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  • Payment Terms When Selling Overseas

    Whenever my law firm is retained to represent a company that is looking to provide goods or services to a new overseas buyer, one of the first things we want to know are the payment terms. If our client is going to get 100% payment before it provides thegoods or services, a written contract may...

  • Even if You Diversify Your Supply Chain, You Need to Keep Your Head on a Swivel

    Small- and medium-sized companies have smaller toolboxes than large manufacturers when it comes to de-risking their supply chains, but even the big players have endured plenty of pain over the past few years. Multinational behemoths including Toyota, Apple and Sony have struggled to meet customer demand for their products, and in many cases, semiconductor shortages...

  • Uyghur Forced Labor for Export?

    Uyghurs for sale is the title of a landmark Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) report on the transfer programs that have seen workers from Xinjiang taken to other Chinese provinces to work as forced laborers. Is Uyghurs for export the next phase? Labor transfer programs have been a critical component of Beijing’s Xinjiang policy, and...

  • On the Value of Spec Sheets When Manufacturing Overseas

    When I give speeches on what it takes to successfully source product from a contract manufacturer, I always emphasize the following four things: Good manufacturer (due diligence) Good manufacturing agreement Good IP protection Good quality control Years ago, my law firm’s international manufacturing lawyers drafted manufacturing agreements for 48 (!) different countries for a really...

  • Forced Labor: It’s Getting Real

    For importers of Chinese products, this coming June 21 will be a critical date. On that day, a rebuttable presumption that all products made in Xinjiang violate the U.S. forced labor statute will come into effect. The rebuttable presumption is mandated by the Uyghur Forced Labor Protection Act (UFLPA), which was signed into law by...

  • Amazon Seller Shenanigans and Why You Must Register Your Copyrights

    The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) establishes a process whereby copyright owners can notify online service providers such as Amazon about infringing material and request that it be taken down. Such infringing material can include product images, logos (which may be eligible for trademark protection), and texts used on listings. According to the  U.S. Copyright...

  • The Ten Keys to Preventing Counterfeiting of Your Products

    If counterfeits of your products are being sold to the public, you have already lost. Sure, there is a lot that can be done to ameliorate such a situation, but the time for action is way before that. The more you do before you face an infringement problem, the less likely you are to have...

  • Chinese Company Lawyers

    “Let’s kill all the lawyers.” William Shakespeare. Okay, so we lawyers are not the most loved people in the world. I get that. But, I cannot resist noting that U.S. surveys consistently show that even though the overwhelming majority of people dislike lawyers, they overwhelmingly like their own lawyers. In other words, our own clients...

  • Miami for Asia Business

    Miami is increasingly becoming an important hub for Asia business. The city’s enduring status as the “capital of Latin America” is perhaps the main driver of this trend, but ties to other parts of the world also play an important role, as does Miami’s (and all of Florida’s) own attractiveness as a business destination. The...

  • Global Law and Business Podcast – Jack Hedge (Shipping and Ports)

    Listen HERE or stream on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Stitcher, or Soundcloud! At Harris Bricken, we keep close tabs on what is happening around the world, and we know that our friends and clients do, as well. We are happy to provide this podcast series: Global Law and Business, hosted by international attorneys Fred Rocafort and Jonathan Bench, where we look...

  • International Manufacturing Term Sheets

    1. On the benefits of term sheets  International manufacturing term sheets save time and money. They help potential product buyers and product sellers figure out whether they are on the “same page” and whether they will ever get on the same page. They also reduce attorneys’ fees because drafting a contract when parties agree is...

  • Global Law and Business Podcast – Jerry Chidester (Plastic Surgery)

    Listen HERE or stream on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Stitcher, or Soundcloud! At Harris Bricken, we keep close tabs on what is happening around the world, and we know that our friends and clients do, as well. We are happy to provide this podcast series: Global Law and Business, hosted by international attorneys Fred Rocafort and Jonathan Bench, where we look...

  • Demand Letters to Chinese Companies: Facts are Optional

    My law firm’s international dispute resolution lawyers often write demand letters to Chinese companies that owe money or have failed to abide by a contract. These letters are different from what we write to American and European companies. Our demand letters to American and European companies are typically fairly long. They extensively describe the facts...

  • IP Protection in the Global Marketplace

    I recently joined GlobalAutoIndustry.com‘s Ron Hesse for an interview on IP and Trademark Protection in the Global Marketplace. Ron and I discussed why going abroad is a gamechanger for companies’ IP strategies, and how they can prioritize IP protection efforts as they enter multiple new markets. We also talked about the impact of the COVID-19...

  • Global Law and Business Podcast – Jack Rhysider (Cybercrime and Security)

    Listen HERE or stream on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Stitcher, or Soundcloud! At Harris Bricken, we keep close tabs on what is happening around the world, and we know that our friends and clients do, as well. We are happy to provide this podcast series: Global Law and Business, hosted by international attorneys Fred Rocafort and Jonathan Bench, where we look...

  • Investing in Your Business to Steal your IP

    Our international lawyers have over the last few months have been getting way more emails and phone calls than usual from foreign companies (U.S. and European) and people telling us they’ve been scammed or seeking our assistance in determining whether they are about to get scammed. By far the most common scam we are seeing...

  • International Distribution Contracts in Real Life

    Hardly a week goes by without a company confidently telling one of my law firm’s international lawyers how they will be working with a great distributor to get their product(s) into a particular foreign market. Our job as their lawyers is to write an enforceable international distribution contract to protect them. Our international distribution contracts...

  • Global Law and Business Podcast – Rodolphe Ruffié (International Dispute Resolution)

    Listen HERE or stream on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Stitcher, or Soundcloud! At Harris Bricken, we keep close tabs on what is happening around the world, and we know that our friends and clients do, as well. We are happy to provide this podcast series: Global Law and Business, hosted by international attorneys Fred Rocafort and Jonathan Bench, where we look...

  • How NOT to Lose Your Shirt When Manufacturing Overseas

    When a company comes to our law firm looking at manufacturing overseas, they often do not have a fully final product. By this I mean their “product” can be a mere idea,  a prototype needing further development before large scale manufacturing, a product needing minor refinements, or a fully-fledged ready-to-go product. Our international manufacturing lawyers...

  • Finding Safe Harbor in a Stepped-up Trade Enforcement Environment

    Risky Business United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has begun the process of reporting trade statistics for FY 2021. And, as we have written in this space, the trend towards stepped-up administrative investigation, enforcement and assessment activity is clearer than ever. This dynamic has even, not surprisingly, spilled over into the judicial realm insofar...

  • International Manufacturing: Sourcing Agent or Not?

    Many companies engaged in international manufacturing outsource their products from overseas by using a sourcing agent. Tomes have been written about the pros and cons of using a sourcing agent versus dealing directly with the foreign manufacturer and I have no intention of rehashing all that here. My relatively succinct and simple and mostly unhelpful...

  • Learning Chinese Web3 Vocabulary

    Recently I started learning Chinese web3 vocabulary. If you are like me, you are constantly trying to learn new things, and you may be in your early learning stages of web3 learning right now. Most of my study interests center around making myself more useful to my clients, my family, and issues and organizations I...

  • Biden Extends, Modifies Solar Tariffs – Climate Change v. Fair Trade

    On February 4, 2022, President Biden announced the extension of tariffs President Trump imposed on imported solar products in 2018. The solar tariffs had started at 30% in 2018 declining annually to 15% in 2022 when they were scheduled to expire on February 6, 2022. President Biden’s decision nominally extends protection for U.S. solar manufacturers...

  • Global Law and Business Podcast – Gregor McQueen (Geopolitics)

    Listen HERE or stream on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Stitcher, or Soundcloud! At Harris Bricken, we keep close tabs on what is happening around the world, and we know that our friends and clients do, as well. We are happy to provide this podcast series: Global Law and Business, hosted by international attorneys Fred Rocafort and Jonathan Bench, where we look at the world...

  • The Importance of Knowing, Understanding, and Being Able to Map your Supply Chain

    Supply chain risks are higher than ever and we do not see this changing anytime soon. By taking the preemptive supply chain verification and substantiation measures described below, U.S. importers can manage and reduce these risk factors. Three Supply Chain Scenarios, One Common Proposition Consider, if you will, three different scenarios: Scenario No. 1: A...

  • Trademarking Chinese Words

    For some brands, trademarking Chinese words or phrases might hit just the right note in terms of image. BBQ pork buns sound appetizing, but describing them as char siu bao provides a special touch. And for established brands from the Chinese-speaking world, Chinese words may already be an indelible part of their identity. Yet the...

  • Global Law and Business Podcast – Akshat Divatia (Immigration)

    Listen HERE or stream on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Stitcher, or Soundcloud! At Harris Bricken, we keep close tabs on what is happening around the world, and we know that our friends and clients do, as well. We are happy to provide this podcast series: Global Law and Business, hosted by international attorneys Fred Rocafort and Jonathan Bench, where we look at the world...

  • Global Law and Business Podcast – Federico A. De Jesús (Capitol Hill)

    Listen HERE or stream on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Stitcher, or Soundcloud! At Harris Bricken, we keep close tabs on what is happening around the world, and we know that our friends and clients do, as well. We are happy to provide this podcast series: Global Law and Business, hosted by international attorneys Fred Rocafort and Jonathan Bench, where we look at the world...

  • International Trade – 2021 Year in Review, Predictions for 2022 – Trump tariffs

    The year 2021 began with high hopes for international trade as many thought the incoming Biden Administration would undo many of the unprecedented trade actions taken by the Trump Administration and reset U.S. trade policy.  However, at the end of 2021, most of the Trump tariffs remain in effect and the Biden Administration has largely...

  • The International Manufacturing Price Trap

    Friends don’t let friends get caught in the international manufacturing price trap. Contract manufacturing is fundamentally the purchase of a product. For any product purchase, the key terms are price, quantity and delivery date. And yet many buyers treat these key term as secondary issues. As buyers focus on exciting issues like product design and...

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