Tag: China business

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: 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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China business: new version of business license goes into to effect, improved format includes QR code

On 24 December 2018, the China State Administration for Market Regulation issued the Notice of Activation of the New Business License Version, Business and Industry Enterprise [2018] No. 253 (Notice 253). From 1 March 2019, entities approved by the registration authority for business registration, business amendments or reissue of a business license shall be issued…

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China business: corporate seals explained

In practice, the corporate governance of a company in China is established in the utilisation of a company’s corporate seals and company seal policies. The corporate seal, often called a "chop", represents an unlimited power of attorney vested in the holder of the corporate seal(s). Once the seal is affixed to a document, the company…

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