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China Licensing Agreements

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Proactive Strategies to Safeguard Your Critical Intellectual Property

China represents the world’s second-largest economy, offering those who wish to expand a significant opportunity. Licensing your goods or services to a Chinese partner can help you access the market.

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The Importance of Well-Written Licensing Agreements

IP is crucial to your business success because it often holds the key to your competitive advantage. Licensing agreements in China pose unique risks to those assets that a well-crafted document helps prevent by:

  • Helping ensure payment: Determining accurate sales figures for a per-unit-based licensing model can be complex and result in you receiving less than anticipated. A comprehensive agreement addresses payment basis, frequency, currency and methods upfront.
  • Establishing jurisdictional authority: Chinese courts generally don’t place significant weight on judgments issued by U.S. courts. A well-developed licensing contract spells out the dispute resolution jurisdiction and methods to increase enforceability.

When entering into a China licensing agreement, work with a trusted legal advisor who understands the nuances of Chinese business and law.

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Types of Available Licenses

You can execute multiple licensing agreements in China to spur your business growth. We’ll guide you on the best strategy to protect your brand with:

  • Trademark licenses
  • Patent licenses
  • Copyright licenses
  • Technology and skill-based licensing
  • Intellectual property licensing

Experience and Knowledge Make a Difference

The Harris Bricken international attorney team provides comprehensive legal guidance to leading businesses to protect their rights and lawfully navigate unique Chinese markets. We maintain a local Beijing office to ensure we’re current on the country’s legal and business environments. As part of our specialized services, our team provides the required documentation in English and various native languages, including Cantonese, Chinese and Mandarin.

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Types of Available Licenses

You can execute multiple licensing agreements in China to spur your business growth. We’ll guide you on the best strategy to protect your brand with:

  • Trademark licenses
  • Patent licenses
  • Copyright licenses
  • Technology and skill-based licensing
  • Intellectual property licensing

Experience and Knowledge Make a Difference

The Harris Bricken international attorney team provides comprehensive legal guidance to leading businesses to protect their rights and lawfully navigate unique Chinese markets. We maintain a local Beijing office to ensure we’re current on the country’s legal and business environments. As part of our specialized services, our team provides the required documentation in English and various native languages, including Cantonese, Chinese and Mandarin.

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Dan Harris is a leading authority on China’s legal system and business environment. In addition to making frequent media appearances to speak on Chinese legal issues, they co-author the China Law Blog, which consistently ranks as one of the top English-language legal blogs in the world.

The ABA (American Bar Association) Journal named the China Law Blog as one of the 20 best legal blogs of all time, and for five years in a row the Journal’s readers voted it the best in its category. The China Law Blog offers readers a wealth of information about the types of clients we serve and the legal challenges we help them solve every day.

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This law firm was a huge help as our company went through the process of commercial licensing in the California cannabis industry.  They have helped us with a variety of legal issues in a timely fashion, while clearly communicating with us throughout the process.  Everyone we’ve worked with at Harris Sliwoski is an expert in their field and we have always felt that we were in good hands through our legal representation.

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I am impressed with this law firm. They answered all my questions regarding cannabis businesses and the California cannabis framework, and they have helped me with a variety of legal issues in a timely fashion, while always clearly communicating with us throughout the process. They also redirected me to other quality people for my business needs. Everyone I worked with at Harris Sliwoski is an expert in their field, and I was in good hands throughout my legal representation.

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You won’t find a better partner than Harris Sliwoski when trying to navigate the complex world of healthcare regulations.  They not only give sound and reliable legal advice, but they are also very responsive and are able to guide you in a way that helps you reach your business objectives as well.

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