China is speeding up the processing of patent and trademark examinations.

By the end of 2022, the processing time for an invention patent application will be cut to 16.5 months and that for a high-value patent application to about 13.8 months, the CNIPA said in a recent statement. In addition, the average time for reviewing a trademark application will also be reduced to within four months-the fastest worldwide, according to the statement.

Last year, the average examination time for trademark registration was shortened to 4.5 months, compared with six months in 2018, and the processing time for examination of high-value patents was reduced by more than 15 percent to 17.3 months, the latest administration data show.

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