China issues amended implementing regulations of the new Trademark Law

China’s new Trademark Law will come into effect on 1 May 2014. To implement the new law, new regulations have been drafted, the Draft Implementing Regulations (Draft IR), which have since been submitted to the Legislative Affairs Office of the State Council of China (LAO) for review. Last month, the LAO issued a call for public comments.

The current Draft IR is subject to LAO’s review; LAO is further entitled to make additional amendments based on public comments before submitting the amended draft to the State Council for a final review.

The Draft IR details the procedures of trademark applications and reviews and clarifies the uncertainties or ambiguities under the new law. It introduces some new systems and also further regulates the practices of trademark agents in China…

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