SME in the Spotlight: Vogmask




For many foreign SMEs that produce consumer goods e-commerce is the best way in to the Chinese market, offering a B2C channel that is relatively cheap and easy to setup and maintain. Naturally, trading on the web comes with risks, but just a few key steps are necessary to ensure a basic safe strategy. In this ‘SME in the Spotlight’ post an anti-pollution mask producer shares their experiences of doing business in China….

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Recommended reading: EU-China Collaboration – Sustaining Technology and Research


A piece of recommended reading this week for European technology companies considering R&D in China….

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Something to wine about….


China’s taste for Western wine has taken-off dramatically in the last decade, with EU wine exports to China worth over 700 million Euros in 2012 – more than ten times the export value of 2006. Unfortunately, with the rise in demand for foreign wine there has also been an unprecedented surge in counterfeits.

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Patent applications in China streamlined for UK businesses


A new patent office partnership between the UK and China may make life easier for UK SMEs wishing to transfer their innovations to China.

On July 1 2014 the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) and China’s State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) launched a new pilot Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) programme to allow those who have been granted a patent at one office to request fast-track processing of an equivalent application at the other.

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