From our recent meeting with judges of the Beijing Intellectual Property Court, it is learnt that a trademark containing the Chinese character “国”, which has a meaning of “national” in English, can be approved for registration, but on the condition that such trademark does not mislead consumers to understand that the meaning of such character refers to “national level” when the trademark is used on the designated goods/services. Whilst, trademarks consisting of the Chinese character “国” and words referring to the designated goods generally could not be approved for registration.

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