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Why NDAs Do Not Work for China

The other day, I did a post, China NNN and NDA Agreements, on why China NNN Agreements are so important for those doing business with China. Within a few hours of that post, my co-blogger, Steve Dickinson, pointed out that if we are going to encourage China NNN Agreements over non disclosure agreements (commonly referred

international manufacturing lawyers

China Product Outsourcing: The Legal Basics

This latest recession has caused more small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) to look to cut costs by outsourcing their product manufacturing to China. Unfortunately, many of these SMEs now engaging in OEM (original equipment manufacturing) outsourcing to China fail to take some or all of the minimal legal steps necessary to protect themselves. When

China NNN Agreements

China NNN and NDA Agreements

Someone on our China Law Blog Linkedin Group just posed a question about using non disclosure agreements (NDAs) in China. My first thought was to refer them over to one of our posts on the subject, but then I realized we have not really written anything on them since 2006. That is far too long

China versus India for IT outsourcing

China Versus India for Product Sourcing

The China Sourcing Blog has an interesting post, entitled, China and India: A Comparison in Sourcing Potential, on the similarities and differences between China and India when it comes to product sourcing: There are many similarities between China and India in today’s global-economic climate. Both have over one billion citizens, both have experienced resilient growth

Haiti as the Next China: Est-ce Possible?

One of my savviest clients called me a couple weeks ago. This guy is an opportunist. He makes things all around the world. He makes cheap things for which there is an immediate need. He has been doing this unbelievably successfully for around twenty years, all over the world, but lately almost exclusively in China

international manufacturing lawyers

The Seven Keys to Product Quality When Manufacturing Overseas

A client sent one of my law firm’s international manufacturing lawyers an article and asked if it was accurate.  It is and I discuss it below because it should prove helpful to anyone that has its products manufactured overseas, especially in Asia. The article is entitled, “Seven Keys to Quality when Working with Foreign Product

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China Melamine is Getting Mighty Fishy

Most of you probably already know more about melamine than you ever expected. Melamine refers to both a chemical and to a resin produced from it. Human ingestion of melamine “may lead to reproductive damage, or bladder or kidney stones, which can lead to bladder cancer.” Unfortunately, its high nitrogen content allows it to mimic

China Factories: Do You, You, Feel Like We Do?

I am always touting Malcolm Gladwell’s book Blink. Reduced to two sentences, its thesis is that we humans overly worship logic to the detriment of our gut instincts, which are actually based on our lifetime of experience. In other words, your initial feeling about something is far more accurate than you think. Quality Wars has a

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China vs. Thailand Outsourcing Smackdown

David Dayton over at the consistently enlightening Silk Road International Blog did an interesting post comparing China to Thailand for manufacturing, entitled, Thailand vs. China. David is eminently qualified to make this comparison because his Master’s Degree focused on “Comparative Chinese and Thai Corporate Cultures,” he is fluent in both Thai and Mandarin, and he

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China Manufacturing Protections: My Elevator Speech

Many years ago, my old law firm brought in a “legal marketing expert” to lead a marketing seminar for the firm. I do not remember a single thing from that session beyond that the expert forced each of us to describe our practice as though we had just been asked to do so by someone