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In the recently published PCT filing statistics by the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO), China has once again emerged as one of the world’s top 3 patent filing offices, with 26,984 PCT applications filed in 2015 alone.

According to WIPO's trend analysis, PCT application filings received by the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) of China in 2015 achieved double digit growth of 14.6% when compared to the number of filings in 2014. Together with non-PCT patent applications, SIPO received a total of 1.1 million patent applications in 2015.

IPOS as a Receiving Office for Chinese-language PCT Applications

As of 1 January 2017, the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) will be accepting Chinese as a language for PCT applications. This is expected to bring convenience and benefits to nationals and residents of Singapore who have filed or intend to file patent applications in Chinese, by allowing direct filing of PCT applications in Chinese and also a deferment of translation costs from Chinese to English until national phase entry. IPOS now becomes only the second International Search Authority (ISA) and International Preliminary Examining Authority (IPEA) other than SIPO to conduct search and examination in Chinese.

So as to tailor their services to the needs of PCT applicants, although the final search report will be issued in Chinese, applicants can inform IPOS by way of a cover letter should they prefer to receive the report in English. With respect to costs, there will not be any difference in official fees for selecting Chinese instead of English.

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