If you are hoping to do business in China, you must protect your intellectual property. You have patents, trademarks and copyrights filed in the United States. However, American protections will not follow you into China.
In order to guard your interests in China, you must register for the same protections with the Chinese government.
What is the first thing to do in order to begin the registration process?
Begin the registration process by evaluating what intellectual property is most important to your company and the products and services you will offer to the Chinese market.
This is also the right time to determine whether you will want an online business there, and register the appropriate domain names if you do.
What is the next step?
Once you have determined which intellectual properties you will use in China, and which properties you need to protect, the next step is to register the necessary patents and marks. This process can be arduous and confusing as all applications must be eligible under Chinese law.
Be sure to register both Chinese and English versions of all intellectual property matters in order to be fully protected by the law.
Are there other things to do in order to protect intellectual property?
Be sure to establish protocols between American and Chinese partners in order to discourage unintentional disclosures or misappropriation of sensitive material. Training and confidentiality agreements can also help protect your intellectual property between countries.
Protecting intellectual property in a multinational company can be challenging but by establishing legal protections and protocols early you can mitigate future problems for your company.