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Patent Guidelines Updated and Expanded

Revised Guidelines for Patent Examination have now been issued by the State Intellectual Property Office. These new regulations have been designed to both boost China’s bid to develop a more innovation-driven economy and to bring the country’s patent approval system into closer alignment with international norms.

Throughout China, the granting of patents has soared in significance over recent years, driven by a series of accelerated developments in the digital sector and the continued cross-fertilisation of innovative solutions across a variety of economic and social sectors. This has led to concerns by a number of pioneering business and individuals that the existing patent legislation was inadequate when it came to safeguarding many of these fresh ideas and new approaches.

In terms of particular revisions, these latest guidelines cover certain areas deemed to be exempt from patent protection and provide greater specifics with regard to software-related invention patents.

The new guidelines came into effect as of 1 April 2017.

Please see website of State Intellectual Property Office for details in Chinese.

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