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Jul 25, 2017 (Newsletter Issue 14/17)
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New Trademark Review Hearing System Launched

The Trademark Review and Adjudication Board (TRAB) decides on review procedures filed against decisions by the Trademark Office. Up to date, these TRAB review procedures were strictly written procedures.

Recently the China State Administration for Industry & Commerce (SAIC) has issued its Rules on TRAB Hearings in Trademark Review Cases, which came into effect on the date of their publication, May 4, 2017.

Even though the possibility of holding a hearing was written into the existing legislation, hearings were in practice never held. It is hoped that this new possibility to request a hearing will be beneficial for the Chinese trademark practice.

Source: Hogan Lovells, Hong Kong/China