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Can a trademark search be conducted on the Internet? Can a search be conducted with an applied, but pending trademark? Can a search be conducted with a design trademark?

Currently, there is no trademark database open to the public on the Internet, so the trademark search work cannot be conducted on the Internet for free. Anyone intending to have a trademark search shall entrust a trademark agency and search for the targeted trademark with the pertinent department under the Chinese Trademark Office.

Generally speaking, only the marks that have been published or are ready to be published can be searched, while those pending cannot. Also, the search is now limited only to goods/ service marks composed of Chinese words, foreign words and their combinations; no applications for search on pure design marks or on the design portions of composite marks are accepted.

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