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SIPO Adjusted the Type of Patent Statist

From January 2017, the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) adjusted the type of patent statistical data available to the public by disclosing patent applications rather than acceptances monthly.  This adjustment is to improve patent quality and bring into play the guiding role of patent statistic data in promoting innovation.


In the past years, both patent acceptances and patent applications were disclosed each month in the SIPO website. The former referred to patent applications accepted by SIPO, while patent applications meant the ones which had paid official application fees and met the requirements for entry into initial examination.


The adjustment would help optimize examination resources, and have no impact on the legal rights enjoyed by patent applicants and holders.[Chinese version is available on sipo.gov.cn]