Historic cooperation between the EPO and CNIPA

A two‑year pilot between the European Patent Office (EPO) and the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) beginning on 1 Dec this year, will enable nationals and residents of the People’s Republic of China to select the EPO as their International Searching Authority (ISA) for applications filed in English under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT).

The EPO is the first office other than the CNIPA to be designated as an ISA for Chinese applicants and marks a historic moment in the cooperation between Europe and China.

If you need assistance on how to take advantage of this pilot programme, please get in touch. We have many years of experience with advising companies on the participation in pilot programmes and patent searches around the world.