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China Trademark Registration: How to Register a Trademark in China

Updated:2018-4-9 12:14:16    Source:www.tannet-group.comViews:171

China trademark registration must be registered via the Trademark Office of the State Administration for Industry & Commerce of the People’s Republic of China. China is also a member state to the Madrid Protocol. Thus, the extension of an international registration of a trademark via the Madrid System is possible for this country. Please note that a registered trademark in China does not grant protection in Hong Kong or Macau. These two special administration regions have their specific rules and regulations in trademark registration.

Why Register Your Trademark in China?
Owners of registered trademarks have the ability to prevent competitors or partners in China from using their registered trademark without their permission. Your registered trademark can also successfully prevent others from acquiring trademark rights for your trademark, and make claims that you are infringing on their trademark rights.

Trademark Infringement actions can be costly and very few companies have the financial strength or time to overcome the full or partial loss of their right to use their own business or product name. Trademarks in short, are critical business assets.

Requirements on Trademark registration
Any natural person, legal person or other organization (like we said, anybody) can file an application with the Trademark Office. Like every other country, China prohibits some designs  that contain an official government insignia. You can’t register a trademark that contains someone else’s trademark either. And, you can’t register one that’s similar to a canceled Trademark within one year of its cancellation.

Procedures for Trademark Registration
1. Perform a check to see if the trademark is available by conducting a pre-filing China trademark search;
2. Confirmation of availability;
3. Prepare relevant papers and documentation required;
4. Submission of trademark registration application forms;
5. Official examination of register;
6. Publication in Government Gazette (if trademark is Accepted);
7. Issuance of Certification of Registration (if no objections were received).

On October 30, 2016, the Trademark Registration Application Division of the Trademark Office of the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (CTMO) made an official announcement regarding reforms to the trademark filing formality examination process, which entails speeding up the overall examination term from six months to three months.

Duration and Renewal
In China registered trademarks are valid for a period of ten years from the registration date. They can then be renewed for subsequent ten-year periods indefinitely. The renewal of the trademark can be requested as early as six months before the expiration date and as late as six months after pending the payment of a late renewal fee.

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