There have been several reports issued surrounding the topic of Chinese trademarks recently. First, Lexology recently featured 2016 trademark data provided by China. Here are a few highlights (note that figures are for January – November 2016) that were presented at the 2016 Working Conference on National Industry, Commerce and Market Supervision:
- Number of trademark registrations filed: 3.326 million
- Trademark reviews filed: 2.85 million
The two main trends identified for 2017 are:
- Simplification of the trademark registration system through expanded trademark application channels, shorter trademark review cycles, reduced litigation delays, and stronger efforts to fight trademark infringement and counterfeits.
- Enhanced trademark brand strategies to be achieved through innovation, trademark cooperation agreements, and the creation of a national base for trademark branding.
Next, World Trademark Review writes about activities of the Beijing IP Court in 2015, which are detailed in a report by IPHouse, a litigation analytics firm, for the court itself. The Beijing IP Court is the only court that hears appeals against decisions of the Trademark Review and Adjudication Board (TRAB) of the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC).
More than 90% of the Beijing IP Court’s cases in 2015 were trademark-related. Of the total 3,084 trademark cases, 67% were appeals against rejected application, 16% were appeals against invalidity decisions in broader disputes, 10% were third-party oppositions, and 7% were cancellation appeals.
In civil cases, where the Beijing IP court only handles second-instance cases, slightly more than 6% involved trademarks.
Also, six of 54 first-instance cases awarded damages were trademark-related with total awards ordered by the court amounting to RMB3.72 million (approximately $537,000).
You can read the full report here.