Singapore and China to Embark on Trademark Cooperation
The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) and the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) of China furthered bilateral relations on 18 May 2015, signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on trade mark cooperation that will see Singapore and China enhance exchanges on trade mark registration, examination practices, protection and enforcement.
Since 2013, trade mark applications by class count in China exceeded 1.8 million annually, making the country the top trade-marking destination in the world. To better assist companies seeking brand protection in the region, the Working Group of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASAN) on IP Cooperation, currently chaired by Singapore, has expedited and streamlined trade mark cooperation regionally, including the development of the ASEAN TMview, a common online trade mark information platform of the ASEAN Member States aimed at making ASEAN trade mark data widely available and accessible.
(Souce: China IP Magazine)