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As the country’s IP office aims to substantially amend its trademark laws, Pei Lyu and Steve Zhao of Gen Law explain that systemic changes are likely.
China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) released draft amendments to a draft of the country’s updated trademark law for public comments on January 13, 2023.
The draft expands the current 73 articles in the current trademark law to 101. The 50% increase in legal rules alone suggests there will be systemic changes to the current trade registration and protection system in China.
One of the key motivating factors to the amendments seems to be the government’s determination to eliminate the bad faith trademark applications and curb excessive trademark filings.
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