Trademark Enforcement

Pendency for Standard PRC Trademark Prosecution Matters

SIPS Knowledge, Trademark Enforcement

Type of Matter Timeframe for Completion
Trademark Office
Official filing receipt for new application 1 month from application date (e-filings)
2 to 4 months (paper filings)
Notice of amendment 2 months from application date
Notice of refusal 4 to 6 months from application date
Publication of application 5 to 8 months from application date
Non-use cancellation decision 8 to 9 months from filing for standard cases*
Cancellation based on genericness 7 to 8 months from filing date
Opposition decision 13 months from opposition filing date
Change of name/address 1 to 2 months from application date
Change of agent 1 to 2 months from application date
Registration renewal 1 month from application date
Assignment 3 to 7 months from application date
Certified copy of registration certificate 2 months from application date
Notice to defend against opposition 5 to 6 months from the response filing date
Re-issuance of registration certificate 1 month from application date
Withdrawal of registration / application 2 months from application date
Trademark Review and Adjudication Division (TRAD)
Application appeal decision 6 to 8 months from appeal filing date
Invalidation decision 11 to 12 months from filing date
Non-use cancellation appeal decision 9 to 11 months from appeal filing date
Evidence exchange notice for invalidation 7 months from response filing date

*12 months for cases where respondent is served by gazettal due to failure to serve notice by mail.

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