Chinese Trademark Registration Certificates Explained
What: The China trademark registration certificate indicates that a Chinese company has an officially-registered and authorized trademark on its products. A verified document ensures that the company has the clearance to use the trademark and that its intellectual property remains protected.
Why: A valid China trademark registration certificate safeguards you against possible legal action for trademark or intellectual property disputes.
As we’ve explored in other articles, many forms, certificates, and releases comprise the set of documents required to establish a business relationship with a Chinese company. Trademark usage remains a hot topic related to doing business in China. In this article we explore the details of an important document, the China trademark registration certificate. This document indicates that the Chinese company has a an officially-registered trademark on its products. Verifying this document ensures that the company has the clearance to use the trademark and that its intellectual property remains protected.
As with most official government documents, the China trademark registration certificate bears China’s national emblem at the top, followed by the following entries in order of appearance:
Registrant Address (注册人地址)
Registration Date (注册日期)
Expiry Date (有效期至)
Director Name (局长)
Issuing Authority (发证机关)
The China State Administration for Industry and Commerce (AIC) Trademark Office issues the China trademark registration certificate.
While the Chinese government does not require businesses to hold this certificate, most companies in China register their brands and logos to protect their intellectual property. Companies registered outside China also can obtain a China trademark registration certificate for legal protection and to plan for future expansion within the Chinese market. China trademark registration certificates remain valid for 10 years from the issue date, after which the company must renew its certificate to extend the protection that this document covers.
As with all Chinese documents, you should take steps to ensure that the China trademark registration certificate is official and valid. We’ve outlined the steps you can take to verify the validity of a Chinese document in our companion article “Certifying Chinese documents’ authenticity.”
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