SPC Published Its Judicial Interpretation in Advance of New TM Law Implementation

The Supreme People’s Court has issues a new Judicial Interpretation to guide the courts in implementing China’s new Trademark Law, which goes into effect May 1, 2014.   The JI was issued on April 10, 2014.  The SPC Judicial Interpretation Concerning Questions on Jurisdiction and Use of Appropriate Law After the Decision of Implementation of the Revision of the Trademark Law (最高人民法院关于商标法修改决定施行后商标案件管辖和法律适用问题的解释), essentially mandates use of the new law for cases arising after May 1, 2014, as well as reaffirms the jurisdiction of the various courts in administrative appeals and recognition of well known marks.

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