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China: intellectual property documentation

The following is a detailed list of the Chinese intellectual property documentation held within the British Library IP collection, with links to free material online.

Material on this list may only be available in Chinese. We cannot translate items for you.

This page does not include material on the Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong.

Intellectual Property stock locations

IP Open Access: Always available in the Business & IP Centre

IP Reserve South: In secure storage, can be delivered to the Centre in typically 1-3 hours

IP Reserve North: In secure storage, can be delivered to the Centre in 48+ hours. If a nine-digit number is shown under "location", these can be ordered for use in the Centre by registered readers through Explore the British Library. Please type the number into the Explore search box to rapidly retrieve the record.

IP Reserve Material cannot be ordered for same-day delivery after 16:00. Sometimes the service may not be available all day on Saturday due to staffing. Some Reserve Material may not be available at times due to stock movements. Please contact us before your visit to check.


State Intellectual Property Office


Patent Specifications

Unexamined Applications (A specs)1091208 - 2010CD/DVDIP Reserve North
 1030001 - 112262PaperIP Reserve North (015268655)
 85100001 – 88103541PaperIP Reserve North (015268655)
Examined Applications (B or C specs)1025708 - 2010CD/DVDIP Reserve North
 1030001 - 1027121PaperIP Reserve North (015771161)
 85100001 - 87108250PaperIP Reserve North (015771161)
The same patent application has a new publication number at each stage

Patent Databases

Patent Search and Service System1985 - to dateOnline
China Patent Enquiry System1985 - to dateOnline
CNPAT Access1985 - 2007CD/DVDIP Reserve North

Indexes and Abstracts

China Patent Gazette1998 - 2009CD/DVDIP Reserve North
 1985 - 1997PaperIP Reserve South
China Patent Bibliography Abstract1985 - to dateCD/DVDIP Open Access
Classified Patent Lists1988PaperIP Reserve South
Derwent World Patent Abstracts1987 - 1998PaperIP Reserve North

Miscellaneous Patent Publications

Annual Report1985 - 2012 (gaps)PaperIP Reserve South

Utility Models

Specifications2174835 - 2010CD/DVDIP Reserve North
 2030001 - 2185966PaperIP Reserve North (015268656)
 85200001 - 88219750PaperIP Reserve North (015268656)
China Utility Model Gazette (abstracts)1985 - 1997PaperIP Reserve South

Trade Marks

China Trade Mark Gazette1980 - 1993PaperIP Reserve South
China Trade Mark Review/Report1950 - 1965PaperIP Reserve South
China Trade Mark Gazette1929 - 1948PaperIP Reserve South
China Trade Mark Record (English language)1923 - 1929PaperIP Reserve South

Registered Designs

Specifications (D specs)3270284 - 2010CD/DVDIP Reserve North
China Design Gazette(1985) – 3071701PaperIP Reserve South
We do not hold any Chinese design information between 1987 and the beginning of the CD/DVD publication.

State of Manchukuo Intellectual Property Publications

Patent Gazette1936 - 1941PaperIP Reserve South
Trade Mark Gazette1936 - 1941PaperIP Reserve South
Journal Oficiel des Marques de Fabrique (French-language)1934 - 1936PaperIP Reserve South
Design Gazette1936 - 1941PaperIP Reserve South
Name Index to Patents1936 - 1940PaperIP Reserve South
Class Index of Patents1937 - 1940PaperIP Reserve South
Name and Class Index to Designs1936 - 1939PaperIP Reserve South