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IP case study: Keeping trade secrets

Nearly all businesses in all industries and sectors possess trade secrets. Trade secrets are a valuable and highly useful form of intellectual property that are nevertheless often undervalued and overlooked by their owners. This is particularly the case in the service sector, where the relative...
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Dealing with counterfeiters in China’s cosmetics market

As with companies in any economic sector, cosmetics firms have much to gain from early protection of their Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). Registering IP with Chinese authorities and customs before beginning any type of business activity in the country could potentially save SMEs a lot of money...
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Protecting your online IPR in China

China has a population of over 1.3 billion people and as of June 2020, 940 million ‘netizens’ – people actively involved in online communities. With Alibaba Group and JD leading the way, e-commerce is now well developed in China. According to the World Economic Forum, from January to November 2020...
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Keeping a trade secret - part two

Trade secrets are a valuable and highly useful form of intellectual property right (IPR). As the name suggests however, trade secrets are a non-registrable form of intellectual property; they only enjoy legal protection if they are not disclosed publically. It is, therefore, crucial to prevent your...
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EU and China reach agreement in principle on investment

The European Union (EU) and China have concluded in principle the negotiations for a Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI). The deal followed talks between Chinese President Xi Jinping and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, European Council President Charles Michel and German...
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Keeping a trade secret - part one

Trade secrets are a valuable and highly useful form of intellectual property. Nearly all businesses in all industries and sectors have them. Nevertheless, they are often undervalued and overlooked by their owners. This is not least the case in the service sector where the relative value of trade...
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Trade fairs in China: steps to protect your IPR

Trade fairs are an excellent opportunity for a business to showcase new products and scout business partners for manufacturing, promotion, and distribution. Unfortunately, in China, these exhibitions are a common prowling grounds for intellectual property rights infringers, so it is important to...
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Expert advice on doing business in China

The European Network of Research and Innovation Centres and Hubs (ENRICH) in China is holding an Autumn series of online workshops offering advice on doing business in the Far East nation. Three workshops are aimed at SMEs among others and will provide relevant knowledge and practical tips from the...
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Protecting your IP while Transferring Technology to China

While in the past, European companies came to China to take advantage of low-cost manufacturing for export, more recently, they have come to enter the Chinese domestic market, establish R&D, engage in cooperative development, take advantage of a skilled work force, establish suppliers, and develop...
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Registering Top Level Domain names in China

Internet usage is truly booming in China, with more than 701 million ‘netizens’ (as of December 2016), China connects more people to the Internet than any other country. In fact, every fourth person on the Internet is from China. Facilitated by the increasing availability of broadband technology and...
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Bad Faith Trade Mark Registrations in China and How to Deal with It

Prior trade mark registrations, also called ‘bad-faith registrations’, are a significant problem that many European companies encounter in China. This process commonly involves a Chinese company first registering the trade mark of a foreign company in China with the express intention of selling it...
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Dealing with Partners and Employees: Writing a Good Manufacturing Non-disclosure Agreement in China

In this article, we will discuss protecting IP when seeking Chinese manufacturers and will address what it takes to design an NNN (non-use, non-disclosure, and non-circumvention agreements) which can pose enough of a credible threat to dissuade contract violations. Defining protected information...