• About Us
  •   I. Organizational Structure

      We have the General Office, Membership Division, Legal Affairs Division, Publicity Division, International Division and Secretariat of China Trademark and Brand Research Institude, in addition to three subordinate bodies-Zhongqi Trademark Appraisal Center, Zhongqi Trademark Development Center and China Trademark Journal Press.



      II. Profile

         (1) Basic Information

      Established in 1994, China Trademark Association (CTA) is a national social organization initiated by domestic well-known enterprises upon approval by the Ministry of Civil Affairs, and has been operating under the guidance of the National Intellectual Property Administration, RPC. The purpose of CTA is to strengthen the creation, protection and exploitation of intellectual property rights(IPR); to safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of members, serve as a bridge between the government and members and enhance its ability to better serve members; to facilitate the implementation of trademark and brand strategies; to strengthen normalization of trademark agencies with credit as the core and encourage industry self-regulation to promote sustained and healthy development of the industry; and strengthen cooperation and exchanges with international organizations and foreign non-governmental organizations on trademarks and brands.

      Our members are divided into entity members and individual members. Entity members include but are not limited to trademark agencies, companies with registered trademarks and related groups in various industries; Individual members are mainly experts and legal workers who are versed at and familiar with trademark theory.

         (2) CTA Leadership

      President: Ma Fu

      Secretary-General: Wu Dongping

      III. Membership and Services

      3.1 Membership Criteria

      3.1.1 Endorsement of the Association Charter

      3.1.2 Willingness to join the Association

      3.1.3 Possession of proper influence in the Association’s business area

      3.2 Membership Application Process

      3.2.1 Submission of admission application

      3.2.2 After reviewed by the Secretariat, Secretary General proposes to the President of CTA. Upon approval and reporting to the Executive Council, membership is granted

      3.2.3 Issuance of Membership Certificate and Plate by the Secretariat

      3.3 Member Rights

      3.3.1 Rights to vote, to elect and to be elected

      3.3.2 Rights to participate in CTA activities

      3.3.3 Rights to receive services provided by CTA with preferential or priority treatment

      3.3.4 Rights to propose legislative and administrative suggestions and opinions to competent authorities via CTA

      3.3.5 Rights to make criticizing comments and suggestions, and rights to supervise

      3.3.6 Rights to withdraw

      3.4 Members’ Obligations

      3.4.1 Carry out CTA decisions

      3.4.2 Safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of CTA

      3.4.3 Complete the work assigned by CTA

      3.4.4 Pay Membership fees according to CTA Charter

      3.4.5 Participate in CTA activities, respond to requests and opinions on trademark issues, and provide required documents

      3.5 Major Services for Members

      3.5.1Provide copies of China Trademark Yearbook, China Trademark Journal and Member’s Newsletter free of charge 

      3.5.2 Post Protection Statements on Member Enterprises’ Trademarks on CTA official website and China Trademark Journal free of charge 

      3.5.3 Attend CTA trademark training courses, lectures and seminars free of charge 

      3.5.4 Provide legal advice to members free of charge. One of the subsidiaries, Zhongqi Trademark Verification Center provides Experts’ Opinions with preferential treatment  

      3.5.5 Assist in resolving trademark registration disputes upon request of members 

      3.5.6 Assist in cracking down on counterfeiting acts and safeguarding trademark rights upon request of member enterprises 

      3.5.7 Provide Recommendation Letters for trademark attorneys to courts upon request of CTA’s Agent Branch members 

      3.5.8 Participate in China Trademark Festival with preferential treatment 

      3.5.9 Priority for vice president members, Executive Council members and Council members in participating in domestic and  foreign exchanges 

      IV. Zhongqi Trademark Verification Center

      Approved by SAIC, the Center was registered as an independent legal entity under CTA on April 18th, 2003. It was also registered with Beijing Municipal Bureau of Justice, and designated by Supreme People's Court and Beijing High People's Court as one of the professional judicial verification institutions for trademark cases. The main businesses are as follows: Upon request of judicial authorities, conduct verification activities and provide verification opinions on trademark professional issues, and upon request of interested parties, produce Experts’ Opinions or give advice on intellectual property rights. The clients include judicial authorities at all levels, trademark enforcement organs, domestic and foreign enterprises and individuals as well as organizations concerned.

      V. Zhongqi Trademark Development Center 

      Approved by SAIC, the Center was registered as an independent legal entity under CTA on March 2nd, 2004. The main businesses are as follows: appraise trademark value, conduct legal advisory services,design, produce, release and agent domestic and foreign advertisement, organize symposiums and training courses both home and abroad, host exhibitions and trade fairs, provide intermediary services for trademark transactions, trademark advisory services and information distribution, develop trademark-related technology, design trademark representations and develop computer software, etc.

      VI. China Trademark Journal Press

      Subordinated to CTA, China Trademark Journal Press used to be known as the editorial department of China Trademark Journal. It was approved by SAIC to change its name and the legal status to an independent legal entity on May 23rd, 2002. The divisions include the Editorial Department of China Trademark Journal, the Editorial Department of China Trademark Yearbook, Advertising Section, and Distribution Section. The Journal’s Publications are China Trademark Journal (monthly), and China Trademark Yearbook.

      Membership Application Form China Trademark Association

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