China Customs Requires that Patent Holders Update their Valid Certificates

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(By You Yunting) We have already introduced today’s topic in our previous post how to record patents with China Customs. For more background information, please read this article first. Recently the Chinese General Administration of Customs has updated its previous recordation system for intellectual property rights enforcement and began to utilize this latest recording system from March 1, 2014. This updated recording system puts forward a new requirement that upon patent recordation, the right holder of a patent that has been recorded by Customs must present valid documents of the relevant patent rights before the given deadline, otherwise the patent recordation will be canceled.

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China’s Latest Laws and Regulations in December (I), 2012

I. The State Administration of Industry and Commerce and the Ministry of Justice issued the Administrative Measures for Law Firms Undertaking Trademark Agency Work, and DeBund Has Already Submitted a Renewal Record

On December 27, 2012, the State Administration of Industry and Commerce (“SAIC”) together with the Ministry of Justice issued the Administrative Measures for Law Firms Undertaking Trademark Agency Work (“Administrative Measures”), which were published on the SAIC’s website. The Administrative Measures clearly provide eight categories of work that law firms can provide related to trademarks, including: application for trademark registration or change, trademark renewal and transfer, pledge registration, license contract recording, opposition, cancellation, revocation, and Madrid System international trademark registration. According to the Administrative Measures, firms engaging in such business must apply for recordation with the Trademark Office of the SAIC. Additionally, the Administrative Measures list the matters handled by the State Trademark Review and Adjudication Board of the SAIC, such as reexamination of rejection, opposition, and cancellation and disputes concerning registered marks. The Administrative Measures come into effect on January 1, 2013.

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