It's a new year and new scams are on the rise.  Make sure you're prepared.

An English speaking Chinese lawyer explains the best ways protect yourself in China

  1. Be sure to register your IP.  China recognizes IP if it's registered in China and not if it's on the market or already registered in your home country.

  2. Find the right contract that fits you and your supplier.  There are many different contracts to choose from and you should always know what you are signing to.  In a Chinese court, Chinese is the only language allowed during a court hearing.

  3. Do your Due Diligence.  Before you send money to that perfect supplier you found via internet, do a little research.  You can always hire someone to call the supplier beforehand to confirm they are legitimate or make sure the name is in Chinese characters, this will almost always confirm whether they are real or fake.

  4. When all else fails having a simple retainer.  Doing business in China can be difficult and scary but having a lawyer on call definitely lessens the burden.

Remember "5 P's" of  "proper preparation prevents poor performance."


  1. femi adetona on January 18, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    why is china not speaking other languages in there court hearing ? why then do they deal with other countries

    • Heidi Ruhling on January 19, 2014 at 10:01 am

      As of now that’s the law in China. This is why a bilingual contract is a must so you not only know what you are signing but what both supplier and what a court of law would actually recognize.

  2. femi adetona on January 18, 2014 at 2:35 pm