The amended Trademark Law of the People’s Republic of China will be implemented as of May 1, 2014.

In order to implement the new law and solve the issues concerning the continuity between the old and new trademark laws, the Supreme People's Court of the People's Republic of China announced, on March 25, 2014, the “Interpretation of the Supreme People's Court on the Relevant Issues concerning the Scope of Jurisdiction and the Application of Laws for Hearing Trademark Cases after the Implementation of the Decision for Amending the Trademark Law”. In the “Interpretation”, the Supreme People’s court defines the trademark cases that shall be accepted by the courts, the scope of jurisdiction of the courts, and the application of the old or new trademark laws in the hearing of trademark cases on decisions made by the trademark administrative authorities.

And on April 15, 2014, the State Administration for Industry and Commerce of the People’s Republic of China issued the “Notice of the State Administration for Industry and Commerce on some Issues concerning the Implementation of the Amended Trademark Law of the People's Republic of China” clarifying the application of the old or new trademark laws and the accounting of examination time limits during the transition period.