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What kind of invention cannot be patented in China?

Updated: Nov 24, 2017 ISPO ENGLISH Print

According to Article 5 and Article 25 of the China Patent Law, the following items are unpatentable in China:

(1) any invention-creation that is contrary to the laws of the state or social morality or that is detrimental to public interest 

(2) scientific discoveries; 

(3) rules and methods for mental activities; 

(4) methods for the diagnosis or for the treatment of diseases; 

(5) animal and plant varieties;

(6) substances obtained by means of nuclear transformation.

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