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Feb 20, 2020 (Newsletter Issue 2/20)
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Opposition Decisions Published by CTMO

On 18 February 2020, the China Trademark Office (CTMO) of the China National IP Administration (CNIPA) announced that the CTMO has decided to publish trademark opposition decisions online as of 1 January 2020. This measurement has been taken in order to strengthen the transparency of opposition examination, to enhance public supervision, and to promote legal administration.

A decision shall be published at its official website within 20 days after the decision is mailed with the following exceptions:
1. a decision is related to a party’s trade secret or personal privacy;
2. a party requested for non-disclosure and the CTMO considered the request reasonable; or
3. other special scenarios where the CTMO considers inappropriate.

The published decisions are for the inquirers’ reference only and carry no legal effect. Any damage caused by the illegal use of the information will be covered by the illegal users.

Source: CHOFN Intellectual Property, China