How to Apply for Patent in Mainland China and what is the Standard Process?

A: The Standard Process for Chinese Citizens: Any unit or individual can entrust a patent agency or directly file a patent application to the State Intellectual Property Office (the “SIPO”). To apply, the application documents shall be prepared according to the patent law and the official fee shall be paid. The application documents can be submitted to the SIPO by post, by hand or can even be sent to the local representative offices of SIPO.

After application is filed to the SIPO, application for invention will be granted if it passes the preliminary examination and substantive examination, however, the application for utility model and design only shall pass the preliminary examination. The respective examination period of invention utility models and designs is about 3 years, 10 to 12 months and 8 to 10 months.

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