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China (Pudong) IPR Protection Center said recently that with the support of the state IPR departments, the Center takes the lead to push forward the fast patent examination mechanism, where the time for invention patent granting is shortened from three years to three months.

The Center is a national functional IPR platform jointly built by the national and Shanghai IPR departments in working with the Government of Pudong New Area. Since its establishment, the Center has opened a "green channel" of fast patent examination for enterprises with strong innovation capacity and good reputation, thus greatly reducing the patent grant time. Now, more than 300 enterprises have registered with the fast patent examination and filing system, among which over 80% are private enterprises.

At present, the Center's fast-track patent examination service has been extended to eight local leading industries, including biomedicine, integrated circuit, brain science, artificial intelligence, big data, automobile, aerospace, ship, underwater equipment and other high-end equipment. Through institutional innovation, the grant time for invention patents is shortened from 3 years to 3 months, for utility model patents from 1 year to 20 days, and for design patents from 6 months to 1 week.

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