I was just cc’ed on an email from one our China IP lawyers to a client. The email is essentially an introductory email to a client that just retained us for China trademark work. The email asks the basic questions to which we need answers to efficiently and effectively figure out what we should be registering as trademarks in China.
Here it is:
Good to meet you.I will be working on your China trademark matters. I know that you have already discussed some initial matters with us, but I like to start at the very beginning so everyone is on the same page. To that end, please answer the following questions:
- Please provide the full name and contact information for the entity that will own the China trademark.
- Does the above entity have a Chinese name? If so, please provide it. If not, we will provide one for you. (The Chinese Trademark Office requires that every applicant filing a national trademark application use a Chinese name.)
- Do you have any trademark registrations or pending applications anywhere in the world? If so, please list them.
- Please describe, briefly, what you will be doing in China. Will you be manufacturing? Selling products or services? Something else
- Please list any trademarks that you will be using in China, distinguishing between words and graphic logos. Please also distinguish between the trademarks that you would like to file an application for now, and those that you would like to hold off on.
- To the extent that you are using graphic logos as trademarks, please attach a copy of those trademarks, in both color and grayscale, in either jpeg or pdf format.
- Please describe briefly the products or services with which the marks are associated. Please note that for products, the material used is relevant: for instance, a product made of metal may be treated differently than one made of PVC or vinyl.
- How will you be using the trademarks? To the extent that you will be manufacturing or selling products, please describe how the trademarks will be affixed to those products and/or their packaging. If you have photos of the trademarks as used on goods and/or packaging, that would be helpful.
After I hear from you on the above, I can then prepare a more narrowly focused set of questions.
I look forward to working with you on this matter. Don’t hesitate to contact me should you have any questions.