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Amendments to PRC Patent Examination Guidelines

On 28 February 2017, the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) in China announced the amended Patent Examination Guidelines ("the amended Guidelines" hereinafter), which will take effect on 1 April 2017.  The amended Guidelines will retroactively apply to patent applications as well as patent invalidation cases that are pending at the time when the amended Guidelines takes effect (i.e., on 1 April 2017), and also apply to patent applications and patent invalidation cases newly filed on or after 1 April 2017. 

Lee and Li-Leaven IPR Agency Ltd. in Beijing (our IP alliance firm in China) and our firm have jointly prepared the attachment introducing the content of the amendment and would like to share the same with our clients and friends.  Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any question.