Fraudulent TM 'Clutter' From China Hurting US, Senate Told

Law360 (December 3, 2019, 9:25 PM EST) -- Congress must make legislative changes to address a spike in fraudulent trademark applications from China, experts told a U.S. Senate Judiciary subcommittee on Tuesday, warning that the “clutter” of unused trademarks would hurt American businesses.

The Intellectual Property Subcommittee held a hearing on the rise in trademark applications and registrations by Chinese filers, which experts say have brought about a depletion of available trademarks that prevent legitimate U.S. filers from obtaining effective trademarks for their businesses.

One witness, New York University School of Law professor Barton Beebe, said that more than two-thirds of trademark applications from China for apparel goods included...

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