China

December 5, 2018

China: Amendments to Trademark Laws

The Trademark Office of China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) provides online filing services for international applications (Madrid).  E-filing is available on CNIPA’s website   Source:  www.wipo.int
April 13, 2017

China: Official Fees for Trademarks reduced by 50% Effective April 1, 2017

The official fees for trademarks have been reduced by 50% in the Chinese mainland effective April 1, 2017.  For filing a renewal the official fee is now CY 1,000.  For late filing of a renewal application the fee is CY 250.
September 28, 2016

China: First Sound Trademark Registered

The first sound trademark was registered in China on May 14, 2016, in class 35, 38, 41 and 42 under No. 14503615, by China Radio International. A sound mark can only acquire distinctiveness through long-term use.  The applicant may be asked to submit evidence of use and explain during the examination process how the trademark acquired distinction. Furthermore, the trademark applicant should pay attention to keeping evidence of use during daily operation.  For example, if the trademark is used in a television advertisement, the contract and invoice for producing and publishing it should be kept as evidence of broadcasting. Source:  DEQI Intellectual Property Law Corp., China.
October 15, 2015

China Official Fees

Official fees for filing a national application per market class were reduced effective 10-15-15 from CNY 800 to CNY 600 for designated goods or services that are within the basic ten. Additionally, each item in excess of the basic ten will incur an official fee of CNY 60 (which was reduced from the previous official fee of CNY 80).