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  • 29 August 2012

Faster and easier patent protection in China

On 27 August 2012, Danish Minister for Business and Growth, Ole Sohn, signed an agreement providing Danish undertakings expedited examination in respect of Danish patent applications in China.

Danish Minister for Business and Growth, Ole Sohn, has just signed a cooperation agreement between the Chinese and Danish patent authorities. Danish undertakings submit an increasing number of patent applications in China and have over the past five years almost doubled the number of applications.

The agreement sets up a so-called “Patent Prosecution Highway program” between the Danish Patent and Trademark Office and the Chinese patent authorities to ensure speedier access for Danish undertakings to the highly attractive Chinese market.

A process is established whereby the patent authorities can utilise the work that has already been performed at the national patent authority. This means that an applicant can request expedited examination of its patent application at one patent authority, if the other patent authority has already approved the patent application.

With this arrangement it will be more likely that a patent will be granted as the first patent authority has already given a positive assessment of the application. The examination or approval of a patent by the first patent authority is, however, not binding on the other patent authority. The agreement takes effect on 1 January 2013 and will run for an initial one-year period.

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