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Q: When Sino-foreign run businesses fail, does the foreign owner have any rights?

I just read about the incident at Salt restaurant in Beijing, whereby the landlord, lawyer and disgruntled staff went behind the foreign owner's back and essentially stole her business. Despite closing the restaurant a few weeks ago, it has "quietly" reopened under the exact same name. However this isn't run by the original owners but the landlord of the premises and a few others. Here's the article about it: http://www.thebeijinger.com/blog/2013/09/08/stolen-salt-restaurant-now-b... Does the original owner have any rights to claim the restaurant name back and to sue the new owners?

6 years 1 week ago in  Visa & Legalities - Beijing

 
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I doubt it. This happens with locally owned places as well. This is far from the first time I hear about this happening. 

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welcome to china

 

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It happened with The Kro's Nest pizzeria a while back. But I think the original owner registered the brand under his name, so he got to keep it and open in another location.

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That's like the backstory of every single sino-foreign shop/restaurant/company.

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hmmm "access denied" ...

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None. That is why, when friends and acquaintances ask me about doing business in China, I say to them "don't:".

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only if they used their own name. or if is a popular brand like starbucks or mcdonalds. but this happens very often. chinese landlords see how much business you are doing then jack up the rent to force you out then they resume the business. but usually they are so stupid that they start to do things differently. They start to cut corners, use bad oil , spoiled food, poorly cooked food (i've noticed this with restaurants moreso)  then eventually you see fewer and fewer customers. i have no idea why anyone continues to come to china to do business.

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