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What is the DTSA and what does it do?

In a post last month, we offered perspective on U.S. laws that offer businesses protection against the theft of trade secrets. At the national level, most states have enacted the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, something close to it, or already have laws on the books that attempt to serve the same purpose. Those statutes handle issues that crop up state to state.

How do I choose where to defend against trade secret violations?

If you watch a crime drama on television, occasionally you'll hear prosecutors and police talk about finding a "friendly" judge who will give them the warrant they need to advance their case. Lawyers on the defense side might do something similar. Such venue shopping happens in civil cases, too. The strategy is to find a setting that offers the best chance of achieving the desired outcome.

China and the U.S. are banding together against counterfeiting

You may have heard the expression “fake it till you make it.” The reverse seems to hold true in China. Counterfeiting has become the proverbial scarlet letter of the country. Chinese president Xi Jinping has announced an effort to aggressively combat Chinese counterfeiting.

Implications of a dedicated IP court in Shenzhen, China

Veteran U.S. business operatives in China know there can be unique challenges in trying to grow and thrive in that market. Previous posts here have highlighted difficulties presented by the innate cultural and legal system differences between the two countries. At the same time, there is growing evidence that change is not only possible, but also actually underway on some fronts.

Business in China often means fighting TM squatters

If you have ever heard the phrase, "the devil is in the detail," you have one nugget of simple wisdom for how to protect your intellectual property when doing business in China. As we noted in one previous post, Chinese law on trademarks can be complicated and frustrating. Compared to U.S. intellectual property law, practices in China can seem arcane. Not only can cases take a great deal longer to resolve, but even positive outcomes can prove to be less than satisfactory.

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