Wednesday, February 21 2024   \  Published by Spruson & Ferguson.

China: Patent Guidelines for Examination – changes for AI, big data and software

China: Patent Guidelines for Examination – changes for AI, big data and software

On 21 December 2023, along with revised implementation rules for patent law, the China Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) issued an updated Guidelines for Patent Examination (the Guidelines). The changes and inclusions in the Guidelines mark an expansion of patent allowances to incorporate current technological advancements, and in anticipation of future developments.

For a summary of the revised Rules for the Implementation of the Patent Law and the Guidelines for Patent Examination, see our previous article here. For any enquiries with your patent applications in China, we encourage you to reach out to our team.

Below we discuss the key changes, particularly for computer-implemented inventions (CII) and Big Data. The Guidelines are set to take effect on 20 January 2024. Read more

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