China trademark office: US law allows Chinese firms to use US trademarks
Shanghai, China — A trademark office in Shanghai is holding an impromptu meeting to try to clarify whether or not it will allow US firms to register trademarks in China.
The trademark office of China’s National Bureau of Industry and Information Technology has been working on a draft document for several months, and it has been issued to companies in the US and other countries.
According to the document, China’s trademark office would like to hear from US businesses about the possible use of trademarks in their country.
“It will be good for our country to have trademark owners who are loyal and who have confidence in their business and the way they conduct business,” said Liu Xiaoyi, the director of the trademark office.
Liu said the document is an important step in the fight against “false rumors” about Chinese businesses, adding that it was necessary to be able to establish whether the trademark laws are in line with the United States Constitution.
Many countries have trademark laws that can be used to challenge the use of a trademark in other countries, and trademark holders can sue to block those countries’ use of their trademark.
China, which has long been a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO), has said it does not recognize the United Nations’ ruling that China’s use of the term “one country, two systems” in its name violates a 1993 agreement with the US.
A US-China trade dispute over the use “one-country, two-systems” in the Chinese name is the first to have sparked a global dispute.
It has not led to a court ruling that the use violates international law, but it has led to calls for a stronger enforcement mechanism, including a trade dispute resolution mechanism, which is the basis for the WTO.
But the WTO has no jurisdiction in the dispute, so the US is not bound by the WTO agreement, which the US Congress has rejected.
For now, the US trademark office has no plans to amend the draft document, but Liu said he was working on the document.