Blockchain and other patent application examination specialities are regulated

According to Zhongxin Jingwei, the State Intellectual Property Office announced amendments to the Patent Examination Guidelines, which will be implemented from February 1, 2020. This amendment, in accordance with the Patent Law and its Implementing Rules, is a special review of certain types of invention patent applications. It stipulates that this type of invention patent application generally includes the rules and method features of intellectual activities such as algorithms or business rules and methods, involving artificial intelligence, "Internet +", big data, and blockchain.