On August 30, 2013, the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress enacted the third set of revisions to the 1982 Trademark Law of the People’s Republic of China (“Trademark Law”). The revised law will enter into effect on May 1, 2014. Updated Implementing Regulations for the Trademark Law are expected in the coming year, setting out the procedural detail for matters dealt with in the Trademark Law.
The latest revisions to the Trademark Law are wide-ranging and they introduce significantly increased penalties for trademark infringement, the availability of multi-class trademark filings and significantly reduced examination / review times for all proceedings.
While various “new” provisions and principles are in fact lifted from the Implementing Regulations of the