10.31.2017

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TAIPEI CITY, Taiwan (October 31, 2017) - On October 31, 2017, Perkins Coie LLP, along with the Chinese National Federation of Industries (CNFI), presented a thoughtful and timely discussion of key legal issues impacting international manufacturers who sell products and do business in the United States. Over 150 delegates from leading companies, law firms, industry associations and trade organizations attended the seminar, which took place at the GIS NTU Convention Center in Taipei City. The seminar provided practical, relevant legal information based on the Perkins Coie attorneys’ in-depth experience and understanding of the complex business issues facing the Taiwanese companies who manufacture or export products to the United States.

Perkins Coie White Collar & Investigations partners Pravin Rao and Barak Cohen presented on criminal trade secrets law and protecting company secrets at the U.S. border. Product Liability partner Craig Allely presented on legal liability for defective products in the United States. Patent Litigation partner James Coughlan, firmwide co-chair of the firm’s International Trade Commission Section 337 Actions practice, and Patent Litigation partner Kevin Patariu provided important updates on U.S. intellectual property law, including practical advice for when companies are accused of infringement.

“It was a great opportunity for Perkins Coie to partner again with CNFI to present on U.S. legal issues important to Taiwanese companies who manufacture, export, or sell products for exportation to the United States,” said Craig. “Product liability, for example, is a critical but often underappreciated legal consideration when manufacturing or exporting products for the U.S. market.”

“Employees of Taiwanese companies entering the United States with corporate data on laptops, phones, and other devices may be subject to search by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. As the likelihood of searches of electronic devices increases for foreign travelers crossing into the United States, it is more important than ever to understand U.S. laws and border agency rules, protect sensitive data, and prepare for requests of passwords for online accounts, including social media,” noted Pravin, who presented on protecting corporate data at the U.S. border. He added, “The legal and factual issues related to these border searches are complex, and how far U.S. border agencies can take these searches is still not settled.”

“Small- and medium-sized Taiwanese companies unfamiliar with U.S. litigation may be unaware of the consequences of a default judgment when sued for patent, trademark, or copyright infringement, particularly when sued at the International Trade Commission,” said James. “The initial response to an allegation of intellectual property infringement has important consequences for Taiwanese companies of all sizes.”

About Perkins Coie: Founded in 1912, Perkins Coie LLP has more than 1,000 lawyers in 19 offices across the United States and Asia. The firm provides a full array of corporate, commercial litigation and intellectual property legal services to a broad range of clients, from FORTUNE 50 corporations to emerging growth startups, as well as public and not-for-profit organizations.

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