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China Trademark Registration

Hongda Business Services helps your company protect valuable trademarks in China, covering Guangdong province and Shanghai.

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Trademark Registration in China


China, much like the United States and elsewhere, has its own trademark registration authority, the Chinese Trademark Office, with which individuals, companies, and organizations, be they foreign or domestic, can register and protect their company name, product names, Domain names, logos and slogans.

Due to the often prohibitively high cost of trademark infringement litigation, whether a company intends to do business in China today or at any point in the future, it is highly recommended that they register a China trademark for each piece of IP as soon as possible. While it may seem like a far off prospect today, cases in which foreign companies have their trademarks registered by third parties in China, even by partners such as suppliers domestically are myriad. Registering your trademarks in China prevents both litigation wherein a company needs to reclaim their infringed upon trademark, but also protects against litigation wherein other companies might file suit against your company for trademark infringement.

Hongda Business Services offers a reliable and efficient service to undertake a China trademark search on your behalf and provide companies with the means by which to register their trademarks in China and ensure that your exclusive rights to your trademarks are protected.

A China trademark can usually be registered by anyone on a first come, first served basis, regardless of whether a company owns the rights elsewhere.

How Trademarks Work in China


Trademarks in China are awarded on a first come, first serve basis, regardless of whether or not a company might be able to prove ownership over that China trademak; if it has been registered in China by another entity prior to your registration it will quite possibly be rejected outright. If a registration happens on the same day only the application received first will be considered.

Trademarks in China can include any:

  • Words
  • Design
  • Letters
  • Numerals
  • 3D Symbol
  • Combination of Colors
  • Or a combination thereof


to represent goods or services provided by an individual, legal entity, or organization for a period of up to ten years, renewed six months prior to the expiry of the trademark registration.

 

Hongda Business Services Trademark Registration Procedure


China Trademark Registration Procedures Workflow

  • Conduct pre-filing China trademark search -->
  • Confirmation of availability (by way of search reports issued by China IPD -->
  • Submission of trademark registration application forms -->
  • Official examination of register -->
  • (if accepted) Publication in Government Gazette -->
  • (if no objections received) Issuance of Certification of Registration.

 
China Trademark Pre-filing search: Free
(1) Per class code
(2) Search performed by Trademark Registration Office (China Intellectual Property Department) and search results returned back by fax in1 working day.
(3) Covers Direct Hits and Close Matches in English and Chinese
Pre-filing search is not compulsory but highly recommended.
 
China Trademark Registration Filing Costs
(1) Per class code;
(2) Submitted receipt 1 weeks
(3) Original receipt issue from government 2-3month
(4) Follow ups registration process and update to the customer via e-mail
 
Summary of Fees (first class code)
RMB3,000 Registration (including official filing fee)
Collection and forwarding of certificate
 
 
Time Scale
 
It currently takes approximately 18 months for Hongda Business Services to register a trademark in China, so it is important to get ahead of the issue before it is too late.

China Trademark registration service