Is it Legal & Safe to Hire a Freelancer in China?

Questions & Answers Q: More and more websites (like oDesk.com, Elance.com Freelancer.com) in English and Chinese are connecting international business people w Chinese freelancers to project work on a part time and sometimes full time basis. What do the Chinese HR...

Work With Your Chinese Attorney to Sue Your Supplier

Sometimes miring through a lawsuit, whether against a supplier or an ex-business partner, can be more painful than the events that gave rise to the dispute. Although favorable results can never be guaranteed, foreign clients can take comfort in the fact that retaining...

Starting a Business in China: How and Where to Start

Right now, small and medium sized entrepreneurs can operate in the P.R.C. more confidently than ever. The Chinese government has committed itself to the protection of foreign partners’ investments, profits and legal rights. These guarantees protect against...

Why Should I Retain a Chinese Law Firm?

There are many benefits to hiring a Chinese law firm. Often times having boots on the ground is indispensable. Whether you are operating within Asia or abroad, it is always reassuring having someone on-site and ready to respond at first notice. Additionally, there are...

Hong Kong’s Legal System and the P.R.C.

“One China, two systems” In the United States, we tend to take for granted the Constitution’s Full Faith and Credit Clause. The concept is simple: any valid judgment issued by one state is fully enforceable in another state. Unfortunately, international civil...

Trademark Longevity in the PRC

After a year and half, our client’s trademark was finally granted by the Trademark Office in Beijing. The client asked me: “Do you have any guidance on requirements for usage and requirements for ongoing maintenance?” Good question. It occurred to me that this is...

4 Simple Ways to Protect yourself in the New Year

2014 is fresh and so the scams will be too.  Make sure you’re prepared.  Here’s four ways you can best protect yourself. Be sure to register to your IP.  China recognizes IP if it’s registered in China and not if it’s on the market or already...

Purchase Agreements vs. Purchase Orders

More than once, when I review Purchase Agreements (PA) that buyers have already signed with his or her supplier, I’ve found that actually what he signed is a Purchase Order (PO). What are the differences between a PO and a PA? A Purchase Agreement is an agreement...

3 Protections Registering Your Trademark in China Will Grant You.

We all know we must register our trademark in China to get any legal protection. But what specific protection can be expected? According to the revised Trademark Law, there are three kinds in total: 1. Trademark. It’s not allowed to use the same or similar sign with a...