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In April 2019, the Chinese Patent Office (CNIPA) released draft amendments of the Patent Examination Guidelines. The public was invited to submit comments by 5 May 2019. CNIPA revises its Guidelines regularly every few years to improve the quality and efficiency of examination. When the new Chinese Patent Law - currently also under revision - enters into force, further amendments to the Guidelines may be necessary in light of the patent law changes. Major changes include the following:
Further changes are, among other things, related to search requirements, meetings and interviews with applicants and the evaluation of the legal protection of stem cells.