there. 

China Employer Rules and Regulations

China Employer Rules and Regulations: Now is the Time

The best time for implementing a set of China employer rules and regulations is when your China entity is being formed and you start recruiting employees. This allows you to have your first group of hires sign off on your employer rules and regulations and ensures you are fully covered. Our China employment attorneys recommend a yearly audit of every China company's employment documents (including their rules and regulations) to ensure they are up to date with all legal and company and employee changes.

Foreign language contracts

Foreign Language Contracts are THE Key to Clarity

It is important to have your contracts with foreign companies be in their language as well, for a whole host of reasons. The main reason is to achieve clarity. Having a well-written contract in their native language assures you that your foreign counter-party with which you are doing business truly understands what you want of it. It puts the two of you on the same page.

International technology licensing agreements

The Benefits of International Licensing

There have always been benefits to international licensing, but the benefits of international licensing have increased due to COVID. and too many business owners miss the opportunity to generate revenue and increase their business' value by licensing their technology internationally.

China Employment Contracts and Double Wage Claims

China Employment Contracts and Double Wage Claims

China Employment Contracts and Double Wage Claims. If your China employee works for more than a month without a written contract, she will be entitled to a double monthly wage penalty. And if your China employee works for a year or more without a contract, she will become an open-term employee, which essentially means you must employee her until her mandatory retirement age.