What should a foreign business know about filing a trademark in China?

This is the 3rd article in our series of 3 articles about Chinese trademarks. Read our 1st article here and our 2nd article here. General information about trademark application in China   “First-to-File” System: Whoever files a trademark application first, gets the eventual registration. No evidence of use is required to get a registration. Member of Paris [...]

By |2019-06-06T03:26:33+00:00December 4th, 2018|Trademark|0 Comments

Why you should file your trademark in China now

A Guide to the Chinese Trademark Registration Process – Part 2 Why you should file your Chinese trademark now This is the 2nd article in our series of 3 article about Chinese trademarks. Read our 1st article here. As the second largest economic entity in the world, China has a broad market, and Chinese market [...]

By |2019-06-06T03:33:17+00:00November 24th, 2018|Trademark|0 Comments

Trademark registration process in China

A Guide to the Chinese Trademark Registration Process - Part 1 Chinese articles series. Article 1 of 3.   When a trademark application is filed, the China Trademark Office (CTMO) will review the application. Then an official receipt will be issued (usually takes about 15-30 days for the official receipt to issue). The CTMO will [...]

By |2019-06-06T03:31:30+00:00November 11th, 2018|Trademark|0 Comments

What should tech startups do to legally protect their business?

Many new and aspiring business owners are reluctant to share their new business idea. The is of course a risk that by sharing an idea with others that the idea could be copied and produced as a competitor. While this fear may be founded, you should understand how you can legally protect your startup, as [...]

By |2019-06-06T03:26:43+00:00October 27th, 2018|Trademark|0 Comments

Launch before you file or file before you launch?

When is the best time to file a trademark? --Does the chicken come before egg or the egg before the chicken?-- We are often asked this question: When is the best time to file trademark? This question is especially important for Amazon sellers as they have the additional pressure of getting into the Amazon Brand [...]

By |2019-06-06T03:29:29+00:00September 19th, 2018|Trademark|0 Comments

Trademark registration in Australia: how to register a trademark in Australia?

How to register a trademark in Australia The purpose of filing a trademark in Australia is to give you the exclusive rights in Australia to use a name or logo or combination of both in relation to goods or services that you supply in Australia. There are four main steps you need to take to [...]

By |2019-06-06T03:27:02+00:00August 22nd, 2018|Trademark|0 Comments

What are confusingly similar trademarks?

Simplified guide. No legal jargon, promised! We are often asked questions like “what is trademark confusion? Can I just add one letter or misspell my trademark to avoid similarity with another brand?” The standard test of confusion is similar in many countries including Canada and the USA.  Likelihood of confusion is determined by taking an [...]

By |2019-06-06T03:27:09+00:00August 10th, 2018|Trademark|0 Comments

Brexit update: implications for EU trademark owners

You probably know that the UK will be leaving the European Union on March 29, 2019. This means that it is less than 7 months to the official UK exit after which a lot of things will change. Until now, no one knows what the future of European trademark protection would be in the UK [...]

By |2019-06-06T03:27:16+00:00July 21st, 2018|Trademark|0 Comments

Can you trademark a color alone? Can you copyright a color?

Colors by themselves aren't protected by copyright. An arrangement of colors, for example, in painting is protected by copyright, and such copyright belongs to the creator of the painting. A single color may be protected as a trademark. In many countries such as the US, Canada, the UK, and EU, it is possible to register [...]

By |2019-06-06T03:27:22+00:00July 10th, 2018|Trademark|0 Comments

What is a Statement of Use in a trademark application?

What is a Statement of Use in a trademark application? If you’re a first-time trademark applicant (or a third-time trademark applicant!) and a Statement of Use (SOU) is being required of you, you might be scratching your head. What exactly is expected? To know what a SOU is, you’ll first need to know what constitutes [...]