Source: China Intellectual Property News
According to statistics compiled by China's State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO), as of September 4, 2017, as many as 30,000 requests for design patent evaluation reports have been received since the inception of said reports seven years ago. It took five years for the total number applications for design patent reports since the inception of such reports to reach 10,000. It took another one year and two months for that number to double; and, it took only ten months after that for the number to increase to 30,000.
Since the implementation of the design patent evaluation report system, SIPO has widely publicized that system with respect to its application for innovation subjects and service organizations through official announcements, research and forums in the forms of exchanges. The Design Patent Review Department of SIPO attaches great importance to the evaluation reports, constantly appraising the effectiveness of their implementation and analyzing feedback from the public. The aforementioned department is making a tireless effort to perfect the standards for review used in the evaluation reports so as to improve the overall quality of the reports.
The 30,000 patent evaluation reports involved 197 subclasses out of 214 subclasses in total in the International Exterior Design Classification Chart, making these the lion's share of the subclasses. It is suggested that 92.1% of the designs from the International Exterior Design Classification Chart f was ever produced as reports. Daily-use items such as bags, lights, cups, bowls and dishes, toys, furniture, toiletries, cosmetics and cameras make up the majority of the products for which reports were requested; there were over 1,000 requests for products in each category. This is almost identical to the number of categories which SIPO's Expedited Rights Protection Center has covered and identical to the volume of design patent application filed. China's Design Patent Evaluation Report system has proven to be effective at supplementing the Design Patent Preliminary Examination System and plays an increasingly important role in the aspects of online rights protection, customs control notifications, and patent infringement suits.