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 GPO 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.

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 (China PAT) has been in business for 15 years and has 235 people, including 161 patent attorneys, 15 trademark attorneys and 11 attorneys-at-law.

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

According to a statistical report released in October 2014 by Managing Intellectual Property, China PAT ranks worldwide in 2014 as one of the top five PCT filing firms worldwide and the top one in China. This comes after ranking as the top PCT filing firm worldwide in 2012 and 2013. The firm requires that the practitioners who handling foreign-related cases be fluent in at least one foreign language, such as English, Japanese and 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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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 based in Beijing. Most of their patent attorneys have extensive working experience on domestic and international patent applications. The firm also has a U.S. office for supporting foreign 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 border protection before customs.

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

Courier

Website

www.afdip.com