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Archived updates for Monday, November 15, 2004

Trademark Use Requirements in China

According to a November 14, 2004 article in Managing Intellectual Property, a recent decision of the Chinese Trademark Office suggests that they are taking a stricter approach to the evidence required for showing actual use in China:

On October 25, CTMO ruled that Tetra Pak's A+ and device mark should be cancelled: "Tetra Pak China Limited submitted some materials, such as invoices and newspapers, with regards to advertising and promotion of its 'A+ & Device' mark. Upon examination, all of these advertising invoices and newspapers are not able verify its actual use of the trade mark 'A+ & Device' under Reg No 1486706 in respect of the goods designated. Thus, the evidence submitted is invalid."

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