China to cut time for patent review by 15pc: report

March 23, 2019

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The review time for patents and trademarks has been reduced by the Chinese government. ─ AFP/File
The review time for patents and trademarks has been reduced by the Chinese government. ─ AFP/File

China will reduce the time needed for patent review by at least 15 per cent in 2019, the Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday.

The review time for trademarks will also be reduced to within 5 months, Xinhua reported without giving further details on the trademark or patent review time frames. It was citing remarks made by the deputy head of National Intellectual Property Administration, Gan Shaoning, at the 20th China Development Forum.

The administration will further strengthen protection of intellectual property by optimising the mechanisms governing intellectual property, raising the costs for IP infringements, and treating all market entities as equals in terms of IP protection, Xinhua reported citing Gan.