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China adopts a “first-to-file” approach for securing trademark rights, emphasizing that the entity filing the trademark application first generally gains the right to register that particular trademark. In China, little to no protection is afforded based on prior use. Therefore, it is highly advisable to initiate trademark applications as early as possible, ideally well before entering the Chinese market. Delaying the application process opens the door for other entities to file ahead of you, potentially leading to the exclusion of your products from the Chinese market due to pre-existing registrations.
Instances abound where trademark counterfeiters obtained registrations ahead of authentic brand owners and subsequently initiated infringement actions against distributors of genuine products. In navigating market dynamics, brand owners may find themselves compelled to offer substantial compensation to counterfeiters for the assignment of trademark registrations.
In China, a wide range of signs, including words, graphics, letters, numbers, three-dimensional signs, color combinations, sounds, and combinations thereof, can be registered as trademarks and enjoy protection. “Registered trademarks” are those approved and registered with the Trademark Office, encompassing goods marks, service marks, collective marks, and certification marks. However, unique to China, smell cannot be registered as a trademark, unlike in some other countries.
Certain signs are prohibited from being registered as trademarks, including those identical or similar to national symbols, names, or emblems of China and foreign countries, as well as names or signs of international organizations. Discriminatory, fraudulent, or morally objectionable signs are also ineligible. Geographical names above the county level and well-known foreign geographical names cannot be used as trademarks, except in specific circumstances. Additionally, generic names, indicators of product characteristics, and marks lacking distinctive features are not eligible for trademark registration in China. Once registered, trademarks bearing geographical names remain valid, but signs bearing generic or non-distinctive characteristics are not accepted for registration.
A trademark application in China undergoes a formal examination and substantive examination on both absolute and relative grounds within six months from the date of receiving the application documents for trademark registration.
The assessment of applications by the Trademark Office follows the Standards for Trademark Review and Examination, encompassing both formal and substantive aspects. Each application is carefully scrutinized for potential conflicts with existing trademarks. While a letter of consent may be considered in cases of objection based on a third-party mark, its effectiveness varies and depends on the sender’s identity.
Notably, there is no obligatory requirement in China to claim or prove the use of a trademark or service mark before registration. Priority rights may be granted for foreign registrations if the applicant files a trademark registration application in China within six months of the first application for the same trademark and goods in a foreign country, based on agreements, international treaties, or reciprocity principles between China and the foreign country.
While registration is possible without prior use, a registered trademark may face revocation if it becomes the generic name for designated goods or remains unused for three consecutive years without valid reasons. In such cases, any entity or individual can petition the Trademark Office for revocation, and the office is mandated to make a decision within nine months of receiving the application.
The prosecution and grant of a patent involve a comprehensive examination process initiated by the filing of a patent application, often accompanied by a request for examination. This process includes a meticulous review by a patent examiner who assesses the novelty, non-obviousness, and utility of the invention. The applicant may need to make amendments to the patent claims based on the examiner’s feedback through office actions. Successful resolution of these actions leads to the issuance of the patent, granting exclusive rights to the inventor. Throughout this journey, from the initial filing to when the patent issues, the application is examined and refined, making it crucial for applicants to navigate the intricacies with precision and, if needed, seek professional assistance for a successful outcome.
The cost to trademark a brand in China can vary based on several factors, including the number of classes and sub-classes of goods or services you want to register, whether you engage legal services, and if any additional procedures are required. Here are some general cost considerations:
Official Filing Fees: The official fees for filing a trademark application in China are determined by the number of classes your goods or services fall under.
Legal and Professional Fees: Many businesses choose to work with legal professionals or trademark agents to navigate the registration process.
Search and Clearance: Before filing, it’s advisable to conduct a trademark search to ensure that your desired brand is not already registered in China.
Renewal Fees: Trademarks in China are initially valid for ten years. Renewal fees will apply if you choose to extend the registration beyond this period.
Other Potential Costs: If there are any issues during the application process, such as objections or oppositions, addressing these matters may involve additional costs.
Iprenewal serves as your trusted ally in delivering comprehensive trademark services, ensuring the safeguarding and currency of your invaluable IP assets. Our specialized team is dedicated to streamlining the trademark renewal process, providing businesses with a seamless experience geared towards maintaining and fortifying their brand portfolios. From submitting renewal applications to navigating intricate legal requirements, Iprenewal’s experts offer a full spectrum of services tailored to meet the distinct demands of our clientele.
Recognizing the paramount significance of timely trademark renewals, Iprenewal’s efficient and well-organized procedures are crafted to empower businesses to meet deadlines and preserve the validity of their trademarks. With a sharp focus on compliance and precision, we strive to provide unparalleled service quality, giving our clients the assurance that their IP portfolios are under the care of capable hands.
Our commitment to excellence transcends routine trademark renewal tasks. Iprenewal takes pride in delivering personalized consultation services, ensuring that our clients are well-informed about regulatory changes and potential avenues to enhance their trademark protection strategies. As your reliable partner, Iprenewal is dedicated to securing your brand’s identity through meticulous trademark renewal services tailored to the dynamic landscape of IP laws, including those overseen by the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA). Whether it’s conducting a China trademark search, handling trademark online applications, or managing the classification nuances of Chinese patents, Iprenewal is well-equipped to efficiently file and process your trademark registrations in accordance with the rigorous standards of intellectual property protection.
Iprenewal presents a cost-effective alternative to the Madrid Protocol for filing and processing your trademark registrations, delivering superior value without compromising on quality. Our services not only ensure compliance with legal requirements but also offer significant cost advantages compared to the expenses associated with the Madrid Protocol. By choosing Iprenewal, businesses can optimize their budget for trademark registration while receiving efficient and reliable services. Trust us to provide a cost-efficient solution that aligns with your intellectual property protection needs, delivering substantial savings for international trademark registrations through the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).