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

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Cease and Desist Letters to Stop International Counterfeiting

Hardly a week goes by without a company contacting one of our international IP lawyers wanting to retain us to “stop the counterfeits” of their products online and offline. Far too often these people believe one of our IP lawyers can within 24 hours send out a “template” cease and desist letter and within another 24

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Global Law and Business Podcast – Simon Igelman (Technology in Law & International Trade)

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

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Money for Nothing: Paying Chinese Suppliers in Hong Kong or Singapore

Your China manufacturer asks you to send its payment to a bank account in another jurisdiction, such as Hong Kong or Singapore. Should you agree? Probably not. When working with our clients that are having their products manufactured in China (or in various other leading manufacturing countries such as Taiwan, Thailand, Mexico, Poland, Vietnam, India,

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China Trademarks: Register via Madrid or in China?

Whenever clients ask about filing a trademark in China via the Madrid System, my answer is simple: filing a national application directly with China’s own Trademark Office is better. The one-size-fits-all Madrid process makes registering a trademark in China seem easy. Really easy: all you have to do is check a box marked “China.” However, while Madrid applications are