Corporate Counsel recently covered the increase in US trademark registrations from Chinese applications for the past few months. They also discussed what ramifications US-based businesses and the USPTO can expect from this increase.
Eric Perrott was quoted by Corporate Counsel as saying:
The reason for the flood of applications, Eric Perrott said, could be that for years the U.S. government has been telling China to take intellectual property seriously and this could be a response to that. He said that Chinese leaders may be thinking they want to make China the No. 1 IP owner in the world.
Perrott, a trademark and patent attorney at Gerber Law Firm in Washington, D.C., said the applications, both legitimate and “joke,” are flooding the PTO. Although he said there is no evidence that the pendency rate, the time it takes for the PTO to approve a trademark application, is rising yet.