McDonalds vs KFC vs MFC

Back in March I wrote a blog post about the state of intellectual property protection in China and referenced the movie “Coming to America” where McDonald’s is knocked off by “McDowell’s”.

While traveling in China, I recently came across “MFC” which is a knock off of both KFC and McDonald’s!

Here is the picture of the front door, taken at a distance, as they didn’t like some American taking pictures of the inside.

Chicken AND Big Macs

If you have been to China, you will note the Chinese words used to describe MFC are in the same font as KFC China uses and the M is the “Mc” from McDonalds. The best translation would be “McTucky.” The lay out, menu and uniforms are also straight up knock offs of the two big brands.

If you want to learn more about the state of Intellectual Property in China, and how to protect yourself, check out the following blog posts, articles and video.


Michael Jordan forgets to register his IP. Learn how not to make the same mistake.

Land Rover fails to register their IP (lessons for buyers)

Where can I find a partner to help distribute a product under my license for the IP?

IP theft

Protecting IP






Wishing you successful China sourcing!


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Written by Mike Bellamy – author of, “The Essential Reference Guide to China Sourcing” ( and founder of PassageMaker Sourcing Solutions (



  1. Mike Bellamy, with CSIC on February 27, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Thanks guys. Yep, it’s MKC rather than MFC.

  2. Norman Bishop on August 24, 2012 at 4:33 am

    That sign reads MKC to me. Is that another chain in addition to MFC?

  3. Robin ngai on August 23, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    Going by the picture, it’s actually MKC.

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