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Electronic patent application introduction
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Electronic patent application introduction

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Electronic application introduction

1. What is an electronic application?

An electronic application refers to a Patent Application filed by the Internet as a transmission medium to a State Intellectual Property Office in the form of a conforming electronic document. Applicants can submit invention, utility model and design patent applications and intermediate documents to the State Intellectual Property Office through the electronic application system, as well as international applications and intermediate documents in the national phase of China.


2. Introduction to the electronic application subsystem

The Patent Electronic Application System of the State Intellectual Property Office was opened on March 12, 2004.

The electronic patent application client's new patent electronic application system is currently in operation on February 10, 2010. The electronic application online business processing platform was launched on October 29, 2016.

The patent electronic application system is open 365 days*24 hours, including national holidays such as National Day, New Year's Day and Spring Festival.


3. Electronic application related concepts

Electronic application user

The electronic application user refers to the applicant and patent agency that has signed the electronic patent application system user registration agreement (hereinafter referred to as the user registration agreement) with the State Intellectual Property Office, and has obtained the registration procedure and obtained the user code and password.

Digital certificate

The patent electronic application digital certificate is an authoritative electronic document for user authentication provided by the registration department of the State Intellectual Property Office for free. The State Intellectual Property Office can verify and identify the user's identity through the digital certificate in the electronic application file. .

Electronic signature

An electronic signature refers to data attached to an electronic document submitted or issued by the Patent Office electronic patent application system for identifying the identity of the signer and indicating that the signatory recognizes the content therein. The signature or seal mentioned in the first paragraph of Article 119 of the Implementing Regulations of the Patent Law refers to the electronic signature in the electronic application document. The electronic signature used in the electronic application document has the same signature or stamp as the paper document. Legal effect.

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4. How do applicants use electronic applications?

(1) Visit the electronic application website, self-register to become an electronic application user, and obtain the user code;

(2) Log in to the electronic application website using the user code and password, and download and install the user digital certificate;

(3) Download the electronic application client, install and upgrade, use the client to edit and submit the patent application; or log in to the electronic application online business processing platform and submit the patent application online.

(4) Receiving an electronic receipt;

(5) Receive a notification and submit an intermediate document for the submitted electronic application.


5. Electronic application user registration

The electronic application user registration procedure should be handled on the electronic application website. The registration requester self-registers through the electronic application website to become an electronic application user.

If the requester is an individual, it should be registered with the ID number; if the requester is a legal person, it should be registered using the unified social credit code or organization code number; if the requester is an agency, it should be registered with the registration number of the agency. The system will return the registration result, user name and password in the form of a receipt, and will no longer issue a paper form registration approval notice.

If you register with other ID numbers, you can only register as a temporary electronic application user. You must also mail the relevant supporting documents (the temporary electronic application user account on the document) to the Patent Office for formal user registration.



6. Requirements for electronic application file format

The electronic application system supports the submission of three file formats: xml, word, and pdf. The format of the submitted documents should conform to the specifications of the "Electronic Application File Format Requirements" and "Notes on the Designation of Electronic Applications for Design Patents".


7. Submission of electronic application documents

Submission of electronic application documents.

For successful submissions, electronic application users will receive an electronic application receipt in a timely manner.

For electronic application documents rejected by the State Intellectual Property Office, the electronic application system will give reasons for rejection.

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8. Electronic application receiving document range

The electronic application system receives inventions, utility models, design patent applications, and international applications entering the national phase.

The electronic application client also receives review and invalidation requests.

The electronic filing system does not accept confidential patent application documents.


9. Determination of the electronic application submission date and application date

(1) Determination of the date of submission: The date of receipt of the electronic document by the Patent Electronic Application System of the State Intellectual Property Office is the date of submission.

(2) Determination of the filing date: The date on which the State Intellectual Property Office has completely received the patent application documents in accordance with the Patent Law and its Implementing Regulations is the filing date.


10. Issuance of electronic application notice

The Patent Office sends various notices and decisions to electronic application users through electronic patent application systems in the form of electronic documents. The electronic application user shall promptly receive the electronic form notice using the electronic application client or the online business processing platform.


11. Paper application for electronic application

The applicant or patent agency may request that the paper application be converted to an offline electronic application, except for patent applications involving national security or significant interests that require confidentiality.

The applicant or patent agency that made the conversion request should be an electronic application user and should make the request electronically. If the examination meets the requirements, the follow-up procedure for the patent application shall be submitted electronically through the electronic application client.


12. Electronic application website service

The electronic application website is an important platform for electronic application users to use electronic applications.

On the homepage of the website, there are notices and announcements from the Patent Office regarding electronic applications. Applicants should use the electronic application form documents, user manuals and help files. Applicants should always pay attention.

If the applicant uses the electronic application system, he/she can ask questions in the [Online Consultation] column if he has any questions.

At the same time, the electronic filing system also provides many services for electronic applicants:

SMS reminder for electronic posting;

Repeated download of electronic notices;

Online request for a copy of the electronic application notice paper;

Query of electronic posting;

Inquiries about the details of the electronic application documents; Scanning of electronic application documents.


13. How to get help guide

(1) Electronic application user manual. Describe the detailed steps of the electronic application and download it from the electronic application website.

(2) Electronic application website. A number of helpful documents are available on the e-application website, and the public can download relevant materials on the website. In addition, the public can ask specific questions in the [Online Consultation] column, and the staff of the State Intellectual Property Office will answer them in a timely manner.

(3) Electronic application client help. The User Manual can be viewed in the [Help Topics] of the client. At the same time, the client software provides the function of auxiliary verification. For the application files that do not meet the verification rules, the verification information will be prompted when saving and signing.

(4) Electronic application consulting services.

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