The draft revision to the Chinese Patent
Law was submitted to an ongoing session of the Standing Committee of the
National People's Congress, China's top legislature, for a second
review on Sunday. It was first read in December 2018.
the first reading, some government departments and experts suggested we
add patent protection for partial design of a product. We decided to
adopt the idea after studies, as it's also an internationally-accepted
practice and will inspire innovation in the design industry," the NPC
Constitution and Law Committee said in a statement.
addition to safeguarding the patent of a product's overall appearance
design, a draft revision also gives protection to a product's partial
design as a move to encourage design innovation.
the current law, appearance design refers to shape, pattern, color, or
their combination, and the design must be full of aesthetic feeling and
suitable for industrial applications.