Dr. Christian Heubeck

EPO and CNIPA start a pilot program regarding International Search


The European Patent Office (EPO) and the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) will start a two-year pilot program on December 1, 2020. The program will enable Chinese applicants to select the EPO as their International Searching Authority (ISA).

The pilot will be open to applicants filing with either the CNIPA or the World Intellectual Property Organization’s International Bureau as receiving Office in English language. The pilot is limited to a total of 2 500 applicants in the first 12 months and 3 000 applications in the second 12 months. During a transitional phase, applicants filing the international application with the CNIPA as receiving Office and choosing the EPO as ISA will be required to pay the international search fee directly to the EPO in euros (EUR). However, it is planned to soon enable applicants participating in the pilot program to pay this fee to the CNIPA in renminbi (CNY) on filing their application. The EPO is the first office other than the CNIPA to be designated for an international search by Chinese applicants. For more detailed information, please see the EPO’s homepage (https://www.epo.org/service-support/faq/own-file/cnipa-epo-pilot.html).


Dr. Christian Heubeck, Dipl. -Chem., Dr. rer. nat., Patent Attorney, Partner Weickmann & Weickmann, Patent- und Rechtsanwälte PartmbB, Munich
Tel.: +49 (89) 455630 | E-Mail: cheubeck@weickmann.de

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