According to the recently issued Announcement on Matters Related to Electronic Patent Certificates and Electronic Seals of Electronic Patent Application Notices (Decree No.349):

As of March 3, 2020, the CNIPA will issue electronic patent certificates for electronic patent applications through the patent electronic application system, instead of paper patent certificates. Right owners of electronic patent applications may request for a paper patent certificate through the electronic patent application website (

From February 17, 2020, the CNIPA will no longer use the seal of "Patent Application Acceptance of the CNIPA" but the seal of "Patent Examination of the CNIPA", in notifications issued prior to preliminary examination.

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