How China’s Intellectual Property System Is Changing Global IP: Part 1
China’s Intellectual Property Overhaul
The Chinese Patent Uprising and the United States Patent Decline
The Importance of Considering Chinese Prior Art
The incredible number of patent applications being filed in China means that a large proportion of the prior art that is relevant to the patentability of applications filed with the USPTO and other patent offices is located in the Chinese patent document archives. Today, nearly half of all global patent filings are in China, which means it is becoming ever more important for patent practitioners and patent applicants to take Chinese filings into account in their patentability analysis. There is a growing need to evaluate global prior art, even if a patent applicant only intends to operate in a limited geographic area.
Fortunately, the LexisNexis TotalPatent One® patent search platform enables patent professionals to access more than 1 million patent documents from patent authorities around the world, including machine-translated patent documents from the Chinese Patent Office. Users can search in English or in the language of an original filing, and the option to reverse-translate patent documents from English into Chinese is currently under development. With TotalPatent One® patent search tools, patent professionals can perform comprehensive patent searches without missing out on the abundance of prior art produced by China.
To learn more about how China is changing global IP, check out the original “How China is Changing the Global Patent System” webinar. And be sure to watch for the next article in this two-part series.