[Arthur Tan-Chi Yuan]
The State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) released its Order No. 68 to amend the Guidelines for Patent Examination (equivalent to the MPEP for USPTO) on March 17, 2014 (original text in Chinese here). The amendments will come into effect on May 1, 2014, same day as the Third Amendments to the Trademark Law.
The amendments are made to the following sections/subsections of the Guidelines for Patent Examination: