How to protect your IPR while doing business in China

One of my clients asked me a question, which I believe is a common concern: “How can we protect our IPR effectively in China?”   The following was my answer:   1. First of all, register your IPR in China, ASAP.  All IP laws & regulations in China are based on the protection for legitimate…

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Don’t be Fooled by a Foreign Partner

Doing business in China is not easy. However, a local partner may help you navigate the Chinese business landscape easier. With a good partner you won’t have to worry about most of the headaches that come with the climate. A local partner can help you understand the law of the land, Chinese culture, especially with…

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Are Bilingual Contracts Necessary?

After AsiaBridge’s presentation regarding the importance of bilingual contracts at the Hong Kong sourcing fair hosted by Global Sources, some clients wrote me asking more about bilingual contracts. A few clients wanted to know, “Do you really think Bilingual contracts are necessary?” I understand clients’ concerns. We’re dealing with China; if something goes wrong, many…

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Buyers Beware –Double Diligence

Fraud can always accompany business; only sometimes does it actually reveal itself.  We say, double your diligence before you pay. A couple days ago, a buyer voiced a  complaint to me.  The buyer told me that their supplier received payment for goods.  However, the supplier denied receiving the deposit and refused to deliver the goods…

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10 Questions for a Chinese lawyer

1. Why did you start a law firm? Biggest challenge of starting a firm? I formed an idea about how to provide legal services and wanted to realize it, however, I couldn’t find a suitable platform.  So I thought it was time for me to start my own firm. If you think of a lawyer…

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What is Foreign Direct Investment?

At first glance foreign direct investment (“FDI”) sounds, well just that- “foreign” and hard to understand. So let me try to shed some of the obscurity. I am by providing a high level overview of what FDI is and a few things to consider. Many times a businesses will find themselves with the need to…

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Non-Material Change…that can Materially Impact You

Article 31 of Contract Law of the People’s Republic of China in summary states that if someone accepts an offer, but in their acceptance makes a non-material change of the offer, acceptance is still made, save two instances. The first instance is when the offeror make a timely objection to the acceptance, or second, the…

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