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How to Protect Your IP When Outsourcing to China

How to Protect Your IP When Outsourcing to China

Session Abstract:

harris-moure2This talk is on how IoT companies are getting themselves in big trouble by manufacturing in China without first laying a framework to protect their IP rights. 2-3 times a month our firm has to tell an IoT company that it essentially just gave its IP to the Chinese manufacturer and the Chinese manufacturer now essentially wants the foreign (usually U.S. or European company) to just sell the Chinese manufacturer’s IoT product on its behalf. The below articles discuss this. This session will explain in clear terms exactly what to do to avoid this sort of situation.

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Dan Harris
Founding member of Harris Moure

Dan Harris is the founding member of Harris Moure, an international law firm that focuses on representing American and European companies overseas from its offices in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Barcelona and Beijing. Dan writes and speaks extensively on international law, with a focus on protecting foreign businesses in their overseas operations. He is also a prolific and widely-followed blogger, writing as the co-author of the award-winning China Law Blog (www.chinalawblog.com).  Dan has been interviewed on international law issues by Fortune Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, CBC, BBC World, Forbes Magazine, and CNN, among others.  A number of his articles on international law have been published in leading publications, such as the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Law Reports, Forbes Magazine, and the National Law Journal. Dan received his B.A. from Grinnell College and his J.D. magna cum laude from Indiana University School of Law.

Session Tags:

Small / Medium Enterprise, OEM

Legal, Intellectual Property, Manufacturing, Outsourcing

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