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Protecting your intellectual property when doing business in China

Many businesses have customers throughout the world. There are people in several different foreign countries that depend upon these businesses to meet demand for a specific service that these companies offer. Business owners looking to enter the market place in some countries need to understand the potential legal challenges that they may face as things move forward.

This is especially true for companies who are looking to do business in China. The difference in U.S. and Chinese laws is rather significant. Business owners need to be aware of the steps that they have to take to protect their intellectual property rights in China. 

Businesses that focus on technology, including those in the wireless technology industry, face several obstacles when trying to protect their intellectual property in China. When they start to offer their services inside the country, they soon discover that there are substantial gaps in China's intellectual property laws. For a long time, the country lacked many of the basic protections that companies here in the U.S. are familiar with, which led to serious problems.

Recently, China has made a substantial effort to create laws that attempt to ensure more rights to those who have developed software or own trademarks that are unique to their companies. The application of these laws is still a relatively new process, and some are questioning whether the country will apply the laws as written.

Before you enter into any business deals with individuals or entities in China, you need to be sure that you are taking the appropriate measures to protect the specific goods or services being offered by your company. Failing to do so could severely threaten the long-term health of your company, both here in the U.S. and in markets overseas.

If you have questions about intellectual property rights or other legal issues concerning U.S. and Chinese laws, you should contact an experienced international law attorney to learn more about your specific options. Your attorney will be able to help you understand how the laws in either country would apply in your case, and help you take the appropriate actions to ensure that you and your business are protected. 

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