China: Draft amendments to Examination Guidelines for designs released for comment

On 22 October 2013, the State Intellectual Property Office of the PR China (SIPO) released a draft version of the Examination Guidelines for public opinion. This draft amendment concerns the examination of designs relating to graphical user interfaces (GUI). The planned changes would apply to sections of part 1, chapter 3 and part 4, chapter 5 of the current guidelines which deal with the examination of designs.  

The draft is open for comment until 22 November 2013. More information, including a Chinese version of the draft regulations, is available on SIPO's Chinese website. An English version of the current Examination Guidelines can be found on SIPO's English website.

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