China product development and manufacturing

Transitioning from Product Development to Mass Manufacturing

This post looks at the two most common product development choices, with a focus on how they impact the transition to mass production. At this stage, the foreign company has typically approved a final prototype -- or it is close to that stage -- and it it looking at going into mass production with their Chinese manufacturer.

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China Product Development Models and Risks

China product development is fraught with risks. This post explains the two main product development models employed by Chinese companies and explains the advantages and disadvantages of both. I am writing about product development here because in my experience and that of my company, the product development stage is both the easiest and mostly likely time for your Chinese counterparty to run off with your IP or even your product. 

How To Gift Your IP to China

How to Avoid Inadvertently Gifting your IP to your Foreign Manufacturer

My law firm represents a large number of foreign companies that do OEM manufacturing around the world — mostly China, but India, Mexico, Brazil, Vietnam, Thailand, Taiwan, Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, Bangladesh, and Cambodia as well.  In our discussions with our clients that manufacturing in foreign countries, we nearly always discuss what they can and should

Moving Your Manufacturing to Mexico

Moving Your Manufacturing to Mexico from China: FREE Webinar

Please join us on Tuesday, February 8th at 2pm CST/12pm PST for a FREE webinar on Moving Your Manufacturing to Mexico from China. Harris Bricken attorneys Dan Harris and Adrián Cisneros Aguilar and Mexico manufacturing expert Alejandra Maldonado. Dan heads up our China manufacturing practice and Adrian heads up our Mexico manufacturing practice. Alejandra is a project administrator at INTERMEX, one of Mexico's leading industrial park, shelter manufacturing, industrial site selection, and logistics companies. The webinar will focus on the practical aspects of moving some or all of your manufacturing out of China, the various ways to enter the Mexican market and how to operate successfully there.

International Trade and Tariffs

International Trade – 2021 Year in Review, Predictions for 2022 – Trump tariffs

The year 2021 began with high hopes for international trade as many thought the incoming Biden Administration would undo many of the unprecedented trade actions taken by the Trump Administration and reset U.S. trade policy.  However, at the end of 2021, most of the Trump tariffs remain in effect and the Biden Administration has largely pushed trade issues to the back burner.  Here, we take a look at some of developments on the Trump tariffs this past year and what to expect for those tariffs in 2022.

International manufacturing price trap

The International Manufacturing Price Trap

Contract manufacturing is fundamentally the purchase of a product. For any product purchase, the key terms are price, quantity and delivery date. And yet many buyers treat these key term as secondary issues. As buyers focus on exciting issues like product design and "getting to market", buyers frequently fall into a trap. They assume that price, quantity and delivery terms will never be an issue. When these issues arise, as they virtually always do, the product buyer is in a situation where it has little to no room to negotiate. The overseas factory is now in control, and then it springs the price trap.

Keep your IP safe from China by using an appropriate NNN agreement

China NNN Agreements

China NNN Agreements are usually THE key to protecting your IP against China. Done right, they are nearly flawless. Done wrong (which nearly all are) they are worse than nothing at all. In this post, I explain the basics on how to draft a China NNN Agreement that will work. 

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International Manufacturing Product Costs

It should go without saying that international product manufacturing costs are key for nearly all companies that manufacture in or secure their products from a foreign country. Most companies that manufacture in China would love to move their manufacturing out of China. But doing so is difficult for nearly all, and impossible for many. Product manufacturing costs are a huge factor in choosing a location for product manufacturing or outsourcing.  Over the last year, I have had probably more conversations about where companies should manufacture their products than in the prior five years combined. And those conversations have reminded me that many companies have too narrow a definition of product costs.

How to Lock in Product Prices

How to Lock in Product Prices with Overseas Manufacturers

How to Lock in Product Prices with Overseas Manufacturers to avoid NOT getting your products when you need them most. The three key issues in nearly all the contract manufacturing agreements we draft (be they for China, Vietnam, Pakistan, Mexico, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia or wherever) are 1) price, 2) quantity and 3) delivery date. Yet many product buyers that have their products manufactured overseas focus so much on issues like intellectual property protection and control of molds, that they neglect these three key issues.

Moving Manufacturing from China to Mexico

Moving Manufacturing from China to Mexico or Poland Will Help the World

Moving manufacturing from China to Mexico or Poland will help the world by reducing energy consumption and pollution. Sourcing products from China has all sorts of hidden costs. This post focuses on the environmental costs. I my next post, I will discuss various other "hidden costs" that come from China sourcing, beyond just the environmental ones.