When companies and applicants are applying for patents in China or selecting patent agencies, they may have heard of a term called “Grant Rates”. As the name suggests, “Grant Rates” means the probability of a patent application being granted. It is often used to demonstrate the service quality and professional capabilities of patent agencies. It […]
The concept of “usage environment feature” was first introduced by the Supreme People’s Court in a patent infringement dispute between Shimano INC. and Ningbo Sunrun Industry & Trade Co., Ltd. on 2012. In the judgment of the Court, “Usage environment feature” was defined as “a technical feature for the purpose of describing the backgrounds or […]
During the substantive examination of invention patents in China, the claimed invention may receive an Obviousness rejection. In other words, the invention may be regarded that it does not involve an inventive step by the examiner because it is obvious as compared with the prior art. When the technical solution of the claim is commented […]
PPH, literally the Patent Prosecution Highway, is also an acceleration method of facilitating the prosecutions of patents in China, different from prioritized examination system, and the pre-examination system. However, not every applicant will pass the prioritized examination system or the pre-examination. Specifically, patent applications will be entitled to Prioritized Examination if they involve national key development […]
After receiving a “final” office action which rejects their patent application, an applicant has options for recourse depending on their jurisdiction. In China, the applicant may file a request for patent reexamination to Patent Reexamination Board (PRB), while in the US, the applicant may file patent appeal for the rejection to the Patent Trial and […]
In the previous article, we have shared annual fees of Chinese patent applications, specifically in Mainland China. This article will talk about maintenance fees of patents in Hong Kong, patents in Macao and patents in Taiwan. Patents in Hong Kong There are three types of patents in Hong Kong, including standard patent, short-term patent, and […]
In this article, we introduced the types, documents, methods, procedures and fees relating to patent applications in China.
For “functional feature” of patents in China, the Guidelines for Patent Examination stipulates that “technical feature defined by function in a claim shall be construed as embracing all the means that are capable of performing the function”. From this definition, it seems that “functional feature” covers a broader protection extent than “general feature”. However, in […]