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国家工商总局发布《商标评审规则》
2014-5-30

  5月28日,修订后的《商标评审规则》(国家工商行政管理总局令第65号,以下简称“《规则》”)公布,自2014年6月1日起施行。
    《规则》对评审案件的类型进行了明确,区分了无效宣告复审程序与撤销复审程序,明确了不予注册复审案件的审理范围,将补正期限缩短为15天,将补充证据期限缩短为30日,增加了以数据电文方式提交或送达评审文件的规定;根据实施条例送审稿的规定,将“公开评审”修改为“口头审理”。
    《规则》还对相关评审程序进行了完善。包括:为提高案件审理效率,明确结案的案件为独任审理;适应客观需要,明确规定非实质性错误的更正方式;增加了执行法院判决重审的相关规定,明确了应重新组成合议组,及时进行重审,并明确重审程序中可以采信当事人提交的新证据等。为进一步规范证据采信,评审规则明确规定,未经交换质证的证据不应采信。
    《规则》明确,对于当事人不服商标局在新商标法施行前作出的驳回商标注册申请决定或异议裁定向商评委申请复审,商评委于新商标法施行后审理的案件,除异议复审案件的主体资格问题外,其余程序问题和实体问题适用新法;对于商评委在新商标法施行前受理、在其施行后审理的无效宣告、无效宣告复审和撤销复审案件,程序问题适用新法,实体问题适用旧法。对于在新法施行前受理的商标评审案件,应自2014年5月1日起开始计算审理期限。

On May 28, the amended Trademark Review and Adjudication Rules (Decree No. 65 of State Administration for Industry and Commerce, hereinafter referred to as the "Rules") was released, which will come into force on June 1, 2014.
The Rules defined the different types of trademark review and adjudication cases, differentiated the procedure of invalidation announcement review and review cancellation procedure, and clarified the adjudication scope of review cases on non-registration. The time limit for supplementing or correcting documents is shortened to 15 days, and the time limit for supplementing evidence is shortened to 30 days. Provisions were added that documents may be submitted or served through data messages. According to the provisions of the Implementing Regulations on the Trademark Law (Revision Draft) (Draft for Review), "open review and adjudication" is revised to "oral hearing".
The Rules also fine-tuned the relevant review and adjudication procedures: (1) clarified the cases that can be adjudicated by a single trademark review and adjudication officer; (2) clarified the way to correct non-substantive errors; (3) added relevant provisions on re-hearing of court rulings, making it clear that a collegial panel should be formed anew to conduct re-hearing, during which new evidence submitted by the parties can be admitted. In order to further regulate evidence admittance, the Rules prescribed that evidence not exchanged and cross-examined shall not be admitted.
According to the Rules, if the party to the case applies to the Trademark Review and Adjudication Board for review of a decision on rejecting a trademark registration application, or a ruling on certain objections, prior to the implementation of new Trademark Law, and the Trademark Review and Adjudication Board hears the case after the implementation of the new Trademark Law, except for subject qualification of review cases on objection, other procedural issues and substantive issues should be governed by the new Trademark Law. With regard to cases on invalidation announcement, invalidation announcement review cases, or review cancellation cases that are accepted by the Trademark Review and Adjudication Board prior to the implementation of the new Trademark Law but are heard after the implementation thereof, the new Trademark Law should apply to the procedural issues while the old Trademark Law should apply to the subject qualification issue. With regard to trademark review cases accepted prior to the implementation of the new Trademark Law, the time limit for adjudication should be calculated from May 1, 2014.
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