Miami, Fla. – October 20, 2020 - GrayRobinson attorneys Elio F. Martinez, Jr., shareholder in the Miami law firm office, and Peter Quinter, chair of the firm’s U.S. customs and international trade law practice group, located in the Boca Raton law firm, Miami law firm and Fort Lauderdale law firm offices, authored the article, "Electronic Service on Chinese Companies and Individuals," for the Fall 2020 issue of the International Law Quarterly, the publication of The Florida Bar's International Law Section. In the article, Quinter and Martinez discuss the difficulties that exist between the U.S. and China in regard to intellectual property rights. A trend in recent decisions by U.S. courts, however, offers new hope to American intellectual property owners. These decisions have facilitated and simplified service of process on Chinese companies and individuals, and the governmental shield that has allowed those companies and individuals to infringe without consequences has begun to crack.
The trend by U.S. courts to authorize electronic service on infringers hiding in China is certain to provide greater protection to intellectual property owners. Enforcement of judgments in China will continue to be challenging, "but American companies will at least be armed with judgments to use as weapons against infringers seeking to expand operations within the United States."