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China to allow design patents for graphic user interfaces

Peter Leung, Hong Kong


China’s State Council is seeking comments on draft revisions to the patent examination guidelines to allow for design patent protection for computer program graphic user interfaces (GUIs)

Though the Patent Law is understood to allow for design patent protection for GUIs, the patent examination guidelines state that GUIs cannot be protected in this manner. The proposed change would not amend the underlying statute or regulations, just the...


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