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Formal requirements:

1. Detailed information of the refused trademark application, especially the application number;
2. A Power of Attorney simply executed by the applicant;
3. Copy of the Official Notification of Refusal;
4. Reasons and evidential materials;
5. Copy of the Identification Certificate (if the applicant is an individual).


Where the application for registration of a trademark is refused and no publication of the trademark is made, the Trademark Office shall notify the applicant of the same in writing. Where the applicant is dissatisfied, he may, within 15 days from receipt of the notice, file an application with the Trademark Review and Adjudication Board (TRAB) for a review. Since the time limit is short, a review application can be simply filed with simple grounds, and since the filing date, there are 3 months for supplementing detailed grounds and materials. Then the TRAB will study the filed the document and make a decision in approximately 1-3 years. If the decision is positive, within 1-2month the application will be returned to the CTMO for publication.


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