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13.04.2023 | Is Trademark Statement Not Dedicated in Taiwan?

Is Trademark Statement Not Dedicated in Taiwan? When applying for a trademark, it is often proposed by the trademark agent that a disclaimer of certain parts of the trademark in order to avoid the possibility of future correction or the Intellectual Property Office’s request to submit a reply to review opinion, or even to disapprove; however, what exactly is the disclaimer? What words need to be declared? According to Article 29(3) of the Trademark Law, ” Where the reproduction of... MORE

13.04.2023 | Michelin Sues Hong Kong Company for Trademark Infringement

Michelin Sues Hong Kong Company for Trademark Infringement Michelin, the French-based Company behind the internationally-renowned restaurant ratings guide, namely “Compagnie Générale des Etablissements Michelin”, recently filed a law suit against a Hong Kong company operating business via an online platform, for trademark infringement and passing-off, seeking damages and injunctive relief. The French-based company is the owner of registered trademarks for various “Michelin” and “米芝蓮”(Chinese transliteration of “Michelin”) and related trademarks in Hong Kong. It has accused the Hong Kong company... MORE

13.04.2023 | The value of a trademark lies in its use. What are the precautions when providing evidence of trademark use?

The value of a trademark lies in its use. What are the precautions when providing evidence of trademark use? 1. Whether a trademark that has been successfully registered can be revoked? The answer is YES. According to Article 49 of the Trademark Law of the People’s Republic of China, Where a registered trademark is becoming a generic name in a category of approved goods, and the mark has not been used for a period greater than three years without any... MORE

08.02.2023 | Hong Kong – Customs combat cross boundary transshipment

Hong Kong – Customs combat cross boundary transshipment Hong Kong Customs conducted an operation between 26 April and 9 May and combat cross-boundary transshipment and seized about 80,000 items of suspected counterfeit goods, including watches, mobile phone accessories, sunglasses and fashion accessories with an estimated market value of over HK$2.2M (US$290k). Investigation is ongoing. Importing counterfeit goods is a serious crime in Hong Kong. The maximum penalty is imprisonment for 5 years.

08.02.2023 | Filing Basis for Trademark Application

Filing Basis for Trademark Application In Taiwan, there is no so-called filing basis for trademark application. However, when you need to file a trademark application in the United States, the application case in Taiwan would be crucial. Practical execution and opinions with regards to filing bases are as follows. There are multiple filing bases on trademark application in the United States. For example, “intent-to-use”, “used-in commerce”, and “foreign registration”. Among them, you must provide a certificate of use in the... MORE

08.02.2023 | When will a trademark be invalidated?

When will a trademark be invalidated? Registered trademarks may be rejected and revoked. These procedures are familiar in the current trademark registration and use process. But what exactly is invalidation of trademark? In China, what does it mean to obtain a trademark registration certificate, and get it declared invalid later? It seems self-contradictory for the state to declare the trademark invalid after approving it. This article explains the reasons behind. 1. The Trademark Law stipulates: “Where a trademark registration violates... MORE

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