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Amendments to Trademark Laws

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Dez 15, 2022 (Newsletter Issue 18/22)
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Provision on Supervision and Administration of TM Agencies

On 1 November 2022, the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) informs on Order No. 63 of the State Administration for Market Regulation promulgated on 27 October 2022 and effective from 1 December 2022.

The provision contains rules for the registration of trademark agents, a code of conduct, supervision, and punishment. Trademark agencies include service organizations registered to engage in trademark agency business in accordance with the law. Trademark agency registration is valid for three years and shall be renewed every three years if they wish to continue the services.

Trademark agents are prohibited from assisting in the registration, transfer, and misuse of bad faith trademarks. A firm or practitioner who engages in such illegal conduct will be penalized and placed on the official credit system. The firm's or practitioner's licence to practice before CNIPA may be suspended or revoked.

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