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China Trademark Registration FAQs

Updated:2018-6-1 15:23:52    Source:www.tannet-group.comViews:990

China trademark registration is an important way to protect your intellectual property rights in China. Unlike registering a trademark in the United States, registering a trademark in China holds some interesting distinctions. One of which is that China is a First to File country, while the U.S. is a First in Time, First in Right country. Below are the frequently asked questions about trademark in China.

Q: What Types of Trademarks Can Be Registered?
Words; Designs; Numerals; Letters of the alphabet; Combinations of colors; Three-dimensional symbols. (NOTE: Avoid the names of cities, countries and Chinese presidents.)

Q: Who can register a Trademark in China?
Just about anybody. A trademark owner may be a Chinese enterprise, Chinese institution, Chinese social organization, Chinese individual business, Chinese individual partnership, a Chinese natural person, a foreign natural person or a foreign legal person (usually a business).

Q: What are the requirements for a Trademark registration?
A trademark application has to be filed before the Trademark Office by a local agent. A signed power of attorney is necessary. Foreign applicants do not need a domestic company registration. Foreign applicants can only file through an officially recognized agent. A copy of the business certificate (if the applicant is a company) or a copy of the applicant’s ID card or passport (if the applicant is an individual) is required.

Q: What will be the conditions for China trademark registration?
1. The Chinese legal person can apply for, are required to submit the business license copy; The Chinese natural person can not apply on behalf of individuals; If you want to apply for can apply on behalf of individual industrial and commercial households, should attach individual business license copy; Or can be registered in overseas companies, in the name of the company to apply for.

2. The foreign natural persons or method can be applied for per capita, natural person must attach a photocopy of passport, copy of legal person business license must be attached, and provide Chinese and English translation.

Q: What will be the term of protection for a registered Chinese trademark?
A trademark registration in China is valid for 10 years and starts with registration date. The registration is renewable for periods of 10 years.

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