1      SCOPE AND TERM OF PROTECTION

       1.1    The PRC has maintained a Patents Registry since 1985.
       Its 
       searching procedures are now internationally recognized. It 
       afford protection to
       1.1.1  full invention patents (up to 20 years)
       1.1.2  utility model (or "petty") patents (up to 10 years)
       1.1.3  designs (up to 10 years)