Trademark

Trademark 2018-03-28T14:23:11+00:00

Trademark

A trademark is a sign that distinguishes the goods and services of one trader from those of others. Reputation and brand image are intangible asset of an enterprise. Anyone sells, imports exports and/or makes products affixed registered trademark without the authorization of the trademark owner would result in trademark infringement.

Each country has its own trademark law. Thus, trademarks would be registered in production places, sales markets and potential markets in accordance with the business nature of the trademark applicants.

Importance of trademark registration

  • Intangible asset for a trademark owner

  • ®/™ symbol would be designated for a registered trademark, which increases brand value and profit

  • Exclusive right for the trademark owner to use the trademark and license a third party to use the trademark for licensing fee

Country Required Time Valid Period
Hong Kong 6-9 Months 10 Years
China 9-12 Months 10 Years
Macau 7 Years
Taiwan 10 Years
*E.U. 10 Years
Japan 12-15 Months 10 Years
Korea 12-18 Months
Singapore 6-9 Months
Malaysia 18-24 Months
Thailand 12-18 Months
U.S.A. 9-12 Months
Canada 12-18 Months
Australia 7-12 Months

*E.U. – European Community which includes the following countries:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Holland, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and UK.


China

Hong Kong

European Union

United States

Canada

Australia

Korea

Japan

Macau

Singapore

Malaysia

Taiwan

Indonesia

India