Does Using a Trademark with Common Meaning Constitute Trademark Infringement in China?


(By Luo Yanjie) According to Chinese legislation, a mark which has a common meaning in normal ways may be registered as a trademark where it has acquired distinctiveness through use and is readily distinguishable. If being registered, the mark with a common meaning would be protected under the Trademark Law. However, in practice, a competitor may use the trademark against the exclusive right holder, with a defense that the trademark has common meaning. Today, we will introduce a successful case where the court is in favor of the exclusive right holder of the trademark.


China Court Decision Repeals TRAB’s Ruling for Unified Review Standard


(By Luo Yanjie)Abstract: Pursuant to Chinese Trademark Law, those applications having unhealthy influences shall not be used as trademarks. “Unhealthy influences” refers to a negative, or inactive influence that may detrimental to the interests and social order of the public, including political, economic, cultural, religious and ethnic allusions  which are a registered trademark itself or a mark that is applied to goods or services. However, the Chinese Trademark Office should have a consistent attitude regarding the trademark adjudication standard for these unhealthy influences.


How Many Internet Products and Services are Added by the CTMO into Trademark Protection?

(By You Yunting) Abstract: The Chinese Trademark Office (the “CTMO”) strengthens the protection to the Internet products and services in adding the service items, including cloud computing, tablet computer, electronic reader, social-networking site and online bank, into the Chinese Goods and Services Classification. Protection category of Apps that applied to mobile network is, however, still not clear.

Trademark registration in China shall apply to the Nice Agreement Concerning the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks (the “Nice Classification”). Every year the CTMO will make a new amendment to the Chinese Goods and Services Classification and in 2014 the CTMO revised the tenth edition of the Chinese Goods and Services Classification.


What Has The UGG Trademark Application in China Told us?

—How to Comprehensively Protect Application for Famous Brands’ Trademarks

Recently some Chinese media have reported that many B2C websites such as 360buy are selling the alleged knockoff UGG snow boots. The Deckers Outdoor Corporation (the “Deckers”), the manufacturer of UGG Australia, claims its exclusive ownership of the UGG trademark and those boots promoted and sold in the name of UGG but without its license are counterfeits. In today’s post, Bridge IP Law Commentary would analyze the dispute of UGG trademark by relevant China laws and regulations.