China Releases Transition Measures for Amended Patent Law Going Into Effect June 1, 2021

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On May 25, 2021, the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) issued the Interim Measures for the Processing of Related Examination Businesses Regarding the Implementation of the Revised Patent Law  (关于施行修改后专利法的相关审查业务处理暂行办法).  As the amended patent law will come into effect on June 1, 2021 and the implementation rules are still being revised, CNIPA issued these Interim Measures that will be effective June 1, 2021.  The Interim Measures cover design patent term, partial design examination, patent term adjustment, patent term extension, and other areas. The Interim Measures do not cover patent linkage.

Highlights include:

  • Applicants can submit partial designs starting June 1, 2021. However, CNIPA will not examine partial designs until the implementation rules are released.
  • Applicants can request for both patent term extensions (PTE) and patent term adjustments (PTA) for any patent application granted on or after June 1, 2021. The requests for PTA and PTE must be filed within 3 months of grant of patent or of drug marketing approval from the National Medical Products Administration (NMPA), respectively. CNIPA will examine the requests once the implementation rules are released.  
  • CNIPA will begin examining applications for good faith requirements (Article 20, Paragraph 1 of the Patent Law) starting June 1, 2021.  
  • Design patent term is 15 years from filing only for design applications filed on or after June 1, 2021. (See earlier advice regarding same here).

The full text (Chinese only) is reproduced below and is available here.

关于施行修改后专利法的相关审查业务处理暂行办法

第一条 专利申请人自2021年6月1日(含该日,下同)起,可以通过纸件或离线电子申请形式,依照修改后的专利法第二条第四款提交请求保护产品的局部的外观设计专利申请。国家知识产权局将在新修改的专利法实施细则施行后对上述申请进行审查。

第二条 申请日为2021年6月1日后的专利申请,申请人认为存在修改后的专利法第二十四条第一项规定情形的,可以通过纸件形式提出请求。国家知识产权局将在新修改的专利法实施细则施行后对上述申请进行审查。

第三条 申请日为2021年6月1日后的外观设计专利申请,申请人可以依照修改后的专利法第二十九条第二款提交请求外观设计专利优先权的书面声明。国家知识产权局将在新修改的专利法实施细则施行后对上述申请以及作为要求优先权基础的在先外观设计专利申请进行审查。

第四条 申请日为2021年6月1日后的专利申请,申请人可以依照修改后的专利法第三十条提交第一次提出的专利申请文件的副本。

第五条 对自2021年6月1日起公告授权的发明专利,专利权人可以依照修改后的专利法第四十二条第二款,自专利权授权公告之日起三个月内,通过纸件形式提出专利权期限补偿请求,后续再按照国家知识产权局发出的缴费通知缴纳相关费用。国家知识产权局将在新修改的专利法实施细则施行后对上述请求进行审查。

第六条 专利权人自2021年6月1日起,可以依照修改后的专利法第四十二条第三款,自新药上市许可请求获得批准之日起三个月内,通过纸件形式提出专利权期限补偿请求,后续再按照国家知识产权局发出的缴费通知要求缴纳相关费用。国家知识产权局将在新修改的专利法实施细则施行后对上述申请进行审查。

第七条 自2021年6月1日起,专利权人可以依照修改后的专利法第五十条第一款,以纸件形式自愿声明对其专利实施开放许可。国家知识产权局将在新修改的专利法实施细则施行后对上述声明进行审查。

第八条 自2021年6月1日起,被控侵权人可以依照修改后的专利法第六十六条,通过纸件形式请求国家知识产权局出具专利权评价报告。

第九条 自2021年6月1日起,国家知识产权局依照修改后的专利法第二十条第一款、专利法第二十五条第一款第(五)项对初步审查、实质审查和复审程序中的专利申请进行审查。

第十条 申请日为2021年5月31日(含该日)之前的外观设计专利权的保护期限为十年,自申请日起算。

第十一条 本办法自2021年6月1日起施行。

 

Author: Aaron Wininger

Aaron Wininger is a Senior Attorney and Director of China Intellectual Property at Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner.

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Author: Aaron Wininger

Aaron Wininger is a Senior Attorney and Director of China Intellectual Property at Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner.