Kavin Tan

During her career practicing law in Jiaquan, Kavin has dedicated herself to trademark practice for both domestic and overseas clients; she is well versed in all areas of trademark proceedings in China, including trademark availability search, prosecution, opposition, cancellation and invalidation. She also helps clients in pursuit of overseas trademark protection via the Madrid Protocol or Paris Convention, and has gained valuable insights and practical experience regarding global trademark protection.

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CNIPA Cracks Down on ‘Clout-Chasing’ Trademark Applications

On February 14, 2022, the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) issued a notice regarding “clout-chasing” trademark applications or registrations (the “Notice”). The Notice stated that CNIPA, on an ex officio basis, had refused or invalidated over 400 applications related to “???” (Bing Dwen Dwen, official mascot of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics) and “???” (Eileen Gu, a skier who won three medals in the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics). Similar bad-faith trademark applications have not been uncommon throughout CNIPA’s history. In fact, clout-chasing, a specific type of bad-faith trademark application, has become much more prevalent in recent years. In response, CNIPA has issued a number of notices refusing such malicious trademark applications, especially since the April 2019 amendment of the Chinese Trademark Law.