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Oral Reviews Approved as Part of Trademark Review Process

Oral reviews, as a part of any trademark review case, may now be held at the request of the relevant parties or if deemed necessary by the Trademark Review and Adjudication Board. This new facility has been approved by the State Administration for Industry and Commerce and the Trademark Review and Adjudication Board, with full details available in the recently issued Measures for the Oral Hearing of Trademark Review Cases. This facility became available as of 8 May this year.

An oral review may be requested should any party engaged in a trademark review want to conduct a face-to-face cross-examination with regard to any of the evidence presented. Such a request should be submitted in writing with the reasons for the application clearly stated. For its part, the Trademark Review and Adjudication Board may decide to convene its own oral review should it feel there are sufficient grounds to merit such an eventuality.

An oral review may be refused should the Trademark Review and Adjudication Board deem the written materials, as submitted, sufficient for determining the outcome of the case in question. In this instance, the petitioning party will be informed of this decision as part of the final ruling.

For further details (in Chinese), please refer to the following website:

Announcement of the State Administration for Industry and Commerce on the Issuance of Measures for the Oral Hearing of Trademark Review Cases (Gongshangbanzi No. 65 [2017])

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