How to Register a Trademark in China: The Ultimate Guide

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Many are unaware that China is a so-called first-to-file country which means that the person who registers your trademark first will get all the rights to distribute and sell the products.

Registering your trademark should be at the top of your to-do list as you might not even be able to sell the products in China if issues occur. There’s limited information regarding trademark registrations online, including the fees, how you can go about registering your trademark, the process, and more.

Therefore, I have written this article where I explain the details you need to know.

Topics covered:

  • The Importance of Registering a Trademark in China
  • The Process when Registering a Trademark in China
  • How long does it take?
  • How much does it cost to register a trademark in China?
  • Can foreign companies register trademarks in China?
  • How should I name my Chinese trademark?
  • Are Hong Kong trademarks valid in Mainland China?
  • Are US or EU trademarks valid in China?
  • Trademark Classes in China
  • How can I search for trademarks in China?

The Importance of Registering a Trademark in China

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

As mentioned, 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.

eCommerce Sites and Distributors Require Trademark Registrations

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Registering a Trademark in the Philippines: The Ultimate Guide

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

At the same time, the middle class grows fast and the demand for 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.

Topics covered in this article:

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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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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