China Trademark Registration
With an enormous consumers market and as a production base,China attracts many investors coming from abroad to expand their businesses there.However,this severely competitive market brings both opportunities and challenges to the investors.By virtue of trademark application enterprises may enjoy legal protection on their products and services in China with a trademark application, allowing their brands to secure sustainable footholds in China market.
The Right of Priority on China Trademark Registration
- An applicant may enjoy the right of priority when applying for registration in China,in accordance with any agreement entered into between China and another country or an international treaty under which both of them are parties, for a period of 6 months immediately from the date on which the initial trademark application was made.
- The owner of a trademark may enjoy the right of priority for a period of 6 months from the first day on which the merchandises on which the trademark is fist put are exhibited at any internationall exhibition recognized by the Chinese Government.
Required Information and Documents
- Corporation Applicant:Business Registration Certificate / Certificate of Incorporation
- Individual Applicant: Identity documents and address proof
- Application form
- Trademark image
- Power of Attorney
Preliminary Trademark Search
The Preliminary trademark search,while optional, is to avoid legal complications in the future.
The point of a trademark search is to ensure that the trademark is not already under application or registered by another entity in order to reduce the possibilities of the rejection of opposition raised.
Trademark Registration Flow
- Trademark Search
- Initial Application
- Substantive Examination
- Issuance of Certificate
Duration of Application
The registration is valid for 10 years.