Filing Requirements

Filing Type: National Phase Entry PCT National Phase Entry
Deadline: 30 months*
Power of Attorney: Yes**
Assignments: Sometimes***
Language: Chinese
Translation Extension: No****
Excess Claims Fee: Yes
Examination Request: Optional at filing or deferred
Country Notes: * 32 months with extension fee payable.

** The Patent Office accepts faxed or scanned color copies of specific Power of Attorney forms and Assignment forms.  However, the original General Power of Attorney form must still be mailed to the agent.

*** Assignments are only required in a very small number of cases.

**** The translation must be submitted at filing (i.e. by the 30-month deadline or the extended 32-month deadline).

• In China, the official fees are based on the application as published and it is therefore not possible to reduce claims fees by amending the claims at national phase entry. Any amendments made could incur additional translation costs.

• Excess claims fee: CNY 150 per claim over 10.

Filing Requirements

Filing Type: Direct Filing Direct Filing
Deadline: 12 months
Power of Attorney: Yes
Assignments: Sometimes*
Language: Chinese
Excess Claims Fee: Yes
Examination Request: Deferred
Country Notes: * Assignment documents are only required if the applicant of the priority application is different to the applicant of the Chinese application.

• A certified copy of the Priority Document needs to be filed within three months from the application filing date (with details needed at filing).

• Unlike most countries that require signed forms from the applicant, the Chinese Patent Office now accepts scanned, color copies of documents.

• Excess claims fee: CNY 150 per claim over 10.

Shenzhen Zhongyi Union Intellectual Property Agency Co. Ltd. (ZYIP)

Established: 2003

Number of Professional Staff: 300+

National Phase Entry RWS PCT agent in China
Direct Filing RWS Direct (Paris Convention) agent in China

Shenzhen Zhongyi Union Intellectual Property Agency Co. Ltd. (ZYIP) is one of the leading Intellectual Property agencies in China, offering a full suite of IP services to their clients. They were founded in 2003, and employ over 300 people. It operates from nine branch offices across China, including Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Xi’an, Shijiazhuang, Zhengzhou, Nanchang, Yichang, Foshan and Hunan.

With over 17 years experience offering professional services, ZYIP is now ranked in the top ten IP firms in China and has won awards for its work on patent applications, with over 12,000 patent applications filed last year and grant rates of over 75%. ZYIP also has an impressive record successfully defending invalidation cases, with an 80% win rate.

ZYIP is proud to count some of China’s largest corporations amongst its IP client base including Huawei, OPPO, VIVO and international brands such as Philips and Bentley.

Specialities

• Biomedicine
• Chemistry
• Electrical
• Materials
• Mechanical
• Software & Communications

Contact Information

Mail

4th & 9th Floor,
Baochun Building,
No 1014 Shennan Middle Road,
Futian District,
Shenzhen, 518027
P.R. China

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Website

www.zyip.com/en

AFD China Intellectual Property Law Office

Established: 2002

Number of Professional Staff: 239

National Phase Entry RWS PCT agent in China
Direct Filing RWS Direct (Paris Convention) agent in China

AFD China is a large IP firm founded in 2002, and based in Beijing. Most of its patent attorneys have extensive working experience on domestic and international patent applications. The firm also has a US office supporting overseas clients, providing prosecution consulting services and customer support to bridge the language and time difference for global clients.

AFD China’s patent services cover the broad areas of patent strategy advising, patentability searching and opinions, patent applications, invalidation proceedings, patent licensing, pledge registrations, patent recording with customs, patent litigations on patent infringement and representing clients in customs border protection.

AFD China is a prominent player and regular award winner in patent and trademark practice. The firm has been recognized by administrative authorities and peer review as one of the outstanding IP firms in the capital region and nationwide over the years.

Specialities

• Chemistry & Chemical Science
• Computer Technology
• Electrical
• Information Technology
• Life Science
• Material Science
• Mechanical & Engineering
• Pharmaceuticals & Medical Devices
• Telecommunication

Contact Information

Mail

Technology Fortune Center,
Tower B, 16th Floor,
Suite 1601A, 8 Xueqing Road,
Haidian District,
Beijing 100192,
China

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Website

www.afdip.com

CHINA PAT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OFFICE

Established: 2003

Number of Professional Staff: 235

National Phase Entry RWS PCT agent in China

China PAT Intellectual Property Office (known as China PAT) has been in business for 15 years and has 235 employees, including 161 patent attorneys, 15 trademark attorneys and 11 attorneys-at-law.

The firm’s headquarters are located in Beijing with offices in Xi’an, Suzhou, Changsha, Guangzhou, Wuhan and Hong Kong. China PAT files patent and trademark applications directly in Hong Kong with very competitive fees.

According to a statistical report released in October 2014 by Managing Intellectual Property, China PAT ranks as one of the top five PCT filing firms worldwide and the top firm in China. In 2012 and 2013 China PAT ranked as the top PCT filing firm worldwide. The firm requires that the practitioners handling foreign cases be fluent in at least one foreign language, such as English, Japanese or Korean.

Specialities

• Biotechnology
• Chemical Science
• Electrical
• Information Technology
• Material Science
• Mechanical
• Pharmaceutical
• Telecommunication

Contact Information

Mail

Zhongguancun Intellectual Property Building,
Block B, 2nd Floor, No. 21 Haidian South Road,
Haidian District, Beijing 100080,
China

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