Trademark registration in China

China is the second largest economy in the world today. Most corporates and individuals have a desire to extend their market to China and build a brand in this billion people market. So trademark registration is one of the first steps to mark the presence of businesses in this market.

China also applied first-to-file rule in trademark registration, which simply means that the person who register the trademark first, will get all the rights to distribute and sell the products in China.

1. Dossiers of trademark registration in China:

  • Sample trademarks;
  • Power of Attorney (prepared by InvestOne);
  • Information of the applicant;
  • List of goods or/and services;

2. Time frame:

Trademark applications in China are processed through the following stages:

  • Formality check: within 01-02 months from the filing date;
  • Substantive examination: within 9-12 months from the date acceptance of application.
  • Publication of application: The trademark will be published in a Trademark Journal. Within 03 months from the date of publication, others can file opposition against your application.
  • Registration: In case of no opposition or opposition is decided in your favor, the registration will be published in the Trademark Register. The Trademark Registration Certificate will be issued within 01 month thereafter.

Validity term: The validity term of trademark registration is 10 years from the registration date and renewable every 10 years.

3. Trademark registration service in China of InvestOne Law Firm:

  • Preliminary consultation;
  • Assisting applicants to select list of goods or/and services to be registered;
  • Searching the registrability of trademark in China;
  • Preparing application form and a complete dossier;
  • Submitting the application and follow up the application until the final result is available;
  • Being on behalf of the applicant to receive and respond to official letters from The China Trademark Office (CTMO);