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Insider’s look at legal services in China: IP Registration: Introduction to Patents (Design/ Utility/ Invention) (Part 7)

February 20, 2014 Another China Blog, Blogs

There are three types of patent in China. The first is the invention patent that protects technical solution relating to a product, a process or improvement. A successful invention patent filing will grant protection for 20 years. The application process requires a thorough disclosure of the benefits the technical solutions

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Insider’s look at legal services in China: IP Registration: Trademarks (Time Frame & Typical Fees) (Part 6)

February 13, 2014 Another China Blog, Blogs

Time Frame

The total procedure depends on the project scope and national holidays, but the average project takes 18 months from the time the application is submitted to the point where the IP is protected.

1. Trademark acceptance notice will be issued about two months from submission of application

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Insider’s look at legal services in China: IP Registration: Trademarks (Application Process & Documents Required) (Part 5)

February 6, 2014 Another China Blog, Blogs

The procedure for registration of a trademark in China is as follows:

Search in the database of China Trademark Office (CTO) to make sure the trademark has not previously been registered.
Organize the technical translations and prepare all documents.
Prepare and submit application to the CTO upon official confirmation received that no

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Insider’s look at legal services in China: IP Registration: Copyrights (Time Frame & Typical Fees) (Part 4)

January 30, 2014 Another China Blog, Blogs

Time Frame

The total procedure depends on the project scope and national holidays, but the average project takes at three to six months from the time the application is submitted to the point where the IP is protected.
Typical Fee Structure

The following fees are listed in “RMB” which is the Chinese currency

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Quality Control Agents: An insider’s look at their fee structure (part 2)

January 28, 2014 Another China Blog, Blogs, Featured

Inspections and Audits

In Part 1 of this series we exposed the dangers of asking a sourcing agency to conduct inspections and audits. We also explained why working on a man-day rate is better than a % of PO value when contracting inspection services.

Now let’s take a look at how

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Insider’s look at legal services in China: IP Registration: Copyrights (Process & Documents Required) (Part 3)

January 23, 2014 Another China Blog, Blogs

The main procedure to register a copyright in China is as follows:

Search the government database to ensure the IP is not already registered by another party.
Organize the technical translations and prepare all documents.
Fill in “Work Registration Form and Rights Guarantee” (WRF&RG) and pay government registration department fees.
Submit documents to

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Don’t end up looking like an Ass in the year of the Horse

January 21, 2014 Another China Blog, Blogs

Year of the Horse. 2014.

Chinese holidays can impact your supply chain and make you look bad in the eyes of your customers.With the Chinese New Year holiday rapidly approaching, I want to offer a behind the scenes look at what really happens at the factory before a major holiday

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