The China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) issued new rules on suspending the review and adjudication of trademark applications in June 2023. While the new rules are only included in its internal work manual to be followed by examiners, CNIPA also released a public notice setting out its interpretation for situations where a suspension will or may be granted.
In China, it is common for brand owners to re-file identical backup applications for their trademarks to deal with prior mark citations. Justin Davidson, partner at Norton Rose Fulbright in Hong Kong, explained that when prior marks similar to an applied-for mark exist on the trademark register, the CNIPA will cite these similar marks by way of a refusal. Read more