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China moves away from requiring legalisation of foreign documents

China has taken steps to withdraw from the Apostille Convention, which numerous countries are signed up to and which sets out requirements for the legalisation of foreign documents relating to legal issues in China. In particular the requirements for legalisation of documents in China and other countries for trade mark applications and trade mark proceedings can sometimes be tiresome. In some instances documents are required to be witnessed and a hard copy send internationally via hard copy post, in other cases a scanned copy will suffice. But in several instances the requirements result in additional workload for clients and can cause some delays. From one perspective this lessens safeguards on legal documents used in China, from another perspective it is a step towards modern uses of technologies. If you have any questions on the above, please do not hesitate to contact the team at McDaniels Law on 0191 281 4000 or legal@mcdanielslaw.com. in: Civil Procedure, EU/International, Legal News, Regulatory

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