Patents in China

China has led the world in number of patent filings since 2011, according to the World Intellectual Property Indicators 2020 report from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

If you intend to file your patent internationally, it is highly recommended to consider patent filing in China, it is one if not the major manufacture in the world, therefore if your invention may be manufactured in China, you should evaluate to file your application here.

Foreign companies without a registered office in China or natural applicants must use a local patent attorney to handle the filing of a patent. The quality and experience of the attorney are critical for the value of this asset. In Patentarea our attorneys are selected through a rigorous evaluation process, therefor you can count on a reliable service.

Additionally to this, we offer highly competitive prices in this country. If you need additional information do not hesitate to contact us!.

Why choose us

  • Quality service: is characterized by providing services with the highest quality standards. Our services are carried out by attorneys and engineers specialized in intellectual property in order to ensure quality and that all the legal requirements are covered.
  • Personalized communications: All communications between our clients and are managed by dedicated account executives and saved on our confidential and secure  platform.
  • Experience: We have more than 20 years of experience providing large companies, law firms and inventors, international design and patent application services in almost every country.
  • Competitive prices and no hidden fees: We offer competitive prices and inform of any possible additional cost timely and in advance.

How to apply


Prepare the patent specifications. We can assist you with this also.


Request a quotation for the patent filing.


Payment of the patent filing service.


Assigned attorney review and prepare the forms.


Patent application filed and reported to you.

General information

Invention patent

Design patent

Filling timelines

The time limit for the PCT national phase entry in is 30 months from the earliest date of
priority and 12 months for direct patent applications (Paris route). This time limit can be extended for 2 additional months paying an additional fee.

The time limit for filing a design is 6 months from the earliest date of priority.

Required documents

Signed POA, inventor declaration, assignment and certified copy of priority, if applicable.

Signed POA, inventor declaration, assignment and certified copy of priority, if applicable. A drawing set of the different views of the design.

Examination stage

The request for examination must be filed within 3 years from the international filing date (if applicable) or the earliest priority date. The first examination report is normally issued between 12 and 18 months from the date of the examination request.

No examination fees must be requested during the pendency of the application. However, after the registration you must request a valuation report in order to enforce your rights. Please check the granting section below.


The registration fees should be paid within 2 months from the receipt of the notice of allowance along with the pending annuities at the time of the acceptance. 

Once your design is accepted for registration the applicant must proceed with the payment of the registration fees within 2 months from the granting notice. It is important to mention that in China the registration does not enforce the right of your design, the exclusive use of the patented design is not protected until a positive evaluation report of the patent is issued. The purpose of this report is to put the patented design into a search and substantive examination, the report will disclose whether the patent right is stable. Contact us for additional information.

Our services


International patent filing (any country)

We have more than 20 years of experience filing and handling patent applications in almost every country. With us you will find a centralized and cost-effective filing of your international applications, allowing you to focus on the invention and the business side of your project.


Portfolio management

We are an excellent solution for law firms and experience IP attorneys that need assistance with an experienced company for management and prosecution of large portfolios, with a portfolio of more than 2200 patents, we will provide an easy and fast reporting, files and documents up to date and timely next tasks notifications.


Analytic services

In Patentarea we also have plenty of experience providing analityc services like Patentability searchs, freedom to operate analysis, and patent valuation reports.


Patent drafting

If you need assistance with a quick and cost-effective patent draft for your clients, or if you are protecting your invention for the first time, we will gladly assist you with this also.


Other Patent Services

We can also assist with any other service like assignments, renewal, licensing agreements and more. Just contact us.


How long can it take a Chinese patent to be issued?

A standard patent application process in China can take around 2 years from the filing date if the request for examination is filed in earlier stage. Nevertheless, China is member of the PPH agreement, therefore with a PPH request the examination stage time can be reduced by more than half. Contact us for additional information.

Can a Chinese patent application be restored after abandonment?

Yes, a patent application that has been abandoned during examination, can be revived by filing a request for restoration and paying the regardign fee within 2 months from the abandonment notice.


We have a team of patent attorneys and engineers, with years of experience making patent searches, filing patent applications and following up on the patent process in more than 30 countries, which allows us to assure you:
-Competent professionals will perform all the necessary procedures for filing and following up your patent application.
-You will receive timely information regarding updates for the application process.
-If objections or rejections arise in the patent application process, knowledgeable attorneys will advise you on the appropriate course of action.
-All information provided to us will be kept in absolute confidentiality. Before entering any business relationship we electronically sign a confidentiality agreement with you that protects your interests (View our confidentiality agreement).

Who will be in charge of my application?

In countries where services are offered, relies on teams of recognized and experienced patent attorneys, allowing us to assure a high-quality service.
To learn about the attorney directly in charge of your request select the link “Attorney in charge” located on the toolbar or in the “About Us” section.


Patent in China

Patent services in China

If you already have a patent application filed and you need to extend its protection in China or if you need to start a patent application from the patent draft,  just contact us so we can provide you with our expert advice.

We will be able to guide you through the entire process.

  • Patent drafts

    We can prepare your patent draft. in English and translate it into Chinese

  • Local Filing

    File your local application in China.

  • National Phases

    Have your different patent applications centralized.

Design Services in China

If your company or you as a sole inventor are launching a new product in China, it is always recommendable to apply for an industrial design protection.  Consider that a design patent granted will protect the aesthetic aspects of your new product preventing unauthorized copying or imitation by others, also will add value to your product and company.

  • Design drawings

    We offer professional drawings services in order to allow the applicant a proper filing.

  • Design Search

    We offer international design search and analysis services.

  • Design Applications

    We will file your design in almost any country you need.

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