Announcement of the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) on Adjusting the Issuance of Patent Certificates for Electronic Patent Applications (No. 472)

March 24, 2022

The CNIPA will promote full electronification of the patent examination services to realize the "one-stop service" of patent examination and approval. From March 1, 2022 (inclusive), the CNIPA will no longer accept any paper patent certificate request for electronic patent application, and the relevant patent certificates will only be issued through the electronic patent application system. The authenticity of the electronic patent certificates can be verified through the China Patent Electronic Application Network.

(Source: CNIPA)