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.