Nokia filed for an "Nseries" trademark with the Chinese State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC), i.e. the agency's Trademark Office. The documents were spotted on the agency's website on Wednesday as the Finnish phone maker is apparently trying to trademark the terms "N Series," "Nseries," and other variations of the thereof. Some images of the documents filed by the company can be seen below.
The filing itself was likely made by HMD Global Oy, the new owner of the Nokia brand which just recently started reviving Nokia phones. The original Nokia Nseries hit the market back in 2005 with the Nokia N70, N90, and the N91. These devices and their successors had a rather large following so it isn't surprising that HMD Global is now interested in reviving the lineup that was replaced by Microsoft's Nokia Lumia brand. While the original lineup consisted of devices running the Symbian, Maemo, and MeeGo operating systems, it's reasonable to presume that any potential models that HMD Global may opt to release in the future will be powered by Android. For the time being, the company apparently only filed for a Nokia Nseries trademark in China, which may indicate that the revival of this lineup may start in China or even be limited to the Far Eastern country. HMD Global recently released the Nokia 6 exclusively in China, so it seems that the company will continue focusing on China for the time being.
That isn't to say HMD Global isn't interested in expanding its market presence to other territories, as well. After launching the Nokia 150 and the Nokia 150 Dual Sim feature phones in Germany in late 2016, some rumors suggested that the firm may be partnering with certain wireless carriers to bring more Nokia-branded devices to Europe. Finally, the Finnish phone maker is also expected to unveil an entire lineup of new devices at this year's Mobile World Congress (MWC) that's scheduled to start in Barcelona in late February. HMD Global previously said it's willing to spend $500 million on marketing the Nokia brand worldwide in the next three years, so it's reasonable to presume that much more Nokia phones will be hitting the market in the near future.