The Madrid System is known for its efficiency and cost-effectiveness when it comes to global trademark registration and management. This system streamlines the process by allowing applicants to submit a single application and pay a unified fee, making it a popular choice among trademark applicants worldwide.
China's rapidly growing market has become increasingly attractive to investors. As a result, there has been a significant surge in the number of trademark applications using the Madrid System that designate China as a protected territory. It's important to note, however, that receiving a certificate from the International Bureau post-application doesn't mean successful trademark registration but indicates that the application meets the necessary requirements.
The China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) retains the authority to reject protection within specified timelines unless a refusal notice is issued to the International Bureau. If CNIPA fails to act within the prescribed timeframe, typically 18 months, the trademark is automatically approved. In such cases, CNIPA will only issue a statement of grant of protection. Please note that no certificate will be issued by the Office. Read more