What language should you choose for your China contracts?

24 March 2022
Contracts with Chinese manufacturers, distributors, Chinese suppliers and other commercial agreements you use in China are more likely to be effective if written in English and Chinese. Why you might you say? The reason is that it is important that you and the Chinese parties must understand the contract scope in order for the contract to be effective in the Chinese court. However, we have witnessed many foreign companies in China signing bilingual contracts only understanding the foreign language, and not fully understanding the Chinese words of the contract.

How does the trademark system in China work

10 March 2022
What distinguishes the Chinese trademark registration system from others? In addition to patent protection and copyright protection in China, how do you get the necessary intellectual property to protect your trademark in the suitable product classes? What are the different subclasses and categories of products and services that cover your company the best? We will describe what makes China's trademark system unique in this article and elaborate on the most critical aspects of the trademark registration process in China.

How to protect your product when it is made in China

27 February 2022
Here we will explain how to protect your product when making it as well as your trade secrets in China. The most important thing for companies with a new product made in China is to verify the Chinese company you intend to collaborate with before signing any contracts. It is also important to use Chinese-specific contracts and protect your intellectual property (IP) in China like patents or trademarks.

How to use customs in China as a tool to protect your IP

17 February 2022
In recent years global manufacturing has been centred in China. Even though many legitimate brand owners manufacture their products in China and export them worldwide, China produces many counterfeit goods and is a source of counterfeit products. To prevent infringement of IP rights in China, the China customs plays a more important role in China's IP protection regime and IP enforcement.

How to prevent counterfeiting in China

13 February 2022
The majority of businesses seek to prevent Chinese companies from selling counterfeit products. This article explains how to prevent Chinese companies from copying your products and stop them if they are already doing so.

The benefits of filing a utility patent and an invention patent at the same time in China

02 February 2022
Utility model patent applications can be filed concurrently with innovation patent applications in China. The benefit of filing utility model patent applications concurrently with innovation patent applications is that a utility model patent can be granted much more quickly than an innovation patent application.

Patents on utility models in China

31 January 2022
Chinese patents and patent protection in China include traditional invention patents, design patents and utility model patent protection. For companies seeking to protect their intellectual property, these various patent types and the improved Chinese patent law provide foreign applicants with vital benefits as they often require less creativity and can be granted much faster.

The Due Diligence process in China: Veryfing Chinese companies

27 January 2022
Finding the right partner is crucial for foreign businesses that do business in China, no matter if it is through trading, investment, supply chain, joint ventures etc. Despite China's progress in becoming more business-friendly, law and regulation enforcement can still be unsatisfactory. The key to success in China is preparation and prevention. Companies dealing with Chinese parties would have avoided or minimized their problems if they had conducted extensive due diligence at the beginning of their business planning.

What impact does the updated Chinese Patent Law have on design patents in China

20 January 2022
The process of protecting your designs in China is more straightforward than you may think, and are important for business purposes outside of and inside the China market.  This article explores Chinese design patent applications and how design patents in China contribute to protecting innovative industrial designs. It also discusses what impact the updated patent law in China has on design patents and how you can use a design patent in China as a cost-effective tool to stop the spread of unpatentable designs worldwide.

Why you should apply for Chinese trademarks in China

17 January 2022
Even though foreign language marks are increasingly recognized on the Chinese market, local consumers will likely still use Chinese language marks to refer to foreign brands. Therefore, getting legal protection, preventing trademark infringement, securing the exclusive right for a brand in China, developing Chinese language marks and securing their registration should always be a priority for foreign companies operating in the Chinese market.

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