Category: China

AUCL: Understanding China’s anti-unfair competition law and its impact on your business

In the market environment, businesses often compete against one another to offer quality services and goods to be consumed. Healthy competition can incentivise businesses to create distinctive services and goods to obtain consumer loyalty, which, overall, may assist in market and economic development. However, dishonest and fraudulent competition in trade and commerce can economically harm…

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Your trademark in China: dealing with trademark squatters and other troubles 

On 23 April 2019, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress amended the Trademark Law of the People’s Republic of China (“amended Trademark Law”), which went into effect 1 November 2019. The amended Trademark Law revises six articles of the current Trademark Law and increases the monetary penalties for trademark infringement. Specifically, the amended…

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China business: protecting your corporate rights as a shareholder

On 28 April 2019, the Supreme People’s Court promulgated the Provisions on Several Issues concerning the Application of the Company Law of the People’s Republic of China V (“The Provisions”). Containing six provisions, The Provisions pave the way to further steps in protecting the corporate rights of shareholders and encourages dispute resolution between shareholders without…

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China business: cross-border withholding tax 101 — ‘My company in England provides services to a China-based company. Why is 10% deducted from the service fee?’

Today’s globalised economy enables companies to provide services across the world. Cross-border business to business (B2B) often takes place via email or other digital communications, such as Skype, WeChat or other messaging and talk platforms. What's more, monetary transactions are equally carried out primarily using online banking. All in all, B2B moves fast in the…

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