Both companies that contacted me provided me with a Chinese Trade Mark Office reference number (31697982)
When I search the CTMO website for this number it does seem that someone is in fact trying to register a trademark using my logo.
I am looking for someone who can assist me by ensuring that their trademark application does not get granted to them. If you have had any relevant experience with this sort of thing that would be great. Please tell me how this would be approached and what the likely outcome is.
This was the contents of one email I received:
We noticed someone is trying to register a trademark which is published on 2018-12-20 by China Trademark Office(CTMO), open to opposition before 2019-03-20, Beijing time, not extendable.
Trademark name :SKULLVIKINGS
Provisional Approval No.:31697982
Applicant:Wang shaojing 王绍静
Goods/Service:Bracelets (jewelry), chains (jewelry), precious stones, precious metal figurines, jade, silver crafts, watches, jewellery, jewelry boxes, precious metal alloys
Article 33 of Trademark Law of People's Republic of China:Any person may, within three months from the date of the publication, file an opposition against the trademark that has, after been examination, been preliminary approved. When no opposition against the trademark is filed within three months from the date of publication, the trademark will be officially registered.
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Has your trademark "SKULLVIKINGS" been registered in China before? And is your trademark a famous trademark?Steve S.08 Jan 2019
Nope, it has not been registered in China, nor is it "Famous". We have a social following of <20,000 people. However, it's not just the name they are using, but the same logo and to sell the same category of productRui W.09 Jan 2019
OK, I have checked the Approval No.:31697982, it seems you need to raise an opposition before 2019-3-20, provide some evidence to show the trademark belongs to you, and the cost for the opposition is about 500 RMB.