In early November 2013, SIPO launched a new version of its Chinese website. This website is the main entry page to the Chinese language databases for general document retrieval, legal status search, fee payment information, online file inspection etc. Currently, the new website is in a trial phase. In the meantime, the old website can still be used in parallel by clicking on a button on top of the page.
The EPO's existing step-by-step search guides which explain SIPO's Chinese language sources have already been adapted to help users work with the changed environment. As soon as the new website has been finalised, search guides corresponding to the new interfaces will be published in the "China - Searching in databases" section of the EPO's "virtual helpdesk" on Asian patent information.