Registering a Trademark in the Philippines: The Ultimate Guide

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Philippines is one of the fastest growing countries in Asia and foreign companies does their utmost to take advantage of its English speaking talent pool.

At the same time, the middle class grows fast and the demand of imported products just continues to increase. More and more companies now see the Philippines as a lucrative market for offline and online sales.

Naturally, we see a stronger demand for trademark registrations in the Philippines. As we both know, entering a foreign market without necessary protection can be risky and costly.

Therefore, I decided to write this article where I explain how you can register a trademark in the Philippines.

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How do I register a trademark in the Philippines?

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) manages all the applications and registrations of trademarks.

The process is straightforward and locals can register trademarks directly with the IPO. Foreigners, on the other hand, need work with a local agent to manage the registrations. With a local agent, I mean a company that has an office in the Philippines.

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How to Register a Trademark in Australia: The Ultimate Guide

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Australia is becoming a bigger import and export market for Western and Asian countries alike. As late as 2015, Australia signed a free trade agreement (ChAFTA) with China, and in 2019, import duties for wine was reduced to 0.

Yet, before you start doing business in Australia, it’s important that you understand whether you need a trademark certification. This is particularly true for exports of retail products, food & beverages, and more.

Therefore, I’ve written this article where I explain how it works when registering a trademark in Australia, how much it costs, the process, when you need to renew the trademark, and more. Let’s have a look.

How do I apply for a trademark in Australia?

Registering a trademark in Australia is straightforward compared to many other Asian countries. For example, it’s not as time consuming and difficult compared to China, that we’ve covered in a separate article.

So how’s the process when applying for and registering a trademark in Australia? There are three main steps involved. Let’s have a look at each one.

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Import Taxes & VAT in China: A Guide for Cross Border E-Commerce

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The Chinese government has finally confirmed what we’ve long waited for: there won’t be an introduction of the so called positive lists. Or any other constraints to cross border E-Commerce for that matter.

Instead, China will continue to favor the cross border sales model by reducing taxes, streamline clearance procedures, and expand cross border operations to a number of other Chinese cities.

Along with this, we’ve also seen a reduction in import taxes, which should be of interest of course.

In this article, I explain how China’s new tax policies affect cross border sellers and how much you can expect to pay if falling into this category.

Definition of cross border E-Commerce

First, let’s have a look at what cross border E-Commerce means practically and in terms of shipping. It’s important for you to understand this before we dig into numbers.

In short words, you list your products on an E-Commerce platform, like Tmall Global or JD Worldwide, or a standalone website. Chinese consumers order products in small volumes, often one by one.

The products are either shipped from overseas or stored in a bonded warehouse in China.

Simple as that.

Yet, a core part of the cross border model is that the platforms are connected with the Chinese customs. This is needed for orders to be registered and tracked digitally.

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China Free Trade Zones (FTZ): The Definitive Guide for Exporters

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Since the first introduction of the first Free Trade Zone in Shanghai, the Chinese government has added a dozen new zones to the list, and have plans to further expand and create new zones.

It’s an important brick of the One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative, where China plans to develop infrastructure and invest in many countries in Africa, Asia, and Europe.

In this article, I explain the details you need to know about Free Trade Zones in China, what benefits these bring, why they were created in the first place, and more.

Definition of Free Trade Zone

Before we start, it’s important that you have a general understanding of what an FTZ is, and what benefits these zones brings.

In short words, FTZs are designated areas where foreign companies can engage in economic activities, that are generally not accepted elsewhere in the country.

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How to Register a Trademark in Malaysia: The Ultimate Guide

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Many overseas companies have seen the opportunities exporting to Mainland China, which of course brings up questions related to trademarks.

You should be cautious before engaging in business outside the borders, as some countries are referred to as “first-to-file” countries. This means that you won’t have any authority, in case someone else register your trademark before you in that country.

The E-Commerce market is expected to grow much in Southeast Asia, especially in Malaysia, the coming decade. Before selling into Malaysia, I highly recommend you to register your trademark.

Therefore, I’ve written this guide where I include the key info you need to know when registering a trademark in Malaysia.

Malaysia trademark law

Malaysia is a member of a number of international conventions, as well as having its own national laws.

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How to Register a Trademark in Hong Kong: The Ultimate Guide

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Hong Kong is a big playground for traders and many decide to open up companies in this crown jewel. Low taxes, proximity to Mainland China and efficiency are just a few reasons why people incorporate here.

If you decide to sell products, or open a company in Hong Kong, I highly recommend that you register your trademark. The process will not take a long time, nor cost you a lot of money.

Therefore, I’ve written this guide where I explain the crucial information you need to know when registering a trademark in Hong Kong. Let’s have a look.

Hong Kong trademark law

Hong Kong has two different trademark laws, also referred to as ordinances:

  • Trade Marks Ordinance (Cap. 559)
  • Trade Marks Rules (Cap. 559A)

Both of these are effective as of April 4th, 2004.

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How to Register a Trademark in Singapore: A Complete Guide

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Many exporters talk about the benefits of selling via cross border e-commerce to Chinese market. When I talk with companies who want to import to China, I often recommend them to have a look at other options.

It’s not easy nor cheap to enter the Chinese market, and E-commerce is growing strong elsewhere. Even if the competition can be more fierce in countries like Singapore, it can be worth to give it a try.

Before you start selling overseas, it’s important that you register your trademark. Therefore, I’ve written this guide that explains all the crucial information you need to know when registering a trademark in Singapore.

Singapore trademark law

In 1998, Singapore’s government passed the Singapore Trade Marks Act, to meet the Paris Convention. It’s a member of many other international conventions, such as:

  • Madrid Protocol
  • Nice Agreement
  • Patent Cooperation Treaty
  • WIPO Copyright Treaty

Singapore classifies products and services in accordance with the Nice Classification, sometimes referred to as the International Classification of Goods and Services (ICGS).

More than 150 countries, even including Mainland China, are members of the Nice Classification. This is a great benefit as countries can cooperate cross border, and support each other in case of any IP conflicts.

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Products Affected by China’s Reduced Import Tariffs in 2017

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The news is out that China has cut the import duty for nearly 200 products.

Fortunately, the new regulations apply to many products that are exported by SME’s in the US and Europe, but also other countries.

The import tariffs have been reduced greatly, proving that the Chinese government tries its utmost to increase imports. Some outspoken reasons are:

a. That China has received much pressure from other countries, like the US, due to unfavorable trade balances

b. The government wants to put pressure on local producers to improve quality

c. Most importantly: China simply needs more foreign products!

In this article, I list all the products affected by the new regulations (including correct translation), what HS codes that are affected, how much the import duties have been reduced and more.

What products will be subject to lower import duties?

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How to Register a Trademark in China: The Ultimate Guide

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Do you need to register a trademark in Mainland China? Fill in the form below to get in touch with one of the leading trademark registration companies.

The importance of registering a trademark in China is often overlooked and sometimes ignored by foreigners.

Many are unaware about the fact that China is a first-to-file country, which simply means that the person who register the trademark first, will get all the rights to distribute and sell the products.

There are many pitfalls you need to avoid when registering a trademark, it’s also important that you know about the process when registering one.

How high are the costs? How long time does it take? I can make the list longer.

In this article, I explain the crucial information you need to know when registering a trademark in China.

Why should I register a trademark in China?

Applying for a trademark is a crucial and an important step that’s often ignored or overlooked by exporters.

China is a “first-to-file” country which means that the person who registers a trademark for a product, will also have all exclusive rights to distribute and sell the product.

You won’t, unless you register the trademark first.

The fact is that it’s practically impossible to engage in the Chinese market long term, without registering your trademark.

Trademark registration is often required by e-commerce sites and distributors

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HS Codes & Import Duty Rates in China: The Ultimate Guide

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Exporting to China requires thorough planning and that you manage product testing, labelling, preparation of documents needed, and more.

What many exporters know little about are HS codes. What are HS codes and why do I need them?

HS codes are used internationally for a number of important reasons, you won’t be able to clear the customs without them.

In this article, I explain all crucial information you need to know about HS codes and the import duties used for different HS codes in China.

What are HS codes?

The word HS codes is an abbreviation from Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System, the codes are used to classify products traded in a country.

In China, HS codes are divided into 22 categories, which are in turn divided into 98 chapters. The 98 chapters are thereafter divided into around 5000 subheadings.

Some people think that HS codes are only used in China, but that’s not the case, the codes are used internationally. However, the appearance of the code might differ, for example, the amount of digits used.

How many digits are used in HS codes?

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