Litigation · Strategy

What to do when a Chinese startup clones your website?


December 2nd, 2016

From a legal standpoint we are very unsure how much you can actually do in such a case. Should we just wait it out? Our should we aim to litigate to put pressure on their investors?

I have some experience in international litigation in cybercrime cases, but from a practical perspective it is very likely to bind a lot of resources and focus.

Another huge problem for us is that we are in talks with a very large Chinese IT company (triple-digit $Bn market cap), and if there is a clone growing in their backyard they might pass on us.

It'd be great if people with more experience in these things could give us some advice.

Peter Eijk Vendor Neutral Cloud Security and Lean IT Risk Management

December 3rd, 2016

Just 0.02 : 
If your idea is very copyable it does not have much intrinsic value, would be my first reaction.
Having ideas, vision and good looks is one thing, but nothing trumps execution. 
Focus on execution, and explain why you are better at it. I have seen 'how to select' whitepapers focussing directly on educating prospects in making these choices. 

sorry if this sounds abstract, and lacks examples. Hope you get the point.

Chris Hill Love building businesses. Marketing, product, fundraising, delighting customers, making money,

December 4th, 2016

Take it as a compliment and charge after your next milestone. If you have a good idea or product, competitors will find you - including some from China. Regardless of where your competitor is located, you need to out execute as some have said above.  To do so, it is not just about delivering on your plan, it also requires making the best plan. Know your customer, competitors, and industry better than others and you will develop the winning strategy and plan. We built a popular utility app for smartphones and we picked up a number of Chinese clones. Many stole our app store marketing language and even graphics - complete copies.  But they couldn't keep up with our innovation.  But we were challenged in the China market because of that imitation. So if that is an important part of your plan for world domination, then finding a partner, employee, or advisor in China that can help you understand that market and stay up-to-date on your imitators will be key.

Bob Snyder Editor-in-Chief, Channel Media Europe

December 4th, 2016

When I was researching this article on someone else's trouble in China, I found this site useful...

Roman Tsukerman Go big or go home

December 2nd, 2016

Create a Chinese version of your site and compete! Spend the $ you would have on litigation on outmaneuvering them via China-specific search, marketing and growth hacking.

Milan Kazarka CTO (mobile/iOS,PHP,) product dev specialist - ( #hitech AI, TTS, Telematics, face recognition)

December 18th, 2016

Well, if you had any server-side processing / any software or anything behind your website front and this IP is complex than they couldn't have copied you easily. I wouldn't care about "website-copying", but of someone "developing" a clone of your IP.

William Swiggart Attorney for technology and biotech companies

December 2nd, 2016

The U.S. copyright laws afford powerful remedies for copyright infringement.