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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What Geographical Names Can be Registered As Trademarks in China?

It is reported that (Note: the link is in Chinese) Wakayama County of Japan recently announced that the trademark application for “Ji Zhou” (纪州) filed by a Hong Kong company on the Chinese mainland concerns a publicly well-know geographical name. The County has also filed an objection with the Chinese Trademark Office because this name is not appropriate to serve as a trademark. The report also stated that Wakayama County has been paying close attention to trademark applications in China since 2010 and has already had two objections granted against trademark applications for “Wakayama.” Today, we would like to discuss whether geographical names can be registered as trademarks:

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