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News On China’s New Trademark Law

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 6, 2013


It has taken three reading over two years, but the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress has finally promulgated the long-awaited Trademark Law. Yao Di and Ding Xianjie look at the key changes and how they will affect brand owners

Issue: September/October 2013

Keywords (click to search): Trademark Law amendments sound marks CTMO TRAB

The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress passed the third amendment to thePRC Trademark Law (中华人民共和国商标法)(Revised Trademark Law) on August 30 2013. The revised Trademark Law will be implemented on May 1 2014.

Although it has its critics, this Revised Trademark Law responds to the public concern on complex trademark prosecution procedures, rampant bad faith trademark squatting and the difficulty of protecting trademarks.

1) Expansion of non-traditional trademark registration

The Revised Trademark Law proposes to accept non-traditional trademark registrations to cover sound.

This enlargement of the trademark family may attract a lot of new filings from those countries where sound marks have already been able to be registered. The relevant examination procedure is expected to be released by the China Trademark Office (CTMO) and this procedure will be the next focus of public attention.”



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