CNIPA-EPO: a fruitful collaboration
EPO and CNIPA agreed to enhance their bilateral co-operation in the framework of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) by starting a CNIPA-EPO pilot.
The CNIPA-EPO pilot aims to give nationals or residents of the P.R. China the option of selecting the EPO as their International Searching Authority (ISA) and as their International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA) when filing international patent applications under the PCT for which either the CNIPA or the International Bureau (IB) of WIPO acts as receiving Office.
The CNIPA-EPO pilot will start on 1 December 2020 and run for two years.
If you are a national or resident of P.R. China, selecting the EPO as your ISA gives you the opportunity to obtain a search report from the EPO having the same high quality of a European search.
This is particularly important if you are interested in protecting your invention also as a European patent granted by the EPO. Namely, applications already searched by the EPO during the international phase do not have to undergo a supplementary European search upon entry into the European phase.
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