Introduction to the 2013 Trademark Law, Part 2

(By Zhan Yi) On August 30, 2013, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress promulgated Decisions of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress Concerning Alterations to the Trademark Law of the People’s Republic of China, which shall be implemented on May 1, 2014. Our website previously translated the Full text of 2013 China Trademark Law, we provided a Comparison Version highlighting the differences between the 2001 and 2013 Trademark Law. In today’s post, our website will introduce and discuss the revised content within the 2013 Trademark Law. Without further ado, we will now move on to the second part of our examination of the 2013 Trademark Law.

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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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How Long Is the Copyright Protection Period of Foreign Companies and Individuals in China?

By You Yunting

A reader asked: Does Chinese law protects the copyrights of foreign companies and individuals? And, how long is the protection period? Today’s post will discuss this question.

I. The three requirements for granting copyrights to the works of foreign individuals or companies

Whether or not the work of a foreign person, company, or stateless person enjoys the copyright protection period depends on whether or not they qualify as a Chinese copyright holder. By Article 2 of China’s Copyright Law, one of the following three conditions must be met:

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