As regular followers of this blog well know, we quite often stress the importance of registering trademarks in China, and the need to do so promptly. See for example China Trademarks: More Useful and More Necessary Than Ever. Today, I want to address some of the questions our China trademark attorneys fairly regularly get about China trademark registrations.
1. Does your law firm’s China trademark registration flat fee include all additional responses to obtain final determination where registration is initially refused?
The China National Intellectual Property Administration’s (CNIPA) interactions with trademark applicants are very limited. In that way it is very different from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The only kind of response that is sometimes required is an amendment of the description of goods and/or services, if the examiner disagrees with the wording. Such a response would be included in the flat fee.