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U.S. companies in some industries face special restrictions in China

What the process of doing business in China involves isn’t the same for all businesses. For one, it can vary based on what industry a company is in. Businesses in some industries can face special challenges when it comes to expanding into the Chinese market. For example, in certain industries, there are special restrictions on what types of business operations foreign companies are allowed to have in China.

So, when a U.S. company is looking to extend its operations into China, it can be critical for it to understand what particular issues are present for it in relation to such market entry given things like the industry it is in. If it is in an industry in which there are special restrictions, it can be crucial for it to be aware of what impacts the restrictions have on its options for pursuing its goals related to doing business in China. This underscores how important having well-tailored legal advice can be for a U.S. company when looking to enter the Chinese market.

Consumer confidence in China has climbed significantly

Many things can influence the behavior, including spending behavior, of a country’s consumers. One is how confident they are feeling about economic conditions in their country.

What has consumer confidence been like lately in China? Recent data points to it having been on the increase and having reached pretty high levels.

Changes on the way in China’s intellectual property protection?

When a U.S. company is doing business abroad, many things can impact its efforts. This includes the intellectual property system in the foreign country it is operating in.

A business’ intellectual property, such as its trademarks and copyrights, can play a very big role in its brand and its overall operations. So, companies can be greatly affected by how much protection intellectual property typically enjoys in a foreign country they are doing business in. Among the things that can impact this are what particular policies are pursued by the government of that country.

Deciding how to enter the Chinese market

There isn’t just one way to enter the Chinese market. Rather, there are many different routes a U.S. company could go when it comes to such market entry. Examples of such routes include establishing a: wholly owned subsidiary, joint venture with a local company, sales office, representative office presence or market presence through use of an employment services company.

These options vary in many ways, including in:

Shift occurring in the trademark protection environment in China?

There are various difficulties U.S. companies can encounter when doing business in China. This includes challenges when it comes to protecting their intellectual property. One form of intellectual property that can play a very critical role for a business are its trademarks.

There are many differences in Chinese trademark law and court practices as compared to the laws and practices in the United States. These differences are among the things that can pose difficulties for U.S. companies in relation to trademark protection in China.

Cross-border ecommerce and China

New technologies have created new ways for companies here in the U.S. to get their products to customers in foreign markets. One of these new methods is cross-border ecommerce. This is when a company in one country sells its products to customers in another country through an online platform.

Cross-border ecommerce is one of the routes a U.S. company may opt to go for making forays into the Chinese market. Just as is the case with more traditional business methods, when a company is using newer methods (such as ecommerce) to get involved in the Chinese market, knowledgeable legal guidance can be a critical thing for it to have. Among the special legal issues that can come up in connection to such newer methods are issues stemming from how in-flux the legal framework that applies to them in China can be.

Chinese court rules in Under Amour’s favor in trademark case

Among the things that can create significant problems for a U.S. business operating in China are its trademarks being infringed. Among the legal actions a U.S. company may be able to take if it suspects one of its trademarks is being violated in China is pursuing a trademark infringement lawsuit in the Chinese legal system.

Some news has recently come up regarding such a lawsuit. The lawsuit was brought by Under Armour, the sports apparel company. A Chinese court recently made a ruling on this lawsuit.

U.S. acquisition activity down in China

There are many ways a U.S. business owner could enter into the Chinese economy. They could form a new business in China. They could enter into business ventures with Chinese corporations. They could also invest in or acquire a Chinese company.

Whatever method a U.S. business owner chooses for extending their business efforts into China, there are many things that could have significant impacts on how their entry into this market goes.

Important things to be aware of when starting business operations in China

Starting a business venture in China is something that can fill a U.S. business owner with both excitement and apprehension. Among the things they may be worried about is how their new business endeavor will fare given the many unique aspects of the Chinese market.

One of the things that can be key for a U.S. business owner when it comes to addressing these worries is having the right information. This includes clear and accurate information on what particular legal issues are connected to starting up a business venture in China. Such information could help a business owner understand what steps they can take to try to avoid legal problems during the process of getting their venture off the ground. Owners can seek out explanations of these issues and guidance on them from skilled international business lawyers.

Service exports to China on the rise

Exports to China are an important revenue stream for a wide range of businesses here in the United States. Now, when it comes to exports, many people’s minds may go straight to goods. However, services can be exported as well. Statistics from a recent US-China Business Council report indicate that exports of services to China have grown significantly here in the U.S. in recent years.

According to the statistics, between 2006 and 2015, there was an over 400 percent increase in service exports from the U.S. to China. This outpaces the growth in service exports from the U.S. to other parts of the world. It also outpaces the growth in goods exports from the U.S. to China.

Shi Yan grid lawyer
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