In early 2018, a newly designed "Government Service Platform" was launched on the Chinese website of the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO). Aimed at domestic users, this platform is a combined entry point to SIPO's various services, such as the e-filing platform, legal services and online databases for patent information searches. The Chinese public can easily find links to all related forms and fees, along with background information on procedures (domestic, PCT and PPH) and legal texts in this "one-stop shop". Furthermore, information relating to patent agents, including an agency search tool, is also linked from this platform.
Foreign users accessing the Chinese interfaces of the various online databases (official gazettes, patent search system, file inspection) will now find all links to these databases on this combined platform. The individual URLs remain unchanged, so users could create their own bookmarks to access these sources quickly and directly.
The EPO's step-by-step guides for searching SIPO's online databases have already been updated to reflect these changes.