If your Chinese supplier has a trademark on their products, this implies that they should have China Trademark Registration and in turn a China Trademark Registration Certificate.
With more and more Chinese companies becoming aware of the importance of trademarks, they will choose to register their trademarks officially so as to protect their intellectual property.
If you are planning to sell a Chinese supplier’s products in your market, it is a sensible precaution to check whether they have the right to use this trademark.
This article provides some background information on the China Trademark Registration Certificate, and explains what information it contains, who issues it and how it is used.
This is what the certificate looks like if you have ever received a scan or photo of the original document before.
From top to bottom the fields are as follows:
This certificate is issued by the China State Administration for Industry and Commerce (AIC) Trademark Office.
Although not compulsory, many China companies register their logos and brands with the China Trademark Office in order to protect their business.
Companies registered outside of China can also apply for a trademark in China and there are many that choose to do so, either because they plan to expand into China in the future, or for legal protection from copy cats.
The validity period of this certificate is 10 years, so during this period other companies cannot use the registered trademark for business. If a company wants to continue using their registered trademark after the expiration date, they will have to apply for an extension.
China Checkup offers verification of the China Trademark Registration Certificate, you can click the service page to view our service.
Also, if you need help identifying trademarks registered in China please make an enquiry, we may be able to assist you.
China Abnormal Business Operations is a status given to Chinese companies by the Administration of Industry and Commerce.
As the name indicates it is issued when the company's operations are irregular and they are not meeting their reporting duties.
The presence of abnormal business operations status may indicate that a Chinese company is experiencing financial difficulties or is poorly managed.
Usually when you receive a Chinese bill of lading it will look pretty familiar, it is prepared in English and you will likely be familiar with the name of the carrier.
If you don't recognize the carrier's name you need to understand if the document is a "Master" or a "House" bill of lading.
This article explains the circumstances in which the Chinese bill of lading you receive might be a "House" bill of lading, and what precautions you should take.
For so many people looking for products from China, their sourcing journey both starts with, and finishes with, Alibaba, but there are actually plenty of very good alternatives.
We want our readers to get the very best outcomes when sourcing in China, so here is China Checkup's list of the Top 20 China Sourcing Websites