China: revised trade mark law to enter into force on 1 May 2014

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On 30 August 2013, China's highest legislative body, the National People's Congress, approved the third revision of the trade mark law. The new law will become effective on 1 May 2014 and will bring a number of changes to the existing legislation. Major changes include an increase of the maximum compensation for trade mark infringement and various improvements to the filing procedures, such as the introduction of a multi-class filing system which allows a single application to be filed in different classes, thus reducing the costs for applicants. Furthermore, the time limits for the registration of trade marks and other procedures like opposition have been shortened.

For further information on the changes and an English version of the new trade mark law, please refer to the English website of the Intellectual Property Publishing House of the Chinese Patent Office (SIPO). An official Chinese version of the law can be found on the website of the Chinese government.

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