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China: Electronic certificates for trademark registrations will be issued from 2022

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CNIPA has announced that only electronic copies of trademark registration certificates will be issued in 2022.

The China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) issued an announcement on October 12, 2021 regarding the new practice of issuing registration certificates for national trademarks. According to the announcement, for trademarks published for registration from January 1, 2022 or any other registration certificates generated from January 1, 2022, CNIPA will no longer issue trademark registration certificates in paper format. In other words, paper registration certificates will be replaced by electronic copies of registration certificates.

There will be a transitional period from October 15 to December 31, 2021 where CNIPA will issue both paper and electronic versions of trademark registration certificates, until the new practice is in place from January 1, 2022.

The electronic version of the registration certificate will have the same legal effect as the paper versions. The declarant can print the electronic registration certificate to use it if necessary. The new practice is considered environmentally friendly and convenient for registrants.

CNIPA’s announcement is made in connection with
national trademark registrations only. For international registrations extended to China, the practice regarding registration certificates remains unchanged. For international registrations approved for territorial protection in China, the CNIPA do not issue a registration certificate in any format. To prove that the Madrid trademark has been successfully designated in China, the holder will request a certified copy of the registration extract from the CNIPA. Without such a certificate, transactions such as rental of business premises, retail of online platforms, legal proceedings, AIC raid actions, border protection at customs can be hampered or hindered.

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