China's intellectual property authority is making an effort to shorten the examination time for patent applications.

According to Shen Changyu, head of the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO), last year the average examination time for a patent application in China was reduced to about 22 months, faster than the United States and the European Patent Office, and slightly slower than Japan and South Korea.

The goal is to further shorten the examination time to 20.2 months by the 2020.

In addition, expedited handling is available for patent applications related to State interests and core technology. Those applications can be reviewed in eight months.