In the last decades a growing number of foreign companies have found their way to China, both as a market for their products and for production or assembly purposes. Attracted by high growth numbers, low manufacturing costs and thriving cities like Shanghai and Guangzhou, a large number of foreign companies are planning to enter the vast Chinese market. Partly for a lack of reliable and unbiased information about Chinese law and the enforcement of intellectual property laws, a major concern for many foreign companies is how to effectively protect their intellectual property and proprietary know-how when entering the Chinese market. This article explores the different intellectual property (IP) rights recognized by Chinese law, and sets out how to acquire and effectively enforce IP rights, and how to protect proprietary know-how.
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