China To Accept Electronic Patent Applications From March 12

Law360, New York (February 10, 2004, 12:00 AM EST) -- China’s State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) will begin taking electronic patent applications on March 12, a senior official told the state news agency Xinhua on Tuesday.

The electronic platform is intended to simplify procedures for patent applications.

Chen Zhonghua, secretary general of the SIPO, told Xinhua that any patent applicant and agent, whether from China or overseas, could submit applications via electronic forms on the official website,

SIPO launched a trial of its electronic application system in December 2001 as part of a plan to...
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