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Frequently Asked Questions About Trademark
1.What is a Trademark?
2.Why do I need a Trademark?
3.When should i get a trademark?
4.What is the type of trademark?
5.What trademarks are registrable?
6.What trademarks are unregistrable?
7.What trademarks are prohibited?
8.What factors shall influence the recognition of a well-known trademark?
9.How are goods classified in China?
10.What is the priority?
11.What is the system of the Chinese trademark application?
12.When the trademark application will be published?
13.What is the term of a trademark registration in China?
14.What is the Scope of Protection of a registered trademark in China?
15.What are the useful options when a mark application is rejected?
16.Whether is there an opposition after the publication date in China?
17.How to mark a registered trademark in the goods in China?
18.What is the non-use cancellation system in China?


7.What trademarks are prohibited?

The following signs shall not be used as trademarks: 
(1)those identical with or similar to the national name, national flag, national emblem, military flag, or 
    decorations, of the China, or identical with the names of the places or the names and designs of 
     landmark buildings where the central government agencies located;  
(2)those identical with or similar to the national names, national flags, national emblems or military flags
     of foreign countries, unless the foreign government agrees on the use;     
(3)those identical with or similar to the names, flags or emblems, of international intergovernmental 
    organizations, unless that the organizations agree on the use or the public is not likely to be misled by 
    such use;                                     
(4)those identical with or similar to official signs or hallmarks showing official control or warranty, unless 
    the use is otherwise authorized;       
(5)those identical with or similar to symbols, or names, of the Red Cross or the Red Crescent;  
(6)those having the nature of discrimination against any nationality;          
(7)those having the nature of exaggeration and fraud in advertising goods; and                               
(8)those detrimental to socialist morals or customs, or having other unhealthy influences.

The geographical name of an administrative division at or above the county level or a foreign geographical 
name well-known to the public shall not be used as a trademark, unless the geographical name has another 
meaning or the geographical name is used as a component part of a collective mark or a certification mark. 
Registered trademarks consisting of or containing geographical names shall continue to be valid.