Lack of intention to use trademark grounds for refusal of registration

It’s getting harder to register a trademark in China. The latest amendment to the law gives the office grounds to refuse registration of a trademark if it finds, at the substantive examination stage of the application, that there is no genuine intention to use the mark in China.

On the issue of #IPR, the Chinese business landscape has clearly changed in recent years. The huge volume of trademark and patent applications is one aspect. The law, which has been amended twice recently, has introduced new rules, for example, allowing the office to reject a trademark application if it finds that there is no genuine intention to use the mark. A cap on damages for IP infringement has also been set at five times the actual loss caused by the infringer.

There are other changes, including to patent and copyright issues. Read more in the article.

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