It is said that the irregular acts of trademark application will be under tight examination and crackdown.
According to the latest statistics released by the Trademark Bureau of National Intellectual Property Administration of China (CNIPA), China had 5.507 million trademark applications from January to September, 2018, up 39.8% year on year. As of the end of September, the number of valid registered trademarks reached 17.981 million. However, despite the large volume of trademark application, the use rate of trademark remains relatively low.
An official of CNIPA said, "the acts of filing trademark applications in large quantities as a method of making profits have devastated the sound operation of China's trademark system, seriously hindered the normal business activities of market players, and harmed the market order of fair competition, hampering the healthy economic development."
Recently, the Trademark Bureau of CNIPA refused over 16,000 trademark applications in accordance with Article 4 of the Trademark Law. The official indicated that the Trademark Bureau will conduct tight supervision on those illegal application acts in the work of trademark examination, opposition and refusal by curbing and cracking down on malicious registration and hoarding of trademarks.
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