All Accumulated Certificates of Trademark Registration Will Be Issued by the End of May 2016

Source: State Administration for Industry and

Since the article “Registrant Can’t Get a Certificate for Half a Year” was published, the State Administration of Industry and Commerce (hereinafter referred to as the SAIC) paid high attention to this matter and had immediately enjoined the departments concerned to verify the situation, respond to such concerns and initiate internal rectification and reform in earnest.

Due to the cumbersome procurement procedures and the poor cooperation among different sectors, the certificates of trademark registration have been delayed in sending out. The SAIC issued an official apology for the inconvenience brought to the trademark registrants and would draw lessons from this matter to optimize processes, improve efficiency and prevent similar issues from happening again.

Since March 28, 2016, with the supply of paper in place, the SAIC has started printing and issuing certificates to registrants. It is expected that all accumulated certificates can be issued by the end of May 2016.

Chinese Classification of Goods and Services (2016 Version, Based on 10th Edition of Nice Classification) Officially Published

The 10th Edition of Nice Classification (2016 Version) has been implemented since 1 January 2016 among member countries of the Nice Union as requested by WIPO. Thereafter, the Trademark Office of the State Administration for Industry & Commerce of the PRC made adjustment to the original Chinese Classification and officially published Chinese Classification of Goods and Services (2016 Version, based on 10th Edition of Nice Classification) as a guidance to trademark registration, utilization, protection and management in China.