I’ve Lost my IP and NOW I Need Some “Quick” Advice
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I’ve Lost my IP and NOW I Need Some “Quick” Advice

You need not suffer losing your IP for your art. My firm’s international IP lawyers get the saddest emails. With the fraying of relations between China and the West, Chinese companies are becoming increasingly concerned about their ability to maintain long-term relationships with foreign companies. This heightened concern has manifested itself over the last 3-5 months in an increasing incidence of Chinese companies “grabbing” IP from the foreign companies. And boy are our China IP lawyers hearing about it. Oftentimes in panicked emails. The below is an amalgamation of three emails we received of late, modified to make them more general and to make sure not to reveal the senders: I came across your blog while trying to secure a copyright here in China for my [artistic piece]. I’m an artist in-residence here in _________, all as part of a program between [my country] and China. Morally and legally I own the rights to all that I have created during the residency, however I suspected my host was making moves to take ownership of the IP to my material. I challenged them and indeed they stated they believe ownership is theirs. This terrifying thing is that as I rely […]

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