How U.S. Businesses Can Keep Trans-Pacific Operations Strong During COVID-19

Categories: Business In China, Legal Updates | By Peter Pang

China and the United States mutually benefit from their deeply intertwined relationships. The strong economic connection between the U.S. and China creates a natural incentive to keep trans-Pacific operations strong despite the challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic. China’s COVID-19 Response Proves Effective When coronavirus first hit, the Chinese economy took a massive blow to…

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Trademark – Your Pioneers for Doing Business in China!

Categories: Business In China, Intellectual Property | By John Tan

The early bird catches worm – this is an old saying, but it still goes well even in the entrepreneurial and business circles. I believe this phrase is always a reminder that the early bird gets an insider’s advantage over the others. Talking of business, trademark matters, in particular, this blog is focused on why…

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Taxation on a Foreign Enterprise without a Physical Office in China: Are You Obligated to Pay?

Categories: Foreign Direct Investments, Legal Updates | By Anna Huang

Foreign enterprises often come across a baffling issue when providing technical or consulting services by dispatching employees to its Chinese partners or affiliates. They are mandated to pay enterprise income tax in China even though they establish no physical office there. This practice triggers great concerns about double taxation. Moreover, a foreign enterprise must settle…

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How To Source Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) From China?

Categories: Business In China, China 101 | By Peter Pang

As the number of global novel coronavirus (Covid-19) cases continues to grow at an unprecedented pace, healthcare facilities around the world are struggling with an increasing crush of patients, and are desperately looking for the equipment they need to better protect themselves from catching and spreading the virus. The ongoing pandemic has skyrocketed the global…

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A Silver Lining in A Dark Cloud Under the Compact of Coronavirus – Cross-border Franchising in China

Categories: Business In China, Foreign Direct Investments | By John Tan

First identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of China’s Hubei province, the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) spread throughout the world within the weeks that followed. The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has created arguably the biggest global health crisis since the Spanish flu pandemic in 1918, as nearly 2 million COVID-19 cases have been confirmed…

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Impact of Coronavirus on Foreign Investment in China

Categories: Business In China, Foreign Direct Investments | By Peter Pang

On March 11, 2020, the Chinese government announced that the number of new novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the country were falling for the first time since the virus was first identified last year in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province. China’s aggressive public health policies to prevent the spread of the virus — the…

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Prerequisite to Successful Franchising in China is strong IP !

Categories: Business In China | By John Tan

Clients often ask, why do they need to register their trademarks in the People’s Republic of China (Mainland China), and how can they use them in the business? Mainland China adopts the principle of First-To-File instead of the principle of First-To-Use. So, those who file the applications first, may be able to obtain the exclusive rights…

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THE MAGIC OF ARTISTIC WORKS

Categories: Intellectual Property | By John Tan

“Literary and artistic works” shall include every production in the literary, scientific and artistic domain, whatever may be the mode or form of its expression, such as: books, pamphlets and other writings; lectures, addresses, sermons and other works of the same nature; dramatic or dramatico-musical works; choreographic works and entertainments in dumb show; musical compositions…

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How are your contracts affected by the coronavirus?

Categories: Business In China, Legal Updates | By Wendy Zhang

Local businesses, as well as global companies with significant footprints in China, have temporarily suspended their production, logistics, international service, and other aspects of their operations as they grapple with the widespread disruption brought on by the novel coronavirus 2019 (nCOV-19) outbreak that has derailed commerce in China. This has also spurred companies to review…

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