The number of foreign companies' trademark application in China increased rapidly in the past two years as China took effective measures in trademark protection, an official with the State Administration of Industry and Commerce (SACI) said Saturday.
The number of trademark application in China by foreign companies reached 706,000 last year, an increase of 17.1 percent over that in 2004, said Cheng Meng at an international seminar on intellectual property right (IPR) protection.
The seminar is part of the ongoing Tenth China International Fair for Investment and Trade (CIFIT) held in China's southeastern city of Xiamen.
In 2004, the number of trademark application in China by foreign companies exceeded 60,000 for the first time, and the actual figure rose by 29.82 percent over that of 2003.
"Last year China became the designated country with the largest number of extended trademarks in the Madrid Trademark International Enrollment Alliance," said Cheng.
Madrid Trademark International Enrollment Alliance is an international organization for trademark registration and had 79 members by the end of last year.
"The increase in the number of trademark application in China shows foreign companies' confidence in China's trademark law system, trademark protection and market environment," said Cheng. Enditem