On April 23, the Standing Committee of National People’s Congress issued the Decision of Revision of Eight Laws, which includes the fourth revision of the PRC Trademark Law (the “TML”). The revision attracted wide attention from the international IP communities as it addressed the bad-faith trademark registration issue, one of the most significant challenges to trademark protection of international brands in China. In addition, On April 24, the Beijing High Court issued comprehensive and broad guidelines for Authorization and Confirmation of Trademark (the “Guidelines”). The following is a discussion and analysis related to bad faith application on the Guidelines.
I. Regulation against Bad Faith Application and Registration
New Articles of TML