China Releases Q3 2020 Patent Application Filing Data

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The China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) recently released data through the third quarter of 2020.  September 2020 invention patent application filings were up almost 12% month on month and utility patent application filings were up 6.9% month on month.  Year on year, September 2020 invention patent application filings were up over 10% and utility model filings were up 33%.

Chinese Applicants Will Soon be Able to Select the European Patent Office as Search Authority in PCT Applications

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The European Patent Office (EPO) and the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) jointly announced on October 20, 2020 that Chinese applicants will be able to select the EPO as International Search Authority (ISA) in Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) applications in a 2-year pilot program.  Currently, Chinese applicants can only select CNIPA as ISA for there PCT applications.  The pilot, which starts on December, 1, 2020, will be limited to a total of 2,500 applications in the first 12 months …

Top 5 Changes in China’s Newly Amended Patent Law

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Per the “Decision of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress on Amending the ‘Patent Law of the People’s Republic of China’” (全国人民代表大会常务委员会关于修改〈中华人民共和国专利法〉的决定), China’s National People’s Congress has decided to amend China’s Patent Law.  The amendments will go into effect June 1, 2021.  The top five changes include increased patent term and damages, among other changes.

Text of China’s Amended Patent Law

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Per the “Decision of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress on Amending the ‘Patent Law of the People’s Republic of China’” (全国人民代表大会常务委员会关于修改〈中华人民共和国专利法〉的决定), the China’s National People’s Congress has decided to amend China’s Patent Law.  The amendments will go into effect June 1, 2021.  The amendments increase damages, extend design patent term, and introduce both patent term extension and adjustments among other changes.  An unofficial translation of the Patent Law follows with changes indicated by strike though and underline.