Should You Be Legal Representative in China?
Under Chinese law, every company must have a legal representative when starting a company or opening a new business in the PRC. A company’s legal representative is the individual who serves as the legal embodiment of the company’s interests for purposes of the Chinese government. His or her name appears on the company’s business license […]
Should You Register Your Trademark in Chinese?
Many foreign businesses are reluctant to register their brand name into Chinese, assuming that the brand will be recognizable, distinctive, and protected by one trademark filing. In reality, it is critical to ensure that the trademark name is also registered in Chinese. To begin with, it is important to understand that if the trademark is […]
Trump President: What’s in It for China?
Much of the world, China included, is in shock over the recent election of billionaire property developer and TV reality shows mogul Donald J. Trump in the United States. All of the pre-election polls, and even many of the leaders of Mr. Trump’s own Republican Party themselves, had written him off going into this past […]
New China’s Work Visa: A Welcome Change or Reason to Worry?
In a recent development that could either spell great news or a reason for fear for foreign workers in China, on September 9, 2016, China’s State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (“SAFEA”), one of two Chinese government agencies currently charged with administering China’s visa program for foreign workers, announced major changes to China’s visa system […]
China Cracking down on Malicious Trademark Registrations
What does a deck of playing cards and a lighter have in common? ‘Nothing’, one could argue. On December 30th 2015, the Beijing No.1 Intermediate People’s Court argued otherwise and endorsed a creative argument in a case involving the world’s largest playing card manufacturing company and a malicious trademark applicant. The United States Playing Card […]