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3 protections registering your trademark in China will grant you

by Sophie Mao

We all know we must register our trademark in China to get any legal protection. But what specific protection can be expected? According to the revised Trademark Law, there are three protections:

1. Trademark. It is not allowed to use the same or similar sign with a registered trademark for the same or similar products. By use, we mean manufacture as well as sale.

2. Trade name or company name. The revised Trademark Law also makes it clear that the Anti-Unfair Competition Law will be applied if any company uses a registered trademark, or a well-known unregistered trademark as its trade name, which causes public confusion. It means using others’ trademarks for company names may be restrained.

3. Domain name. Using the same or similar registered trademark to be the domain name for e-commerce of related goods is also forbidden.

In conclusion, if you register your trademark in China, you cannot only stop others using the same or similar sign for their products, but also stop others using the same or similar words for their company name or domain name.

Sophie Mao is the founder & Directing Partner of Chibridge Law Firm, which offers advice on foreign direct investment and sourcing in China. She writes for overseas investors and buyers at Chibridge Law Blog, and lives full time in Guangzhou. You can contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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