How to protect IP when buying from and manufacturing in China (Feat. Dan Harris of China Law Blog)
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by Adrian Leighton
1w ago
Dan Harris, Partner of the US law firm Harris Sliwoski LLP and long-time writer of the China Law Blog, shares his tips on common IP risks in China and steps you can take to protect your business when you buy from Chinese suppliers or manufacture your products there.   If you prefer listening to reading… Listen to the audio here.   What are the major risks to IP concerning working with Chinese companies that Western businesses should look out for? The risks are different for Western manufacturing and technology companies. Manufacturers – The top risk is having their Chinese manufact ..read more
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Plastic Injection Molding Pilot Runs: What You Need To Know
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by Adrian Leighton
2w ago
Plastic injection molding pilot runs are used to optimize the tooling, processes, and designs to go into mass production with a minimum of risks of defects and other unwelcome issues when parts start getting made on a large scale. But what is the process of such a pre-production pilot run? What gets optimized? Once the part is agreed upon by the customer and manufacturer, can they go into production? These, and more, questions will be answered here so you can get an idea of just how important this part of the injection molding process really is.   If you prefer listening to reading ..read more
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How did China become a global technology leader, and where are they headed?
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by Adrian Leighton
3w ago
What is driving China’s tech dominance? How are they innovating today? Who are some key tech industry leaders? How is technology caught up in the US-China trade war? We answer these, and more, questions here as we look into how China rose to become a global tech powerhouse.   If you prefer listening to reading… Listen to the audio here.   What is fuelling China’s tech dominance? The Chinese government is not afraid to invest in sectors of interest, such as technology, renewables, etc. They also have the political might to make long-term strategic decisions and see them brought into ..read more
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Switch Away from a Manufacturer at the First Signs of Trouble
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by Renaud Anjoran
3w ago
I found myself warning a lot of companies recently about working with unsuitable manufacturers, and I thought I’d write about it. It usually unfolds this way: The buyer designs a new product and finds a manufacturer located in China that seems eager and offers low pricing. The Chinese manufacturer takes the design files, gets tooling made, and goes into production. The buyer is wise enough to insist on a small initial order. That first small order is disastrous at several levels — the buyer realizes the product design needs to change, and the manufacturer’s quality proves quite inconsistent a ..read more
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10 Horror Stories Buyers from China Face (and How to Overcome them)
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by Adrian Leighton
1M ago
Everyone has heard worrying stories about when things go wrong with Chinese suppliers, and they can be true. You could be affected if you’re just plain unlucky, but you can take steps to avoid the risks of being scammed, IP being misused, or ending up working with an unsuitable supplier, for example, and we’re going to discuss the risks and how to handle them right here.   If you prefer listening to reading… Listen to the audio here.   1. Your supplier refuses to ship the goods you paid for. This could happen for several reasons. The supplier might be struggling financially so they ..read more
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Why Quality Fade Is A Danger We May Not See Coming
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by Adrian Leighton
1M ago
Quality Fade is an insidious practice where the supplier reduces your product quality over time almost imperceptibly in order to cut costs and make more profit. We can all agree that being supplied with products that don’t reach our quality standard is unacceptable, but how do you protect yourself? First, know your enemy! Are your products or suppliers in a high-risk category when it comes to bad behavior? Then, take action. Identify if you are a victim and put in place a relevant testing plan to catch or stop the issue. We explain what you need to do here.   If you prefer listening to re ..read more
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How to protect PCBAs in electronic products?
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by Adrian Leighton
1M ago
An electronic product’s PCBA is its heart and nerve center rolled into one. It is the circuit board that contains crucial components that allow the device to think, move, operate, and function as normal. So, it stands to reason that it needs to be protected to maintain product reliability. It’s possible to physically protect the PCB (or PCBA once it has components added to it) and also design products to naturally be more durable and reliable which will, in turn, protect the internal components…let’s explore them here.   If you prefer listening to reading… Listen to the audio here.   ..read more
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Manufacturing Traceability: Improve Quality, Compliance, and More!
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by Adrian Leighton
1M ago
What is manufacturing traceability and why is it important? Explore how traceability gives you a detailed record of how the products are manufactured and the supply chain, from raw materials to finished products. Having that information will improve quality, reduce risks, and make your products/business more compliant with industry requirements and regulations. It also improves your visibility and control over the supply chain which is always welcome.   If you prefer listening to reading… Listen to the audio here.   Traceability takes a conscious effort to put in place. Traceability ..read more
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What are Boeing’s Bad Manufacturing Habits Leading to Quality and Reliability Risks?
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by Adrian Leighton
2M ago
Boeing has not been far from controversy in recent years, with highly publicised 737 Max air crashes about 5 years ago and, more recently, a near-disaster on a brand new Alaska Airlines Max which suffered a mid-air door plug blowout putting all passengers and crew at risk. Worse still, the problems keep on coming for Boeing who are now being described as ’embattled’ by the press. We examine the bad manufacturing habits that seem to have caused Boeing’s recent troubles based on information we have read in the news reports,  such as accepting parts from suppliers that had quality issues, le ..read more
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Choosing the Right Insurance for Manufacturers and Buyers in China (Expert Advice)
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by Adrian Leighton
2M ago
Buyers and manufacturers in China need to be aware of the risks and their mitigation and insurance options. Two China insurance experts from Asian Risks Management Services explain the risks, and how insurers will structure your policy. They also provide valuable insights into the types of cover that might be helpful and risk mitigation activities that could reduce your risks.   Prefer listening to reading? Listen to the audio here.   What are the major risks that companies who are manufacturing or buyers having products manufactured in China need to keep in mind? Internal operatio ..read more
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