Insider’s look at legal services in China: IP Registration: Trademarks (Application Process & Documents Required) (Part 5)

The procedure for registration of a trademark in China is as follows:

  1. Search in the database of China Trademark Office (CTO) to make sure the trademark has not previously been registered.
  2. Organize the technical translations and prepare all documents.
  3. Prepare and submit application to the CTO upon official confirmation received that no errors are found.
  4. Follow the application and update client as the application moves through the various bureaus.

Documents required by the lawyer from client:

  1. Desired Trademark (text name and/or a logo)
  2. Description of products and services (within each class you must specify your products and services)
  3. User Information: details of the administrative contact (this is the person where all communications will arrive)
  4. ID of applicant (if it’s an individual) or business license of applicant (if it’s an entity)
  5. Power of Attorney


Next in the series

IP Registration: Trademarks (Time Frame & Typical Fees) (Part 6)

IP Registration: Introduction to Patents (Design/ Utility/ Invention) (Part 7)

IP Registration: Design Patents (Application Process & Documents Required) (Part 8)

IP Registration:  Design Patents (Time Frame & Typical Fees) (Part 9)

IP Registration: Utility Patents (Application Process & Documents Required) (Part 10)

IP Registration:  Utility Patents (Time Frame & Typical Fees) (Part 11)

IP Registration: Invention Patents (Application Process & Documents Required) (Part 12)

IP Registration:  Invention Patents (Time Frame & Typical Fees) (Part 13)

Contracts & Purchase Orders (Part 14)

Dispute Resolution: Introduction & Process (Negotiations, Demand Letters & Litigation) (Part 15)

Dispute Resolution: Fee Structure (Negotiations, Demand Letters & Litigation) (Part 16)

Having a lawyer on retainer: Costs and Coverage (Part 17)


About the author: Mike Bellamy

Advisory Board Member & Featured Blogger at the not-for-profit China Sourcing Information Center ( Author of “The Essential Reference Guide to China Sourcing” and founder of PassageMaker Sourcing Solutions.

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