The new Chinese Patent Law: Possible impact, practical experiences and open questions


Starts: 04.10.2011 at 16:00
Ends: 04.10.2011 at 17:30


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The revised Chinese Patent Law entered into force on 1 October 2009, the corresponding Implementing Regulations and Examination Guidelines followed on 1 February 2010. The amendments introduced an absolute novelty standard, a "confidentiality examination" by the Chinese Patent Office (SIPO) for all inventions completed in China, the "Bolar Exception", and the possibility of dual filing of patents and utility models. Furthermore, for the first time, SIPO's role as a distributor of patent information has officially been integrated into the law.

This virtual classroom will give a brief overview of the most relevant law changes. The main focus will be on practical experiences with the revised law and its impact on the patent community in general and on patent information matters in particular. Participants will be welcome to share their experiences and discuss open questions among each other and with EPO colleagues from International Legal Affairs and Asian Patent Information Services present in the session.

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Online training


The EPO offers virtual classrooms in conjunction with WebEx, so initially some WebEX software will be installed on your computer. To make full use of the virtual classroom medium we advise the use of analogue headphones.

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Participation in this virtual classroom session is free of charge.

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