Pekama Insight – Helen Xin Talk IP and China

In the 3rd of our Pekama Supplier Interviews we talk to Helen Xin of Anli Partners, China.

Hi Helen, how many IP professionals work in your firm?
7 lawyers (2 partners)

How long have you been practicing IP?
9 Years

What is the focus of your practice?
Trademark, Copyright, Anti-unfair competition

Tell us a bit more about yourself. What do you like to do in your spare time?
I started my IP career as early as 2008, and has accumulated rich experiences in IP prosecution, litigation, licensing, franchising and enforcement. Preparing dish, playing with kid, Reading, Running, and swimming.

What do you see as the biggest challenges to the IP industry?
In China, I think the biggest challenges to the IP industry is the financing of IPR.

What are the biggest changes you have seen within the IP Industry?
Both the Chinese government and IPR owners are becoming more respectful to the IPR protection.

How do you see yourself making a difference to the IP Industry?
I started my IP career as trademark agent only practicing in trademark filing and prosecution, and now, I am a commercial lawyer and have enlarged my IP business to IP litigation, licensing, franchising and financing of IPR for both domestic and international clients. 

Turning to your services now, we want to assemble some useful information for our community members and make them more aware of the different ways IP is handled in different jurisdictions, so I would like to ask you some questions about IP protection in one of the jurisdictions where you practice. What is the jurisdiction that you would like to talk about?

Moving to trademarks –

Is China a member of the Madrid protocol?

Are there multi-class applications in China?

What are the minimum filing requirements?
1, A scanned copy of POA; 2, a copy of trademark design( JPG format); 3. Applicant’s name, address and nationality.

Is a certified priority document required?
No , however, a hard copy of the priority documents is needed.

What is the opposition period?
3 months

What is the use requirement and when do marks become vulnerable for cancellation?
The mark in commercial use must be the same as registered. The mark will become vulnerable for cancellation if it has not been used for three consecutive years.

For how long are trademarks valid?
10 years

What is the approach to 3D trademarks?
3D trademarks can registered as a common trademark in China

How do you see your future involvement in the Pekama community?
I think I will be an active Chinese IP expert.

Dan Woodford


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