China Market Intelligence

May 3rd, 2017
By Patrick Lozada

Providing a small amount of stability in a year of significant changes for cross-border ecommerce, the Chinese government recently halted a move to increase regulation — and costs — of foreign goods purchased online by consumers in China. Observers believe the measure is a temporary stopgap as officials work to establish additional procedures for scrutinizing yet unspecified types of imports.

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April 19th, 2017
By Jake Parker

China expanded data localization requirements and instituted new rules for outbound data review with a new policy that greatly increases the regulatory burden for foreign companies in advance of the full implementation of the Cyber Security Law on June 1.

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April 5th, 2017
By Maryan Escarfullett

Integrating China’s national and local intellectual property (IP) agencies through reforms announced in March by Premier Li Keqiang should simplify the litigation process for multinational corporations in China looking to protect their brand. A pilot program will create integrated IP enforcement teams from the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO), National Copyright Administration (NCAC) and State...

March 22nd, 2017
By Nick Marro and Jake Parker

Regulators are actively setting the groundwork for implementation of China’s Cybersecurity Law, releasing a series of industry development plans that seek to bolster the enforcement of this sweeping legislation.

 

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February 22nd, 2017
By Patrick Lozada

China’s new draft ecommerce law, the first comprehensive policy governing the $630 billion online retail market, presents companies with new regulatory requirements related to consumer data, intellectual property, and licensure.

 

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October 12th, 2016
By Zhang Lipei and Jake Parker

Private Chinese companies criticized market access, government procurement discrimination, and uneven subsidy disbursement during a meeting called to solicit domestic industry perspectives on business competition in China. The complaints—which mirrored many of the complaints of foreign companies operating in China—are expected to help with the implementation of the State Council’s competition review mechanism...

May 11th, 2016
Zhang Lipei and Jake Laband

Although China’s competition enforcement agencies have announced few new cases this year, they have been busy improving their guiding principles. The enforcement of China’s competition policy, on the bilateral agenda since a flurry of cases in late 2014, is marked with slow, but consistent, improvements. This year, regulators will focus on additional legislative items, as well as implementing commitments to...

April 27th, 2016
Lipei Zhang and Jake Laband

The Beijing Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Court added 20 judges at the end of 2015 to assist with its burgeoning caseload, US-China Business Council member companies learned during a recent visit to the court. Madam Zhang Xiaojin, the presiding judge of Trial Division II, told the delegation that the 45 judges on the Beijing court concluded 5,432 cases of the 9,179 cases it received in 2015.

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April 27th, 2016
Owen Haacke

China recently issued new rules that that offer mixed implications for foreign company qualification for innovation-related tax breaks. Eligibility criteria for a reduced corporate tax rate were tightened by stricter intellectual property (IP) requirements, but the scope of research and development (R&D) expenses that can be written off was loosened.

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January 20th, 2016
Jake Laband and Lipei Zhang

The enforcement of China’s Antimonopoly Law (AML) remained a priority for the United States throughout 2015, despite the fact that few new cases were launched last year. President Xi Jinping’s September visit to the United States and the November Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) in Guangzhou made progress to improve fair treatment, due process and regulatory transparency in AML cases, and to clarify the relationship between the use of intellectual property (IP) and...

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