Release time:2023-03-02 source:




       At 16:00 p.m. to 17:10 p.m., 22 February, 2023 (Beijing time), Lawyer YANG William (Wenquan), a partner of our firm, and Ms. Gao, Ya, Manager of Trademark & Law Department, were invited and presented the lecture of "Highlights & Comments on Draft Amendment to the PRC Trademark Law " at the Seminar of the Draft Amendment of China's Trademark Law held by the British Chamber of Commerce in China. The lecture was broadcasted live in English to participants from all over the world in a combination of online and offline. The participants included members of the British Chamber of Commerce in China, Guangdong and Southwest China and other applicants.




       On January 13, 2023, the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) solicited public opinions on the Draft Amendment of the Trademark Law (Exposure draft) and the deadline was due on 27 February, 2023.


       This is the Fifth Amendment to China’s Trademark Law and the main amendments are aimed at strengthening trademark protection, curbing bad-faith filings, supervising trademark use and simplifying trademark registration procedures.




       The focus of explanations and comments in the lecture is the possible impact on trademark applicants including foreign companies after the draft amendments becoming the final legal terms, , including Application for Trademark Registration, Conditions for Registration, Prohibited Signs, Protection of Well-Known Trademarks, Prohibition of Duplicate Registration, Bad-faith Application for Trademark Registration, Material Requirements, Opposition against Trademark, Opposition Examination, Suspension of Process, Declaring Invalidation of Relative Grounds and Transfer of Trademark, Description of Trademark Use, Penalty for Bad-Faith Application for Trademark Registration, Handling of Trademark Infringement Disputes, Civil Compensation for Bad-Faith Squatting, etc. After the presentation, William took questions from the audience.




       Panawell & Partners, LLC became a member of the British Chamber of Commerce in China in 2011, and has been actively supporting and participating in various activities held by the Chamber of Commerce. The two parties have cooperated to hold Intellectual Property seminars in the UK. We hope and believe that Lawyer William’s Lecture will help members of the British Chamber of Commerce in China better understand China's trademark system, apply for and protect their trademarks, and expand their business in China.



Yang, William (Wenquan)

Partner, Lawyer


Member of the Licensing Executives Society International (LESI) (LESI), member of Copyright Society of China, member of China Branch of International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI), member of China Branch of International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI).


William has broad and significant experiences in intellectual property rights law consultation, intellectual property rights licensing and assignment, IP Customs protection, anti-unfair competition, anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy, computer and copyright registration, domain name registration and disputes resolution, intellectual property rights administrative litigation and infringement litigation. William has handled a wide range of patent, trademark and copyright administrative investigation and punishment and litigation for scores of international corporations. William is a frequent speaker at both local and international IP seminars.


GAO, Yao

Manager of Trademark & Law Department, Trademark Attorney


Ms. Gao is mainly engaged in intellectual property legal counsel, trademark application, licensing, transfer, infringement investigation, invalidation litigation, trademark infringement dispute litigation business.




The British Chamber of Commerce in China is an independent, non-profit membership organization with a strong and diverse membership network, focused on boosting UK-China trade and investment. In the past 20 years, the British Chamber of Commerce in China provide advocacy, intelligence, and a strong community for members, helping their business grow in one of the world’s fastest growing markets.


Since 2009, the British Chamber of Commerce in China has formally established a partnership with the China-Britain Business Council. The two sides are committed to helping Chinese and British companies establish contacts and promote bilateral trade. This strategic partnership means that both parties share a stronger membership network and bring more support to members.

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