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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Chinese Patent Law Revision

On July 31, 2006, State Intellectual Property Office of People Republic of China released a request for comments on the draft revision of Patent Law of China with its annotation thereon (available only in Chinese).

One of the revisions as to substantive examination, among other things, is the definition of novelty. Now under the Section 22 of Chinese Patent Law, public use would constitute the state of the art only when it is used in China. The draft revision is to eliminate its regional limitation.

It says that comments will be accepted by fax or email until August 30, 2006.

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