Trademark registration in China

Trademark registration in China
directly through the local patent office

Cost of services $563

The first step for trademark registration is to select the type of trademark, as well as the necessary classes of the Nice Classification.
The next thing to do is to conduct a preverification of mark on the identity and similarity to previously registered trademarks in the registry of the registration authority in China - Office of Trademarks General Administration of Commerce and Industry Administration of China (hereinafter - the Office of Trademarks).
After the preverification, if no match is found, it is possible to apply for trademark registration. The Office of Trademarks takes applications filed only in printed form, the application filled in by hand will not be accepted.
The application is assigned a unique number, after which it enters the Examining Division, and information about the application appear on the website of the Office of Trademarks and published in the Official Gazette.The examination is to test for compliance with the requirements of the China trademark law.
Once the data has been published, any person may bring their case against the registration of the trademark.
If the claims are rejected or not received, to the proprietor shall be issued a certificate of registration of the trademark.

The registration process takes approximately 10-18 months.


Registration fee: $130.

Trademark registration in China
on the basis of the Madrid Protocol

Cost of services $1100

China is a member country of the Madrid Protocol. This means that an application for trademark registration in China, you can apply on the basis of a national application. In addition, the international trademark registration has a number of other advantages:
- a simplified filing an application by filing a single international application for a number of countries;
- the fee paid once and it is a smaller amount;
- the possibility in the future to carry out territorial expansion (add other countries).

Time for consideration of an international registration in China is 18 months.

The application for registration of a trademark on the international system on the basis of the Madrid Agreement or the Madrid Protocol, filing in World Intellectual Property Organization – WIPO.


1) The fee for registration of a trademark in one country (for 3 classes of Nice Classification) (in Swiss francs, CHF):
- Black-and-white trade mark: 654 CHF;
- Colored trademark: 903 CHF,
+100 CHF for each additional countries;
+ 100 CHF for each additional class of the Nice Classification.

2) Individual fee of China:
for one class of the Nice Classification: 310 CHF + CHF 155 for each additional class.

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