China Non Disclosure Agreements: Please Do Not Try This at Home

 /  Legal  / 
United States companies all too often make the mistake of trying to protect their intellectual property from China by using a U.S. style non-disclosure agreement (NDA). These agreements do not work for China. Chinese companies know this and so they willingly sign them. Read More

From Internet Novel to Screen: Are Adaptations Becoming Hot in China?

 /  Opinion  / 
China Literature has been betting big on selling adaptation rights to novels or comic books published on its platform to filmmakers, TV producers or game developers. Read More

Wanda And Tencent Team Up To Develop IP

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Wanda Cinema Line, the theatrical exhibition arm of Chinese real estate giant Dalian Wanda, is teaming up with tech giant Tencent to develop intellectual property (IP) across a range of platforms. Read More

China IP Licensing Agreements — Look Before You Leap

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As IP protection in China continues to grow stronger, foreign companies are seeking to access the Chinese market in increasingly sophisticated ways. Read More

China Copyright: What is a Work for Hire, and Why You Should Care

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Creative works outsourced to China are protected by copyright, but not always in a way companies expect. And because so much work in China occurs without a legally enforceable contract, once companies realize their IP portfolio is not nearly as robust as they thought, it’s often too late to do anything about it. Read More

Which Entity Should Own Your China IP?

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Clients often ask us which of their entities should own their IP (patents, trademarks and copyrights) in China. The basic answer is usually simple: whichever entity will be using the IP in China. Read More

Who’s Minding the Store in China?

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It’s one thing to sell knockoff Mickey Mouse backpacks at a mall in Nanchang, where you could clear out in a day if you had to. It’s quite another to build and operate a theme park. Read More

China Trademarks: So-So Vibrations

 /  News  / 
The Boston-based hamburger chain Wahlburgers, founded by Hollywood star Mark Wahlberg and his brothers, recently announced plans to open three restaurants in China, with an ambitious goal of opening up to 100 restaurants in China over the next 10 years. Read More

China Copyrights: No, You Can’t Call It Fair Use

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As China’s homegrown media companies like Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent continue to pay serious money for the rights to stream tv shows, movies, and other copyrighted material, more lawsuits are being filed in Chinese courts seeking to enforce China’s copyright law, and more official efforts are underway to reduce the amount of pirated material available in China. Read More

China Trademarks: The Limits of Fame

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In the HBO Studio Restaurant matter, Home Box Office faces two big problems. First of all, HBO is not well-known in China in ANY context. Read More