Patent Application in China
The laws and regulations governing a China patent require novelty, creativity and practicality for the inventions and utility models applying for patents. The appearance designs shall not be the same as or similar to those that have publicly published on publications in China or overseas or publicly used in China before the application date.
Foreigners, foreign corporations or other foreign organisations without habitual residence or place of business applying for patent in China must appoint an agent to carry out the process.
Types of Application
- Invention Patent: products, methods or new technical plans proposed for its improvement
- Utility Model Patent: the shape or the structure of the product or the proposed applicable new technical plans developed from the combination of both
- Design Patent: the shape, pattern, color of the product, or the new design which is applicable and may arouse aesthetic sensibilities developed form the combination of them.
A patent applicant may enjoy the right of priority, in accordance with any agreement entered into between an oversea country and China or an international treaty under which both of them are parties, for a period of twelve months (six months for Registration of Patent for Appearance Design) immediately from the date on which the initial patent application for the same invention or a utility model was made and such patent application was also made in China.
Required Documents and Information and Term of Validity Period
|Type||Required Documents and Information||Term of Validity Period||Comparison of Advantages and Disadvantages|
||Renewable each year upon the end of the first year of grant up to 20years.||International search and examination required, lengthening processing time for application, with a stronger protection and a longer protection period.|
|Utility Model Patent||
||Renewable upon the end of the first year from the submission date for application, up to 10 years.||A shorter processing time for application than that for an invention patent as only formal examination required, with a weaker protection resulting from only formal examination being done.|
||Renewed upon the end of the first year from the submission date for application up to 10years.||Protection to be covered to the appearance of the design only, with its technical aspect excluded.|
*The patent documents include:
Application for Government Grant
The Chinese government has set up a special fund to support Chinese applicants to apply for patents in foreign countries, and an applicant who successfully applies for a foreign patent may receive a grant of an amount up to RMB100,000.00.
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