IP | IQ: Bad Faith Filings in China and the Impacts of the New Amendments
In November 2019, amendments to Chinese Trade Mark law came into effect around bad faith filings, which continue to be a problem in China.
Melvin Mei, one of Rouse’ trade mark experts in Shanghai reflects on the practical implications of these amendments. He explores the underlying reasons for the large numbers of bad faith filings, the first to file system and what steps brand owners can take to protect themselves. Melvin also discusses the actions which authorities have been taking since the enactment of this amendment on trade mark agencies.