With trade reaching CAD$5.5 billion in 2008, Taiwan is Canada’s fourth largest trade partner in Asia: Canada imported goods worth almost CAD$4 billion while exports amounted to CAD$1.5 billion.
Taiwanese investment in Canada increased by 25% in 2007 reaching CAD$114 million, while Canadian investment in Taiwan increased by 40% in 2006, reaching CAD$136 million.
Despite having no diplomatic relations, Canadian-Taiwanese relations are dynamic and are not limited to trade relations. For instance, the partnership between the NRC and the National Science Council of Taiwan is one of the most important R&D bilateral relations outside North America. Partnership agreement between Communications Research Centre Canada (CRC) and Taiwanese universities, and that of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Taiwanese Ministry of Agriculture that promote exchange in the field of agricultural science are only a few other examples of Canadian-Taiwanese relations.Read More
Canada-Vietnam trade has increased significantly in the last decade. In fact, trade value vastly surpassed $1 billion in 2008: Canada imported $953 million while exports reached almost $317 million. In that same year, Canada was the sixth largest investor in Vietnam. Agriculture, agri-food, education, training, the forestry industry, IT and communications are the sectors that offer the best opportunities for Canada.Read More
India is among the 13 priority markets where Canadian opportunities and interests have the greatest potential for growth, according to the Canadian government. In 2008, bilateral exchanges grew by 24% to reach an unprecedented value of 4.6 billion dollars. Compared to 2007, Canadian exports to India increased by 33% to reach 2.4 billion dollars while Canadian imports from India rose to 2.2 billion. In the same year, Canadian FDI in India was valued at $1.022 billion, while it was the recipient of $801 million from India. The priority sectors include agriculture, food-processing, infrastructure, ICT, mining and quarrying, life sciences and basic services.
Source: http://www.ic.gc.caRead More
With 3.8 billion dollars of exports, Korea was the seventh largest market for Canadian goods. The trade in services between Canada and Korea rose to $975 million in 2005. After China and Japan, South Korea is our largest trading partner in Asia-Pacific. Canada is an important source of Korea’s FDI which amounted to $950 million in 2008, as it received $208 million from Canada in the same year. It is undeniably a priority market offering opportunities in various sectors, notably education, ICT and aerospace.Read More
By Caroline BERUBE
Lawyer (China & Singapore)
HJM Asia Law & Co LLC
China and Canada share many common interests such as the enforcement of intellectual property rights (subsequently written as “IPR”). The best method to protect IPR is by registering commercial patents and/or brands, in spite of the required procedures and deadlines. In order to avoid litigious and complicated proceedings in cases of copying, we advise you to:
- Register all IPRs in your country of origin before entering China. This way, you can benefit from a priority over other applicants for the same or similar IPRs during a predetermined period under the Paris Convention. Only registered IPRs are protected.
- Apply to register your IPRs on arrival in China or even before your products penetrate the Chinese market by way of sub-contracting or sale.
- Make your application to competent authorities in order to accredit your trademark as a famous brand and benefit from the best protection possible.
- When a conflict arises, swiftly take legal action because the process is long and complicated. Mainly, two courses of action can be taken:
- File a complaint with the administrative authorities if someone else registers IPRs that are similar or identical to yours.
- Initiate court proceedings if the advantages linked to your IPR are violated.
The Chinese government has set very clear laws and regulations concerning trademarks, patents and copyrights and puts a lot of emphasis on ensuring that Chinese companies and individuals respect them. There has been a large rise in the number of cases where a Chinese company in China has abandoned an application for a trademark that is similar to that of our clients, or has paid damages for the illegal use of our client’s technology, following negotiations with and under the pressure that local government and Beijing authorities apply on Chinese companies in cases of IPR violation.
It is important not to neglect the registration of your internet domain (.cn, .com.cn, etc.). There has been an influx of Chinese companies informing our clients that a false and unfounded registration application has been attempted by a company or individual on their domain name. Keep your guard up, and make sure you register all domains that are similar to yours.Read More
The Fraser Institute recently published a report that discusses Sino-Canadian economic relations. One of the findings is that Canada lacks far behind its competitors in terms of its commercial relations with China. Yet, China is one of 13 priority markets where Canadian opportunities and interests have the greatest potential for growth, according to Canadian government. The difference is even stronger for Quebec as only 10.7% of Canadian exported goods to China came from there in 2007. The majority of that being metals, pulp and paper and machinery. Effort should thus not only be made to intensify, but also to diversify commerce, especially as opportunities are growing in sectors where Quebec is strong such as ICT, aerospace, bio-industries as well as engineering, environmental and business services.
Source: Institut Fraser et Gouvernement du CanadaRead More