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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Latest Economic Policies and Incentives of Chinese Government on Fighting Coronavirus Impacts

Categories: Business In China, Legal Updates | By Anna Huang

Towards the end of 2019, novel coronavirus (COVID-19)-infected pneumonia started to break out in the sprawling capital of Central China’s Hubei province, Wuhan. In the weeks that followed, Chinese authorities embarked on a crusade against novel coronavirus, as fears of a widespread epidemic nationwide deepened. The extreme measures that China took to keep a tight…

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Applicability of Force Majeure in the Light of Coronavirus Outbreak

Categories: China 101, Legal Updates | By Peter Pang

A large number of electronics and chemical companies, pharmaceutical firms and those from the manufacturing sector are witnessing obstacles in the supply chain due to the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). The situation has pushed the Chinese companies to withdraw from their contractual responsibilities, and more than 4,800 force majeure certificates have been issued as of…

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Coronavirus Outbreak I – Legal Obligations for Employers in China

Categories: Labor and Employment Law, Legal Updates | By Peter Pang

Towards the end of 2019, local authorities in Wuhan, Hubei province, identified a cluster of cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19)-infected pneumonia. Instantaneously declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the virus is spreading around the world like a whirlwind. As of 24 February 2020, novel coronavirus COVID-19 has…

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The Challenges of Franchising in China

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

The franchising concept is relatively new to China. In fact, as recently as the mid-1990s, the Chinese language didn’t even include a direct translation of the word “franchise.” Nevertheless, in recent decades, Western franchises have been proliferating in China like flowers after a spring shower. Although fast-food chains such as McDonald’s, KFC, and Starbucks have…

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Investors Fear China Might ‘Weaponize Its Currency” in the Trade War

Categories: Foreign Direct Investments, Outbound Foreign Investments | By Peter Pang

The US Council on Foreign Relations lists the US-China trade war as the most significant world event of 2018 – and it seems more than plausible that this event will retain its title in 2019. The frightening aspect of this scenario is the fact that neither side has exhausted its arsenal of weapons that could…

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Hiring Employees from Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macau: What You Need to Know

Categories: Labor and Employment Law | By Peter Pang

The term “Mainland China” (with an upper-case “M”) is a political rather than geographic designation. It refers to the territory of China minus Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macau, which issue their own currencies and enforce their borders with immigration barriers requiring document inspection. If your company seeks to hire employees from these regions to work…

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