Exporting from China? Prepare to lose your trademark.

China is a nightmare for intellectual property specialists and attorneys. Why? Because Chinese Trademark Law is not “first to use” as in the US and Canada, but “first to file”. Thus, anyone who files your trademark in China before you has more rights to use it, no matter how popular it is in your country.

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Bases for filing in the USA

Shield TMWhen filing your trademark in the USA, it is required to specify in the application a basis for filing. There two main bases - "Actual Use" and "Intent-to-use" basis.
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Pros and Cons of the Madrid Agreement (WIPO)

International trademarks The Madrid Agreement ( WIPO) – probably the first thing that comes to your mind when considering filing for an international trademark. And it's true that the majority of people think they may obtain global trademark protection using this system. However, first of all, not all countries are members of the Madrid Agreement.
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