On March 17, 2014, the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) issued Order No. 68. Under this Order, graphic user interface (GUI) is becoming eligible for design patent protection as of May 1, 2014.

We have drafted Guidelines on GUI-related Design Patent Application. Please click here to download.

Disclaimer: these guidelines are drafted based on a training provided by an examiner from the State Intellectual Property Office and our experience in practicing patent laws in China. It is neither a legal opinion nor the official examination guidelines and standards of the State Intellectual Property Office.

The content of this article is intended to provide a general guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought about your specific circumstances.