China Founds Trademark Office to Protect Domestic Brands
The new office shows China is serious about protecting trademark — at least where its own companies are concerned. Read More
China’s Entertainment and Culture Industry is Quickly Realizing the Power of IP
Major entertainment and cultural players are moving aggressively into the IP game. The attractive Chinese market holds challenges and opportunities. The theme of China’s reliance on international IP is still strong, but demands in emotional reciprocity and generation Z’s rise are creating a new landscape. Read More
China Non Disclosure Agreements: Please Do Not Try This at Home
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?
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
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
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
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?
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?
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
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