China may lift curbs on software patents

(Author: Yuqing FENG, Eddie Wang, Richard Huang, Hui Zhang; Source: ZY Partners)


In an effort to further enhance protection of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) and to promote implementation of the innovation-driven development strategy, the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) of China posted online proposed revisions to Guidelines for Patent Examination to solicit public opinions from 28 October to 27 November 2016.  The new guidelines are expected to be promulgated and implemented in early 2017.


The proposed revisions include the patent eligibility of computer software and business method, the acceptability of . . .

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