The conditions for accepting an application in paragraph 2 hereof shall apply to the handling of other trademark matters.
Article 19 Where two or more applicants apply for registration of identical or similar trademarks on identical or similar goods on the same day, each applicant shall submit evidence on its prior use of the trademark before application within 30 days of receipt of a notice from the Trademark Office. If the applicants use the trademarks on the same day or none of them has ever used the trademarks, the applicants may, within 30 days of receipt of a notice from the Trademark Office, conduct consultation, and submit their written agreement to the Trademark Office; or, if they are unwilling to conduct consultation or such consultation fails, the Trademark Office shall notify the applicants that one applicant shall be determined by drawing lots and the registration applications of others shall be dismissed. Where any applicant fails to draw lots after being notified by the Trademark Office, the applicant shall be deemed to have forgone its application, and the Trademark Office shall notify the applicant in writing of it.
Article 20 To claim the right of priority under Article 25 of the Trademark Law, the duplicates of the application documents for trademark registration filed by the applicant for the first time shall be certified by the trademark authority accepting the application, and state the application date and number.
Chapter III Examination of Trademark Registration Applications
Article 21 The Trademark Office shall, according to the relevant provisions of the Trademark Law and this Regulation, examine a trademark registration application accepted, and grant an initial approval to the application and publish the initial approval if the application meets the prescribed requirements or if the application only meets the prescribed requirements for registration of the trademark on a part of the designated goods. If the application fails to meet the prescribed requirements or the application only fails to meet the prescribed requirements for registration of the trademark on a part of the designated goods, the Trademark Office shall refuse the application or refuse the application for registration of the trademark on the part of the designated goods, and notify the applicant in writing of the refusal and the reasons for the refusal.