The Substantive Examination of patent application


The purpose of substantive examination of patent applications is to assess the patentability of objects claimed in the application under the requirements and corresponding protection scope.

A substantive examination will be carried out by examiners of the NOIP within 12 months from the date of receiving the request for substantive examination.

If the applicant, in the course of substantive examination, corrects or supplements documents or makes justifications on his/her own initiative or upon the request of the NOIP, the time limit for substantive examination may be prolonged for a period of time during which the applicant does so.