NEW TRADEMARK LAW IN CHINA – in force from 01.05.2014

courtChina’s new Trademark Law has been issued and will become effective on May 1, 2014. Important changes are made in the areas of anti-piracy, prosecution, enforcement, well-known mark determination and usage, opposition, and cancellation.

The changes include:

  • Strengthened protection against piracy;
  • Shortened trademark prosecution times;
  • Sound marks and multiple class trademark applications made available;
  • Strengthened well-known mark protection;
  • Narrowed legal standing for oppositions and invalidation;
  • Increased fines, compensation, and statutory damage against infringement.