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China Trademarks: What’s Your Chinese Company Name?

When preparing a client’s China trademark application, one of the questions I must ask is if the company has a Chinese name. Most of the time the company does not have a Chinese name. At that time I will indicate that a Chinese name must be chosen, and that we can help them come up

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Must I Register My Company Name as a Trademark in China?

No two China trademark strategies are the same, but one thing is pretty much a constant: You should register the company’s original English name. Before we go on, a clarification: I use “English name” as shorthand, but these names are often in other languages, or simply be a random collection of Latin letters. Names in

Global Law and Business Podcast – Natalie O’Regan (Cannabis in Ireland)

Global Law and Business Podcast – Natalie O’Regan (Cannabis in Ireland)

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 at the world


China Contracts and the Unknown Counterparty

Whenever one of our China lawyers drafts an agreement for a client doing business in China, one of the first things we ask is the identity of the Chinese counterparty. It’s a deceptively simple question. The typical Chinese manufacturer (for example) is composed of multiple entities, with complicated lines of ownership. One entity may run

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China Payment Terms: Tricks Of The Trade

Whenever one of our China attorneys is retained to represent a client providing goods or services to China, we start by asking about the terms of payment. If the Chinese side is going to pay our client the full amount upfront, the contract provisions do not need to be too specific. But this almost never

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Forced Labor in China: Companies Need to Start Paying Attention

On July 14, the U.S. Senate passed the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act. In an era of hyperpartisanship, the Act is a rare instance of truly bipartisan legislation. Cosponsors included figures from across the political spectrum, from Josh Hawley to Elizabeth Warren. This in itself is something businesses should take note of, as it is

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A Good China Contract? Of Course You Want One.

A post we did on China NNN Agreements many years ago received the following comment, which comment was sent to me by a reader this weekend along with a bunch of similar and additional followup questions: Your posts on NNN are beyond a shadow of a doubt “the most fascinating and informative” articles on nondisclosure

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China Law Blog on Social Media

A lot is happening these days in and with China and around the world. Obviously. Earlier last year, much of our legal work centered around helping our clients deal with the US-China trade war. That truly feels like ages ago, as today our international lawyers have been consumed with helping companies (and NGOs and even

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Managing an International Trademark Portfolio

Trademark protection is a critical task for companies manufacturing and distributing products overseas. While many large multinationals have armies of lawyers policing their intellectual property rights (IPR), small- and medium-sized businesses that are expanding overseas often need help figuring out the best and most cost-effective way to protect their trademarks, patents and copyrights. What perhaps