Recently, SIPO released a notice to strengthen handling the patent disputes mediation that relevant department in charge of patent administration must conclude the patent disputes mediation within two months.

The notice regulates that relevant department should play a positive role in helping to bring about an mediation agreement between the two parties on basis of pursuant to the law and voluntary. In case of failure to reach a mediation agreement, the department should issue a notice on mediation termination and then drop this case. If the two parties choose the mediation, the department should conclude the case within two months. If the case is of great complexity and time costly, mediation period must be solved within three months.

http://english.sipo.gov.cn/news/official/201606/t201606 15_1274671.html