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Registration of International Trademark

Currently, International trademark is mainly registered in three ways, i.e. registration of trademarks in each individual country, registration of trademarks under the Madrid system and registration of European Union trademarks. As network communication has become worldwide, investors gradually gain more knowledge on trademarks and tend to have registration of International trademarks, which is less time consuming, simple and efficient. Comparing the registration of trademarks in each individual country, Registration of Trademarks under the Madrid System and Registration of European Union Trademarks are preferred by investors as they save time and are simple and efficient.

Our Services Include:
  • Registration of Trademark under the Madrid System
  • Registration of European Union Trademark
Advantages
  • Lower fees
  • Simple procedure
  • Time saving
  • Centralized protections
  • Free to use in the member states of the international trademark union
  • Enjoying the right of priority under international conventions
Subsequent Modification
After the registration of International trademarks, the registrant may:
  • apply for the extension of territories to one or more countries for all or part of the goods and services
  • assign the trademarks of all or some of the goods and services or of all or some of the countries in which the trademarks are registered or both
  • de-register the international registration
  • abandon the protection in relevant countries
  • reduce the goods and services
  • change the name and address and others of the registrant
Registration of Trademarks under the Madrid System
Member States of Madrid Union

Madrid Union had 84 member states in total as of September 1, 2010, including three state parties to the Madrid Agreement, 29 state parties to the Madrid Protocol and 52 state parties to both the Madrid Agreement and the Madrid Protocol.

For the latest list of member states of Madrid Union, please refer to the official website of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) at http://www.wipo.int.

Qualifications for Application
  • Applicant: an applicant must be a citizen or a legal entity of a member state which is a party to either the Madrid Agreement or the Madrid Protocol, or who has residence or physical place of business in such member state
  • Trademark: an applicant must have the initial registration in the country where he/she is domiciled.
Procedure
  • Trademark design
  • Trademark search
  • Application submission
  • Notice of acceptance
  • Trademark examination
  • Publication in government gazette
  • Completion of registration
Required Information
  • Application form (in Chinese) for registration of trademark under Madrid system
  • Application form (in a foreign language) for international registration of trademark
  • Copy of Notice of Acceptance
  • Copy of trademark certificate of approval
  • Qualification certificate of applicant
  • Graphic design of trademark
Required Time

18 to 24 months

Validity

10 years

Renewal upon Expiration

The renewal of each renewal will be valid for 10 years.

Registration of European Union Trademarks

Member States of European Union
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Great Britain.

Procedure
  • Trademark design
  • Trademark search
  • Application submission
  • Notice of acceptance
  • Trademark examination
  • Publication in government gazette
  • Completion of registration
Required Information
  • Name and address of applicant
  • Goods or services to be applied for
  • Graphic design of trademark
  • Copy of the ID card of applicant or business license
Required Time

18 to 24 months

Validity

10 years

Renewal upon Expiration

The renewal of each renewal will be valid for 10 years.

Notes

Any sign represented in graphics or words, including names, patterns, letters, numbers, shape of goods or packaging, can be applied for registration of European Union trademarks so long as it is able to distinguish a particular manufacturer or provider of goods or services from other manufacturers or providers of the same goods or services. Such sign is defined and may include sounds, colors, smells, slogans, 3D shapes, signatures, acronyms and portraits, etc.