Patents (China) [Q34]
22. Q: Can a third party submit observations against a Chinese patent application?

Yes. Rule 48 of the Implementing Regulations of the Patent Law provides that any person may, from the date of publication of an application for a patent for invention to the date of announcing the grant of the patent right, submit to the Chinese Patent Office his observations, with reasons therefor, on any application which is not in conformity with the provisions of the Chinese Patent Law. The examiner will take into consideration of these observations but will not notify the person who has submitted the observations of the results. 


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