Measures for Oral Hearing of Trademark Review Cases, released by the State Administration for Industry and Commerce of China ("SAIC"), has entered into effect last month.

When facing complex facts, relevant parties of a trademark review case may request the Trademark Review and Adjudication Board (TRAB), upon filing the review application, making responses, or within 30 days after the counter-party filed the response, to hold an oral hearing.

The TRAB also may decide to arrange an oral hearing on its own initiative and ask the relevant party to confirm the presence in 10 days. The TRAB do not charge official fees for such requests.

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