UC Law SF International Law Review


The countries of East Asia have some of the fastest growing economies in the world. The region's need for high technology is evident in the semiconductor, broadcasting, electronics, and telecommunications fields. Lack of high technology infrastructure outside major metropolitan areas lends itself to foreign direct investment, joint ventures, and the procurement of high technology by Asian buyers.

This Paper addresses a number of considerations, issues, pitfalls, and concerns for structuring a successful technology transfer to East Asia, from the perspective of a potential technology transferor or vendor. Specifically, this Paper examines the effect of export controls, tax implications, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, cultural considerations, and host government legal requirements for technology transfers in East Asia.