On 19 February 2016, the State Intellectual Property Office of China (SIPO) informed about the released draft of the Specification for Patent Agency Services compiled for standardisation purposes, seeking public opinion on the matter.
The aim of the specification is to establish coherent standards for the processes conducted in the course of a patent agency's professional operation. The draft is divided into eleven sections, namely the scope, terms and definitions, general provisions, requirements on the service providers, requirements on the personnel, requirements on the facilities, types of services, provisions on the procedural requirements pertaining to the respective services, communication with the client and feedback, incident remedy requirements and evaluation of the service provision.
The document sets to regulate the conduct of patent agencies in a more comprehensive manner. According to statistics available in December 2015, there were more than 1200 patent agencies established in China, with more than 12000 qualified patent attorneys. The public may submit opinions until 25 February 2016. Further information is available on SIPO's website (Chinese only).