Introduction of China Patent Exmination China Patent Exmination Information Inquiry

China Patent Exmination Information Inquiry is an on-line service system established to meet the inquiry demand from applicants, patent right owners, patent agencies and the general public.

The System has set up different right of access for different users in accordance with relevant rules of the Patent Law, the Implementing Regulations of the Patent Law, and the Patent Examination Guideline.

Types of users:

We have registered users and general users.

1. The registered users refer to the users registered for electronic applications, who can use the registered name and code to log into the system, and inquire all the information under the relevant account.

The general users refer to the public, who can use keywords, application numbers, etc., to make inquiries of the published invention patent applications whose application date is after Feb. 10th, 2010, or the published patents, utility model and industrial design patent applications.

Contents of Inquiry:

The System provides the registered users with information on the basic items, on fees, on files including the read and download of image documents, on publication and granting, and on certificates of patent granting.

Contents for registered users:

(1) basic information: application number, name of invention-creation, application date, main classification code, status of the application, the name of the applicant, the nationality or the locality of the headquarter of the applicant, postal code, address, name of the contact person and its address and postal code, name of the patent agency, name of the patent attorney, name of the inventor or designer, previous application number to which the priority is claimed, the priority application date, name of the receiving office, international application number, international publication number, international publication date, as well as the changes of bibliographical items.

(2) information on fees: fees to be paid ( due date, types, and amount), fees already paid( date, type, amount, who, and receipt number), refund( type, amount, date, name of the recipient, and the receipt number).

(3) information on files: documents(application materials, intermediary documents, notifications-image files can be read through), office actions( type, date, name, address and postal code of the recipient, examination department, number of postal letter, serial number of the office action, code of the type, time of download, IP address of the downloader, and the users' name), information on returned letter, and information on the issue of the patent certificates.

(4) information on publication of the application and grant: Publication of application and announcement on grant (publication and announcement number, number of the Patent Gazette, publication and announcement date)-download is provided; announcement on affairs (types of the affairs, number of the Patent Gazette, and date of the announcement)-on-line browse is provided.

(5) information on patent certificates: Image files can be browsed, and the PDF image files can be downloaded (the files are encrypted, and can not be revised).

The System provides to the general users with information on the basic items, on files, and on publications and announcements. The uses can provide their own comments on the applications and examinations.

Information for general users:

(1) information on basic items: application number, name of invention-creation, application date, main classification code, status of the application, the name of the applicant, the nationality or the locality of the headquarter of the applicant, name of the patent agency, name of the patent attorney, name of the inventor or designer, previous application number to which the priority is claimed, the priority application date, name of the receiving office, international application number, international publication number, international publication date, as well as the changes of bibliographical items.

(2) Information on files: Documents (application materials, intermediary documents, notifications)-for invention patent applications which have been published but yet to be announced, the image files of application documents and notifications can be browsed; for the announced patents, the intermediary documents can also be browsed, office actions (type, date, name, address and postal code of the recipient, examination department, number of postal letter, serial number of the office action, code of the type, time of download, IP address of the downloader, and the users' name), information on returned letter, and information on the issue of the patent certificates.

(3) Information on the publication and announcement: Publication of application and announcement of grant (publication and announcement number, number of the Patent Gazette, publication and announcement date)-download is provided; announcement on affairs (types of the affairs, number of the Patent Gazette, and date of the announcement)-on-line browse is provided. Besides, in order to promote electronic applications, the inquiries over the specific ways of application through the application number are provided.

Updates:

The data for registered users is updated every 24 hours; and the data for general users is updated every 5 working days.

Follow-up Inquiry Items to be Provided by the System:

1. Provide to the registered users with the inquiries of the results of acquiring priority documents through various priority documents exchange agreements;

2. Further strengthen the inquiry and service functions to bring more convenience to the applicants, such as, inquiries of notifications on the receipt; inquiries of the users' registration service for the applicants who apply electronically through patent agencies; services of timeline pre-warnings (amendment, response, and fees).

3. Diversify services; for example, provide inquiries over the public services for patent examination flows through the System.

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