Demand Letters to Chinese companies

Demand Letters to Chinese Companies: Facts are Optional

My law firm's international dispute resolution lawyers are often asked to write demand letters to Chinese companies that owe money or have failed to abide by their contract. These letters are very different from what we would write were we seeking to collect money owed by an American or European company.

China copyright protection

China Copyright Protection for Applied Art

With no explicit provisions in China's copyright law for the protection of works of applied art, courts have until now used different approaches when considering the issue. In some cases, protection has been extended based on the protections afforded to works of fine art. However, in last year's Guiding Case No. 157 (指导案例157号), the Supreme People's Court (SPC) endorsed the view that works of applied art are entitled to copyright protection in their own right.

China supply chain risks

The 800-Pound Gorilla Affecting Your Supply Chain

“Where does an 800-pound gorilla sit?” “Anywhere it wants to.” In many, many companies’ supply chains, China is the 800-pound gorilla. And many companies established manufacturing and sourcing operations in and with China back when the gorilla weighed only 250 pounds, or 400. Things are different now. Recapping China Risk Factors, Which Have Been A

Lawyer jobs abroad

Advice for Lawyers on Working Abroad

I recently received a message from an American lawyer interested in working abroad. In this post I share part of my reply, together with some additional comments. While this post is China-focused, most of what I say applies to other countries. It’s also important to note that much of what follows is moot at this

Taking China Down

Deliberately Bringing China Down, Factory by Factory

Pretty much since we started this blog we have said that if we hear about something three times and we find it interesting we will write about it. Well last week I heard about something for the second time and it is so incredibly interesting that I am writing. Let me begin by saying that

IP Protection in the Global Marketplace

I recently joined‘s Ron Hesse for an interview on IP and Trademark Protection in the Global Marketplace. Ron and I discussed why going abroad is a gamechanger for companies’ IP strategies, and how they can prioritize IP protection efforts as they enter multiple new markets. We also talked about the impact of the COVID-19

China economy COVID

China’s Slowing Economy and YOU

China’s economy is slowing and that slowing is expected to quicken. This slowing is already impacting companies that do business in or with China, and that impact will increase. In 2012, I wrote China’s Slowdown and American Business for The Wall Street Journal. There was a slowdown happening in China  and the China lawyers at

Jack Rhysider

Global Law and Business Podcast – Jack Rhysider (Cybercrime and Security)

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


China and Web3 Crossover

Since launching our Web3 practice group, we have been getting steady inquiries regarding international business and web3 crossover, including China-affiliated companies. Essentially all web3 technologies are international in nature. But unless you are personally interested and invested in cryptocurrencies or your business is heavily dependent on blockchain technology, it is likely that you are part

China contract drafting

Choosing Your China Contract Jurisidiction

A new client recently sent our international manufacturing team a contract with one of their China suppliers. They wanted us to review that contract (which had been drafted by a Chinese lawyer based in Shenzhen). Our client had heard about how Chinese lawyers sometimes work in cahoots with the Chinese company on the other side