8 March 2017
Second Batch of Trademark Registration Windows Goes into Operation
The second batch of windows for accepting trademark registration applications set up by the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) became fully operational on 1 March. Allowing applicants to handle trademark matters locally will facilitate mass entrepreneurship and innovation.
After a set of interim rules on authorising local administrations for industry and commerce and market regulatory departments to accept trademark registration applications (see rules in Chinese) took effect on 1 September 2016, the Trademark Office under the SAIC set up 15 windows for accepting trademark registration applications based on the principle of facilitation and taking into account factors such as regional distribution and the volume of applications to be handled. Together with the 41 approved this time, there are now 56 windows for accepting trademark registration applications across the country.
These windows are responsible for accepting trademark registration applications and collecting registration fees in their designated geographical areas under the rules. They will accept and verify the application documents and fix the date of filing if an application meets the acceptance requirements. They will also issue trademark registration certificates on behalf of the Trademark Office and provide enquiry and consultation services.
See complete list (Chinese only) of 41 newly-added windows for accepting trademark applications.